Fort McMurray Hotel Finally Opens After Burning Down Twice

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

The shiny new property.

Rebuilding after the second fire.

Let’s hope the third time is lucky. The Microtel Inn & Suites, a new Canadian prototypical hotel, has officially opened in Fort McMurray, Alta. But the opening didn’t come without a struggle.

During the construction phase of the 139-room property, the hotel was lost twice to fire, once on Christmas Day, 2015 due to arson, and then again during the wildfire in MAY 2016. 

“This is an exciting opening for MasterBUILT Hotels. We have been planning and building this hotel since 2014 and to have lost it twice to fire, just makes this opening that much more significant, said Eric Watson, president of MasterBUILT Hotels.

"We are so pleased to be part of the Fort McMurray community and to now officially open our doors and welcome guests is a significant point of pride for our entire team.” 

"It was a great night spent with representatives from many local businesses, Tany Yao, MLA for Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo and the Mikisew First Nation, our business partner in this hotel," said MasterBUILT Hotels director of sales and marketing, Donna Fahey, of the Nov. 20 opening event.

The opening of the Fort McMurray hotel marks Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham’s fifth location in Alberta. It is also the largest of the current 15 Microtel Inn & Suites open across Canada.

The hotel is intended to be a flagship location for the brand, featuring its new urban construction design and offering guests modern accommodations with complimentary ultra-high-speed Internet, hot continental breakfast, upscale fitness centre, swimming pool, and meeting room facilities. 

Guest rooms and suites feature a compact refrigerator, microwave and in-room coffee, with select rooms featuring a full kitchen, separate bedroom and living room, ideal for extended stays. 

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