Kemptville will welcome its first hotel chain to the area this year. Choice Hotels announced last week that it will be building a four-storey, 74-room Comfort Inn and Suites at the intersection of Rideau River Road and County Road 43, right near the off ramp of Highway 416.
“We are delighted to announce that a new Comfort Inn and Suites will be joining the brand’s 147 hotels across Canada,” says Brian Leon, Managing Director of Choice Hotels Canada. “The new build Comfort format has been exceptionally well received by our guests, and the new hotel in Kemptville will be no exception.” The hotel will also include meeting and fitness facilities, as well as an indoor pool.
You may remember a similar promise of a Holiday Inn coming to that same stretch of County Road 43, though that project eventually fell through. According to Choice Hotels Director of Development, Graham Marsh, the scenario for this hotel is quite different. He says that he would like to think the likelihood of the hotel being built is 100 per cent.
“The application for site plan approval is in,” he says. “It’s just a matter of parcelling off a piece of land to build on.”
Although the hotel franchise will be owned by a group based outside the municipality, Graham says the hotel will be staffed by local people, bringing more jobs into the municipality. “We are very excited about it,” he says. “We see it as a huge benefit to the community as it grows.”
The plan is to start construction in May, with an expected opening date in March, 2019. “We look forward to being there when it opens,” Graham says.