ELORA, Ont. — Pearle Hospitality broke ground on the Elora Mill Hotel & Spa at a ceremony at the historic Elora grist mill last week. The intimate 30-suite hotel is expected to open early 2018.

The property will also feature a restaurant and bar, enclosed in glass and cantilevered over the Grand River. The hotel spa will be built along the cliff of the Elora Gorge and offer guests a wide range of custom-designed treatments.

The second phase of the project will include condominium residences, a retail “village” and additional hotel space on the south side of the river. The two phases of development will be linked by a glass-enclosed pedestrian bridge. Together, both phases of the project will take five years and $120 million to complete.

“Our philosophy in approaching this project is all about its sense of place, rooted in the community, inspired by natural beauty and creating a truly authentic guest experience,” says Aaron Ciancone, president of Pearle Hospitality. “There will be nothing insincere about this design, no exotic themes or mimicking trends; instead we will draw on all that makes this destination distinct throughout the year.”

The project will also feature a brand new hydro turbine that will harness the current of the Grand River to create one mega-watt of electricity — enough to power the entire development upon completion.


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