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New Vernon hotel officially opens

The Fairfield Marriott on Anderson Way in Vernon officially opened its doors on Wednesday afternoon.

General Manager Gail James says the "Generation IV" intuitive, flexible design is the first of its kind in Western Canada.

"It's a more open concept, lower profile furniture, more comfortable rooms with pillow top beds. We also have a full hot breakfast that guests will appreciate," said James.

The hotel itself is locally and family owned by the Hollypark Organization. Developer Sam Dhillon, along with father Tony, have been doing business in Vernon for 20 years.

The Fairfield Marriott project took approximately two-and-a-half years to complete from start to finish. 

"During construction we employed 75 people over a 16-month period," said Dhillon. 

The current operation has 25 people on staff for the "soft launch" period, but that number is expected to reach 40 or 50 at full staffing levels.

Fairfield spokesperson Shruti Buckley says the Fairfield brand is setting a new standard in the moderate tier category.

"We provide an easy, positive and productive travel experience, as well as the promise of consistent and reliable service at an exceptional value. The Fairfield Inn & Suites in Vernon is a truly stunning example of the brand's contemporary new look and feel," said Buckley.

The 98-room hotel is already preparing to welcome its first guests, including a couple of large high profile groups such as the RCMP musical ride. 

Mayor Rob Sawatsky says he spent a few Sunday mornings having coffee at the Blenz across the street, watching the construction and wondering when it would be complete.

"The new hotel is a great contribution to the business community in Vernon. I wish the Dhillon family all possible success," he said. 

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