I live in the gorgeous area of this fine Hotel and can remember when it was a very tiny little place just starting out. Today the Southway Inn is a business executive's paradise with easy access to it from the McDonald-Cartier Airport, Southway Inn is on the corner of Hunt Club Road and Bank Street in the beautiful city of Ottawa, surrounded by shopping, dining and entertainment venues all within walking distance.
Southway Inn offers the traveler 170 well appointed rooms that range from Standard to King to Business deluxe and each room offers High speed, free Internet access. The Inn also boasts an indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna for visitors to ensure their stay is not only comfortable but enjoyable.
This gorgeous multi-story Inn is well kept with beautiful grounds and during the winter season the beautiful display of lights that drape the trees that surround this property add an elegance to the area that is inviting to even those who are not planning to spend a night or two here.
Probably one of the most well known aspects of Southway Inn however, is their incredible dining facilities known as The Shallows. Although the Inn itself is a three Diamond paradise, the Shallows is dining divine! The Shallow's restaurant became well known several years ago when a beautifully, custom commissioned sculpture of two dolphins posed to dive into a surrounding fountain were stolen from the front of the dining establishment. The owners of the restaurant and subsequent Inn offered a substantial reward for the return of this unique, beautiful sculpture but to no avail.
Years later, while we were visiting another city we happened to drive by a Motel only to see a sculpture that looked very much like the Shallows Dolphins. A few weeks later, when we happened to drive by this same destination on another visit, the sculpture was gone. The famed sculpture has since been replaced with a beautiful three dolphin sculpture which you can see in the picture.
A luxury weekend getaway at Southway Inn can set you back $249 but it is money well spent and especially if you can partake of the incredible smorgasbord of goodness that the Shallow's offers its guests and visitors.
Southway Inn is just minutes from the Rideau Carleton Raceway and Casino and you are only minutes to downtown, movie theaters, shopping at the large box mall that houses Wal-Mart, Future Shop, Chapters, Michael's and of course Denny's. There are a number of eateries in the area including McDonald's, Harvey's, Tim Horton's and a great restaurant known as Tuscon's which is on the opposite corner of the Inn. Within easy distance is also access to three banks, the TD Canada Trust, BMO and Scotia Bank as well as a medical walk-in clinic, dental office, pharmacy, grocery store, Wendy's and much more. You can even go car shopping if you wish with several Auto retailers just down the road including Honda, Mazda, Ford!
Southway Inn also caters to conferences and business meetings as well as Wedding parties offering a gorgeous Ball room atmosphere that is priced quite reasonably. With things such as Fitness rooms, Dry cleaning/laundry service, and even the ability to create your very own dining menu courtesy of the Chef of the Shallows, a stay at Southway Inn is an unforgettable experience to be enjoyed at least once.
Overall, this is one of the nicer accommodations in the city of Ottawa and although there are a number of hotels in the vicinity, Southway Inn is set apart due to the fact that it has everything you could want in one convenient location - including the ability to catch a shuttle to the Casino if you really find yourself wanting to try your luck or just lay back, relax, sip some champagne and enjoy the luxury of wonderful room service.
Excellent must visit area with a staff and accomodations just waiting to impress you!