SAINT-HYACINTHE, Que. — The InterContinental Hotels Group’s first sustainable hotel in Canada, and the first of its type in Quebec, opened on Thursday, Jan. 28, in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., near Montreal.
The 94-room Holiday Inn Express and Suites Saint-Hyacinthe was built to meet the criteria of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System for its sustainable practices. It is a high-efficient, ultra-insulated building with LED and low-voltage fluorescent lighting. The furniture is made within 20 kilometres of the hotel, cement from a demolished bridge provides the gravel under and around the new structure, there’s a white roof to reflect the sun’s heat and special heat-capturing water coils and custom-made natural-fibre mattresses (made from bamboo and soya bases).
The new-build property is part of the brand’s multi-faceted, billion-dollar relaunch program. “We’re excited to be opening the first LEED hotel in Quebec and the first of its kind in Canada for Holiday Inn Express,” said Pierre Gilles Gauvin, GM of the hotel. “We have invested $10 million with the goal of providing a hotel that is sustainable and eco-friendly while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere with all the latest in comfort, and we are happy with the end result.”