The 380-room Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is offering a winter package for groups booking the property between December 1997 and March 31, 1998. A group booking ten or more rooms gets superior guest rooms for $135 a night (all figures in U.S. dollars), with upgrades available at "minimum cost"; complimentary meeting space; a $46 per-person meal package that includes Continental breakfast, lunch, and two coffee breaks daily; and complimentary VIP meeting setup. The offer is subject to availability and is not applicable to previously booked groups. The hotel has 21 function rooms that accommodate 10 to 450 persons for meetings. For more information about the package, call (416) 928-7328.

In December, Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts will open its fourth hotel in North America. The Pan Pacific Lodge, in Whistler, BC, is the company's first resort lodge. It will be located in the heart of Whistler Village, at the base of two world-class ski mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb. Within a few paces of the lodge are two gondola ski lifts. Each of the lodge's 121 suites will have views of the mountains or the village, plus a fireplace and fully equipped kitchen. The lodge will also have a restaurant, health club, outdoor heated pool, and a spa.

The 282-room Novotel Ottawa has completed a $2.5 million renovation, including the addition of the 16-seat gourmet Cafe Bar, the first hotel lobby coffee bar in the capital city. Also new is a business services program that includes 24-hour access to the hotel's exercise facility.

The Royal York, the flagship of the Canadian Pacific Hotels, has been awarded the 1997 CAA/AAA Four Diamond Award for the 11th consecutive year. The hotel, located in downtown Toronto, recently completed a $100 million renovation and restoration of the lobby, guest rooms, and all public space, and added a health club.