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ALT Hotels Opens Their ALTernative Brand In Winnipeg

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  Site Where: 310 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R2V 2H3
May 13, 2015 at 4:03 PM | by | ()

Let's just pause for a moment to think about how lucky we are to be living in a time when hotels are spreading their design wings and letting creativity flow. And we’re not being irreverent here -- we mean it. Remember the old days when hotels looked like they were all cut with the same dull cookie cutter? Dullsville, right?

ALT Hotels, baby sister brand of Le Germain Hotels, is a leader out of Canada that specializes in good design at a good price (think Mama Shelter or citizenM but where the private space is as important as the public space size-wise). The hotels are designed in a sorta industrial chic look, with enough comfy pockets for you to nestle into. They mix high-end furnishings with low-end services, meaning you get Italian designer chairs but not a concierge. This is how they manage to keep their uber-cool properties at a reasonable rate: in Winnipeg we’re talking $149 per night, every night.

While ALT Hotels all share a certain style, each ALT Hotel that opens has some unique features that make it its own, and the ALT Winnipeg – just opened two weeks ago – is no exception and we’re digging what we’re seeing.

If you want to see what we're seeing, go to the photo gallery!

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Montreal Says 'Bienvenue' to a New ALT Hotel

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  Site Where: 120 Peel Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3C 4B8
February 27, 2014 at 9:18 AM | by | ()

Groupe Germain Hospitalité is opening its fifth ALT Hotel at the end of March: the ALT Hotel Montréal Griffintown. Along with Hôtel Le Germain Montréal and ALT Hotel Brossard Quartier DIX30, this will be the company’s third hotel in and around the city. It will also be the first hotel (try to keep with all of these stats!) to open in cool-sounding Griffintown, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods now home to Montréal’s Fashion Week and its own bespoke beer, Griffintown Blonde Ale from Brasseur de Montréal. (You know you’ve made it when your name’s on a beer, are we right?)

The hotel will continue to fulfill the ALT Hotels mandate of offering a “no-frills-chic hotel concept combining modern design and eco-friendly features at an affordable rate.”

See more renderings below!

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What the Heck’s Going On in the City in the Center(re) of Canada?

October 18, 2013 at 12:47 PM | by | ()

Ever vigilant, we’ve noticed that there’s been a real buzz in the hotel world in the geographic center of Canada—unassuming Winnipeg. We decided to find out why two new locally-owned boutique hotels are or have just opened, why Groupe Germain decided to build the soon-to-be-open ALT Hotel, and why the Delta Winnipeg decided to embark on a top-to-bottom reno that sets them up to be the one of the first Delta Hotels to unveil the chain's new room design blueprint.

We first spoke with Neil Fishman, GM of The Grand, a boutique hotel that just opened on September 23 at Winnipeg's international airport. The property is Winnipeg’s first member of Preferred Hotels, falling under the Sterling Design label. We asked him what was behind the decision to open the hotel now? His response:

In October 2011, the Winnipeg Airport Authority built a brand new state-of-the-art airport [which we at HC just happen to know was designed by Caser Pelli & Associates, architects of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur]. We thought it was important to build a hotel that would be adjacent to the new terminal while offering our guests a new, unique boutique hotel experience. It was our goal to build a property unlike any other hotel in Winnipeg—to offer amenities and services no other hotel was able to offer. Winnipeg is a booming market and there is a tremendous amount of growth in the airport area.

The Grand is a vision in glass, making it unique in the city. We’re told that the property has spa-like bathrooms, iPads in every room, Smart TVs with free access to Netflix, and, for you Starbucks fanatics out there, Starbucks coffee in the rooms and the lobby. (We’ll be reviewing this hotel later in the year so you’ll get the full inside scoop then.)

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ALT Hotel Toronto Dominates Mid-Priced Airport Options

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  Site Where: 6080 Viscount Road, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, L4V 0A1
December 3, 2012 at 9:47 AM | by | ()

We had the chance to stay at the new ALT Hotel Toronto Pearson, owned by Canadian boutique hoteliers, Groupe Germain and, we gotta tell ya, this hotel-in-a-box is stylin’!

Back in April we reported Groupe Germain planned to open several ALT Hotels across Canada, and Toronto is the first up. The ALT Hotel business model is to maximize style while keeping costs down by minimizing superfluous services and prefabricating the hotel rooms – sort of like how cruise ships are built (ergo, hotel-in-a-box!). What this means is that you can get a hotel room for a very reasonable price, that is always the same, no matter what day of the week or what time of the year.

Knowing all of this, we were still pleasantly surprised that the 153-room hotel is so well-designed. When you enter, you'll first notice the eye-catching video wall. Made up of photos and LCD screens, this ever-changing mural is comprised of photos submitted via Instagram.

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ALT Offers ALTernatives To Pricey Hotels--This Time In Ottawa

November 20, 2012 at 9:48 AM | by | ()

In its continuing quest for world domination – Okay, Canadian domination – family-run Canadian hotelier, Groupe Germain, has announced that they will build another ALT Hotel in Ottawa for 2014.

Expect to see a modern hotel with twelve floors and 148 rooms designed by Canadian architects Lemay Michaud and Richard Chmiel. The hotel will be located on well-traversed Slater Street in Ottawa's bustling business district and will share space with 164 luxury condos in the same complex.

As in all ALT Hotels, WiFi is always free and the hotels don’t just call themselves green, they mean it. They use: geothermal heating and cooling, heat recovery from indoor air that's vented outside, water from commercial washers, energy-efficient lighting and a direct digital control system for ventilation, heating and cooling.

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Canadian Boutique Hotel Group to Open ALT Hotels in Winnipeg, Toronto, Montréal and Halifax

April 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM | by | ()

Speaking of Canada today, Groupe Germain Hospitality – a family-run, luxury boutique hotel company based in Québec – is expanding into the Prairies and the east with its little sister hotel brand, ALT Hotels.

The concept is simple: maximize modern design and minimize unnecessary amenities. The cost of your room remains the same no matter when you travel, so no need to try to angle for the best room rate during those peak times. Need a Wi-Fi connection? Included. iPod docking station? Got it. A doorman who’ll hail a taxi for you? Nowhere to be found.

Another innovation is that each room in an ALT Hotel is prefabricated. That’s right, folks... it’s a hotel in a box. So rooms only come in two different sizes, but with customized interiors to reflect current design trends.

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