A New Poolside Experience to be Unveiled at Hotel Arts – Guest Update

Hotel Arts
January 10, 2019
Hotel Arts will launch an amazing new pool experience summer 2019!

Hotel Arts will kick off the New Year with the “music of progress” as construction work begins on our pool deck area in preparation for Phase 1 of an amazing new pool experience to launch for the summer of 2019!


Hotel Arts will be working with VisionScapes, a Calgary-based landscape design and construction company, to build a brand new pool for Hotel Arts.  Like all the renovation projects with the Hotel Arts Group, this one will also include significant infrastructural updates.  To do so, Hotel Arts will remove all vestiges of the pool that was built in 1972 when the Westward Inn was constructed.  New state-of-the-art infrastructure will be put into place to build a new pool platform and landscaping.  The design will include a pool with our logo embedded in the base, a permanent wet bar with seating, several fireplace tables and a new self-watering landscape with custom-built planters along with new furnishings and awnings.


Construction during Phase 1 will be contingent on outside temperatures and weather conditions, and will only be completed at acceptable times to ensure the least amount of interference to hotel guests. Anticipated construction will take place between January and mid-June and there will be periods of time where the “music of progress” might not appeal to everyone’s sensibilities.  The first two weeks will be the most intensive and involve jackhammering out the existing pool deck and removing the materials via crane before VisionScapes builds a new foundation base prior to forming the pool and deck.  The remainder of the construction will involve the build-out of the infrastructure for the new pool, new gas lines for fire pits, new plumbing lines for the pool and outdoor wet bar, the installation of a self-watering garden and new electrical to support lighting solutions for the deck as well as the Phase 2 cover.


Jeff Campbell from VisionScapes is looking forward to building out a unique design for Hotel Arts. His company has extensive experience in Western Canada with homes and commercial settings including having one of their projects in NW British Columbia featured on the popular show “Timber Kings.”  Campbell’s design introduces a new sense of greenery to the Hotel Arts patio “making it feel like you’re in an urban park with the added advantage of being able to enjoy a dip in an inviting pool while enjoying a cocktail or bite to eat.”


The pool and licensed patio are slated to open late-June and the Hotel Arts team will unveil a new cocktail and patio menu at that time for the summer season.


Mark Wilson, General Manager and Vice President of Hotel Arts Group, is excited to launch a new poolside experience in this popular setting:

“Our poolside patio has been a unique outdoor gathering space for our guests and the broader community to enjoy with licensed poolside dining and special events. The renovation plan will introduce a new design aesthetic into the space and have the flexibility to utilize the space year-round with a unique design solution that can withstand our cooler climate in the winter months.”

Hotel Arts will launch Phase 2 of the poolside experience in fall 2019, with the addition of an inflatable, illuminated canvas structure by Dynamic Air Structures. The structure will cover the entire poolside courtyard so, for the first time, the Hotel Arts pool and deck space can be used year-round protected from winter’s chill.  The installation of the pool cover takes just under a day and will be mounted annually from Fall until Spring.

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