By ERICA EADES
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Located in the heart of Ottawa, ARC The Hotel stands out as a model of modern elegance. The glass storefront entrance is unassuming, but leads into modish lobby of ARC The Hotel—Ottawa’s first luxury boutique accommodation.
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ARC The Hotel guests are greeted with champagne and chocolates upon arrival, but this is just one of many unique touches. Guests can take advantage of the free THANN products and Frette bathrobes in their rooms, or peruse the newspaper, which is delivered daily.
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Location is always a key factor when choosing a place to stay, and ARC The Hotel is perfectly placed for visitors wanting to explore the city. The Byward Market, Ottawa’s cultural hub, is within a 10-minute walk, and offers a variety of dining and nightlife options for all tastes. Some of Ottawa’s finest attractions—Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, the National Arts Centre and the Ottawa Convention Centre—are a short stroll away.
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By MIMI SZETO
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Dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients fill the menu at ARC Lounge
Nestled in ARC The.Hotel, ARC Lounge is a chic gem. This downtown restaurant manages to be both sleek and cozy, and is the perfect place for a business meeting over lunch (it’s also a go-to for a romantic dinner or after-work drinks). Known for fresh and local seasonal menus that blend sophistication and creativity, this is a place that is generating increasing buzz. Head over in the morning and order the Arc French Toast — oat and cinnamon crusted cranberry focaccia with maple syrup and orange butter — for a nice wake-up call. 140 Slater St., 613-238-9998.
By SHANNON KELLY
Quebec City's Château Frontenac (Photo by HuTDoG83)
Is anything better than a good ghost story? Have your own to tell after you spend a night at one of these hotels known for their paranormal activity. After hearing creepy tales of murders, hangings and ghosts snuggling up to guests in bed, you’ll be thankful if things merely go bump in the night. Happy Halloween!
1. Fairmont Algonquin
St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick
The most haunted room in the 19th-century hotel is rumoured to be no. 473, where guests report seeing a weeping bride, the ghost of a woman who apparently took her own life in the room after being left at the altar. Guests have also recounted sightings of a ghostly bellhop roaming the halls. The hotel revels in its haunted history, telling campfire ghost stories and giving ghost tours. Book it.