From 1899 until 1930, the great building at the corner of King and Princess was owned by the Kuntz Brewing Company (which merged with Carling, which has since merged with Molson), and the hotel portion of the building (undergoing a name change in 1911 to Ewald House) had many different proprietors. Finally, after a brief switch of ownership, Albert C. Snyder purchased the lands and building and managed the hotel for nearly two decades, calling it the Hotel Kent. That is, until 1953 when John Adlys and his partner purchased the hotel. When John became the sole owner in 1958 after buying out his partner's interest in Hotel Kent, Waterloo saw the beginning of a long transformation resulting in today's Huether Hotel - a destination combining modern luxury with over 150 years of history.
In the late 1950s, John Adlys' son Bernie met Sonia, a young waitress working at the hotel coffee shop that he managed (on the site of the present-day Café 1842 ). One year later, they were married and together they made the hotel their life, becoming hotel managers in 1965 and purchasing the hotel from John Adlys in 1975. John Adlys passed on in 1979, leaving his legacy in capable and loving hands.
Today, a third generation of Adlys are deeply committed to the Hotel's success. The eldest sons, Kelly and David, are responsible for much of the recent restoration work, and Christina and Bernie II have also come on board after completing their university educations.
Visit our gallery to view some historical photos of the Huether Hotel.
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