New Holiday Inn Express & Suites officially opens in Port Elgin

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Port Elgin (Saugeen Shores) officially opened on Wednesday, November 25th.

Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau and Inn General Manager, Trevor Raynsford did the honours of cutting the ribbon to open the new hotel.

    (L-R) Mary Cahill, Stephanie Atilano, Trevor Raysford, Mayor Charbonneau and                                      Nicole Fraccaro   – for larger view, Click on Image

“We are very pleased to see the Holiday Inn at this location,” said Mayor Charbonneau, “as the area is beginning to really develop at this end of Port Elgin.  It will be a real addition to the entire community.”

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the Mayor and media were taken on a site tour of the facility noting its two meeting rooms with integrated technology that are available for rental.

Adjacent to the lobby area is a full kitchen that serves a wide choice of breakfast items from omelettes to pancakes, fresh fruit and yogurt to an assortment of juices along with a seating area.

                                          Kitchen for breakfast
                           Seating area

A large swimming pool and weight/exercise room is also available to patrons.  The swimming pool also features an automated chair lift for complete accessibility.

                                            Accessible swimming pool
                  Weight/exercise room

The 60 large rooms and suites feature a variety of amenities, such as microwaves, coffee machines, fridges and safes for valuables.  Among the rooms are also six accessible ones with features such as lowered light switches, wide doorways for those who may be in a wheelchair and walk-in showers, or tubs complete with ‘grab bars’.

For larger views, Click on Images

The ‘King Suite’ features a king-size bed and pull-out convertible sofa in addition to two  televisions for separate viewing, ideal for a family with children.

All rooms and hallways also feature large windows to maximize natural daylight, while in the rooms there are electronic black-out blinds for complete darkness.  “We think these are a real asset,” said General Manager, Raynsford, “especially if we have contractors staying who may be required to do shift work, where sleep during the day is paramount.”


“We are actually getting requests from local residents for ‘staycations’,” said Nicole Fraccaro, Director of Sales and Marketing, “particularly in this time of COVID when people are encouraged not to travel but may simply need a spot to get away and relax or for those who are now working from home and may need a quiet space to work on a project.”

The hotel is located at 1208 Goderich Street at the north end of Port Elgin (beside Independent).