We needed to be in the Ottawa area for the weekend and decided to give this hotel a try. I'm very glad we did.
It is a new hotel, open for less than a year, and very well maintained The guest rooms, facilities and public areas are in top shape and clean, they clearly take good care of it. Overall, the property is superior to a number of full service Marriotts I have stayed in. While my experience with other Courtyard properties has been mixed, if this is indicative of other new Courtyard properties, I would certainly check those out as well.
The lobby is warmly decorated and includes a separate lounge area with TV, as well as business centre and bistro.
Plentiful, free indoor parking is a nice bonus, especially in winter. However, it is attached to a conference centre, so I presume that parking might not be as easy when there is a function there.
Staff was friendly, welcoming and accommodating. For example, they readily agreed to our request for a late checkout.
Location is very good, close to attractions, shopping and restaurants, and right off the highway.
The rooms are well-designed, nicely decorated, spotless and roomy, perfect for families. Ours had 2 Queen beds (bedding was of good quality and comfortable) and was spacious, and also had a small fridge, microwave and sink. Here's a tip: rooms on the top floors of the hotel have a full tub and separate shower, which is also great for families. Free wireless internet worked well.
The pool, while small, is on the top floor and affords a nice view of the area, along with a hot tub and a surprisingly well-equipped fitness facility.
The lobby bistro has a varied menu along with a Starbucks counter and bar. It is also smartly designed for solo business travelers as it has a number of booths with private TVs. Prices are reasonable for a hotel restaurant (and kids meals are comparable in price to fast food while of superior quality).
All in all, I wouldn't hesitate to stay here next time we're in the Ottawa area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa East is a brand new hotel, opened in March 2012. We are conveniently located at the corner of the Vanier Parkway and Coventry Rd., just off Hwy. 417 and minutes from downtown Ottawa. We offer complimentary parking and hi-speed internet access. All 397 of our stylish and uncommonly spacious guest rooms offer a mini-fridge, microwave and wet bar. Located on the 15th floor, check out our fitness centre open 24 hours. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from here and in our pool/whirlpool area also on the 15th floor. The Bistro restaurant is open throughout the day serving Starbucks coffee and fresh, healthy options. No matter what your time allows, you’ll have options to grab and go or sit and let us serve you. Come and see us! You won’t be disappointed! ... more less
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