This is one of the more unique contests I've encountered in the hospitality industry. Billed as the Wake Up To Your Designer Bedroom Contest, it's Great Canadian Hotels' way of letting you take the hotel home (minus room service and chocolates on your pillow).
Here's the deal. Log onto their website (click the link above) and enter to win a designer bedroom makeover. You can select from two design themes: Estate ("classic furniture and warm tones make this design timeless and inviting") and Metropolitan ("with dark finished furniture combined with cool contemporary colors, this design is modern and urban").
If your ballot is selected, you'll receive all the items needed to create a hotel-inspired bedroom. Great Canadian Hotels will provide the design, furniture and decorative accents; all the winner has to do is assemble them to create an in-home hotel suite. The prize package includes:
Phone consultation with a professional designer to select one of two design optionsDeadline for entry is Sept. 8, 2010. One ballot or entry per household; open to residents of Canada except Quebec. The drawing will be made on Sept. 15, 2010.
Presidential bed, mattress and box spring (full, king or queen)
Headboard (queen only)
Bed linens (sheets, bed covering, decorative acents)
Two bedside tables
One 37" flat screen LCD TV
One piece of coordinating artwork
All freight and delivery charges
Great Canadian Hotels' (two dozen hotels across Canada) Wake up to Canada promotion continues through Sept. 8, 2010. Stay two nights or more, and receive a free night during your next stay. If you don't plan to re-visit, the voucher is transferable to family and/or friends.
A garden display at International Flora, the Montreal Garden Festival in 2006
Photo by Sue Frause