I stayed at the Courtyard Ottawa East for 3 nights with my girlfriend.
The hotel is located a short drive away from downtown. Expect to use a car to get around Ottawa. We found parking and getting around the hotel for the first time slightly confusing - more confusing than other hotels we've stayed at. The parking is quite badly designed and the amount of free parking space depends on what's going on in the conference center. One night the place was empty and another night we struggled to find a spot. Don't bother driving here if you drive a sports car - the entrance is extremely steep.
The elevators were slow even though they all seemed to be operational. We arrived around midnight and got checked in by a guy who seemed like he had just started the job. Not the best service ever.
We were pleasantly surprised by the size and quality of the room. For a modern building, the room height is awesome and there is a lot of space to move around. Everything was new and clean. The bathroom was no disappointment either - it had two showers! We got plenty of towels too. Well done, housekeeping.
The room had all the basics you'd expect from a business hotel. However, the USB port in the TV was broken so we could not enjoy the movies that I brought with me on a USB drive - slightly annoying. Also, the AC in the room made the air a bit too dry for us. Not the best thing if you have a cold.
We did not eat breakfast here. There are plenty of breakfast places within reasonable driving distance so it's not worth the extra price in my opinion.
We left the hotel with mixed feelings about our stay. We liked the huge, modern room. The broken TV and dry air made our stay less enjoyable than it could have been. In order to get five points from us, the hotel needs to offer something more than basic service. Still, it's a good choice for visiting Ottawa if you don't want to stay at a touristy hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It Pays to Book Direct for the best rates and special Marriott Rewards privileges. Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa East is a brand new hotel, opened in March 2012. We are conveniently located at the corner of the Vanier Parkway and Coventry Rd., just off Hwy. 417 and minutes from downtown Ottawa. We offer complimentary parking and hi-speed internet access. All 397 of our stylish and uncommonly spacious guest rooms offer a mini-fridge, microwave and wet bar. Located on the 15th floor, check out our fitness centre open 24 hours. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from here and in our pool/whirlpool area also on the 15th floor. The Bistro restaurant is open throughout the day serving Starbucks coffee and fresh, healthy options. No matter what your time allows, you'll have options to grab and go or sit and let us serve you. Come and see us! You won't be disappointed! ... more less
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