My wife and I stayed at Le Chateau Montebello July 22 to the 25th--had a great time. It didn't hurt that the weather was absolutely perfect.
This is such a unique property--the world's largest log structure, built on the banks of the Ottawa River.
The service was impeccable, the property itself very nicely maintained--the grounds so easy to wander around on. I got up every morning, grabbed a cup of coffee from the dining room, picked up the daily paper from the lobby and read it on a chaise lounge on the back lawn--just a few feet from the river.
Yes, I have read other reviews. This place is not perfect and there are some things people would like to see changed. Uhuh, the bathrooms are small. Some of the floors creak. Perhaps the parking lot needs to be re-paved. And it's not cheap to stay here. Just keep in mind; this is a unique and historic treasure--a mammoth hotel, made from logs over 80 years ago. If it were built 5 years ago, the bathrooms would probably be bigger. There would be more sound-proofing. But if the bars and restaurants cut their prices in half--and if it only costs $59.00 a day to stay here, it wouldn't be the same experience. If you want that kind of experience, you can find that at a Holiday Inn.
My advice, go stay at this place. Appreciate it for what it is--the only place on earth like it. Spend a few moments in the lobby. They must have the biggest fireplace on earth! Take a minute or two to study how they built the lobby. I promise you'll be amazed. And if you happen to be around on Sunday morning--do the Brunch!
My wife and I definately plan to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape from the ordinary and experience a delightful retreat at Fairmont Le Château Montebello, the world's largest log cabin! Nestled in the heart of the scenic Montebello village, surrounded by nature, the hotel is famed for its rustic yet luxurious accommodations, excellent service and refined gastronomy. Historically founded as a private club in 1930, Fairmont Le Château Montebello has had the privilege of hosting many political figures, royalty and other celebrities. The resort is now an ideal destination both for leisure and business travelers. Entertainment, local cuisine, relaxation and a warm welcome is what you will come to expect as we want your experience to be truly unforgettable. Beautiful surroundings and year-round activities offer our guests countless possibilities of adventures, including golf, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, curling, tennis, squash as well as Canada's only Land Rover Off-Road Driving Experience! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello Hotel Montebello
- Chateau Montebello
- Fairmont Montebello
- Montebello Fairmont