The Hue Hotel will opens for business on Friday, Nov. 15, ready to cater to its guests with spacious rooms that have more of a high-end apartment feel than the typical lodging — a move intended to attract professionals, visiting workers and families in Kamloops for tournaments.
Located on Hugh Allan Drive across the street from Cascades Casino, the six-storey boutique hotel is the tallest in Aberdeen, according to owner Jassi Sangha.
Sangha said the Hue is ready to welcome its first guests. The furniture has been moved in and staff training has been completed.
All he’s waiting on now is a business license from the City of Kamloops.
Sangha said his hotel’s rooms are larger than usual.
They all have wide entranceways and most feature kitchenettes to give them an apartment feel — something Sangha implemented in part to appeal to workers coming to the area to build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
The suites are also meant to appeal to business people and families visiting for sports tournaments, preferring to cook in their own room rather than eating out every night, Sangha told KTW.
The hotel has 36 rooms, 24 of which sport kitchenettes.
There are one and two bedroom units to choose from, ranging in size from 335 square feet to 466 square feet.
Sangha said a typical hotel room ranges between 310 and 350 square feet.
“They’re fairly big rooms and the nice part about it is most of them have a nice view of the city because we’re six storeys up,” Sangha said.
The units range from standard rooms with queen or king-sized beds, to one bedroom suites that open up to a full living room and kitchen separate from a king-sized mattress in the bedroom.
Sangha said the hotel is unique for the Kamloops market.
As a boutique hotel, the building is smaller and stylish — something more typical to a large urban centre than the Tournament Capital.
“We were kind of going for when … you went into the room you wouldn’t know you were in Kamloops,” Sangha said.
Sangha said the carpets are not typical hotel flooring material. The Hue, he said, also features edgy wallpaper and high-quality furniture.
Sangha’s family has owned the land the Hue sits on since the late 1990s and a hotel has always been in the plans, but it wasn’t until Cascades Casino opened up that they started to put the wheels in motion.
“We figured with the casino moving up here in Aberdeen that a lot more people would be focused on staying in the Aberdeen area because it’s right by the highway [and] the casino’s here,” Sangha said.