The resort is the nation's first Autograph Collection hotel, Marriott International's exclusive portfolio of independent hotels. The Southwest/New Castle team purchased the hotel from the provincial government in 2012 to undertake the "rafters to registration" refurbishment.
The Algonquin's guestrooms and public spaces were reimagined by Toronto designer Robynne Moncur of Moncur Design. The hotel's décor reflects, without recreating, its Victorian origins, with a living room-style lobby with two-sided fireplace. The lounge and newly-inspired Braxton's restaurant now open to an outdoor patio.
With the renovation, guest baths now have heated flooring to increase guest comfort in the winter, while the hotel's brand new Natatorium includes a three-story waterslide and fitness center. The spa was expanded to include a salon.
The 233-room Algonquin Resort overlooks the Passamaquoddy Bay from St. Andrews-by-the Sea, New Brunswick, Canada. Each guestroom and suite was renovated to reflect The Algonquin's original Victorian style. Modern conveniences and amenities include pillow-top mattresses, plush bathrobes, MP3 players, 32-inch flat screen televisions, in-room coffee, and complimentary in-room movies and Wi-Fi connectivity. The 17 suites provide a separate, private seating area, while select guestrooms and suites have a balcony or patio.
The resort has two restaurants, Braxton's Restaurant and Bar and the Clubhouse, as well as in-room and anyplace dining; 19,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space; a lounge with outdoor patio; fire pits with loaner guitars; an indoor pool and waterslide; outdoor pool; and hot tub. Now in its second century of service, the Algonquin is also home to the seaside Algonquin Golf Course, opening this April.
The Algonquin Resort is operated by Shelton Conn. based New Castle Hotels & Resorts, a manager, owner and developer with 29 hotels and resorts and nearly 5,000 rooms under contract or in development. New Castle's portfolio of hotels spans the Atlantic seaboard from Newfoundland to Florida, including 10 states and three Canadian provinces. The company was established by CEO David Buffam in 1980.