Alt Hotel plans moving ahead for St. John's harbourfront location

Plans for the new Alt Hotel on a long-vacant lot in downtown St. John's are moving ahead, with an opening date scheduled for some time in 2017.
An artist's rendering shows an Alt Hotel planned for Water Street, near the harbour in downtown St. John's. (Group Germain Hotels)

Plans for a new hotel in downtown St. John's on the waterfront are moving ahead.

Montreal-based Groupe Germaine will be building an Alt Hotel on a long-vacant lot at the corner of Water Street and Prescott Street.

The City of St. John's had received an application for the proposed hotel in September, and the hotel company issued a release Tuesday that those plans will be moving ahead.

According to the release, the hotel will have four storeys and 148 rooms that will overlook the Narrows and downtown St. John's.

The long-standing vacant lot on the corner of Water Street and Prescott Street in St. John's will be the site of the new Alt Hotel. (Google Maps)

The location is the grounds of the circa-1800's Marshall Brothers cellar, the only remaining marker of the former Marshall Brothers store that was in operation in the mid-1920s.

The company said it plans to move ahead with "respectful architectural planning" to ensure the outline of the former cellar "will be incorporated into the hotel's exterior landscaping and paving making it a celebrated feature and effectively allowing the old and the new to coexist in harmony."

In addition, the hotel will have a "feature wall" that will display materials excavated from the cellar, as well as historical pictures and text.

The hotel will feature 4,000 square feet of meeting space, and the company said the location's proximity to the St. John's Convention Centre, which is still undergoing renovations, made for an ideal location for the development.

The company is aiming for a 2017 opening.

This will be the second Alt Hotel location in Atlantic Canada. The company opened a location at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in 2013.