Ottawa hotel owners expand portfolio with new Homewood Suites by Hilton

Politicians, business leaders gather at new property for ribbon-cutting ceremony
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The new Homewood Suites by Hilton celebrated its official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, April 13, 2018. (Photo by Caroline Phillips)

Only in the hotel industry could you get away with comparing someone to Donald Trump, one of the most controversial leaders in modern history. 

That's because – whether you love him or hate him – the U.S. president has managed to forge a successful real estate career in the hotel industry, much like a group of Ottawa business people who celebrated the opening of their fourth hotel in Ottawa on Friday.

“You’re turning into the Donald Trump of Ottawa,” joked Mayor Jim Watson, causing an uproar of laughter from the crowd during the official ribbon-cutting ceremony held outside of the new Homewood Suites by Hilton. It's located near the Ottawa airport, at 3605 Paul Anka Dr.

The mayor was joined by Councillors Diane Deans (Gloucester-Southgate Ward) and Riley Brockington (River Ward), as well as Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod (Nepean-Carleton).

On hand were the hotel owners: Anand Aggarwal and his wife Saroj, and Harry Sohal and sons TJ Sohal and his wife, Anu Sohal, Sonny Sohal and his wife, Kiran Sohal, and Gary Sohal.

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Local politicians gathered outside the new Homewood Suites by Hilton, located near the Ottawa airport, for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony held Friday, April 13, 2018. Photo by Caroline Phillips

The partners own three other hotels in the vicinity of the airport: the Hampton Inn by Hilton, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, and the Residence Inn by Marriott. As well, they own one of Ottawa’s newest venues, the nearby Infinity Convention Centre (that's where everyone headed after the ceremony for a celebratory lunch).

The group is also opening a 180-room Holiday Inn Express on King Edward Avenue and St. Patrick Street in downtown Ottawa. The building is currently under construction and is scheduled to open next year.

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From left, business partners Anand Aggarwal, Sonny Sohal, TJ Sohal and Harry Sohal on Friday, April 13, 2018, at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new Homewood Suites by Hilton extended-say hotel. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Anu Sohal, Saroj Aggarwal and Kiran Sohal  on Friday, April 13, 2018, at the official ribbon-cutting for Homewood Suites by Hilton. Photo by Caroline Phillips

The 98-room Homewood Suites has been operating since the end of March. It’s the nearest extended-stay hotel to the airport and offers suites with fully equipped kitchens, living areas, dining tables and work desks, 50-inch TVs and free WiFi.

"We’re already seeing success,” Aggarwal, who’s also owner of Manor Park Management, told OBJ. “We are very pleased, especially when we see in the first week that we have 70 per cent occupancy.”

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Lisa MacLeod with guest and well-known condo developer Bill Malhotra and Mayor Jim Watson at the official ribbon-cutting of Homewood Suites by Hilton. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Entrepreneur and Synapcity co-founder Manjit Basi with Coun. Riley Brockington at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for Homewood Suites by Hilton located by the Ottawa airpot. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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The new Homewood Suites by Hilton celebrated its official ribbon-cutting on Friday, April 13, 2018. Photo by Caroline Phillips

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