Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Ottawa, Canada

The hotel

A regal hotel that exudes elegance and traditional style, you’ll feel like royalty staying at this Fairmont hotel. Stunning to look at, it boasts eye-catching turrets and masonry reminiscent of a French chateau. All guest rooms are furnished to the highest standard in French-Renaissance style with rich fabrics, thick drapes and extremely comfortable bedding. Marble floors, vaulted ceilings and wood-panelled walls set the stage throughout, making this a wonderful choice for those seeking the most sophisticated of surrounds. If you’re in the mood for a swim, the hotel’s indoor Art Deco lap pool is sure to delight. Built in 1929, there are balconies with ornamental ironwork and lounge chairs with individual lighting. A state-of-the-art health club will also tempt even the most exercise-resistant with every cardio machine boasting an in-built LCD TV. For fine dining, look no further than the award-winning Wilfred’s Restaurant with its magnificent views of Parliament Hill. Utilising regional cuisine, it is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving both sumptuous buffet delights and a la carte specialities. Zoe’s Lounge is just as popular with its chic decor, glowing chandeliers and beautiful atrium. Famous for afternoon tea and cocktail hour, this is also the venue for Sunday Brunch and live Jazz music in the evenings. If dining al-fresco appeals, La Terrasse fits the bill, serving lighter meals and the most decadent desserts!

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In the heart of Ottawa, next door to the Parliament Buildings and overlooking the Rideau Canal, which in summertime offers miles and miles of hiking and cycling. Come the colder months, however, and it turns into the world’s biggest ice-skating rink! The Rideau Shopping Centre and Byward Market are also close by.

Hotel information

426 rooms on 6 floors. All with air-conditioning, satellite TV with pay-per-view films, mini-bar, tea/coffee maker, safe, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer and iron and board. Fairmont Rooms showcase varied views of the City, inner courtyard and Major's Hill Park with 1 queen-size bed, 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Fairmont Rooms with View have 1 queen-size bed, 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Deluxe Rooms with 1 queen-size bed, 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Fairmont Gold Rooms offer exclusive access to the Fairmont Gold Lounge, where you can enjoy coffee, tea, an honor bar as well as complimentary canapés, all in a tranquil atmosphere of relaxing comfort. This room type also includes private check-in, Continental breakfast, complimentary newspapers, DVDs and games, as well as computer access in the lounge. Rooms have either 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Wilfred’s Restaurant (serving regional dishes, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Zoe’s Lounge serving lighter fare, afternoon tea and cocktails. La Terrasse for al-fresco dining. Art Deco indoor lap pool, health club with dry saunas. Massage service available*. 24-hour room service*. Dry cleaning/laundry service*. Concierge*. Babysitting (on request)*. Gift shops. Across the road from the luxurious Holtz Spa*. Valet parking CA$45 plus tax, per day (payable locally, subject to change).

*Denotes local charge.

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Jul 20, 2019 Terry G Hamilton, Canada

Stayed here before and things are changing, rooms said renovated but looked same except new carpets.Guests who had room service...trays sat outside their room for a very long time. Generally very clean,location close to everything we are interested in as have been to Ottawa many times. Close to Byward market,Parliament buildings.Staff were very… Read more
Stayed here before and things are changing, rooms said renovated but looked same except new carpets.Guests who had room service...trays sat outside their room for a very long time. Generally very clean,location close to everything we are interested in as have been to Ottawa many times. Close to Byward market,Parliament buildings.Staff were very nice however needing better management. There were many staff mulling around and some not really knowing what to do. Patio is beautiful, had the Caesar for two with shrimp and sliders attached for lunch. The Caesar was not that great the food portion was good. The hotel does have history but I detect a lot of changes coming especially when new section will be added in the back and it looks horrendous attached from what I have seen in proposed photos. Oh well...the times they are a changing but would stay there again as like location and staff friendly...maybe with better management they will shine. P.S. on check in they asked if there was a special occasion for our stay and I hesitated as I don’t usually say...but my husband told them it was my birthday and she said she would take notice. Then on the day of when we came back to room from a day out, they had a lovely displayed dish with happy birthday in chocolate with 2 bottled water and specially boxed cookies...nice treat and thanks ! Read less
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Jul 18, 2019 FaribaM64

Hotel is nice. Staff service good . We stayed only one night. Bathroom is small but room and bathroom is nice and clean . Location is amazing. You have access to all the tourist attractions. Don’t have breakfast in the hotel.
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Jul 17, 2019 judy495 Hong Kong, China

Our first visit to this fine old hotel was enhanced by a delicious and innovative lunch outside on the terrace. The food was imaginative and very well Presented Of note was a tuna tataki salad, fresh with a delicious dressing. The buffalo mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes was a real treat . A third salad with ricotta cheese was original and very… Read more
Our first visit to this fine old hotel was enhanced by a delicious and innovative lunch outside on the terrace. The food was imaginative and very well Presented Of note was a tuna tataki salad, fresh with a delicious dressing. The buffalo mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes was a real treat . A third salad with ricotta cheese was original and very tasty To finish this lovely light meal we ordered the flourless chocolate cake with apricot sorbet,fresh strawberries and a honey light sponge Defi steely the best dessert I have ever had If you are lucky enough to be in Ottawa this summer treat yourself!! Read less
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Jul 17, 2019 weemacs Murren, Switzerland

this is a unique spot and if you are in Ottawa for the first time then this is where you must stay. rooms very well appointed and we had a view of the river and canal which was very special. staff good but sometimes you felt they were playing the' this is the best in town so enjoy it' card. the sitting out area on the Canal is great and so was the… Read more
this is a unique spot and if you are in Ottawa for the first time then this is where you must stay. rooms very well appointed and we had a view of the river and canal which was very special. staff good but sometimes you felt they were playing the' this is the best in town so enjoy it' card. the sitting out area on the Canal is great and so was the food and drink Read less
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Jul 17, 2019 joshbelanger

The stay was truly amazing and my wife and I will definitely be returning to stay again. The room, service and staff well exceeded our expectations. The absolute best hotel we’ve ever had the pleasure to visit.