Fairmont Chateau Laurier

1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 8S7, Canada
(5 star hotel)
#5 of 150 hotels in Ottawa
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 26 reviews
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Château Laurier

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 26, 2003

Staying here was a bit of an indulgence, but it was just for one night, and we had wanted to stay in at least one of the landmark Fairmont hotels.

At least our CAD209/night room rate included breakfast, which was very good, although the room we got was pretty standard.

Unique Quality: Landmark building.
Unparallelled location.

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Right in the center of things...

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 26, 2003

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.

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Old World Luxury

by written on May 24, 2003

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.

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The most luxurious hotel in Ottawa.

by written on May 17, 2003

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.

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Go ahead, pretend you're royalty.

by written on April 10, 2003

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.

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A Stay Fit for Royalty!

by written on April 4, 2003

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.

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Ottawa's King of Hotels

by written on April 1, 2003

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.

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The old RailRoad Hotel

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 9, 2002

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.

Personal impressions

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.

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The best hotel in Ottawa is...

by written on August 26, 2002

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!

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Chateau Laurier.

by written on August 26, 2002

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
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 8S7
Telephone: (613) 241-1414
Fax: (613) 562-7031
Email: chateaulaurier@fairmont.com

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Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel

by written on August 25, 2002

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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Address: 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 8S7, Canada

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Amenities at Fairmont Chateau Laurier

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Services
  • Pets Allowed
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Suites
  • Bar / Lounge

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