OTTAWA, Canada – Canadian hotelier Group Germain Hotels inaugurated today its first property in the nation’s capital with the opening of the new Alt Hotel Ottawa. The Alt Hotel Ottawa is the Group’s seventh property 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,” states 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.”
“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
Always striving to surprise and delight its guests, Group Germain Hotels is unveiling Altexpo: an original photographic installation created from the images of Canadian photographer and Instagrammer Jean-François Frenette (@Dezjeff). Adorning the lobby of the Alt Hotel Ottawa, the impressive mural is composed of 9000 colourful photographs featuring famous Canadian landscapes and hidden treasures. The eye-catching installation brings a unique flair to the property that instills feelings both personal and patriotic. 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.
Bringing the personal aspect of public art to a new and unexpected level, some guest rooms 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.