ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Group Germain Hotels has opened its newest property in Newfoundland. Located in downtown St. John’s, the property is the company’s second in the Atlantic provinces under the Alt banner.
“We are delighted to introduce our colourful brand of hospitality to Newfoundland and Labrador,” says Jean-Yves Germain co-president of family-owned, Group Germain Hotels. “With its rich history, unique heritage, vibrant character and welcoming people, St. John’s was a natural choice for us. We are thrilled to invest in a city and a community we truly believe in.’’
The 148-room hotel overlooks the harbour and features an outdoor patio, a bright fitness room and close to 4,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, each fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows and direct access to the terrace. In 2018, a coffee shop and a restaurant adjacent to the lobby will open.
“We are confident guests will enjoy our friendly service and comfortable rooms topped with a stunning view, but also our fixed seasonal rates” says Mark Schaay, general manager.
The hotel also features a range of eco-responsible features such as geothermal heating and cooling powered by the ocean, energy-efficient lighting and a heat-recovery system.
Designed by Canadian firm, Lemay Michaud Architecture, the hotel boasts a welcoming, inspired design incorporating elements reminiscent of the local landscapes. As the hotel was built on the grounds of a 1800s cellar, the only remaining marker of the historic Marshall Brothers store, respectful architectural planning was very important. As a result, an outline of the cellar footprint was incorporated into the hotel’s design and a feature wall displaying a montage of tactile materials from the cellar can be seen in the lobby.
In the lobby, a mural entitled Altexpo, created from more than 3,500 original images by local photographer Michael Winsor, pays tribute to Newfoundland and Labrador’s unique landscapes.