Photos: Lord Elgin Hotel completes $12M renovations

The Lord Elgin Hotel has completed its multimillion-dollar renovations in time for what management hopes will be a record year in 2017.

The overhaul began last year while the hotel was celebrating its 75th anniversary, with hopes of capitalizing on the highly-anticipated Ottawa 2017 festivities.
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“In terms of renovating hotels, this was, without question, an accelerated timeline to have a hotel renovated to the extent that we’ve had,” says general manager David Smythe.

The original timeline called for work to be wrapped up by early December, but Mr. Smythe says he isn’t discouraged by the mid-January completion.

“We have the right product at the right time with the right team to make the most of this,” Mr. Smythe says. “We’re ready to welcome the world to Ottawa in 2017.”

The total cost of renovations to the Lord Elgin came in at $12 million, which includes $2 million worth of extensive improvements to the hotel’s air conditioning system done in advance of this overhaul.

This works out to around $30,000 worth of renovations in each of the hotel’s 355 rooms. Improvements included a full stripping down of the rooms, as well as the installation of new marble tile floors, showers and vanities. Hotel corridors and meeting rooms for the hotel’s business clientele were also refurbished and received updated Wi-Fi capabilities.

The renovation process moved floor-by-floor through the Lord Elgin, which allowed the hotel to maintain service while changes were implemented. Mr. Smythe attributes the smooth process to the expertise of owners Gillin Engineering & Construction, and their ability to work closely with contractor Lundy Construction.

This is the first major renovation to the hotel since 2004 when construction completed on two eight-storey towers on the north and south sides of the building.


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