The nation’s capital offers a surprisingly high number of seductive accommodations for the discerning traveller. The most romantic hotels in Ottawa range from historic landmarks with grandeur and gravitas to modern, boutique establishments with an “aphrodisiac surprise.” Our handy guide below will ensure that your next visit in Ottawa is steamy, dreamy and swoon-worthy.
MOST ROMANTIC HOTEL IN OTTAWA FOR GRANDEUR:
Fairmont Château Laurier
Located right next door to Parliament Hill, the Fairmont Château Laurier has long been a defining feature of the city’s skyline. Though all who visit this luxury hotel receive the royal treatment, guests craving a little something extra can sign up for the Fairmont Gold experience, which includes complimentary canapés, continental breakfast and special access to the Fairmont Gold Lounge. Looking to plan the perfect proposal? The staff can help with that, too. The Engaging Moments package comes complete with a professional planning consultation, chocolate-dipped strawberries, turndown service with rose petals and a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne.
• Fairmont Château Laurier, 1 Rideau St., 613-241-1414, fairmont.com/laurier-ottawa
MOST ROMANTIC HOTEL IN OTTAWA FOR RELAXATION:
Operating under the simple yet effective catchphrase, “We want you to relax,” the newly renovated Swiss Hotel offers guests a fun and eclectic European experience in the heart of the nation’s capital. If romance is what you’re after, look no further than the Romantic Getaway Suite—a 406 sq. ft. room with a king-sized canopy bed, double Jacuzzi, raindrop shower and luxurious Swiss Dot linens. Another more modest option is the Superior Queen, which provides the same luxury linens plus the added bonus of a cozy gas fireplace.
• Swiss Hotel, 89 Daly Ave., 613-237-0335, swisshotel.ca
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MOST ROMANTIC HOTEL IN OTTAWA FOR CONVENIENCE:
ARC The Hotel
Those looking for a romantic weekend close to downtown will be thrilled to discover ARC, a luxury boutique hotel located near the city’s bustling ByWard Market. The Romantic Luxury King—complete with a deluxe Roman-style bathtub and his and hers sinks—is the savvy couple’s best bet. There’s even the option to upgrade to the “Hey, Get a Room!” package, which includes valet parking, in-room breakfast for two, a bottle of sparkling wine and the chef’s special “aphrodisiac surprise.”
• ARC The Hotel, 140 Slater St., 800-699-2516, arcthehotel.com
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MOST ROMANTIC HOTEL IN OTTAWA FOR PAMPERING:
This Gatineau hotel is designed for those in search of complete and utter relaxation. Whether you’re in the mood for being pampered (the on-site spa will surely do the trick), or you’re looking to indulge your taste buds at one of the hotel’s five prestigious restaurants, you’ll find a little bit of everything at Hilton Lac-Leamy. Non-allergenic feather pillows, blackout curtains and to-die-for Jacuzzi tubs provide an added boost of comfort.
• Hilton Lac-Leamy, 3 Boul. du Casino, Gatineau, 819-790-6444, website
THE MOST ROMANTIC HOTEL IN OTTAWA FOR GREAT VIEWS:
The Junior Suites, situated in each corner of this downtown hotel, offer panoramic views of the Gatineau Hills and the ByWard Market. With floor-to-ceiling windows, elaborate sliding doors separating the living area from the adjoining private bedroom, and the Westin’s signature “Heavenly Beds” (which have 10 layers of bedding, a pillow-top mattress and an array of cozy pillows), this is indulgent comfort at its finest.
• Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Dr., 613-560-7000, thewestinottawa.com
MOST ROMANTIC HOTEL IN OTTAWA FOR A COUNTRY GETAWAY:
Wakefield Mill Inn
Located along the banks of the La Pêche River, this intimate venue combines modern conveniences with quaint, historic charm to create a unique destination. The Romantic Spa Getaway Package (which includes one night’s stay, a table d’hôte dinner, full breakfast, 60-minute spa treatment and use of the outdoor hot tub) is perfect for couples in search of quality relaxation.
• Wakefield Mill Inn, 60 Mill Rd., Wakefield, 819-459-1838, wakefieldmill.com
MOST ROMANTIC HOTEL IN OTTAWA FOR ACTIVE COUPLES:
With the B Together package, guests can take advantage of the hotel’s state-of-the-art gym and indoor and outdoor saltwater swimming pools. Those looking for a more romantic getaway have the option to choose from a long list of extra amenities—the most luxurious of them all costs $224.95 and includes strawberries, whipped cream, a bottle of Veuve Cliquot champagne, 100 silk rose petals, candles, bubble bath, chocolate dip and paint brushes.
• Brookstreet Hotel, 525 Legget Dr., 888-826-2220, brookstreet.ca
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MOST ROMANTIC HOTEL IN OTTAWA FOR FANTASY:
Set in a Victorian mansion in the downtown neighbourhood of Sandy Hill, McGee’s Inn is an entirely special attraction. Though many of the rooms are modest, there are a handful of more luxurious options that are perfect for a couple’s getaway. The Egyptian Room features a queen-sized bed, double Jacuzzi tub, fireplace and private bathroom with double shower, while the Windsor Room offers a British touch through English décor, queen-sized canopy bed, private bathroom with double whirlpool tub and a steam shower. Included with your room is a full breakfast, served daily in the 120-year-old home’s distinguished parlour.
• McGee’s Inn, 185 Daly Ave., 800-262-4337, mcgeesinn.com
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