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Groupe Germain launches ALT, a brand new hotel concept in Canada

June 8, 2007
by Canadian Architect

Groupe Germain today announced a brand new concept for cheap-chic hotels that will be gradually introduced in Canada. A first in this country, ALT Hotels will offer the qualities sought by a growing range of consumers who want affordable accommodation without compromising on design and comfort.

The type of hotel we are introducing today reflects a strong trend in hotel accommodation, especially in Europe and Asia. Its been dubbed no-frills-chic and combines design, atmosphere and chic interiors with the best possible price. The overall concept is bold and the look is striking, but there are not any superfluous details, said Christiane Germain, co-president and CEO of Groupe Germain.

The first ALT Hotel will be built at a cost of $21 million in Brossards brand new Quartier DIX30, strategically located at the intersection of highways 10 and 30, a stones throw from Montreal and right in the heart of the South Shore. It will be located near a 900-seat theatre, fabulous restaurants, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and spa, and more than 100 stores and boutiques. Construction has already begun on this first ALT Hotel, which will feature the very latest in energy-saving measures. It is scheduled to open in September 2007.

Our research clearly shows that there is a shortage of this type of cheap-chic accommodation in Canadas hotel industry, explained Germain. For $129 per night, guests will enjoy quick and easy check-in, a unique atmosphere and an inviting, eclectic lounge. The cozy, inviting rooms include an office area equipped with the latest technology used by todays travellers and feature an urban-spa type bathroom. Guests will be able to enjoy products and services tailored to their needs, such as breakfast on the run when they leave the hotel, and super-healthy, energizing juices. No other hotel in this category will give guests this much for such a tiny price, concluded Germain.

In addition to families looking for affordable weekend getaways, ALT Hotels, which will offer a smoke-free environment, will also target business travellers and the convention market. To serve this clientele, the hotel will have more than 5,000 square feet of space for business meetings. The main conference room at the ALT Hotel in Quartier DIX30 will be located on the top floor, with breathtaking views of Montreal. The first convention has already been confirmed for early 2008.

ALT Hotels will be built either close to major arteries or in urban centres where land is more limited. The new chain, which is an alternative to Groupe Germains current offering, will provide more flexibility for developing the company in Canada.

In order to offer a quality hotel at the lowest possible prices, Groupe Germain and its Quebec partners have developed a totally new construction concept: the prefabricated room. Prefabricated rooms are currently being built at Rnova in Plessisville, one of the Groups longstanding partners. Thirty-five jobs at Rnova are directly related to this project.

The hotel will also feature a series of energy-efficient measures: heating and cooling with geothermal systems, recovery of heat from outdoor air and exhaust air leaving the building, recovery of heat from water used in commercial washers, energy-efficient lighting throughout, a main light switch for controlling all lights in the room when guests check out, geothermal hot water heaters, geothermally heated tiles on the ground floor, door contacts in stairwells to reduce lighting by half when unoccupied, and a system of direct digital controls (DDC) for ventilation, cooling and heating.

A family-owned company in Quebec, Groupe Germain owns and operates four distinguished hotel properties in Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto. It recently announced the opening of a second hotel in Toronto as well as a real estate complex in Calgary.

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