I can see why the Hilton Lac Leamy is voted Number One, I loved this hotel, it is perfectly situated close to Ottawa but on a peninsula surrounded by a lake. Beautiful! We stayed the first week of March, (I arrived the day the Canadians won the Olympic Hockey gold so there was HUGE excitement everywhere!) During the day It was sunny and still possible to go skiing around the lake where people were ice fishing. The hotel is a short cab ride from the Bymarket shopping/restaurant district and I would recommend Highs where we had a great steak one night. (A grown-up steak house)! Nearby are the Parliament buildings and also the Museum which is well worth seeing, big, light and airy with a great collection of Canadian Group of 7 art amongst others, it is also walking distance to the Bymarket shops.
The room was spacious and clean, and the lounge downstairs was a great place to sit and relax for a drink before dinner while overlooking the lake. This hotel also has a cigar bar which is popular with the gents, although the smoke extractor seems to be non-existent. The service throughout is very friendly, very 'Canadian'! I really liked and appreciated the staff who were all helpful to a fault and all of whom spoke English (this is a predominantly french speaking area).
Also worth a mention is that the hotel is about 15mins to Park Gatineau which is beautiful and there are some lovely little rustic restaurants, walks and even some downhill skiing.
Finally, the restaurant is excellent I did not think it was overpriced, seemed fairly standard and food was well prepared and did not disappoint.
One observation is the current system at breakfast is for 1 person to check her computer to admit guests to the dining room, and this takes time, about 4mins or longer if the guest doesn't have a token, then she has to walk them to their table, meanwhile quite a line up of people are kept waiting, it might be an idea to have one or two staff standing by to walk the guests to their table and one staff member to do the computer/token check in. One day the queue for breakfast numbered about 25 people.
But overall this is a great hotel and I would highly recommend it.
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel Gatineau
- Hilton Hotel Gatineau
- Hilton Gatineau
- Gatineau Hilton Lac Leamy
- Hilton Lac-Leamy Gatineau, Quebec