New Brunchswick Premier, David Alward joined officials with New Castle Hotels & Resorts, Southwest Properties and Marriott International, Inc. to commemorate the grand re-opening of the Algonquin Resort.
Celebrating its 125th anniversary, the Algonquin first opened in June, 1889 and became the nation’s first Autograph Collection hotel, Marriott International’s portfolio of independent hotels, when it opened in March following an 18 month renovation. Southwest Properties and New Castle team purchased the hotel from the provincial government in 2012 with the intent of restoring it.
"Throughout the renovation process, we were very cognizant of the fact that we had been entrusted with a piece of New Brunswick's history," said Jim Spatz, chairman and CEO of Southwest Properties. "We set out to preserve the authenticity of this cherished hotel and simultaneously elevate it to meet modern expectations for a luxury resort."
The Algonquin’s guest rooms and public spaces were redesigned by Toronto designer, Robynne Moncur of Moncur Design. Originally developed as a summer resort, The Algonquin is now a year-round destination.
Renovations included heated floors in guest rooms, a new infoor pool with a three story waterslide, a fitness center and the recently re-opened Spa at the Algonquin, now an Aveda Concept spa, which has been expanded to include a salon and offers honey-based treatments harvested from the resort’s hives.
The resort also features two restaurants, Braxton's Restaurant and Bar and the Clubhouse, 19,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, a lounge with outdoor patio, fire pits with loaner guitars, outdoor pool and hot tub. Now in its second century of service, the Algonquin is also home to the seaside Algonquin Golf Course.