Six years after the success of the Hôtel Le Germain, which opened its doors just steps from the Calgary Tower back in 2010, the Quebec-based Germain Hospitalité is at it again, with construction of the Alt Hotel beginning in the heart of Calgary's up-and-coming East Village. Set to become the eighth Alt Hotel franchise in Canada, the no-frills concept hotel chain is looking to bring its signature low-cost brand to Calgary. 

Alt Hotel, image via Groupe Germain

Set to rise 11 storeys, the mid-rise hotel will feature 155 rooms and a 5,000-square-foot meeting space. In addition to this, there will be room reserved on the ground floor for two retail spaces as well as three floors of underground parking. The modern development will fit nicely into the neighbourhood, as the area surrounding its location at the corner of Confluence Way and 6th Avenue SE is quickly becoming a forest of condo towers and apartment blocks. 

Alt Hotel build site, amid a quickly changing neighbourhood, image by Forum contributor Surrealplaces

Today little more than a build site, the future home of Calgary's Alt Hotel will place guests within easy walking distance of downtown, the CTrain, and the Bow River, which will run along the side of the hotel. Viewed above and below, the most recent images on our Forum highlight a neighbourhood which has undergone massive redevelopment over the last few years, with its many condo towers attracting residents seeking the downtown life in Alberta's largest city.

Alt Hotel build site, alternate view, image by Forum contributor Surrealplaces

While it will be some time before the hotel begins to rise, with its opening set for late 2017, the local buzz which the project has garnered, along with a handful of other similarly sized hotel projects underway downtown, are all part of Calgary's ongoing transformation into an international urban destination.

Build it and they will come, Alt Hotel build site sits ready for excavation, image by Forum contributor Surrealplaces

Once complete, the Alt Hotel will be a welcome addition to the East Village, an area that is rapidly coming into its own as a viable downtown location. Served well by transit and becoming more and more walkable with the addition of each new development, the East Village has long been poised to become one of downtown Calgary's most exciting new neighbourhoods. 

SkyriseCalgary will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. For more information, check out the associated Database file and Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.