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Delta's new flagship hotel at 'centre ice' in Toronto

With Union Station and the Air Canada Centre, home of the Maple Leafs, as its neighbours, Delta Toronto is confident in its south core location

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The streetside presence of the new Delta Toronto, scheduled to open at the end of November, is a priority for Delta Hotels Ltd. “Given the fact that it’s a purpose-built hotel, it gives us a great lobby experience, one that’s not muddled with a residential operation,” says Ken Greene, Delta Hotels president and CEO. The hotel will have a street-front restaurant with an outdoor seating area, open to guests and non-guests alike.

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The height of the Delta Toronto will set it apart from its competition, Mr. Greene maintains. “We’ve designed it to be 46 floors and almost 20 floors higher than almost any hotel in downtown Toronto.” Other new hotels have been developed as multi-use with the best views going to residential units at the top. “You can’t get better views from any hotel in Toronto than where you’re going to be at with the Delta Toronto South Core.”

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Located across from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Delta Toronto aims for a high percentage of occupancy. One event that is returning to the MTCC is the Swift Sibos international banking convention in 2017. When Toronto first hosted the event, in 2011, it brought 8,000 delegates to the city, which translated to 23,000 room nights, according to David Whitaker, president of Tourism Toronto.

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Running a single-purpose hotel, unlike a mixed-use residential and hotel building, comes with its advantages, but it also requires increased capital to build. But as Delta Hotels managing director Jean-Luc Barone says, “Our owners at this time have elected to build a purpose-built hotel, which in a lot of ways helps us because it does not come with additional complexity of having to deal with the residential component, which sometimes can be a bit taxing, either for the residents or for the hotel guests. They don’t necessarily co-habit in the best of fashion at times.”

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All 567 rooms at the Delta Toronto will have SmartDesks, which will give guests fully wired connectivity through a dock for laptops, tablets and smartphones, enabling them to link all their devices to flat-screen TVs.

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On average, guest rooms will be 400 square feet, exceeding the four-star luxury standard size. A number of rooms will also have spacious four-piece bathrooms with freestanding tubs and separate showers.

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The Delta Toronto will make a statement in the city’s rapidly emerging south core neighbourhood, formerly under-used land south of the city’s main railway line. As Jean-Luc Barone, managing director, Delta Hotels, puts it, “There’s no question it’s an evolving neighbourhood at this stage, but it’s becoming increasingly more vibrant.”

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At night, an illuminated portion of the exterior will make the hotel stand out on the skyline. “This all bodes well for our vision of continuing to see Toronto and to some degree all of Canada reposition itself as a very sophisticated international global destination,” says Tourism Toronto’s Mr. Whitaker. To read more, see full story at link below: Strategic location puts new face on Delta Hotels brand.

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