Sydney Boutique Inn & Suites open for business
Travellers from around the world are now finding grand style comfort in the historic former Notre Dame convent in Charlottetown.
Sydney Boutique Inn & Suites is accommodating visitors and local residents in fine fashion after a lengthy and expensive overhaul of the 160-year-old, five-storey brick building.
Following the purchase of the property in 2014, the project ended up running six months beyond schedule and millions of dollars over initial estimate.
However, project manager Gordon MacPherson says the $11.5-million investment by Jason Aspin, CEO of Aspin Kemp & Associates, and a pair of Chinese investors has resulted in a pleasing final product.
“We wanted to do it right – just trying to create that curb appeal that brings a new life to the property,’’ says MacPherson.
The 18-room, five-star boutique inn opened in June with rates running from $200 to $379 per night.
Now work is underway to attract residents to the stylishly furnished 18 two-bedroom apartments that range in size from 800 square feet to 1,150 square feet, as well as four micro-apartments.
“Business has been encouraging, (but) it needs time to grow,’’ says MacPherson.
He notes there is a growing market for “upper end’’ accommodations in Charlottetown.
Décor features original watercolour paintings of local scenery, crown moldings with original woodwork of the building constructed in 1857, elegant wool carpeting, crystal chandeliers and custom-built furnishings.
The exterior of the Second Empire-style building, located on Sydney Street, meets numerous stringent heritage guidelines.
MacPherson stresses staff, which currently numbers about 15, is being instilled with the importance of providing high-quality service.
To learn more about Sydney Inns Boutique & Suites or to find contact information to arrange a viewing of an apartment, visit www.sydneyinn.com.
Front desk agent Brandon Wallis sits in the Executive King Suite of the Sydney Boutique Inn and Suites in Charlottetown.
These photos show two of the rooms available in the Sydney Boutique Inn and Suites in Charlottetown.