Officials of New Castle Hotels and Resorts today announced that Matthew Mackenzie, a veteran Canadian hotelier, has been named general manager of the Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews, N.B. Mackenzie previously was the general manager of the New Castle-operated Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa in Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia, during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
“The Algonquin is a magnificently renovated, landmark hotel that is a natural fit with Matthew's passion for one-of-a-kind resorts and the experiences they offer,” said Gerry Chase, president and CEO of New Castle. “Under Matthew’s leadership, The Keltic Lodge carved out a unique niche among Canadian destination resorts, and I am confident that with his guidance, the Algonquin will fully blossom in its first full year of operation.”
“For a Canadian hotelier, it is a lifelong dream to guide a beloved hotel like the Algonquin,” said Mackenzie. “This hotel is poised for optimal performance with a $50 million renovation, the support of Marriott's Autograph Collection and the tremendous esteem and affection of generations of Canadians. Even though it has 125 years of history behind it, I'm confident that its best days are ahead.”
A career hotelier, Mackenzie most recently was the general manager for conferences and hospitality at The Banff Center, the world's largest arts and creativity incubator. Previously, he was general manager of the Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island and has held positions at some of Canada’s most beloved resorts and hotels, including Sooke Harbour House and Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
The Algonquin Resort, ranked among Canada's Top 10 hotels by Conde Nast Traveler, and awarded CAA's prestigious Four-Diamond designation, overlooks the picturesque Passamaquoddy Bay from St. Andrews-by-the Sea, New Brunswick, Canada. Originally opened in 1886 and meticulously renovated in 2014, the Algonquin's 233 guest rooms and suites reflect the hotel's original Victorian style while meeting the needs and desires of modern travelers. The resort features two restaurants, Braxton's Restaurant and Bar and the Clubhouse, as well as in-room and anyplace dining, 19,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, a lounge with outdoor patio, fire pits with loaner guitars, an indoor pool and waterslide, outdoor pool and hot tub. Now in its second century of service, the Algonquin was awarded Marriott International's Best Renovation award for 2014, and also is home to the seaside Algonquin Golf Course. Ranked among Canada's top 100 courses and adjacent to the Bay of Fundy, the Algonquin Golf Course is home to two of the top ten golf tees in Canada.
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