DoubleTree Acquires Victoria Landmark


One of Victoria’s landmark hotels, Executive House, will re-open this spring as the new DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Victoria following the completion of a multi-million dollar property-wide renovation. Managed by Mairet Consulting and Management Ltd. of Victoria, the property will mark the first hotel from the Hilton Worldwide portfolio to open on Vancouver Island.

Upon opening, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Victoria will offer 181 guestrooms all equipped with refrigerators and microwaves. Ideally-suited to families and corporate travelers, 89 of the guestrooms are suites featuring a convenience kitchen, living room, dining area and separate bedroom. The hotel is also home to Bartholomew’s English-Style Pub, Belmiro’s Restaurant and Lounge and Doubles Cocktail Lounge.

Local entrepreneur Derryck Jackson first opened the 19-storey Executive House Hotel in 1964 as a hotel and apartment complex. His daughter, Andrea Phillips, took over operations of the hotel in 1985 and remains involved. The dramatic renovation will mark one of the largest hotel renovations in Victoria’s history, generating more than 150 jobs in the local construction industry.

Francis Mairet, MBA principal of Mairet Consulting and Management and general manager for the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Victoria, commented: “This is a massive undertaking and terrific news for the Executive House and the Victoria tourism industry. We feel privileged to have been selected to manage the renovation, branding and subsequent hotel operations. The property ownership remains local, as it has for over 50 years, and Victoria and Vancouver Island will welcome a reputable, dynamic, and global-reaching brand known for its commitment to the highest quality of guest service.”

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