I've been to the Fairmont Chateau Laurier on a number of occasions during several Heads of State visits in which I was involved and I enjoyed the luxurious accommodations, food and of course service that the Fairmont Chateau Laurier is well known for. I've also attended a few of the Bridal Fairs they've hosted and dined in one of the amazing dining rooms they offer. Entering the Chateau Laurier is like walking back in time and it's not difficult to envision what life was like back in the early 1900's through this rich landmark's eyes.
The Fairmont Chateau Laurier is one of the most historical landmarks (other than the Parliament Buildings) that graces the beautiful city landscape of Ottawa, Canada. It's rich history and opulant interior has beckoned to many from all over the world and has been a privileged resting spot for Presidents, Kings, the rich and famous and of course the traveler from anywhere in the world.
Commissioned in 1907 by Charles Melville Hays, then General Manager of the Grand Trunk Pacific Rail of Canada, all the grandeur and opulent trappings of that era where carefully and strategically brought together to build the vision that Charles Hays had. From it's copper turreted roof line to marble, gold and granite accents and solid construction, Chateau Laurier is reminiscent of grandeur and old world charm. Unfortunately, during a return trip from Europe, just days before the Chateau was to have its Grand Opening, Charles Hays, who was bringing furnishing from Europe to Ottawa, along with thousands of others, lost his life - aboard the Titanic on its maiden voyage.
Since opening its doors to the public on June 12, 1912 by then Prime Minister of Canada, and the Hotel's names sake, Sir Wilfred Laurier, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier has been one of the top spots to stay while visiting Ottawa. In 1912 the Chateau Laurier was one of few truly stately, richly endowed landmarks in the area as during this time "Bytown" as Ottawa was originally known, was not quite the grand, beautiful location that it is today. As a matter of fact, at the time, it was still a rather roughly hewn settlement town. Chateau Laurier is literally part of the history of Ottawa that is enjoyed today as the Chateau became the "third Parliament", with Political figures and government officials often making deals in its hallways and making or breaking careers.
Today, travellers from around the world often choose the grandeur of the Fairmont, Chateau Laurier when they visit this beautiful city. With exceptional decor, location and a pampered experience awaiting them, the Fairmont, Chateau Laurier remains one of the most luxurious landmarks the city has to offer visitors.
The Fairmont, Chateau Laurier is a leader in Business travel accomodations, catering to every possible need the Business person could ever have during their stay. Including high-speed internet, faxing, printers, office desk workstations and much more, a stay at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier for the business travel offers the best of all possible worlds. It also caters to families and those just seeking a rich, getaway experience.
The suits offered to travelers are all furnished with incredible, rich and historical furnishings and accents, throwing you back to a time when opulence was the mainstay of the world and richness and grandeur were fashionable. With 429 guest rooms and 33 suites as well as the GOLD suite, often described as a "hotel within a hotel" you are guaranteed a stay that is luxurious in every way - from a single night to a week or more. The Hotel is also extremely dedicated to ensuring that visitors with Disabilities are always provided with easily accessible accomodations and they will also provide wheel chairs if necessary.
Fine dining, amenities and of course the vibrant and convenient life that is Ottawa, is all just steps away. Child care, pet sitting, valet service and more are all a part of the Fairmont, Chateau Laurier experience. There are also special packages for travelers, Rewards and more.
Checking out at the Fairmont is also a simple, convenient matter now as they offer their Blackberry Check-out feature which allows you to simply notify them via email and they will then provide you with your complete portfolio for your stay with them through electronic means.
Rooms range from US $180 and up but your stay here is worth every cent as the staff ensure that you are treated with truly incredible service. The Chateau Laurier is often home to weddings, conferences, Heads of State visits and movie stars. If you are visiting Ottawa to do some site seeing, the Chateau Laurier is one of the best Hotels to stay at, giving you access to all of the incredible sites and things to do here including our Canada Day celebrations, skating on the longest skating rink in the world (Rideau Canal) or just visiting places like the open air Byward Market, Rideau Centre shopping centre, the incredible War Museum, National Art Gallery or sample some great cuisine from one of the terrific eateries on Elgin Street.
The Fairmont Chateau Laurier is one of the Hotels that you must stay at - if only once as it's a once in a lifetime experience, guaranteed.