Holiday Inn Express accepting reservations

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Hotel expected to be open in May

Charlie Payne (left) and Lloyd Coish work on the canopy at the Holiday Inn Express in Deer Lake. The hotel is scheduled to open in May. — Photo by Paul Hutchings/The Western Star

The Holiday Inn Express should open in May. In fact, the company is accepting reservations on its website for the new Deer Lake facility for May 21, 2012 and on.

The hotel will employ close to 50 people and is expected to have between 80-100 rooms.

Workers have most of the exterior completed, with only the drive-thru canopy at the main entrance left to be finished. Site foreman Frank Compton said his team of about 36 workers is completing the interior of the four-storey building one floor at a time.

Working from the top down, Compton said the top floor is about 98 per cent finished, the third floor 75 per cent and the second floor, he estimated to be approximately 30 per cent completed. The building’s interior design will begin late winter.

Compton said there haven’t been any hitches as his crew prepared to finish for the Christmas holiday.

“The weather gave us some problems when we were working on the exterior, but now we’re mainly inside so it shouldn’t be a problem,” he said. “Everything is hooked up and it’s all going good.”

Compton said he was unsure if there would be a ramp leading from the highway to the hotel, explaining that it was in the plans at the beginning of the project, but nothing has been mentioned since and there is no evidence of one being built.

As it stands now, visitors will have to take the exit from the highway onto Nicholsville Road and turn onto Bennett Avenue to access the hotel.

Compton said he is receiving a lot of positive feedback about the project.

“People are pretty happy about this,” he said. “They’re telling me they are looking forward to it being finished. I know there are a lot of people asking about it.”

In 2011 the Deer Lake Regional Airport set a record for the number of passengers using the airport, while the Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation has stated its looking to attract more riders from outside the province, and the Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce is also pleased with a new business opens in the area.

 

The Western Star

Organizations: Holiday Inn Express, Deer Lake Regional Airport, Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce

Geographic location: Deer Lake, Nicholsville Road, Bennett Avenue Western Star

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  • David
    December 29, 2011 - 22:45

    Almost every accomodations business I can think of is always "accepting reservations"...and they all have a lot more deserving and professional track record for living up to expectations and useful to the local economy than this joke of a circus has been. Why give them a highly complimentary, free advertising promotion in this newspaper at the expense of their competition? Why not ask a few more pertinent, tough questions, like: "With all that's happened, why should anyone risk their holiday plans with your company?"

  • Safety First
    December 28, 2011 - 09:39

    I hope that access to the hotel will remain as it is, via Bennett Avenue. In the interest of safety we should be phasing out direct access to the TCH, not adding new access.

  • Jack
    December 28, 2011 - 06:54

    I hope that once the Holiday Inn Express in Deer Lake is opened, Halifax based hotel builders like Pacrim Hospitality Services will be banned from building hotels in the Deer Lake due to constant delays in the project. Besides, we don't want Deer Lake or other Newfoundland and Labrador towns turning into another Truro, Nova Scotia, where their boarded up hotel, The Palliser, is now becoming their town eyesore. New hotels are ok, just not built from Halifax based companies in light of the frequent delays in the Holiday Inn project in Deer Lake.

    • anonanonanon
      December 28, 2011 - 17:09

      Should be a positive thing ...cant see it being negative. I'm sure some small minded individuals of Deer Lake think different but at least now you have the most modern/new hotel this side of St Johns. The only one on the West Coast. Just remember, we owe this to the travellers of Alberta and other rotational jobs. Its sures hell not coming from the local economy.

    • Nl First
      December 30, 2011 - 08:18

      Jack...You should really do some research before trying to make intelligent comments. It's not like building a shed in your backyard and Pacrim may have it's Head Office based in Halifax but it's more Newfoundland than you think! It doesn't matter where they are from though, cause you'd say the same thing if it was a crowd of townies building it!

    • David
      January 04, 2012 - 13:37

      No, can't possibly be a negative thing, right Anon? Like that giant scar left in the hillside of the Humber Valley after that Dobbin fiasco...that's just gogeous. Really opens up the place! Developers should never be questioned or held to any account...they are pillars of our community!