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Groupe Germain Set to Open the 167-room Hôtel Le Germain
at Toronto's Maple Leaf Square

Toronto, ON:  September 8, 2010, Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square - a new 167-room Boutique-hotel - brings Groupe Germain style to guests at Toronto's Maple Leaf Square. This is the company's second hotel in the city and its fifth Le Germain Boutique-hotel across the country. Guestroom, meeting and event reservations for Fall 2010 and beyond are welcome now. 

Steps from Air Canada Centre, a glimmering glass-and-metal facade fronts the 75 Bremner Boulevard address. Architecturally eye-catching, the street view hints at the striking interiors created by LeMay Michaud Architecture Design in harmonious Le Germain style. 

In the main lobby, natural ash wood combined with crystallized glass distinguishes the reception area. Leather-clad columns and metallic tile flooring are lit by a dramatic window wall. Precision acoustic panels ensure an intimate atmosphere within a grand setting. Warmth, comfort and sophistication result. 

On storeys above, the grand corridors are anchored by an elliptical glass column transcending the property's core. Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square guestrooms range in size from 400 to 1,500 square feet. Each is defined by detail: inspiring ergonomic workspaces; complimentary Wi-Fi; windows that open; glass enclosed rainfall showers; luxurious Frette linens and goose-down bedding. 

From an eco-engineering perspective, the building incorporates responsible energy features such as low-E windows to provide maximum light with minimum heat loss, dual-flush toilets in all guestrooms and domestic hot water heating from HVAC heat rejection. 

For business and special occasions, contemporary meeting and event facilities include up to 4,600 square feet of venue space with high-quality finishes and flooded with natural light. Unique group offers will combine business and pleasure, taking advantage of the cutting-edge technology and the proximity to some of the world's best events. With the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and the NBA's Raptors as neighbours, Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square's concierge will have exclusive, advance access to some of the hottest tickets in Toronto. 

"We are excited about the opportunity to align with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment on several initiatives within this development," says Groupe Germain Co-President Christiane Germain. "Our companies share a history of nurturing and rewarding guest and fan loyalty alike. We look forward to combining our strengths to introduce this unique, discreet hotel experience amid the downtown excitement brought by Maple Leaf Square." 

"The doorstep access to spectacular sport and event facilities, major downtown attractions as well as Union Station, combined with a deep array of amenities within Maple Leaf Square, guarantees our guests not only convenience but rewarding moments and memories." 

"Expect authenticity," says recently appointed General Manager Paul de La Durantaye who also oversees the original Toronto boutique-hotel, Hôtel Le Germain Toronto on Mercer Street. "Our staff is genuine and intuitively understands our guests' service needs. Recruitment is currently under way to attract the best combination of Groupe Germain expertise with new external talent to fill more than 90 positions available." 

Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square is offering introductory rates starting at $229 per night plus taxes including deluxe continental breakfast, based on single occupancy. Advance reservations are now available online at or by calling 416 649 7575 or toll-free 1 888 940 7575. 

About Groupe Germain

For the Germain family, the hospitality, restaurant, and real estate businesses are true passions and a long tradition. Known for their sense of hospitality and innovation, as well as their refined style, Christiane, Jean-Yves, and Richard Germain have unquestionably inherited their parents' gift of leadership and entrepreneurial flair.

Victor Germain became known for his business acumen in the 1960s with his restaurant Le Fiacre, which name became synonymous with excellence in Québec City. This same attention to excellence has guided the Germain children in developing such original restaurant concepts as Cousin Germain, Café Saint-Honoré, and Saint-Ô.

But it was the Groupe Germain's first hotel, Germain des Prés, and its now famous restaurant, Le Bistango, that cemented the Germain's reputation. The tourism industry was quick to take note as the hotel won top honours in the Quebec Grand Prix of Tourism in 1992, 1999 and 2000.

With its cutting edge boutique-hotel design, Hôtel Germain des Prés soon caught the attention of a clientele of dynamic and technology-savvy business people who knew what they wanted: quality, comfort, and service which were the same qualities that led to the hotel's ISO 9002 certification.

In 1997, the excitement intensified with the opening of Hôtel Le Germain-Dominion. This establishment in Quebec City's Old Port quickly became a favourite of both business and leisure travelers seeking luxury and uniqueness. At the same time, the Germains were preparing for a new period of expansion. Montreal was first with the opening of a third hotel in spring 1999 – Hôtel Le Germain, on Mansfield. The Eastern Townships were next with the November 2002 purchase of Auberge Hatley, a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux chain. This growth continued in March 2003, with the opening of the first property outside Quebec: Hôtel Le Germain in Toronto, located in the city’s trendy Entertainment District. The Groupe Germain is now planning the opening of a second Toronto property, located in Maple Leaf Square, in 2010.

The Groupe Germain has also chosen to establish itself in downtown Calgary for its first foray into Western Canada with a major complex combining hotel, spa, offices and luxury condos. The project should be completed and ready for occupation in spring 2010.

Other major Canadian cities are also being carefully considered.

In January 2007, the Groupe Germain launched an all-new brand: ALT Hotels. This line is the latest concept in trendy, hip, affordable hotels, dubbed “No Frills Chic” – meaning an optimal balance of design, decor and ambience at the best possible price. The brand will be established gradually in Canada and the chain’s inaugural hotel will welcome its first guests in autumn 2007.

Recognized as pioneers in their field, the Germains have an undeniable talent for combining business sense with an understanding of hospitality. The first to benefit from this special gift are their customers.

About Maple Leaf Square
The vision for Maple Leaf Square is a collaboration among Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, The Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd and Lanterra Developments, bringing together one of North America's most successful sports and entertainment companies with Canada's leader in commercial real estate and an award winning residential property developer. Located in the heart of Downtown Toronto and connected to Air Canada Centre, Maple Leaf Square is a destination for both Torontonians and tourists. This experience destination includes Real Sports Bar & Grill, Real Sports Apparel store, Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square, a 48,000 square foot Longos grocery store, two condominium towers with 872 units, commercial and retail space and E11even, a casual fine dining restaurant. Maple Leaf Square's modern, contemporary architecture combining glass, concrete, stone and metal, responds to the context of Downtown Toronto and overlooks the Public Square which serves as a gathering place, a focal point for the destination with its large outdoor videoboard.


Heather Kirk
T 416 500 1752

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