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Reflagged, Refurbished Algonquin Reopens


BY ALLAN LYNCH

After a two-year closure to facilitate the most extensive down-to-the-bare-studs refurbishment in its 125-year history, the Algonquin Resort St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, reopens under a new flag. Formerly a Fairmont property, the 246-room Algonquin is the first Canadian member of the Marriott Autograph Collection.

The $35 million refurbishment includes the addition of two new pools (inside and outside), new spa, fitness studio, and full insulation and air conditioning which converts this into a year-round resort operation. The Tudor-styled resort’s classic amenities – wood burning fireplaces, rambling verandahs and extensive gardens – remain.

The Algonquin’s 18-hole championship golf course underwent a $9 million refurbishment in 2000. The Algonquin can host boards of 15, banquets for 350 and theatre style for 400. It has a private beach club ideal for seaside lobster boils, access to tidal island with 32-room “cottage”, and 17,000 square feet of meeting space with all the meeting mod cons.

Denise Bradbury, Algonquin ResortResort operator New Castle Hotels and Resorts has named Denise Bradbury director of sales and marketing for the Algonquin. She moves to St. Andrews from sister property The Westin Nova Scotian Halifax, Nova Scotia where she was director of sales. Denise can be reached at Denise.bradbury@algonquinresort.com.



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