Before I moved to Ottawa, I was visiting to attend a friend's wedding and stayed at this hotel.
My only complaint was that the walls were a little thin, or the people in the room next to mine were louder than normal.
Unique Quality: Construction started on this hotel in 1907 and was completed in 1912. The hotel had scheduled it's grand opening on April 26, 1912. Unfortunately the man who commissioned it, Charles Melville Hays, died when the Titanic sank. The hotel was finally opened on June 12, 1912, by it's namesake, Sir Wilfred Laurier.
Directions: One block from Parliament Hill and the Rideau Center.
This hotel is one of the old Victorian heaps built by rail stations. Built in 1912 in the style of a 16th century French Château, it's copper roof and turrets, high ceilings and plaster work make you feel like you're staying in a palace. You can get good deals here and there are single rooms right up to the exclusive Gold Suite on a private floor. All the modern conveniences like high speed modems, and a fitness center on site as well. Pamper yourself, treat yourself.
This is the most luxurious hotel in Ottawa, downtown. It is located at the corner of Wellington street and Rideau street. besides the parliament buildings.
Fairmont Chateau Laurier was originally opened by its namesake, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, on June 12, 1912 and has changed Ottawa forever.
You can spot this beautiful building from a distance because it really looks like a castle. This place is not cheap and many politicians, diplomats and important business people stay in the Chateau Laurier.
Unique Quality: This beautiful hotel has 429 guest rooms, including 31 luxury suites. The Fairmont Gold room is very special in a unique way. it is basically a small hotel inside a hotel. I know it sound weird but that's how it is. Guest staying at this section enjoy extra treatment. Living really like a king.
Directions: Corner of Wellington street and Rideau street. Besides the parliament buildings.
One of the most recognizable and beautiful buildings in Ottawa, and without a doubt the best hotel in the city. I stayed there once (not on my own budget, obviously) and it was everything I had expected. If you can afford it, you should absolutely stay here once. If not, just be nice to the friendly doormen and they'll let you wander around the gorgeous lobby and gawk.
Unique Quality: The service and amenities are top-notch, and the location couldn't be any better. It's beautiful, luxurious, romantic, and steeped in history.
Directions: A stone's throw east of the Parliament Buildings; just west of Sussex Drive and the Byward Market.
The Chateau Laurier reflects the confidence, dignity and style of Canada's capital city. Reminiscent of a French castle, this great Ottawa landmark serves as a home-away-from-home to both politicians and visiting politicians. Perfectly situated at the heart of the capital, all of Ottawa is within easy walking distance from Chateau Laurier's storied doors.
If you got the time and the money, the Chateau Laurier is well worth a stay. Being the city's most famous hotel, the Laurier is just steps away from the first locks of the Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill. The Laurier, named after the nation's first Quebecois leader, has a rich history since its opening in 1912. Mackenzie King, Canada's wartime Prime Minister in the 1930s and '40s, lived here on and off due to its closeness to Parliament and the various ministries. Throughout the war, various conferences were held here, debating the future course of the war and the reconstruction of Europe. Presidents, prime ministers, kings and queens have all stayed here since.
The elegance of the Chateau Laurier has to be appreciated. Even if you don't want to stay there, a stroll around it's lobby or into one of its saloons and restaurants is worth the visit.
Unique Quality: Spacious four star rooms, a large indoor swimming pool, and all within walking distance of the city's major attractions.
Directions: Located directly below the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography near the Rideau Canal. It's 17th century French architecture is a dead giveaway.
In 1907 Charles Melville Hays, General Manager of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway of Canada took the initiative to build the hotel. The Railroads needed big hotels near their prestigues station and the Chateau Laurier was to become one.
It opened in April 26 1912, but Hays could not witness its opening because he travelled with the Titanic and died at April 14 1912.
The official opening was postponed to June 12, 1912 and was done by Sir Wilfrid Laurier.
The hotel is a real monument build in French Renaissance style using granite blocks for the base, buff Indiana limestone for the walls and copper for the roof. Inside you find brass stair rails, marble floors, high ceilings and the furniture makes you feel walking in a big antique shop.
Although you are surrounded by all this charming history, the hotel offers modern service and quality. I have the best memories of the nice breakfasts.
2009: Update: The rooms have wide flatscreen TV's now and high speed Internet (via Ethernet cable). The Breakfast room is completely remodelled and looks far better than before.
Unique Quality: Basement Art-Deco Pool, next to the Parliament Buildings, ByWard area and the canal.
Personal preferences can be entered at the Fairmont website, once you become a (free) member.
Prices: Corporate from CA$ 220,00 (+CA$ 15.00 for parking; + ~CA$ 25,00 for breakfast; local calls CA$ 1,07).
Directions: By car: 417 highway Nicholas/Gatineau exit; flow into Waller St and right onto Besserer St.
Take left lane and take a left into Cumberland; select the left lane onto Rideau (pedestrians!). At the hotel take right bus lane & take a right into the parking.
The best hotel in Ottawa is the Chateau Laurier, run by Fairmont. The hotel is situated in the heart of downtown, directly on Rideau Canal. If you are on a student budget, there are several hostels within a few blocks (check out the Byward Market).
My guess is around $200 CAD per night
Unique Quality: Old architecture, friendly people, close to everything!
200$ a night (average...)
Unique Quality: This is a VERY nice hotel..a lot of luxuries and very beautifull dining areas and conference halls. Very business oriented, but a great stay.
Directions: 1 Rideau Street
Telephone: (613) 241-1414
Fax: (613) 562-7031
Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel
Unique Quality: I love looking at this building- it looks like a castle! It's located right by the Parliament buildings and you have a great view of the Ottawa River, Hull, Parliament and much more. It's in the heart of downtown with easy access to the Rideau Center, Byward Market, and many museums.
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We are going to Ottawa for the party that is Canada Day. We'll be arriving the night before which is a Saturday night. My wife and her best friend want to go to a dance club. We're thinking that a Saturday night is going to be pretty happening anyway and the Saturday night before Canada Day even more so. Does anyone have any suggestions on either a "top 40" type club or 80's music club in or near Byward Market (so they can walk from the Chateau Laurier where we are staying)? These are mid-30's white chicks with office jobs so the "alternative" or body-piercing crowd is not where they would fit in. Thanks for your help.
There probably are a few places but, I understand the Quebec side of the River has more entertainment options.
Thanks for the reply. We are not going to have a car and don't really know our way around (having never been there) and it will already be dark when we get there and get checked in. Byward Market is an easy walk from Chateau Laurier. You say the options are less than the Quebec side but can anyone give me at least one name of a club that fits the original question. Thanks...
Have you looked at the Ottawa pages of VT members? Sometimes a little work can get the answers
My son is 31 and I'll ask him what his opinion is for a dance club. I don't know that Ottawa has Top 40's dance club on the Market...they do have alot of bars with music though. That I know!
Will get back to you after chatting with son. If there isn't a dance club, the gals might have a great time just walking from bar to bar enjoying the music.
It will be crowded, that I can tell you! But from my experience..it will be safe.
Have a great time!
Thanks a bunch. We laeve on Wednesday so if you could hurry on that, it would be appreciated.
This is what my 31-yr old son suggested on the Market:
Heart and Crown, not a dance bar but a 30's club with live bands
I'd actually suggest going to Elgin Street, it's an older crowd, suggested places:
Elgin Stree is quite walkable from the Chateau Laurier Hotel...in fact, it intersects Wellington Street (the front of the Chateau is on Wellington Street).
Hope that helps!
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Address: 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 8S7, Canada