TORONTO — Marriott International, Inc. will be bringing its Autograph Collection brand to Halifax, with a 110-room hotel to be called MUIR, Autograph Collection. The property’s developer, The Armour Group Limited, expects to open the hotel in Spring 2021.
“We’re delighted to be working with The Armour Group to open our first Autograph Collection hotel in Nova Scotia, in the much-loved city of Halifax — a destination where domestic and international travellers are increasingly coming to work and play,” says Paul Loehr, regional vice-president for Development, Canada, Marriott International. “MUIR, Autograph Collection, will appeal to locals, leisure and business travellers alike.”
The five-storey hotel is slated to open as part of Queen’s Marque, a $200-million mixed-use development in Halifax’s historic waterfront area. The property will include a premium restaurant and lobby bar, a 1,000-sq.-ft. event gallery and access to an 8,000-sq.-ft. wellness centre equipped with an array of fitness equipment, hydrotherapy and cold-plunge pools, as well as a halotherapy salt room.
“We’re very pleased to collaborate with Marriott International to create a new, premium destination in the heart of Halifax,” says Scott Armour McCrea, CEO, The Armour Group Limited. “Our RFP process was extensive. We looked for an affinity partner whose brand aligned with our vision for Muir. The Autograph Collection brand stood out because of our shared commitment to creating a truly unique experience that delivered a distinct sense of place.”
The Queen’s Marque mixed-use project will also include 142 luxury leased residences, 50,000 sq. ft. of premium retail and restaurant space, 120,000 sq. ft. of office space and 2.5-acres of public space that will feature a central plaza, an amphitheater and an extensive public art collection.
Once open, MUIR will join the Autograph Collection’s diverse global portfolio of nearly 200 hotels. This signing underscores Marriott International’s growing premium portfolio in Canada, where the company now has five open Autograph Collection hotels across the country — including the DOUGLAS in downtown Vancouver and the iconic Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina.