Sonder expands Canadian operations

Sonder Holdings Inc. has increased its footprint in Canada by opening new properties and contracting hundreds of additional units across Montreal and Toronto.

In Montreal, Sonder recently opened the Sonder Saint Paul, a 20-unit hotel in a heritage building in Old Montreal, as well as the Sonder Maisonneuve (shown above), a 157-unit, new-build property located in downtown Montreal. Sonder Maisonneuve has studio and one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, all with balconies, in-suite laundry and kitchens. Amenities include a rooftop pool, sauna and gym.

Sonder currently operates more than 385 units across the city in neighborhoods such as Griffintown and the Plateau, and has more than 270 additional contracted units across two other properties, including the old Board of Trade building on Saint-Sacrement.

“We’re thrilled to be working with a well-capitalized and reliable partner such as Sonder,” said Richard Rumpf, VP, Prime Properties, the owner of multiple Sonder-operated properties in Montreal. “Their proven, innovative hospitality model is driving a global guest experience that we feel is the future of hospitality and that was started and built right here in Montreal.”

Sonder also continues to expand in Toronto, and recently contracted more than 110 units in four additional locations, spread across neighborhoods such as the St. Lawrence Market and the Entertainment District. These units are in addition to the more than 120 live units across five existing Sonder locations in Toronto.

“Canadian cities are international destinations that provide a great mix of contemporary apartment-style and hotel properties that work well in our portfolio,” said Martin Picard, cofounder/global head of real estate, Sonder. “Our offering is oriented towards the modern traveler and emerging traveler subsets such as digital nomads. We look for properties located close to cultural or travel destinations and that are well-suited to design-forward, tech-enabled experiences. While Sonder is a global company now, our roots are in Canada, and we plan to continue to grow our presence across the country.”

The company also operates a 66-unit property in the West End of Vancouver and is exploring expansion opportunities in Ottawa, Quebec City, Calgary, Banff and Victoria.