We spend a weekend night at the Indigo and were generally pleased. The location is great, although the downtown area of Ottawa DIES on weekends, the streets are pretty empty, and most restaurants and coffee shops close early or for the entire weekend. However, Parliament Hill and the Byward marker area are only a 10 - 15 walk. Ottawa's excellent public transportation is easily accessible from the hotel.
The hotel is a well-remodeled older building, and the interior design is quite mod, with the Indigo color scheme everywhere (If you don't like blue, you must eschew.) There is a central atrium which brings lots of light right down to the center of the lobby (except when it's heavily overcast, of course). The rooms are a bit small and the ceilings a bit low. If you are over 6'3" or are a big person, you're going to feel claustrophobic. Note that some rooms have windows that look only on the atrium. Also, ask for a high floor, as the hotel is on a busy urban street corner.
We were tired after a long day on our feet, and decided to just eat in the hotel's restaurant, Phi. We were pleasantly surprised. Dinner was well prepared and served. Breakfast was also good, and, as at dinner, the menu was quite diverse.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Metcalfe Hotel is a trendy boutique hotel located in downtown Ottawa and is ideal for those traveling for business or pleasure. Discover what our vibrant neighborhood has to offer! While staying at The Metcalfe enjoy our indoor pool, 24 hour fitness centre and complimentary high speed internet. Leisure travelers who are seeking a unique hotel experience can escape to our Ottawa hotel, which is conveniently located near a variety of local attractions. The Metcalfe Hotel, located in the Ottawa City Centre, places you within walking distance of Rideau Canal, the National Arts Centre and Parliament Hill. Our hotel is just minutes from many local parks, outdoor malls and shopping centres. The Metcalfe Hotel is ideal for business travelers since we're located just minutes from companies such as Shopify, Bell Canada and NAV Canada, as well as many government offices and the Shaw Centre. Our hotel in downtown Ottawa is also convenient to the British High Commission, the Ontario Court House and the World Exchange Plaza. Guests of the hotel can enjoy our onsite restaurant, The Rox, where the food is locally sourced and the service is inspiring. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ottawa Hotel Indigo