New hotel will take Kelowna airport ‘to the next level’: director | infonews

Artist’s impression of the new Sutton Place Hotel at the Kelowna Airport.

Image Credit: Submitted/City of Kelowna

September 29, 2022 – 3:21 pm

The first hotel on the Kelowna International Airport property will be the Sutton Place Hotel owned and operated by Northland Properties of British Columbia.

The six-story hotel will have 230 to 263 rooms with a four-diamond rating, Kelowna Airport Manager Sam Samaddar told today, September 29.

“When you look at airports and airports that go to the next level, these are the kinds of amenities that add to the facility,” he said. “Look at the top eight airports in the country and they all have hotels right next to your property.”

It will be built opposite the expanding terminal building, in the area where car rental and short-term parking are now located.

Details on who will operate what a City of Kelowna press release calls an “award-winning” restaurant have yet to be worked out.

It will have a business center, spa, concierge and bellhop services, and meeting rooms.

Plans are to begin construction late next year with an opening date of 2026.

The city issued a call for expressions of interest last October for a long-term lease with a proposed price of $10 million. He requested 100-200 rooms, so the final project will be bigger than originally planned.

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Samaddar did not provide details on the cost or duration of the lease, but said those details would be forwarded to the city council on Monday.

It will be built and operated by British Columbia-based Northland Properties, which was started by Bob Gaglardi in 1993 with a Sandman Inn in Smithers. Tom Gaglardi is its current CEO.

Northlands is the “force behind other well-known brands such as Sandman Hotel Group, Denny’s Canada, Moxies, Chop Steakhouse & Bar, Shark Club, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Grouse Mountain, Dallas Stars NHL Team and Northland Asset Management Company”, the news release says.

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