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Breaking ground: Aurora Microtel Inn and Suites to open doors in 2018

Aurora, ON, October 2017

Aurora’s newest hotel is set to open within the next 12 months.

Not even the rain could dampen the mood as builders, town representatives and the public gathered to break ground on Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham located at 180 Goulding Ave. This will be the first Microtel hotel in the Greater Toronto Area as the recognized American brand spreads across Canada.

“We are extremely excited to be here,” MasterBUILT Hotels president Eric Watson said.

The hotel will feature 108 rooms and suites, some with full kitchens for extended stays, an indoor pool featuring a water slide, a fitness centre as well as meeting and function space.

In 2015, Aurora town staff proposed town council examine its development charges and incentives in order to attract a hotel, Mayor Geoff Dawe explained. York Region eventually changed its formula and incentives shortly after.

“I looked at building a hotel in Aurora four years ago but I took one look at development costs and passed,” Watson added. “But the changes made by Aurora and the region made me revisit the idea and here we are.”

A hotel brings a lot of opportunity to town, especially in the business community, according to Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s George Hughes.

Companies will be able to invite clients and business associates to town because they will have somewhere to stay, trade shows can be held in the program space, large meetings and training sessions can be accommodated in the meeting rooms, and sporting events will keep visiting players in town to stay, eat, shop and play.

“We will make sure we program the hotel for the community’s needs,” Watson said. “We know hotels are a gathering place for the community and a hub for economic activity.”

Dawe welcomes the jobs this project will create and looks forward to having the company as a community partner, something it is known for. This year alone the company has donated $150,000 to charities and encourages all employees to volunteer by giving them three paid days a year to do so.

Watson confirmed the hotel should be open for business by the end of 2018.