As frequent visitors to nearby Ottawa we have experienced the gamut of downtown hotels that cater to families. On our most recent venture north for Winterlude 2009, we were lucky enough to find Auberge McGee, and we will never look back! The Inn is ideally situated in a pleasant neighborhood that is a quick walk to the Byward Market and downtown. Free parking is available on site in the Inn drive.
Our room (#17) was spotlessly clean, quiet, warm, and comfortably accomodated our small family. We were free to come and go as we pleased - everyone, including the hosts, were happy to do their own thing. Antiques and memorabilia line the staircase, which we climbed to get to our room on the second floor. My six year old son explored these (respectfully and without incident) and did not freak us or the hosts out by doing so. We returned to the Inn on Saturday afternoon so my son and I could take a nap before walking out to dinner -it was extremely quiet, and pleasant to fall asleep with the winter afternoon sun coming through the lace curtained windows. My husband found the wireless Internet connection was fast and troublefree meantime.
The hosts were perfectly friendly and accomodating, but did not hover or fuss, which suited us just right. Mrs. Armstrong was perfectly happy to recommend nearby eating options when asked. The full breakfast featured many options and was well cooked and served; we appreciated the constant coffee refills!
We are grateful that this Inn accepts young children so we are no longer stuck in a downtown "family fun" hotel. This option will prompt us to spend more time in our favorite city - we have already booked a weekend in mid-April.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Victorian Inn built in 1886, located within walking distance of the ByWard Market, The National Gallery, NAC, the Mint, Ottawa University and much more. Abundant in Victorian charm with all of today's amenities. Historic home of John McGee (member of the Privy Council) and his son Frank McGee (famous hockey player featured on TSN) Full breakfast is included with your stay. ... more less
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