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Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Ranked #19 of 67 Hotels in Ottawa
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Saint John, Canada
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“like living in a castle!”
Reviewed July 23, 2010

this hotel was really beautiful, i loved it. my mom took me to old fashioned tea in the afternoon and it was awesome, we got all these sandwiches and treats and you could choose your tea from a huge cart and this really nice man served us everything, it was super fancy. there are all kinds of photos of people like princess di and john lennon and yoko ono in the hotel, so many people have stayed there! it has big ballrooms and everything. best of all, we took a tour with the haunted walk of ottawa and found out that the hotel was haunted! it made it way more fun to stay there that night. nothing happened, but i was pretty nervous! :) the hotel had really pretty views of the city and i was really glad we got to stay there.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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London, ON
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Reviewed July 18, 2010

This hotel was clean and a bit dated but you can't beat the location. Beautiful building. My kids thought it was a castle. Staff was nice. Only two complaints the a/c in room couldn't keep up (10 foot ceilings) so our room was warm. The pool was beautiful but fully inside the building with no windows and is not for young children. Only a ladder going into it and my tall 6yr old couldn't touch. The beds were so comfortable and this was by far the quietest hotel I have ever been in. Couldn't hear toliets flushing, doors slamming or showers running. Slept like babies !

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed July 17, 2010

Stayed at the Chateau for two nights. The room overlooking the parliament buildings was excellent. Room service was speedy and the food great as was breakfast and lunch at Wilfreds on the main floor. Overall the service was friendly and efficient. Definitely worth the money.

  • Stayed July 2010
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2010

Great location and interesting architectural monument, but seems to need a little brush up – and definitely should have an eye on the housekeeping (e.g. entrance door full of fingerprints, elevators the same). Very comfortable beds, nice bar and great breakfast buffet.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Kensington, Maryland
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Reviewed July 12, 2010

Original intention was to go skating on Rideau canal - unfortunately due to rain it closed the day we go there...

Hotel is in great location to parliament and short walking distance to Byward Market. Rooms very comfortable - Great gym with new equipment - great Bar downstairs. Rooms slowly getting updated. Our room had a view of canal and Parliament. If you are only ever going to go to Ottawa once and are going for short time period. This is the place.

Pool is original pool and is worth a visit.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed July 10, 2010

The biggest benefit of the hotel in my mind is location; there is a lot to do within walking distance of the hotel. I went for a jog around the Parliament buildings, across the bridge to the Quebec side and a short jaunt up the Rideau Canal. When I stayed at the hotel, there was construction during the day as workers fix the roof. I stayed on one of the higher floors which was fine however a colleague was on the first floor and had to contend with workers walking by her window. The rooms are interesting as the hotel tries to update their design within the structural limitations of a hotel built over 100 years ago. The room probably had too much furniture in it making it feel slightly cramped. The TV was housed in one of the standard hotel cabinets which took up way too much room. The work station was adequate however the layout made it hard to keep an eye on the hockey playoffs. My room did have a beautiful washroom that appears to have been recently upgraded. Room service was timely and the food was good. All in, I enjoyed my stay at one of the more visually striking hotels in Canada.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
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Vancouver
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Reviewed July 5, 2010

My husband and I spent last night at the Chateau Laurier and were very impressed by the location and tastefully vintage interiors. I want to stress this point because we’ve stayed at most of the other city Fairmont properties across Canada, and some of the older properties are starting to look shabby vs gracefully aged, and the Chateau Laurier is a good example of graceful aging with nice enhancements.

Asking for an upgrade...
Most often Fairmont upgrades us, but this time we had to ask. Although I wasn’t enthused about that, the agent who checked us in put us into a lovely room overlooking parliament on one side and the Ottawa river on the other. The room’s king bed was very comfortable and I had a really good sleep.

The Gym...
We did not use any of the restaurants or bars but did use the health club and Fairmont fit program (where they bring you addidas work out clothes). The gym was nice and well maintained.

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Every staff member we dealt with from check-in agents to housekeeping to royal service was cheerful and helpful.

Overall I was happy with my stay and the location in the business and social centre of town.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Address: 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Ottawa
#5 Green Hotel in Ottawa
#5 Romantic Hotel in Ottawa
#12 Family Hotel in Ottawa
#12 Business Hotel in Ottawa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Fairmont Chateau Laurier 4*
Number of rooms: 429
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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