When you’re going for the most iconic hotels in Canada, where else could you put one?
To a certain extent, Chateau Laurier is overshadowed by Parliament Hill, but the fact it even holds a candle to the nation’s parliament is saying something.
From the white stone to the pointy roofs to the Rideau Canal running right beside it, this is a worthy sight in the middle of many others. While it’s not the most famous of the grand railway hotels, it’s still one of the most well known and photographed spots in Canada.
Opened in 1912 (it was delayed due to the sinking of the Titanic), it’s changed hands a couple of times and is now another of Fairmount’s properties. Like a few of these hotels, some of those intervening years, especially in the 70s, meant a decline as things got old and worn down. However, money has been dumped on it to renovate and update the hotel.
There’s actually a discussion going on right now about an expansion. Being that it’s a historical building with a uniform design, not everyone is in favour of the addition, being that the design is wildly out of step with the current aesthetic.
Located right downtown and just across the Rideau Canal from Parliament Hill, this is a sight you’ll probably want to take the bus to or walk. Diving is all fine and good, but it can get busy and parking is expensive, and with so many things to see and do in downtown Ottawa, there are better ways to go about it than leaving a car in a parkade.