Regina hotel to restore cancelled Grey Cup reservations following media backlash

A Regina hotel under fire for cancelling Grey Cup reservations is changing their tune under media pressure.

After multiple CFL fans took to social media on Wednesday with accusations that the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Regina East Gate had canceled their reservations for Grey Cup week without notifying them, the hotel is now reinstating all reservations at their original rate.

The allegations that the hotel was cancelling those rooms booked at lower price points for the highly lucrative event prompted an investigation from CTV Regina’s Stef Davis, intensifying the scrutiny of the independently owned and operated hotel.

3DownNation spoke to a hotel representative via telephone on Wednesday afternoon who denied that any Grey Cup-related cancellations were taking place. The representative also indicated that the hotel’s manager is currently out of the country and will not be back in Regina for two months.

In a follow-up call on Thursday, a hotel employee contradicted that story, admitting to 3DownNation that reservations had been cancelled and were now being restored upon request.

Hotel rooms are always at a premium when the CFL’s smallest city plays host to the league’s championship game. Regina reportedly sold out of hotel rooms eleven months before the 2013 Grey Cup took place, a game the hometown Saskatchewan Roughriders won over the visiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats by a score of 45-23.

The 109th Grey Cup is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 at Mosaic Stadium. The facility was originally set to host the 108th Grey Cup in 2020 but the CFL season was cancelled due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.