Reno Diary: Week Six

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Moving day! Week six of the renovation journey was quite exciting – we were busy unpacking all of our fabulous new custom furniture for the guest rooms and public spaces. Check back next week for a full re-cap on the design, progress, and to get a sneak peek on the finishing touches!

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Q & A with Atlantica’s Wedding Specialist

Happy #WeddingWednesday! We’re proud to call our hotel one of the most popular wedding venues in HRM. There’s a reason so many engaged couples book with us, are consistently happy with their big day, and love working with our wedding specialist Kristy Power. Aside from her fantastic personality, attention to detail, and years of experience in the field, there comes a certain “leave your stress at the door” approach to booking your wedding at a full-service hotel. I asked Kristy, in her opinion, what some of theses advantages are as well as her tips for couples planning their weddings.

Kristy working the Brides 2013 Wedding Show

Q: What do you think the advantages are for booking your wedding with a professional catering manager or wedding planner?

As Catering Manager I have overseen and co-ordinated over 350 weddings. The hotel provides my services complimentary to the couples, and I am happy to guide my clients every step of the way. My resources and experience are an added value when hosting your wedding here at Atlantica.

Q: What are some of the conveniences of having your wedding in a hotel? 

You have every convenience when booking with a hotel. It is truly a one stop shop, as we handle and cater to your every need. You just need to show up and enjoy your day! Several highlights, to name a few:

  • On site ceremonies for little cost.  It’s extremely convenient when you have the ceremony and reception in the same place, so guests don’t have to travel from place to place.
  • Complimentary items. You get a free honeymoon guest room for the night, and special rates for your wedding guests who have the luxury of “taking the elevator home” at the end of the evening.
  • Complimentary cake cutting, centerpieces and other décor items.
  • Equipment provided. All equipment needed for the reception such as tables, linen, chairs, silverware, centerpieces and the dance floor are provided by the hotel. There is no need to buy or rent any of the items.
  • Experience.  Atlantica hosts a lot of weddings so we are happy to extend our experience and expertise on to you! We are able to accommodate a variety of requests to make your wedding unique and special. Because we do so many weddings, we are vendor experts and can assist to ensure you have the best of the best of everything. We can suggest photographers, DJs, bands or a florist.
Q: What would be your biggest piece of advice to couples planning their weddings? 

Make lists and timelines to ensure you stay on track and don’t get overwhelmed. Delegate what you can to friends and family. It should be fun! The day is all about the two of you so enjoy the process together.

4. What is your favourite part about helping couples plan their weddings?

I love being part of such a special day for the couples. I enjoy being a part of the journey and seeing it all their ideas come to fruition.

5. What makes Atlantica Halifax a great wedding venue, if you had to pick one aspect?

Service, service, service! One call and we can begin creating the atmosphere and banquet of your dreams. We are here to take care of all the details so you can relax and enjoy this moment. We strive to make your day everything you have dreamed of.

Booking your big day? Reach out to Kristy at kpower@atlanticahalifax.com

Browse our Pinterest page for weddings hosted at Atlantica Hotel Halifax, Atlantica & Marina Oak Island as well as The Waegwoltic Club (where we are exclusive caterer). Also check out our Facebook photo album.

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Reno Diary: Week Five, a Look Back…

Wow, we’re in the middle of week five and things are getting interesting. This week we’ve got furniture arriving for the new lobby decor, carpet being rolled out for the Commons Room, the foyer of the Guild Hall, as well as our lobby. The wallpaper is going up for the elevator foyer area of the lobby; everyone is getting excited.

Since we’ve come this far and have done so much, along with this week’s new photos, I put together a little photo recap week-by-week showing some of the exciting changes that have already been made. Check out the gallery below…

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Reno Diary: Week Four (Things are Looking BOLD!)

Things are getting very exciting here in renovation land — we’ve got a guest post on this week’s blog from our director of operations (and lead designer on this project), Robert Goldsworthy. Here he is with the reno update:

Out with old…and in with the BOLD!  This week many of our modern and luxurious new finishes began to be installed.

Here’s a sneak peek of our gorgeous new front desk and Commons Room bar…both featuring oodles of stunning black granite.

The first few peeks of our new lobby wall coverings look so chic against the crisp espresso woodwork, and word has it that our gorgeous new custom designed lobby chandeliers are being crated up in Montreal right now!

It is getting exiting to see the new space start to take shape!

Check back next week for even more progress. It’s hard to believe we’re in the middle of week four already!

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Reno Diary: Week Three

Here we are half-way through week three of our big renovation. We’re happy to say the pool area is getting some work — here’s some shots of the pool being resurfaced!

