I stayed earlier this week at the Chateau Laurier. I had booked a two-double bed room for me and my friend. We were given a room on the second floor with a view of the Parliament. I would not recommend any room with a view of the Parliament these days because of construction right below our window. It starts at 8 am! It's okay if you usually get up early, but if you prefer staying in bed late, better ask for a room in another part of the hotel. I did not like our room that much. It seemed from another era. The bathroom was very small but this was not a problem for us. TV was an old 20 inch model and the torch lamp almost fell in pieces when I attempted to turn it on. The bed was very comfortable. Overall the room was very clean.
Parking was very expensive, 38$ for valet and 28$ if you parked your car in the hotel parking. However, the valet gave us a map for a cheaper parking lot located about 5-10 minutes walk from the hotel. You can leave your luggage with the bell man and come back after parking the car.
There is a nice patio overlooking the Parliament, a lounge and a restaurant. The patio is quiet and it's a nice place to have a drink before dinner. The staff there was helpful. I had a question about some wine and the server could not give me an answer as she did not know that particular wine. She offered to bring me a glass so I could have a taste of the wine and I really appreciated it.
At the lounge, they serve the afternoon tea from 2pm, however nowhere it is mentioned that a reservation is preferable, yet required. My friend and I attempted to have the afternoon tea before our spa appointment at 4 pm so we went to the lounge at 2:20 pm. We were asked whether we had a reservation and we did not. We were asked to come back in an hour as they had reservations to honour. I still wonder how it was complicated to serve us tea and scones. It seemed to us that they could have accommodated us as there were a lot of empty tables in the lounge and I doubt that they were all for guests with reservations. Ah well... I wish the staff had been more helpful in explaining why we could not be seated and maybe suggest alternatives.
I mentioned a spa, but this was not the hotel spa. Two blocks down Rideau St., there is Holtz spa which is somewhat affiliated with the hotel. We had massages and we really liked the place. There is a little bistro on the premises, but we did not eat there.
I did not really enjoy my stay at the Chateau Laurier, as the afternoon tea episode left me with a bad impression. I am not sure If I will stay there again for leisure, maybe for business as I may attend conferences there in the future. Staying at this hotel would then be more convenient.
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- Reflecting the confidence, dignity and style of Ottawa, Fairmont Chateau Laurier stands as a testament to this dynamic, thriving city. Located in the heart of Canada's capital next door to the Parliament Buildings, the landmark Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa is a magnificent limestone edifice with turrets and masonry reminiscent of a French chateau. ... more less
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