Con­verted con­vent

Syd­ney Bou­tique Inn & Suites open for busi­ness

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM DAY

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.

JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN

Front desk agent Brandon Wal­lis sits in the Ex­ec­u­tive King Suite of the Syd­ney Bou­tique Inn and Suites in Char­lot­te­town.

SYD­NEYINN.COM/FILE IM­AGES

These photos show two of the rooms avail­able in the Syd­ney Bou­tique Inn and Suites in Char­lot­te­town.

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