Open house gives insight into the new Colonial Hotel


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GRAND BEND — After nearly a year of construction at the Hotel Colonial, the community was invited to take a peek at the hotel’s new look at an open house on March 30.

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Guests were able to explore various rooms and suites throughout the hotel, including the Honeymoon Suite, Presidential Suite, Courtyard Suite, and King Brenner Suite, while enjoying the hotel’s new, modernized look.

According to Obsidian Group Chief Marketing Officer Corey DeNeire, construction of the hotel began in April 2021 and he described the process as a complete “stripping” of the old building.

The Colonial’s new owners, Obsidian Group Inc. of Mississauga, purchased Colonial and the Gables in 2020 from former owner Troy Hogg. Although the purchase marks the management company‘s first venture into the hospitality industry, it owns several restaurant chains, including Crabby Joe’s Bar and Grill, Chuck’s Roadhouse Bar and Grill, Union Burger and Coffee Culture Café and Eatery.

The Honeymoon Suite, which was built in the Gables building, includes a hot tub.

DeNeire said Obsidian Group President Gus Karamountzos’ connection to the Grand Bend area spans 25 years, having visited Grand Bend many times with his family and having stayed at the Colonial Hotel before.

As part of the rebuild, the former popular bar and hotspot Gables has been converted into 21 new suites, giving the hotel a total of 69 suites between the Colonial Hotel, Gables Suites, Brenner House and Main Street Suites.

DeNeire said the Colonial Hotel caters to people aged 25 and over, offering a “boutique” experience inspired by vintage hotels through a modern lens. He said they hope to “build out the whole Grand Bend experience,” while providing a new place to stay in the area that differs from the cabins, cabins and hotels that already exist in town.

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The Colonial Hotel has a long history in Grand Bend. Its doors were first opened in 1868 as Brenner House. It was sold to the Klopp family in 1943, and Harold Klopp eventually bought neighboring Red Gables in 1977. Both remained in Klopp family hands until they were sold to Hogg in 2018.

Those who attended the open house were able to take a peek at seven of the hotel's newly renovated suites.
Those who attended the open house were able to take a peek at seven of the hotel’s newly renovated suites.

The newly renovated hotel pays homage to its long history by retaining the historic names of each building, and a commemorative plaque has been installed outside the hotel’s new lobby, which is now in the Gables Building, to mark the importance of its history in Grand Plier.

“The Colonial Hotel will remain a historic landmark in the community of Grand Bend,” the plaque reads.

Although the Colonial Hotel has already opened in 2021 in a limited capacity in what DeNeire described as a “trial”, details on its official opening date have yet to be released. For more information on the Colonial Hotel, visit www.colonialhotel.com.

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