Montreal, October 8, 2020 – A pioneer of boutique hotels in Canada, Germain Hotels is proud to offer innovative solutions to meet the new reality of workplace and business. Hotel rooms becoming spaces conducive to remote work, a room equipped with the best web conferencing equipment, contactless check-in kiosks, these are examples that once again illustrate the spirit of innovation and agility that drives Germain Hotels.

Provide a space for efficient remote work

For some, working from home turns out to be a real headache: lack of space, unsuitable environment, renovations, etc., Germain Hotels therefore offers daily rental for safe and efficient hotel work. Workstation with ergonomic chair, Wi-Fi, Chromecast device, unlimited Nespresso coffee, snacks, and even access to the gym, basically everything is there to increase productivity. Parking is included at some hotels. For maximum flexibility, hotel work is offered at daily, weekly and long-term rates.

Virtual events with TV-broadcast quality

The current crisis is having us rethinking events and meetings and in order to support business customers, Le Germain Hotel Montreal has transformed the Expo room into a television-quality virtual studio. A unique multi-camera webcasting space ready to host meetings, training sessions or virtual conferences. Three cameras help energize meetings and the technician, present throughout the virtual event, helps keep your mind at ease.

Optimize the guest registration process

In collaboration with MT Lab and the Quebec Ministry of Tourism, Le Germain Hotel Montreal now offers contactless check-in kiosks. Initially designed to address the labour shortage in the hospitality industry, this project now answers the need for guest security while offering an alternative to check-in at reception. This initiative differs from the usual check-in kiosk as the guest interacts directly with a hotel employee, as in a FaceTime exchange for example.

Since last February the Alt Hotel at Pearson Airport in Toronto has been experimenting with conventional check-in kiosks, and its guests have appreciated the ease of use and the security aspect.

"The current crisis is leading us to rethink our ways of doing things and our spaces, which is why with our teams we have worked very hard to offer solutions adapted to the new reality," underlines Christiane Germain, co-founder and co-president of Germain Hotels. "To be effective at remote work, comfort, tranquility and technology must be present, that is what working at a hotel offers. As for the Virtual Studio, anyone who has attended virtual meetings in recent months knows that inadequate or deficient technology is a major irritant. We are pleased to partner with Edge Studio to provide businesses with technology tools worthy of their events,” added Ms. Germain.


Saint-Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec, Canada, October 5, 2020 — Formica Canada announces the launch of an updated line of Formica® Laminate Woodgrains giving designers a complete, on-trend and usable woodgrain palette for modern commercial spaces. Based on extensive research, the launch includes 16 new wood designs that also meet macro commercial design trends in nature and natural materials.

“When designing with wood, we’ve learned color goes hand-in-hand with species and style for many designers,” said Renee Hytry Derrington, managing principal at Formica North American Design. “Designers were seeking more neutral colors and tonal variations of whites, lights, naturals, grays and true browns. These new woodgrain designs enhance feelings of warmth, comfort and familiarity – all while providing a durable and easily cleanable alternative to real wood surfaces in hardworking spaces like hospitals, classrooms and office settings.”

Formica Canada held focus groups with commercial and furniture designers across the United States to identify the most usable wood visuals. The selections that consistently met their needs were neutral colors with lighter-toned options to complement Scandinavian designs, as well as more choices in ash, elm, oak and walnut.


The 16 new patterns are grouped into seven series: Elm, Ashwood, Cherry, Modern Oak, Modern Walnut, Traditional Walnut and Casual Woods, creating a robust offering of woodgrain laminate designs in stain colors from light to dark.

Elm Series 

This new species to the Formica® Laminate Woodgrain collection is valued for its interlocking grain and resistance to splitting, making it useful for furniture production. While this species is rare in real wood, it provides ideal inspiration for laminate designs with subtle graining and neutral color tones.

Buff Elm: A warm, creamy elm.

Beige Elm: A true beige elm.

Camel Elm: A darker beige elm.

Graphite Elm: A warm, black elm.


Ashwood Series

Long considered a cousin of oak, ashwood is popular in furniture design and offers a linear, multipurpose visual. 


Ashwood Bone: A soft, gray-white ash.

Ashwood Beige: A light chameleon ash.

Ashwood Oak: Ash stained in a modern oak color.


Cherry Series

Often used for cabinets and furniture, this series has a soft, flowing, straight-grained layout and true brown color tones. It is ideal for furniture and architectural doors.


Clove Spice Cherry: A mid-brown stained cherry.

Nut Brown Cherry: A true, dark-brown-stained cherry.


Modern Oak Series

Depending on the specific species, oak has a wide range of color variation. Its open pores accept stain readily, but gray stains on natural wood tend to discolor easily. The elegant, straight grain of this laminate series offers a solution for trending gray and black wood designs that are also easy to maintain. 


Grayed Oak: A true gray-stained oak.

Inked Oak: A blackened oak.


Modern Walnut Series

Walnut is widespread throughout the world and ranges from creamy white sapwood to dark chocolate heartwood. This series is modernized with “heathered” stains, in which brown is neutralized with a hint of gray. The mixed-width, random-match layout with half-cut cathedrals represents the look of solid lumber construction.


Taupe Walnut: A greige, mid-toned stained walnut.

Hazel Walnut: A darker brown-gray stained walnut.


Traditional Walnut

A classic walnut with a random-match layout and half-cut cathedrals that works well in traditional and modern environments in which architects and designers want to contrast style with a familiar wood visual. 


Formal Walnut: A classic brown stained walnut.


Casual Woods

Unique finishing techniques and a new species inspire these patterns, both featuring a dark brown stained look with random-match layouts and cathedrals.

Tula Oak: Features a cerused technique, which involves rubbing a contrasting color into wood pores to highlight the grain. This deep-brown oak design features gray cerused pore details.


Antique Mango: Fast-growing, sustainable mango provides a stylish alternative to rare, slow-growing exotic woods and inspires this curvy, tone-on-tone stained brown wood design.

Formica® Laminate woodgrains can be applied horizontally or vertically. To learn more, visit


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