Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has signed two new build properties in Alberta: The Westin Calgary Airport, owned by PAL Hospitality Ltd., and The Westin Edmonton Gateway, owned by Neelam Investments Ltd. Both hotels are slated to open in 2017.
“We are very excited to continue growing our reach in Canada with this strategic expansion of the Westin brand in key Alberta markets,” said Alison Reid, senior vice-president of North America Development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. “We highly value our relationships with owners and franchisees, and continue to see strong interest from partners looking to leverage Starwood’s powerful brands, network, global booking platforms and loyal customer base.”
With 250 guestrooms, The Westin Calgary Airport will be located directly on Calgary International Airport property. The five-story hotel will feature a Westin Club Lounge, 30,000 square feet of meeting space and a restaurant and lounge.
The Westin Edmonton Gateway will offer 250 guestrooms, as well as a Westin Club Lounge, full restaurant, contemporary bar and more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space. It will be located near The Anthony Henday Expressway.
“These hotels are a great example of how Starwood is working proactively to increase our portfolio throughout Canada with the right partners, the right properties and in the right places,” said Scott T. Duff, Sr. Director Development – Canada & Alaska. “Our solid portfolio of 67 hotels in the country across seven of our brands positions us well for continued growth across the country across all segments.”
Starwood Hotels has also welcomed The Gupta Group / Easton’s Group of Hotels to its family. The Gupta Group recently acquired The Westin Bristol Place Toronto Airport Hotel, assuming the franchise licensing agreement for the hotel. A $9 million renovation is planned for the property over the next year.