SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Sonder Holdings Inc. is bringing its signature tech-enabled hospitality experience to Ottawa with three new hotel properties, accounting for 480 units. Sonder already has existing locations across Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
Sonder The O’Connor, which opened earlier this year, is a 126-unit hotel that currently offers studio and one-bedroom suites with balconies and fully equipped kitchens. Sonder Rideau, a 203-unit hotel located steps from Parliament Hill, will be opening in the coming months. Lastly, Sonder recently signed an agreement to take on management and operations of an additional 150 plus-units property on Albert St., located near Ottawa’s Rideau Canal. It will host studio and one-bedroom suites, all with kitchenettes or fully equipped kitchens, and is slated to open in 2023.
“Our hospitality industry in Ottawa has been through some tough periods over the last few years. Sonder’s innovative approach to hospitality and their seamless tech-enabled operating model is really aligned with the needs and expectations of the modern traveller. Sonder’s ability to conceptualize and deliver an experience that speaks to the new generation of travellers is revitalizing Ottawa’s tourism sector,” says Alex Aronson, VP, 377 O’Connor Properties LP.
“Ottawa has changed so much over the last few years and the region sees [more than] 11 million leisure visitors annually from around the world. Millennials and Gen Z are the fastest-growing cohorts among those groups. Sonder is built for the guest who wants to stay in inspiring, ‘Instagrammable’ spaces that are built to accommodate all aspects of their busy lives. And they want to have everything they need on their phones to independently manage their stays. We’re really pleased to be bringing our differentiated hospitality model to Ottawa and to be expanding rapidly in the area,” says Markus Fisher, general manager, Sonder, Ottawa.
“OGHA welcomes new accommodation players into our community, particularly those that are good partners and support the industry’s efforts to grow tourism. Sonder has stepped up and become a valuable member and contributor to Ottawa Tourism and to OGHA,” says Steve Ball, president of the Ottawa-Gatineau Hotel Association.