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Week Two of Renovation Action!

Week two of our six-week renovation journey is already half over! As you can tell, some major changes are happening. What used to be the bar in our Commons Room is shown above. That room (very popular for weddings) is getting a complete overhaul. There’s also been major progress on the lobby. Here are some more photos to keep you in the loop!

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The Reno Begins!

Out with the old, in with the new. Here’s the first post — Week 1 — of our six-week long renovation journey. The Atlantica team is happy to be transforming, evolving and upgrading to serve our guests better.

We are excited to announce part of our renovation plan is getting rid of our HVAC system to make way for new energy efficient units. This keeps up with our environmental plan and commitments we have made to be more sustainable property.

In other renovation news – you can see the Commons Room and the lobby are underway! What an exciting time. Stay tuned to this blog for weekly posts, as well as additional photos and sneak peeks on our Facebook page! Thank you for all your support!

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Exciting Reno News from Atlantica Hotel Halifax

The blog has been on hiatus for Christmas and New Year’s Day — and now we’re back with an exciting announcement. Starting this Monday, January 6th, we’ll be undergoing some changes at the hotel! A major renovation, that is.

We want YOU to track the renovation progress with us, here on the blog. Check back each week for photo updates during the six week process, and watch our hotel evolve.

Here’s part of the official announcement…

Atlantica Hotel Halifax is constantly responding to feedback and industry trends to improve our guest experience.

Between January 6 and February 28, 2014, we will be carrying out necessary upgrades to four levels of our parkade.  

In order to minimize any inconvenience to our guests, the hotel will be closed during this period. We will be pleased to welcome our guests back as of March 1, 2014.  

We will also take the opportunity during the closure to renovate two additional guest room floors, our lobby and meeting space!

Off-site catering services will be available during the renovation. Meeting and banquet services are available at the Waegwoltic Club.  

For clients requiring a full service hotel experience during our closure, our sister property Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island is an excellent alternative for your meeting, conference or event. 

Atlantica Hotel Halifax is a locally owned hotel business with an excellent reputation. This renovation is just one part of our ongoing commitment to our customers. We look forward to serving you in 2014!

Check back next week for WEEK ONE photos!

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Our Fave Pinterest Christmas Crafts!

Only twelve days till Christmas. That means – it’s soon time for the kids to be out of school for the holidays. What better way to keep them busy than making Christmas crafts? I’ve rounded up a few ideas for both kids and parents to work on over this holiday season… via Pinterest, of course!

This one is super easy to do for all age levels, and if it turns out really well – frame it!

A must for new parents! Baby mistle”toes”. Adorable!

Don’t throw away those old lightbulbs! Save them for Christmas craft day! A great addition to your Christmas tree, or as a gift.

Another great use of something you otherwise might have thrown away. Use old sweaters or fabric to make these great trees!

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Canadian Black Friday?

What is Black Friday?

While historically the hugely popular shopping day of Black Friday revolved around the timing of American Thanksgiving (and still does), in recent years it has definitely made its way to Canada. Black Friday falls on the Friday following American Thanksgiving and signals the start of holiday shopping “season”.

We Canadians have, more and more, begun to participate in this tradition (but without the extreme lineups). There are plenty of opportunities to find some fantastic deals in Halifax on Black Friday weekend. Both big box and small, locally-owned shops are offering great holiday shopping deals to kick off the festive season.

Shop Local

For a truly Halifax experience, I recommend taking the time to explore neighbourhoods with great independent shops to start your Black Friday experience. Our part of town, the Quinpool Road Mainstreet District, is home to over 120 businesses. Santa will be making an appearance on Saturday November 30 and there will also be a pet parade!

The nearby Spring Garden Road Shopping District has a mix of brand name stores and local businesses, with tons of parking and great restaurants.

Check out Downtown Halifax, where many stores are offering their own unique Black Friday sales and hand-made products that you simply can’t find at the mall. If you’re a Twitter or Instagram user, you have a chance to #winwhatyouwish with the Downtown Halifax hashtag contest!

If big brand names are your thing, make plans to head to the Halifax Shopping Centre (less than 10-minute drive from our hotel) or Dartmouth Crossing for a full day of Black Friday discount shopping.

OUR FLASH SALE

Wherever your shopping adventure adventure takes you, kick off the season right with a stay-over at Atlantica Hotel Halifax. We’re offering a Black Friday flash sale of our own! Rates start at just $89 per night, click here and press “book now”, using the promotion code FLASH. Happy shopping!

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