Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to Open First Canadian Property in London, Ontario
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Concept image of the Hard Rock Casino Ottawa. Photo credit: Hard Rock Ottawa.
Hard Rock Hotels & Casino is expanding its portfolio in North America with its first property in Canada, located in London, Ontario.
Working with managing partners at Dora Hotel Company and The Cribbage Group, Hard Rock will transform the historic site of the former Kellogg's Canada Factory into the Hard Rock Hotel London.
Located at 100 Kellogg Lane, the planned 353-room hotel will be completed in two phases, with an initial 163-room opening planned for late 2022 and final site completion in 2025.
Todd Hricko, SVP of Hotel Development, Hard Rock International.
"We are thrilled to partner with the Dora Hotel Company and The Cribbage Group on this project, bringing Hard Rock's world-class entertainment experiences to an already-bustling area in Ontario. This property will provide a multitude of local attractions and unique on-property activities sure to create lasting memories for all who visit," said Todd Hricko, SVP of Hotel Development at Hard Rock International."
The rebrand will preserve historical aspects of this site, including the original courtyard that is highlighted by a building developed by Albert Khan, widely acknowledged as the foremost industrial architect of his time and the "Architect of Detroit."
The hotel will feature Hard Rock's signature amenities such as The Sound of Your Stay audio experience program, the Body Rock Fitness training systems and The Rock Spa.
Several restaurants and attractions will be located on the property, including the London Children's Museum, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, and The Factory adventure park, as well as food and beverage offerings such as Powerhouse Brewery, Paradigm Spirits Co., The Canteen and The Club House. In close proximity to the hotel are local attractions such as Budweiser Gardens, RBC Place London and other sports and entertainment facilities.
The company is also planning to bring its first branded casino to Canada. Hard Rock Casino Ottawa will be located at 4837 Albion Rd, Ottawa, ON, where the Rideau Carleton Casino currently stands. According to the website, phase one of the development was completed in fall 2018 and development continues.
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