Sheraton makes host of moves

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Starwood Hotels & Resorts' Sheraton brand has been busy in Canada with expansions, renovations and winter packages on the menu.

The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre finished construction of its 308-room North Tower, above, this summer, giving the property a total of 735 rooms. • The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre here completed a major expansion this summer that entailed the construction of an entire tower. With the addition of the North Tower's 308 rooms, the Wall Centre now offers a total of 735 rooms at the highest point in downtown Vancouver.

John Garden, director of sales and marketing for the hotel, said the North Tower has been requested by many repeat guests since its summer opening. The franchised hotel, owned and operated by Wall Financial Corp., debuted in 1995; the North Tower expansion began in 1999.

The property also has more than 48,600 square feet of meeting space, divided among 35 rooms and ballrooms. At the base of the new tower are two new dining facilities, Cafe One and Bar One; the property's original restaurant, Indigo, remains. There's also a spa and salon, plus a indoor pool and fitness facilities.

• Another Sheraton hotel in Canada, the Sheraton Fallsview in Niagara Falls, Ontario, completed an expansion and renovation of its own. The property, which opened in 1991 and is located less than a quarter-mile from the falls, added 107 rooms in the $11.3 million expansion, bringing the hotel to a total of 402 rooms.

Twelve floors also were added, for a total of 32 stories. In addition, Club Level rooms, which offer use of a lounge with complimentary breakfast and snacks, were installed on the 20th and 22nd floors.

All guest rooms also were refurbished, including new carpeting, wall coverings and other soft goods. The Fallsview added three meeting rooms, and now offers more than 32,000 square feet of meeting space.

• Through April 30, the Le Centre Sheraton Hotel in Montreal is offering two weekend packages that tie together accommodations and other goodies, such as restaurant discounts and passes to city attractions. The 825-room Le Centre Sheraton is located in downtown Montreal.

The two-night Romantic Getaway goes for $100, double, the first night, with the second night at half-price. The package includes two museum passes, a $25 restaurant certificate, a passport that offers discounts at Montreal attractions and the city's official tourism guide.

Another plan, Montreal With Children, is offered for $94, double, the first night and $47 for the second night. The package gives accommodations for a family of four, four passes to the Montreal Science Centre and four passes to other nature centers in the city. The savings passport and tourism guide also are included.

For reservations at any Sheraton property in Canada, call (800) 325-3535 or visit www.sheraton.com.

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