Busy opening days for Microtel

Ryan Cochrane (left) and Carlo Spina, co-general managers of the new Microtel Inn & Suites.

The city’s newest hotel opened to a full house earlier this month, and business hasn’t slowed down since.

About 50 executives, dignitaries, hotel guests, and local hoteliers were on hand Thursday evening to mark the grand opening of the Microtel Inn & Suites along the Alaska Highway.

Carlo Spina, co-general manager of the hotel, said he knew the hotel would be busy when it had a soft opening on June 5, but not as busy as it’s been — with industry crews, Alaska Highway travellers, and American military filling up the rooms.

“It’s met and exceeded our expectations,” Spina said.

“We’ve been quite busy from day one, and we hope it continues throughout the year.”

Construction on the property, estimated between $10 to $12 million, began in March 2014, following months of demolition of the old buildings located on the site. The hotel has 87 rooms, four of which are apartment-style suites with full kitchens for long-term stays.

Rates start around $159 and run as high as $269 for long-term stays.

Pizza, steak, and coffee eyed for property

Spina said development of the property isn’t finished.

Construction work continues on a pair of new restaurant spaces, which will house a Pizza Hut and a Morisons
Steakhouse, part of the Browns Restaurant Group.

A Starbucks is also rumoured for the site, however, Spina says no lease agreement has been signed with the coffee chain.

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