Officials with New Castle Hotels and Resorts, Southwest Properties and Marriott International unveiled the renovation to New Brunswick's landmark Algonquin Resort. The resort is the nation's first Autograph Collection hotel, Marriott International’s portfolio of exclusive independent hotels. The Southwest/New Castle team purchased the hotel from the provincial government in 2012 to undertake the full refurbishment.
“To those of us who hail from this part of the country, the Algonquin is more than just a hotel, it is part of our heritage, our history," said Jim Spatz, chairman and CEO of Southwest Properties. "The challenge was to preserve the authenticity of the historic hotel while simultaneously meeting modern building standards, as well as guest expectations for luxurious accommodations."
The Algonquin's guestrooms and public spaces were completely reimagined by Toronto designer, Robynne Moncur of Moncur Design. The hotel's décor reflects its Victorian origins with a gracious, living room-style lobby that invites lingering around the two-sided fireplace. The lounge and newly inspired Braxton's restaurant now open to an outdoor patio.
Guest baths now have radiant heat flooring to increase guest comfort in the winter and the hotel's brand new natatorium includes a three-story waterslide and fitness center. The spa has been expanded to include a salon.
"Over the years, we've developed a passion for Canada's most original hotels and the history they represent," said David Buffam, New Castle's CEO who rescued the shuttered Nova Scotian in 1995 and repositioned it as the country's first Westin franchise. Shortly thereafter, the Province of Nova Scotia engaged New Castle to operate its three owned historic resorts, the Keltic Lodge, The Pines in Digby and the Liscombe Lodge.