Canada’s capital is a great weekend break (or longer), with some of the best luxury hotels in Ottawa in the downtown area. Here you can find everything from some of Canada’s finest luxury hotels to excellent affordable hotels and motels—most with pools—that offer quality stays in comfortable rooms and suites.
If you’re looking for a great downtown location within walking distance of the top attractions in Ottawa, by far the best area would be “Byward Market hotels.” Indeed, many of our top choices include hotels in or very close to this area, popular for its pedestrian-friendly streets and excellent dining and shopping options, as well as its endless list of fun things to do. Staying here also means that you’re within easy reach of the Rideau Canal, a special treat in winter when this body of water freezes over and becomes the longest skating rink in the world.
1. Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Few luxury hotels in Canada offer the same experience as the iconic Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Built in 1912, this downtown landmark continues to attract the well-heeled and famous, as well as those who are able to make an occasional splash of luxury. Named for its European style castle, this stunning building boasts a variety of elegant rooms and suites, each beautifully decorated and featuring high-quality furnishings. Whatever the size you choose (there is, of course, a penthouse suite), you’ll enjoy such standard features as large bathrooms with plush robes, deluxe bedding and hypoallergenic pillows, kettles, coffee makers and great city views.
The amenities are also posh. In addition to its chic lounges, there are a variety of on-site dining options, a large heated indoor swimming pool, and a fitness area. Concierge services are also available.
Address: 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Accommodation: Fairmont Chateau Laurier
2. The Westin Ottawa
Operated by another great name in luxury hotels, the central location of Westin Ottawa in the heart of downtown Ottawa should be included in your list of prospects. Steps away from Byward Market and the Parliament area, this 5-star hotel offers a variety of first-class amenities including a business centre, a full-service spa, a well-equipped fitness centre, and a large indoor swimming pool. The on-site fine dining restaurant offers 24-hour dining, in-room dining, and the hotel’s concierge desk can assist with restaurant reservations.
This posh hotel’s rooms are equally luxurious. While standard features include spacious marble bathrooms and deluxe mattresses, an upgrade to a bright corner Executive Suite will spoil you with huge floor-to-ceiling windows boasting views over Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill, along with larger living areas with a sofa and chairs and a writing desk. A number of pet-friendly units are also available.
Address: 11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, Ontario
Accommodation: The Westin Ottawa
3. Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market
Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, this modern hotel has a lot to offer. For many, Andaz Ottawa Byward Market is a great rooftop patio and al fresco dining experience when booking the 4-star Andaz Ottawa Byward Market, which comes with stunning views over points of interest such as the Ottawa River and Parliament Buildings. There are also plenty of great shopping opportunities in the vicinity—including the famous Byward Farmers’ Market—as well as fine and casual dining.
As you would expect from a new hotel, the same contemporary style has been transferred to the accommodation.
Rooms come in a choice of king or queen beds, and are all bright with chic décor, large bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Room service and concierge services are also available.
Address: 325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Accommodation: Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market
4. Lord Elgin Hotel
If the Lord Elgin Hotel sounds good-looking… Well, that’s because it’s pretty posh! Recently extensively renovated throughout, this popular downtown Ottawa luxury hotel is probably the most romantic spot for couples looking for an intimate weekend getaway. The rooms are elegantly decorated, with high-end décor and furnishings, ensuring a relaxing atmosphere and a relaxing night’s sleep, as well as extremely comfortable beds, luxurious mattresses and linens. Whether you book a standard hotel unit or larger suites, you’ll also enjoy great city views from the large windows.
The feeling that you’re special is also extended to the common areas. Highlights include the big lobby,
which offers a number of quiet spots for couples to relax together, a favorite being in front of the large (and real) fireplace. Other amenities you’ll want to make the most of include an on-site restaurant, a fitness center, and a lap pool with a hot tub nearby.
Address: 100 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Accommodation: Lord Elgin Hotel
5. Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Handily located in the heart of downtown just a few steps away from attractions, including Byward Market and the Ottawa River, Les Suites Hotel Ottawa is a great option for those traveling with families or who simply prefer larger accommodations. These spacious condo-style units come in one-or two-bedroom versions, capable of sleeping up to six guests, each with such great features as separate sleeping and living areas, work desks, full kitchens large enough to feed the family, and laundry facilities. Large, furnished private balconies with stunning city views are standard as well.
Les Suites also offers a variety of convenient concierge services, including in-room dining and a restaurant,
reservations, to name but two. Be sure to also make use of the on-site restaurant, the full-service spa (in-room treatments are available), the large heated indoor swimming pool (plus hot tub), and well-equipped fitness center.
