Lying close to the city of Montréal and the US border, Ottawa is Canada’s capital city. As such, it receives many business travellers, but there’s also a lot for leisure visitors to see and do. Highlights include Parliament Hill with its impressive Victorian architecture, the National Gallery of Canada, the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site for summer boating and winter ice-skating, spectacular Christmas markets and an illuminated night-time trail. Its a place of many cultures thanks to its trade past (the name Ottowa is derived from words meaning “to trade”); but you can learn more about its indigenous Anishinaabe Algonquin people at its museums and exhibitions.
The Westin Ottawa
Stay in downtown Ottawa at The Westin where you can enjoy views over the rooftops through floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed for a good night’s sleep, rooms come with the brand’s signature Heavenly Beds with pillowtop mattresses, Sleep Well Lavender Balm, as well as Westin White Tea Heavenly Bath Amenities. Here you can breakfast at Daly’s Restaurant and tuck into steaks and seafood at The Shore Club. Ottawa isn’t short of options for staying active, but the hotel itself has an indoor saltwater pool, a modern fitness centre and private squash courts. And if that’s not sufficient, book WestinWORKOUT® Room with a treadmill or a spinning cycle, adjustable dumbbells, Bicycling and Runner’s World magazines, running maps, and complimentary bottled water.
Le Germain Hotel Ottawa
Choose from a Classic, Signature, Privilege, or Prestige bedroom, or a Prestige suite at Le Germain. All feature urban-inspired etched wall art, goose-down duvets with Eqyptian cotton and bamboo linen, feather pillows, yoga mats, Nespresso coffee machines, Tivoli audio stereo systems with Bluetooth connection, 100% cotton bathrobes, Molton Brown toiletries and ergonomic workstations. The hotel is family and pet friendly, with cots available on request. And you can dine on a menu of gourmet dishes at its Norca restaurant and bar.
Fairmont Château Laurier
As much a landmark as a hotel, this property sits beside the canal. Decorated in the classic Fairmont style, bedrooms here offer the Sealy sleep experience, a work desk with extra outlets, Le Labo bath amenities, a bedside device charging hub and a Nespresso coffee machine – Château Butlers (trained by Clarence McLeod in the art of both British and American style of service) are also on hand to wait on your every need. Be sure to take a dip in the stunning Art Deco indoor swimming pool, plus you can book massages, access the gym and dine in a number of fantastic Fairmont restaurants.