With 20-years writing about Ottawa life we think we have
a pretty good idea of the best of what this city has to offer.
In this new weekly summer series we’ll share it with you.
From our top picks of hotels, live music venues, local brews,
bands and more, check, share and discuss
#OLMBest every Monday!

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa

The Les Suites Hotel, centrally located next to the Rideau Centre, is known for their standout service. One such example is the option to partake in in-room spa services. All suites have full kitchens and ensuite laundry. There is also all-day access to the business centre and gym.

Brookstreet Hotel

The four-diamond hotel is pet friendly and offers live jazz performances every night of the week. Featuring a spa, seasonal skating rink, indoor and outdoor saltwater pools and several golf courses, there’s something for everyone.

The Westin

The Westin is in the ideal location, surrounded by the Rideau centre, the Shaw Centre and the Canal. Spacious and modern, you can’t go wrong. They’re stepping up their game with a new rooftop glass ballroom set to open later this year.

Novotel Ottawa

Located on Nicholas, Novotel is a four-star hotel and received a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor in 2016. It’s also the home of the Albion Rooms, a farm to table restaurant with a focus on Canadian cuisine.

Fairmont Chateau Laurier

A local landmark, this building has played host to it’s fair share of visiting dignitaries and Canadian history. It was designed in the French chateau-style and guest rooms were recently revamped with a multi-million-dollar renovation. Grand and opulent, the hotel offers beautiful views and even a couple of ghost stories. Afternoon high tea at Zoe’s Lounge is a must.

ARC The Hotel

Everything about this boutique hotel is chic. The décor is all about clean lines and texture, featuring sleek neutral furniture, mirrored tables and lots of windows. The intimate candlelit lounge and bar run by Executive Chef Andrew Willis serves comfort food combined with a hint of creole influence.

Swiss Hotel

The Swiss Hotel occupies a historic building on Daly and Cumberland. The 22 rooms are modern with bold walls and graphic art, providing a great contrast with the traditional European vibe. A Swiss-Style breakfast and Mediterranean Garden only add to its charm.

The Albert at Bay Suite Hotel

If you’re looking for a lot of bang for your buck, the Albert at Bay Suite Hotel is the place to be. Said to be the largest suites in downtown Ottawa, you get all the extra space without any of the extra cost. It’s also a great home base for a family vacation, recognized with a certificate of excellence for hotels for families by Trip Advisor.

Lord Elgin

The Lord Elgin hotel is the epitome of elegance. The commanding limestone façade holds a luxurious yet classic interior. Built during war-time as a symbol of hope for the prosperous times to come, they just celebrated their 75th anniversary last year.

Hilton Lac-Leamy

Just a quick hop across the River, the Hilton Lac-Leamy is a stone’s throw from the casino and takes pride in their multi-lingual staff and accessibility. They also have varied fitness amenities, including a tennis court and bike rental service.