Address: 130 Besserer Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Accommodation: Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
6. Le Germain Hotel Ottawa
Le Germain Hotel Ottawa is another great and very modern hotel to add to your list of top capital hotels. This first-rate, Canadian-owned chain of high-end hotels has all gone out with their location in Ottawa, offering guests a high level of luxury in their rooms and suites. With elegant décor and classy furnishings and original artwork, the hotel’s bright and airy rooms come with a choice of king or queen beds with high-end bedding, spacious bathrooms, coffee machines and great city views.
Notable amenities include a modern, well-equipped fitness center, meeting and function space, an around-town shuttle service, concierge desk, and a restaurant that serves a great complimentary breakfast. Valet parking is also available.
Address: 30 Daly Ave, Ottawa, Ontario
Accommodation: Le Germain Hotel Ottawa
7. ARC THE.HOTEL
One of the newest boutique hotels to be opened in the nation’s capital, the trendy ARC THE.HOTEL is a great choice for those who want a stylish stay in Ottawa. In addition to offering original local art in its public spaces, each of the hotel’s 112 chic rooms and suites also feature interesting artwork and bright décor throughout. When booking, check the availability of one of the larger suites that offer extra living space to relax and relax in, and larger bathrooms.
No matter the size of the room you choose, you will enjoy standard features such as HDTVs, safes, Keurig coffee and tea machines, mini-fridges, work desks, plus comfortable bathrobes and slippers.
(Some pet-friendly units can be booked.)
In addition to a great spa (in-room services are also available), the hotel features plenty of meeting space, a large lobby area with an authentic fireplace, a restaurant (in-room dining is also available), a fitness center, business center, and concierge services. Nice added touches include free fruit snacks and drinks, as well as valet parking.
Address: 140 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Accommodation: ARC THE.HOTEL
8. Ottawa Marriott Hotel
Featuring the kind of quality and comfort you might expect from one of the world’s leading luxury hotel brands, the centrally located Ottawa Marriott Hotel offers a variety of standard rooms and suite-style accommodation. Whatever you choose, enjoy free high-speed Wi-Fi, comfortable pillow-top bedding, large bathrooms, as well as a Keurig coffee machine.
Thanks to their floor-to-ceiling windows, the rooms are bright and feature modern décor and high-quality furniture. A number of larger suites come with full kitchens and are great for traveling with children (a variety of children’s programs are available, including free use of water toys in the pool).
On-site amenities include a Starbucks, a great casual restaurant, large indoor swimming pool, and a well-equipped fitness center. Also available for guest use are a business center plus meeting/function space.
Address: 100 Kent Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Accommodation: Ottawa Marriott Hotel
9. The Albert at Bay Suite Hotel
The Albert at Bay Suite Hotel is a great choice for those who like a lot of space on their way. This downtown all-suite hotel offers everything you’d expect to find in a stylish hotel, including business and meeting facilities, laundry facilities and services, a convenient convenience store, valet parking (optional), plus a large indoor swimming pool. There is also a fitness center on-site.
The suites are modern and feature contemporary décor and furniture and plenty of living space, including a dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. There is a choice of one-or two-bedroom units available, and you can expect to find lush bathrobes waiting for you in your spacious bathrooms,
as well as balconies with great city views.
Address: 435 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Accommodation: The Albert at Bay Suite Hotel
10. Hilton Lac-Leamy
As you would expect from this luxury brand, Hilton Lac-Leamy offers guests a high level of comfort. The hotel is located in Gatineau, Quebec, on the shores of Leamy Lake, just a few minutes’ drive from downtown Ottawa and a 20-minute drive from Ottawa International Airport.
Each of the hotel’s recently renovated rooms comes with a plethora of bedding; large bathrooms; and fresh, bright décor. Other standard features include a sitting room with armchairs and a pull-out sofa, a work desk, HDTVs, a whirlpool bathtub and separate showers. Ask about larger suites, if available, which come with access to the executive lounge with amenities such as complimentary snacks and drinks.
The on-site amenities have also been updated. Highlights include a choice of five unique restaurants, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, ample meeting space, and a business center. Other amenities include a fitness center, babysitting service, concierge desk, a gift shop, full-service spa, and laundry facilities. For a bit of fun, inquire about the bike rentals.
Address: 3 Boulevard du Casino, Gatineau, Quebec
Accommodation: Hilton Lac-Leamy