New 129-room hotel approved at Victoria International Airport

New 129-room hotel approved at Victoria International Airport
Photo courtesy the Victoria International Airport

The Victoria Airport Authority has approved construction of a new, 129-room hotel at Victoria International Airport (YYJ).

The hotel was first pitched last year, and was under consideration by the airport authority – as well as the Town of Sidney and the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council.

On Thursday, the airport authority announced that the new hotel, called TownePlace Suites Hotel by Marriott, was approved for construction.

The hotel will be located on 3.5 acres of land at the corner of the Patricia Bay Highway and Beacon Avenue.

It will stand three stories tall and include a combination of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units that are complete with kitchens.

Hotel amenities will also include a fitness centre, swimming pool, 1,500 square feet of meeting space and a restaurant.

Developers say the hotel is intended to be Greater Victoria’s “first extended stay hotel.”

Construction is slated to begin this fall and is expected to complete in late spring 2025.

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A rendering of the hotel is shown. (Victoria Airport Authority/Mataj Architects Inc.)

“The addition of the TownePlace Suites Hotel at YYJ will provide travellers and visitors to the region with convenient access not only to the airport and Sidney, but also to the many amenities and services in the area and the Pat Bay highway into Victoria,” said Geoff Dickson, president and CEO of the Victoria Airport Authority.

The hotel will be developed and operated by Kothari Group, which has experience in the industry with well-known brands such as Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt.

At request of the Town of Sidney, Kothari Group updated its original exterior designs to better “reflect its relationship to the area and visual presence at the corner of Highway 17 and Beacon Avenue, Sidney’s main commercial thoroughfare.”

The developer is also planning to incorporate art and names in collaboration with the W̱SÁNEĆ Nation.

“We are both honoured and delighted to embark on this exciting venture at Victoria International Airport,” said Kothari Group president, Anupam Kothari.

“Our goal is to not only offer a place of comfort and luxury but also to reflect the rich culture of the region, as highlighted in our collaboration with the W̱SÁNEĆ Nation.”

The announcement comes after a new, large-scale Amazon distribution warehouse opened on Victoria International Airport lands near Sidney in late 2022.

A rendering of the hotel is shown. (Victoria Airport Authority/Mataj Architects Inc.)

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