Don’t plan on booking a room at the Edgewater Hotel until next spring.
Northern Vision Development has closed the hotel to allow for a comprehensive renovation to the property at Front and Main streets.
Until mid-April 2017, the hotel will be shut down to accommodate comprehensive remodeling of the rooms and suites.
“It is our plan to have the nicest hotel rooms available in Whitehorse,” Rich Thompson, NVD’s CEO, said Friday.
“The property benefits from a great location surrounded by quality amenities for tourists and business and government visitors. However, the rooms are tired and in need of the type of comprehensive attention that only a shutdown will allow.”
Tonimoes, the main-floor restaurant, will remain open throughout the renovations, which will concentrate on the rooms and common areas during the renovations’ first phase.
Phase II will concentrate on the main floor, the addition of an elevator, and the upgrade of commercial access from both Main and Front streets.
The room renovations will involve new bathroom fixtures, modern hotel furnishings, and attractive common passageways as well as air handling and other upgrades.
Improvements will be made to sound proofing and air handling within the rooms.
NVD also plans to celebrate Yukon First Nations and the mining industry with decorative touches in the rooms and common areas.
“We have seen significant improvement in both average daily rates and occupancy levels following major renovation programs at the Best Western Gold Rush Inn and the Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse, and our location in Dawson – the Downtown Hotel – which we co-own with Chief Isaac Inc.” said Thompson.
“Guest satisfaction is enhanced when we invest in both the product quality and the service levels from our professional hotel team, and the Edgewater has not received the same level of attention as our other properties up until now.”
NVD operates hotels and develops and manages commercial and residential real estate, primarily in Whitehorse.
The company’s hotel division offers 214 rooms through three properties in Whitehorse and 59 rooms in the Downtown Hotel in Dawson.
NVD LP is approximately 40-per-cent owned by Yukon First Nations and has operated in the Yukon since 2004.