Within two years, Ottawa International should finally have an airport hotel, with the announcement of a $40 million facility by Canadian hotel group Germain.
It will be branded the Alt Hotel, and will be built within easy walking distance of the terminal, connected by an overhead walkway. It will have 180 rooms, with meeting facilities and a restaurant on the top floor, with a commanding view of the airfield.
“After more than a year of due diligence, we found the ideal site and partner to develop a YOW terminal-connected hotel,” said Mark Laroche, President and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority in a statement. “This development, plus LRT connectivity, plus our pre-board screening and concession revitalization plans underline YOW’s commitment to serving the growing demands of Canada’s Capital Region’s residents and visitors.”
Alt hotels boast an eco-friendly design, with a minimalist European feeling to them. A plus for travellers, the hotel will have no fixed check-out time, and will welcome dogs.
“We are well on our way to reaching our ultimate goal which is to become the first Canadian independent hotelier group to be present all across Canada,” said Group Germain Hotels co-president Jean-Yves Germain.
The hotel is slated to open in late 2020.
Ottawa international is in the early stages of a terminal revamp, which includes relocating and expanding passenger screening, renewing food, beverage and retail concessions, and moving services from pre-security to post. Long term plans include light rail service to the airport.