by Matt Alderton | August 07, 2019
Marriott International has opened its 250th hotel in Canada, the JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District in Edmonton, Alberta, the chain announced this week.
"We are thrilled to be opening our 250th hotel in Canada as well as bringing our iconic JW brand to the city of Edmonton," said Don Cleary, president of Marriott International's Canadian operation. "Our 250th property underscores the importance of luxury to this market, and the tremendous opportunity for growth in Canada. Guests of the new JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District hotel can expect to be treated to uplifting experiences that showcase the local pride and warm spirit of Edmonton."

Located in the up-and-coming ICE District, a mixed-use sports and entertainment area currently under development in the city's downtown, the new property is Canada's third JW Marriott hotel. Along with 346 guest rooms, it features an expansive spa and fitness club offering yoga, boxing, spin and high-intensity interval training classes; four bars and restaurants, including a five-star steak house; and approximately 22,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 9,000-square-foot ballroom that is Edmonton's largest.

"JW Marriott is dedicated to providing our guests with enriching experiences in distinctive locations around the world, and the JW Marriott Edmonton is the perfect example of this philosophy in action," said Mitzi Gaskins, global brand leader, JW Marriott. "The centerpiece of the city's buzzing new ICE District, [the hotel] provides guests the opportunity to experience every moment to the fullest through JW Marriott's individualized approach to luxury."

Encompassing 25 acres whose centerpiece is Rogers Place -- the home arena of the Edmonton Oilers National Hockey League hockey team -- phase one of the ICE District is scheduled for completion in 2020 and will include condominiums, a public plaza, 208,000 square feet of retail space and 1.3 million square feet of office space. Phase two is set to include more residential, commercial and retail development, as well as a public park.