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ARC The Hotel
Ranked #23 of 68 Hotels in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 2, 2007

I have stayed many times and I'll keep going back. During check in you get a glass of sparkling wine and some fine chocolates. Up to your room and a wonderful Bose audio system is playing. If you like ultra modern you will love it. If you like chintz curtains etc, you will not like ARC.

  • Stayed: March 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 30, 2006

Check in was fine though the reception desk was rather small and it quickly appeared crowded. We were offered chocolates or wine while we checked in which was a nice touch. Our room wasn't enormous but was very clean and nicely laid out with desk, comfy bed, chairs, TV and stereo (CDs available for free loan from reception). The view wasn't fantastic as the hotel seems to be situated in a more commercial/business district/area so it was mostly offices.

You could walk to the parliament buildings in under 15 minutes (we recommend the free tour of parliament, it's very interesting!) but Byward Market etc was at least 20 minutes away. When walking back to the hotel at night the area seemed rather too quiet - not that we ever felt that it was dangerous, but this may be a concern for some. Taxis are plentiful though so you could round this!

The staff were friendly and were happy to help with any issues. Check out took rather longer than I'd hoped as there was a large party ahead of us who spoke French and the guy on the desk trying to check them in didn't (really)! :-)

Internet access was available (wired in your room) but chargeable. Several wi-fi spots could also be found.

All in all a pleasant stay and we'd go back there if staying in Ottawa.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 14, 2006

The Arc is a great place to stay. The staff was very friendly and attentive to any needs. The room was a little small but well laid out and nicely decorated. The location is great if you want to see downtown. We had some trouble with the internet connection that you can purchase but they ended up not charging us. The only real downside was the walls were very thin. We could hear almost everything the couple next door said the 1 night we had someone next to us.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2006

This is a strong pleasant urban hotel with quality staff, and a modern decor. In other major cities prices would be easily in the 300 to 400 a night. I would recommend this hotel to anyone due to its close proximity to all major attractions in our Capital.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 23, 2006

My wife and I stayed one night May 2006 at The Arc while in town for an event and while we were enjoyed it, a bit more expensive than I would have liked when final bill was presented.
We booked at $180/night, but after taxes, $20 valet charge (no other parking options seen) and our own choice for $20 room upgrade, $250 for one night in retrospect was a bad decision based on the quality rooms you can get nearby for substantially less. Some previous reviews talked about package that included parking and breakfast, but this was not offered at time we were there.
But the hotel was very nice. Very chic, hip, modern.. whatever word you want to use for trendy. Black clad staff were very hospitable and offered champagne upon arrival. Not blown away by that, but had never seen it offered before. Interesting.
Upgraded to deluxe room and we found it quite spacious for the two of us, beds were very comfy and linens were amazing. Bathroom very small, tight.. but the shower head was like standing under a rainshower, need to buy that shower head for our home.
Previous review of thin walls very accurate. Buses outside were quite loud, restful sleep from 6am onwards. When shower turned on in adjoining room, thought a tap was turned on over my head, very loud, but we managed.
Location was fine, a nice 10 minute scenic stroll to the Byward Market, Parliament Hill, Ridea Centre area.
Doubtful I'll return for $250/night, but well worth $160 range.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Reviewed May 21, 2006

My fiancee and I (now wife) decided that we didn't want to stay at the usual Honeymoon locales in Ottawa (i.e. Westin, Chateau Laurier) and we certainly were not disappointed! From the moment we arrived in the ARC's trendy and upscale lobby, greeted by exceptionally friendly and professional staff to the time we departed, we were treated like royalty. Our suite was breathtaking -- contemporary decor, huge roman tub, king-sized bed with egyptian cotton sheets. There was even a snuggly mohair blanket in the suite which my wife loved! The Management at the ARC knew it was our honeymoon and even placed a bottle of champagne with goodies in our suite -- now that's service! The ARC Lounge is the perfect place for a late night beverage or a sumptuous morning breakfast. Definitely a the Hotel for your special Ottawa weekend getaway.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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5  Thank KJMNavan
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Reviewed May 19, 2006

This is a fabulous hotel - well situated close to the major attractions. The service was spectacular and the hotel rooms were small, but very nice. This is a clean, modern and totally friendly place to stay. The price is great for the quality -- check out their website for special packages -- We booked a package that included tickets to the National Gallery and full breakfast. If you book at this hotel, you won't be disappointed - going to this place for the service is reason enough. Enjoy!

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Additional Information about ARC The Hotel

Address: 140 Slater St, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5H6, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Ottawa
#18 Business Hotel in Ottawa
#19 Family Hotel in Ottawa
#19 Romantic Hotel in Ottawa
Price Range: $142 - $429 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — ARC The Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 112
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An oasis of calm in this busy city, ARC the Hotel Ottawa welcomes its guests into a softly lit lobby with hardwood floors, designer furnishings, modern art wall hangings, and Japanese-inspired architectural flourishes. Business travelers appreciate the downtown location and high-speed Internet access throughout, but the hotel is also a favorite with couples indulging in weekend getaways. Guests at this boutique Ottawa hotel enjoy a glass of sparkling wine at check-in as well as complimentary 24-hour ARC Private Selection Blend coffee and tea service in the lobby. The hotel also offers the Arc Lounge & Dining, a virtual business center with high-speed Internet access (surcharge), concierge and valet services, 24-hour fitness center, and complimentary shoeshines. A library lounge offers a selection of books, magazines, and CDs for in-room use. ... more   less 
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