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Conference, meeting rooms added to Sudbury's Senator.

Work was scheduled to begin late last month on a $1.25-million-plus addition to the Senator Hotel in Sudbury.

The project, which has been in the planning stages for five years, includes the creation of a mini-conference centre with a main room for 200 people and three meeting rooms for up to 40 people each.

The addition to the north end of the hotel will also house an 80-seat restaurant, a 60-seat bar and 16 specialty suites. The addition will be partially enclosed in blue glass, and the area will be landscaped.

"It will be an absolutely beautiful setting for weddings," promised hotel general manager John Hopley.

An outdoor running track and a pool-side mini-gym are also being planned.

The main segment of the project is scheduled to be completed by Christmas, and the remainder should be open for business in early spring.

The opening of the first segment of the project will allow the facility to host the Women on Snow Conference in January. The conference is expected to draw approximately 160 participants.

"We really needed this (addition) two years ago," Hopley noted. "The lack of meeting room space in the city is just unbelievable."

The work will be done by Roy Construction Ltd. of Timmins. The firm is owned by Octave Roy who also owns the Senator Hotels in Sudbury and Timmins. Sudbury-based A M Spriet & Associates is the architect.

With the opening of the new bar and restaurant, the existing facilities at the opposite end of the Senator will be converted into office space. Hopley explained that the move will rationalize the services to one end of the hotel. The existing conference/meeting facilities, the Senator Room and the Skylight Room will remain in place.

"We're not going to waste meeting room space. We need all the meeting rooms we can get," he quipped.

By Hopley's estimation, the number of employees working in the bar and restaurant will likely triple, while the number employed in the banquet and convention business will increase by five times.

The additional conference facilities will allow the hotel to maintain its corporate and government clients and position itself to take advantage the spin-off effects from the future construction of a convention centre in the city's downtown core.

"I'd welcome a convention centre that could seat between 1,200 and 1,400 people," Hopley said. "The question is: How many conferences do we have that have that many people?"
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Title Annotation:Senator Hotel, Sudbury, Ontario
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Date:Oct 1, 1991
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