Staycation at these seven Canadian hotels opening this year

in The Globe & Mail

New hotels coming this spring and summer, from B.C.’s Klahoose Wilderness Resort, only accessible by boat or seaplane, to The Muir on the Halifax waterfront

Miss the thrill of checking in, room-service breakfast or sinking into a perfectly made bed? This spring and summer, these new accommodations are hoping to lure Canadians to staycation downtown or head into the wild for off-the-grid luxury.

The Muir, Halifax

From Wallace Quarries limestone to local landscape paintings in all 109 rooms, Nova Scotia style is being distilled into every part of this Autograph Collection hotel, opening this summer in downtown Halifax. Muir translated from Scottish Gaelic is sea, and that’s the guiding light of the design: Lighthouse Fresnel lenses will be used at the entry as a welcome beacon; the wellness centre will include a halotherapy room featuring the therapeutic benefits of salt; and a raw bar will showcase the local catch. A waterfront location means guests can arrive by boat, borrow a kayak or stand-up paddle and indulge in rum sundowners on the deck overlooking the Atlantic.

The Pearle Hotel and Spa, Burlington, Ont.

Soon to open on the shores of Lake Ontario, this 151-room boutique hotel takes inspiration from Burlington’s former cottage area, formerly located in what’s now known as Spencer Smith Park. Named for the owners’ grandmother (a former cottager here in the 1930s), the hotel sourced vintage cottage photos from the Burlington Historical Society for artwork in the suites and for postage-paid postcards given to guests. The lake has inspired a custom wall mural in the hotel’s ballroom; all hotel art is sourced from Ontario artists. The Spa at the Pearle will feature a hammam and pool.

Read full article by Waheeda Harris in The Globe & Mail