Spent a night at the historic Chateau Laurier for a wedding with family and friends discount at 180$ on the Gold floor. For years of visiting Ottawa, I never thought I would stay here.
The lobby has Canadian Yossuf Karsh's photographs and the same marble look we find at Royal York, Queen Elizabeth, ( not at Chateau Frontenac or Victoria's Empress ) and the Vancouver Fairmont. Right to the gold Royal Canadian mail boxes I have seen in the corridors of the aforementioned hotels.
I was happy that I could check in early at 11:00 since I arrived from the bus station.
The email exchange, front desk staff and concierge staff were excellent even when they couldn't help me with Wedding party drop off place but they tried.
Also, my room was already paid months in advance by my relative's credit card but they asked me to check in with my own credit card ( I haven't received the statement yet but they reassured us when we checked-out that they wouldn't charge my credit card).
Le Labo Rose toiletries ( Grasse-NYC) just like I read in Air Canada's EnRoute magazine last year was neat.
iron, robes, kettle, keurig coffee with Timothy coffee pods , Fairmont teas ( I bought these teas at the Empress and Vancouver Fairmont but Laurier souvenir shop doesn't sell Fairmont China or teas .Perhaps since Fairmont sold the Laurier, Queen Elizabeth to Ivanhoe Cambridge while Chateau Frontenac is still Fairmont proper since they spent a lot modernizing the suites)
The 9$ price tag of a litre of Evian made me not touch anything.
The air conditioner was hard to adjust. We were cold.
There was a crumb in the tray containing torn pages of the Fairmont magazine but the rest was of the room was clean.
This carpeting ( which is a North American obsession) and upholstery dates the room.
The bed was very comfortable indeed. Best bed I slept on. For insomniac, that means something. Insulation of the room was good enough ( kids yelling in daytime) but when it counted at night, we slept well.
We had a morning swim in their Art Deco pool. Those industrial lamps that are trendy now are the original fixtures. The shower rooms were dated but not in a good way.
I enjoyed seeing the State-of-the-Art zany beauty treatments of the 1930s they offered ( electric baths tank-like contraption) in the lobby facing the pool area.
The wedding was grand in the drawing room with Wedgewood coloured ceilings. Food was excellent.
The bride and groom brought many clients from all over North America and were upgraded twice to the Presidential Suite. We had a peak. Dated carpets,furniture, jacuzzi. Dining room.
The most exciting of that suite was the view of the turret and the Butler's pantry with old-fashioned refrigeration and Nespresso machine.
Clientele: mixed crowd. Canadians, Americans, British, French, Germans, Asians, Brazilians. People who knew of the Fairmont brand. A disabled businessman at check-in was upset at something about his room not being ready or/and adaptable when he reserved. I don't know where he was from,
The minor caveat I had was with the so-called complimentary Wi-Fi as stipulated on sign of the desk. After giving up, I phoned the operator who kindly told me one must sign up at the concierge desk as member of the President's Club for free. I did since I had problems with cellphone reception as well. Well, return to my room. It did not work. I didn't have another 30 minutes to dedicate to this because I had a wedding to attend. It did not work for whole stay since I tried after the ceremony and the day afterwards.
I suppose they want guests to sign up for 18$ per day wi-fi access.
We spoke to other wedding guests staying having same problem .How we moaned Wi-FI is free at less prestigious establishments such as my last two hotels in Miami or Victoria.
In conclusion, I would hope President's Club privileges means something like discounts but it is highly unlikely I will be staying at a Fairmont on my next vacation because it is expensive London and it is THE SAVOY. But anywhere else like visiting the historic Lake Louise Fairmont or their tropical locales like Scottsdale spa, Mexico's Rose Mayakoba or Pacific places, I am game even if just for one night on my limited budget.
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- Reflecting the confidence, dignity and style of Ottawa, Fairmont Chateau Laurier stands as a testament to this dynamic, thriving city. Located in the heart of Canada's capital next door to the Parliament Buildings, the landmark Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa is a magnificent limestone edifice with turrets and masonry reminiscent of a French chateau. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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