More Details on New Hotel Provided at Public Meeting

Plans to build a Holiday Inn Express Hotel were first made public in September (see link below) with the next stage a public meeting which was held on November 4th.  The new hotel will be four stories with 82 rooms and will be built on an extension of DePalma Drive alongside Home Depot.  The original application for rezoning asked for a number of exemptions including less than required parking and less than required landscaping.  However, by the time of the public meeting, these concerns were resolved leaving only the rezoning to allow a hotel.  Since both the County and Town’s Official Plans allow hotels in this location, this would seem to be merely a formality.  No objections were raised at the meeting – no-one spoke in favour or against.

Ryan Guetter
Ryan Guetter

As expected, more details were provided by the developer and the planning department.  Ryan Guetter spoke at the meeting on behalf of DePalma Developments & Weston Consulting and Rob Franklin spoke on behalf of the Town’s planning department.  The Planning department recommended approval which Council later provided.


A section of land that runs from the 401 down to Elgin and at the back of Walmart and Home Depot is called the DePalma land and its West side is at the boundary of Cobourg with Hamilton Township.  Access to the Hotel will be from an extension of DePalma Drive so the end of the cul-de sac will move further West.  See the location plan below.  The land south of the Hotel is expected to see a sub-division at a later date – probably commercial or industrial buildings.

Be sure to click to enlarge images below.

Hotel Location
Hotel Location
Hotel Plan
Hotel Plan

Hotel design

The ground floor area of the hotel building includes 4 hotel rooms, meeting rooms, a board room, fitness and pool room, laundry area, and meal space. Further, the ground floor contains those areas typical of administration of a hotel including the lobby, sales and management offices, and those rooms used for maintenance of the hotel. The building area is 1280 sq. meters (13,786 sq. ft.) with a total floor area of 5,060 sq. meters (54,493 sq. ft.)

There will be 82 rooms with distribution per this table:

Room Type Ground 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Guestroom King 2 8 8 8 26
Guestroom King X-Wide 0 1 1 3 5
Guestroom King Suite 0 3 3 3 9
Guestroom King Accessible 1 2 2 0 5
Guestroom Queen 1 9 9 9 28
Guestroom Queen Suite 0 2 2 2 6
Guestroom Queen Accessible 0 1 1 1 3
Total 4 26 26 26 82

Planning rules require 102 parking spaces and 103 will be provided

The next step is site plan approval and although it will come to Council for approval, it does not include a public meeting.  Looking at the information provided (see links below), the developers are well on their way with details so work should start relatively quickly – I understand a start is expected early 2020.


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Jim Thomas
10 November 2019 10:44 pm

Holiday Inn certainly seems to think there is a need for their hotel, if they are willing to invest the millions it will take to make it happen. You can be sure they have checked the numbers thoroughly.
Encouraging to know that Cobourg apparently has a future that others are willing to invest real money in.

Deborah O'Connor
9 November 2019 2:04 pm

Why is every comment about the CCC when the post is about a new hotel? Surely there is more going on in our area besides sporting events?

Reply to  Deborah O'Connor
10 November 2019 10:20 am

So does this mean you think we need a New Hotel ?
I thinks so ! if for nothing else But to accommodate teams and Entertainment coming to Cobourg as it is the overflow of patrons are referred by our local hotel owners to Port Hope and Oshawa .

Deborah O'Connor
Reply to  perplexed
11 November 2019 5:51 pm

Yes, we need another hotel. Tourism is important to our local economy.

8 November 2019 3:42 pm

Well at least there appears to be 4 people in Cobourg that read this Blog that can make sense of the CCC loosing
over $1,000,000.– per yr

Reply to  perplexed
8 November 2019 6:06 pm

Perhaps some of us understand the value of this facility beyond its costs. What local arena anywhere runs at a profit? They’re all supported by tax dollars. The alternative to the CCC waa Memorial Arena which has essentially been condemned.

Reply to  Tim
9 November 2019 6:42 am

Not condemned but mothballed – a big difference. In fact the debate about the need for the CCC has never settled down. Before the CCC we had two ice pads, after the CCC we have two ice pads, but today where is the incessant clamour for the need to for more icetime, that was used to justify the building of the CCC. Obviously a manufactured crisis to give the Jack Heenan arena away to the curling club and build an edifice that was never really needed in the first place, just to take advantage of “free” infrastructure money and satiate political egos.

Reply to  ben
9 November 2019 8:21 am

The CCC offers a multitude of events and programs for Children up to Adults/Seniors, has a fitness area and gyms for different sports. It offers much more than just two ice pads.

Reply to  Rational
9 November 2019 12:45 pm

I’ve used it extensively for many purposes and never once set a skate on the ice. Community facilities cost tax dollars instead of admission. And I vastly prefer to pay for community facilities with tax dollars instead of admission, because then the facilities are usable by everybody, not just those with money.

8 November 2019 9:04 am

Now we can look forward to booking some real events and Tournaments at the CCC may be turn it around now that there will be more accomodations for Teams etc to stay in the area GREAT News !