By David F. Rooney
The new Best Western was just about ready to open its doors on Tuesday. People seemed to be everywhere, vacuuming, working on new technological systems and generally making sure that the city’s newest hotel would be ready for its planned “soft opening” this Thursday.
“We’ll probably have a grand opening in the spring but for now we’ll have a soft opening on Thursday and then we’ll be ready for business,” said General Manager Brady Beruschi.
The hotel has a nice clean design and was built with a lot of local stone and wood by largely (98 per cent) craftsmen and subcontractors, he said.
“It was built on budget but we’re a month behind schedule,” Beruschi said. “The wind storm (that damaged work on the upper floors last year) set us back a bit and so did some of the road closures.”
But it’s almost ready to open now — just in time for the Family Day long weekend in Alberta and the President’s Day long weekend in the United States.
Located at 1925 Laforme Boulevard with 87 rooms ($199 a night), 11 of them with handicap access and two executive suites (at $229 a night) this newest member of the Best Western chain boasts a lot of local art — much of it comprised of Rob Buchanan’s distinctive photography and prints. There is a work out room, saunas, two outdoor hot tubs and a pool, a breakfast room and lounge. Although a very limited menu will be available in the evening, guests who’d prefer to dine in style will be shuttled to the 112 Restaurant at the Regent or any other restaurant of their choice, Beruschi said.
If you’d like to reserve a room at this lovely new hotel please call 250-837-2043 or send an e-mail to email@example.com or visit the hotel’s website. In the meantime, here is a selection of photos from The Revelstoke Current’s exclusive tour on Tuesday afternoon: