Moxy Motels including Banff to listing of properties in 24 nations

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Moxy Motels, a model that boasts 125 properties throughout 24 nations, is about to open its first two in Canada. One is in Halifax and the second is in Banff, a conversion of The Voyageur Inn in partnership with Drumheller-based Canalta Motels.

Moxy participates with Marriott Bonvoy, the worldwide journey program of Marriott Worldwide that gives members a rare portfolio of worldwide manufacturers with unique experiences.

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“Moxy Banff is the results of a $30-million renovation of The Voyageur Inn, Banff’s first industrial motor resort that was constructed in 1964,” says Brooke Christianson, co-executive vice-president together with his brother, Blair, of Canalta Motels. “Whereas most lodges in Banff supply a standard mountain expertise, Moxy Banff stands out from the gang with its daring mid-century design anchored within the centre by Bar Moxy, flanked on either side by expansive rundle stone partitions, and distinctive precast wings that float over the parkade.”

Canalta Motels is a family-owned and operated Canadian firm with 43 lodges, based by mother and father Cam and Sharlene Christianson in 1974. Their first property opened as The Heartlander in Stettler in 1978, and by 1981 in addition they owned The Crusader there. The Eighties have been “a little bit of a grind” and the household moved to Hannah to open and stay within the Hanna Inn. Cam fashioned Canalta Actual Property Companies and opened two A&W Eating places, two Mohawk/Husky eating places, three liquor shops and two extra lodges in surrounding communities.

As enterprise grew, they relocated to Drumheller and arrange their headquarters, opened Canalta’s first branded resort in Weyburn, Sask., and constructed relationships with Wyndham to develop Ramada Inns and Hilton to open Hampton Inn and Suites properties.

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The lure of Banff was answered in 2016 when the Christiansons launched the Canalta model within the Rocky Mountain resort with the acquisition of the favored Voyageur and its neighbour, the Spruce Grove Inn.

The distinctive design of Moxy Banff is the results of Canalta working with Marriott most well-liked vendor New York-based Workshop/APD to convey to the resort a cohesive inside design, and an intentional narrative thread that ties the visitor expertise collectively, together with Calgary’s Metaphor Structure that designed the fashionable exterior of the constructing.

The unconventional room layouts of Moxy embody toe-to-toe beds that enhance the ground area whereas creating an enormous daybed for lounging. There are rooms with double bunks, kitchenettes and lock off suites that make two rooms into one. Playful programming offers year-round heated patio and out of doors sizzling swimming pools.

The unique Voyageur Inn had 88 rooms however, with 9 rooms being added by closing its U-shape and taking ballroom and assembly area, the brand new Moxy Resort gives 109 rooms and parking for round 20 automobiles.

Managing the brand new resort will likely be Moxy Banff captain Sudeep Sandhu, who has moved from the next-door property to run a group that can have scheduled actions, in addition to spontaneous choices.

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Moxy Banff will welcome friends in January, served by round 30 employees.

Cam Christianson continues as president and CEO of the family-run Canalta Motels firm that he and Sharlene launched in rural Alberta nearly 50 years in the past. It now has greater than 3,000 staff unfold all through the prairie provinces in its greater than 40 lodges, and 40-plus A&Ws and Boston Pizzas.

Two years in the past, they opened Barneys household journey park in Drumheller and extra not too long ago Drum Distillery, which can welcome guests to a tasting room subsequent summer season.


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