Group Germain Hotels officially opened its first property in the nation’s capital today. Alt Hotel Ottawa is the company’s seventh hotel under the Alt banner.
“Group Germain Hotels is a proud Canadian company and as such, it’s an extra-special honour to announce the opening our first hotel in Ottawa,” says Jean-Yves Germain, co-president of Group Germain Hotels. “It feels as though we are taking one giant step towards becoming the first independent Canadian hotelier to have properties from coast to coast. We are now even more energized to continue expanding until we achieve our goal of 20 hotels across the country by 2020.”
Christiane Germain, co-president of Group Germain Hotels, adds, “We are very much looking forward to welcoming guests from across the country at our first property in the nation’s capital. As such, we selected the best design elements from each of our Alt Hotels in Canada and integrated original works of art to create the ultimate guest experience. Plus, this is only the beginning as the property will soon have company: we will be opening a new Le Germain Hotel here in Ottawa in 2017.”
Alt Hotel Ottawa
Designed by LEMAYMICHAUD Architecture Design and Chmiel Architects, the 14-floor, 148-room Alt Hotel Ottawa features almost 4,000 square feet of meeting space furnished with large format televisions, projections screens and equipment featuring the latest technology.
The compact, hip guestrooms have “ultra-comfortable” beds and spa-inspired bathrooms. Like all Group Germain Hotels properties, Alt Hotel Ottawa also features a host of eco-responsible components such as geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting in all rooms, a heat recovery system and much more.
“This dynamic accommodations and meeting space is a great addition to our city,” says Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “Alt Hotel Ottawa is conveniently located in the city’s downtown core and will offer a delightful new lodging alternative to visitors and tourists, particularly during the upcoming Ottawa 2017 celebrations.”
Altexpo: a collective work of art
Group Germain Hotels is unveiling Altexpo: an original photographic installation created from the images of Canadian photographer and Instagrammer Jean-François Frenette (@Dezjeff). Located in the lobby, the mural is composed of 9000 colourful photographs featuring famous Canadian landscapes and hidden treasures. Altexpo also features photos by Ottawa-based Instagrammers Zara Ansar (@Xoveloxo), Christopher Ryan (@ChrisArrrrr), Julia Leal (@LittleMissOttawa) and Katie Hession (@YowCityStyle), as well as LCD screens that display photos in real-time snapped by visitors who use the #Altexpo hashtag on Instagram.
In addition, some guestrooms also boast a special interactive installation on the windows. Created by Canadian design studio Daily Tous les Jours, the innovative feature entitled “Up Down” encourages guests to touch and become part of the artistic experience.
The property also offers guests a full fitness facility and a lobby cafe, which is open for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Altcetera Café offers food from local caterer Epicuria as well as hot beverages including fine espressos, delectable lattes and teas by DAVIDsTEA.