According to him, Marriott doesn't allow bars in their Residence Inn hotels.
"But I have one here in this Marriott (seen here). I am breaking the rules in building a new Marriott in Sudbury (up north from Toronto). It is Canada's full residence (where customers can stay for years) hotel which will also have a two-and-a-half storey water slide. We always go beyond limits of set standards."
The current downturn has not dampened his expansion plans, he says.
"I believe in glass half full, not half empty. Downturns come every 8 to 10 years and stay for one year to two-and-a-half years. The trick is to be contrarian. I don't stop...but instead of 10 projects, I concentrate on six or seven...and by the time the downturn is over, I am ready and ahead of others. I am adding 150 rooms in my downtown hotels."
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