Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel, Ottawa
Reviews - Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel
- Age Group: 51 - 60
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Family Traveller
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel
Now having finally done so, I can say that the strongest thing going for it is its history.
The corridors were gloomy and cold, and the rooms not up to four-star standards. I was initially put in a lower-floor room without a view (you have to pay extra for a view of the Parliament Buildings). I requested a higher floor, and was given a tiny room with one bed and right beside the elevators. As I reserved two beds I had to go down to complain and was moved back to my original room. A needless hassle considering that the hotel was far from full.
The bathroom smelled of mould. Room service was courteous, but way overpriced.
You'd probably be much better off at the Lord Elgin. Although I haven't stayed there, it is very close by, and actually better situated as far as restaurants, bars etc. I understand it has been recently renovated. It's significantly cheaper than the Chateau Laurier.
Impressive but gloomyfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Expensive but very nicefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Staff was very nice and everything was very clean. Food was great! And you couldn't ask for a better location.
You get what you pay for, but you definitely have to pay a lot.
chateau greatfrom A TripAdvisor Member
s Classic Hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Earlier reviewer stated it wasn't for kids. For most North American kids it isn't! A welcome property that's run for adults. However, a charming German couple with two incredibly well mannered kids were doing just fine.
The Terrace in summer is a dream for lunch with great views, service and food. The breakfast buffet puts others to shame with variety and freshness. Even the scrambled eggs are top notch.
Yes, pricey, but worth every cent.
Can't wait to go back to Ottawa as it's the most underrated capital city on earth. With the Chateau Laurier you not only get posh treatment, but a large slice of Canadian history as well. Yes, that is Winston Churchill, King George and Queen Elizabeth and scads more in the hotel's picture gallery. Save somewhere else and splurge here!
Choose Wiselyfrom Anonymous416
If you are looking for the trendy and hip, don't go to the Laurier. Go to the Arc.
As is the case with many of these former CP hotels, it is worth it to avoid the least-expensive room. These tend to be fairly small and you'll ask yourself why you didn't go the Arc for less the price. Get a room with a view of Parliament. Like the Hay Adams in Washington, it's worth it to pay a little more for the unique experience of having the view.
Fairmont has done some renovations and little perks -- such as the outrageously expensive ($14/day) but convenient Internet access, which gives you access to the Wi-Fi internet in the lobby, bars and restaurants -- have been added to bring it in line with standards necessary of fine hotels in this century.
This is not a hotel for kidsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
I did speak with the pool personel about this when they asked if we enjoyed our swim. I told them that my two boys think that you are not supposed to have any fun at this hotel. They agreed that there were limited facilities for kids. I asked if there were any ... and they agreed that there was none... but the top of the parking garage was a great place to see the fireworks.
Anyway... if you think that because this hotel has fairmont in front of it that there are great facilities you will be very disappointed unless you want to spend you day having afternoon tea. If this is how you wish to spend your time... this is your hotel.
The staff are great! Extremely friendly. The doorman greeted and remembered my husband and children everytime we went through the doors during our stay.
PS. Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa have gotten very very crowded and rowdy in the evenings. Not like it was 10 years ago. I don't think we will be back...its lost its charm.
An Institutionfrom canadianskeezix
Beauty of a building in need of some repairsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
This is simply unacceptable. The bathtub was more like a shower but the bed was comfortable and the view was spectacular.
I suggest some renovations which will likely cost $$$ but at the rates they charge, on expects everything to be kept in tip top shape.
Top Local Tips for Ottawa
Nice restaurants In the surrounding of the hotel were both the Restaurant Metropolitan and Social worth a visit. Cosy and payable.
Reminds me of Dublin, which reminded me of Brooklyn, NY Possibly interesting when you can ice skate on the canals or maybe the tulips.
2 nights! Ottawa is not very big, so with 2 days you have plenty of time to see all. Dont miss the Parliament, its really awesome ( and please, make time to see the Change of the Royal Guard at 10:00 at the Parliament ) and of you are not staying at the Chateau Laurier, just take a couple of pictures there, its just beside the Parliament. If you like art, you should try the National Gallery of Canada ( the building itself its marvelous ). In the same street you could see the Notre Dame Basilica and the Royal Canadian Mint and the Canadian War Museum. In the same area you could go shopping at Rideau Center or browse for nice stuff at the Byward Market. A liitle more far from there is the Rideau Hall ( the house of the General Governor ) and the History Musuem.
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- Address: 1 Rideau Street - Ottawa - Ontario - K1N 8Y9 - Canada
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