New St. John's hotels under construction, more coming
Two new hotels are under construction in St. John's and two more are in the works.
A Fairfield Marriott hotel, scheduled to open in May, is being built on Kenmount Road while the foundation for a Steele Hotel is being laid on Water Street.
Another hotel — a six-storey, 200-room Sandman Hotel just up the road from the Fairfield Marriott — received approval in principle from St. John's city council on Monday night.
Plans for a 12-storey, 155-room Hilton Garden Inn at the bottom of Springdale Street were presented Tuesday night at a public meeting.
Coun. Bruce Tilley, chair of the city's economic development committee, says between them, the four hotels will take care of the current shortage of hotel beds in the city.
"We've had to send people as far as Clarenville to stay overnight, and, I mean, you can't go on like that," Tilley told CBC News.
Tilley credits growing tourism, the offshore boom and the prospect of the Muskrat Falls project for the renewed interest in hotel construction.