First the positive: This is a modern hotel in a perfect location. The room price is reasonable. Its right across the road from the Rideau shopping center, about a 2 min walk to the Byward Market and 5 min walk to the Rideau Canal and Parliament.
However, I have seen reviews on Tripadvisor with the exact same issues we had on our last stay and it is crazy that nothing has been done to improve. The renovations of the front lobby are nice but guests doesn’t stay in the lobby, they stay in their rooms.
I travelled with my family and we are ALL frequent travelers both for business and leisure (across Canada/States/Mexico and Europe), and in all my travels and stays a hotel have I been in a position as ridiculous as I was in at Novotel Ottawa Hotel.
Travelled my father, sister and her husband. We reserved 2 suites. I stayed in one room on the hide a bed, my father had the King size bedroom. Fortunately, we were given the suite we had, it had a sliding door to close off the bedroom and we had an actual door and lock on the bathroom, so there was a sense of privacy. My sister and her husband stayed one floor up, in a smaller suite (small price per night) open concept and no bathroom door.
We had a suites so thought it would have everything we would need, hair dryer, couch (hide-a-bed) ,tv, office desk – but for some no explained reason, there was no bureau in our room. No where to put our clothes besides the small wardrobe in the livingroom when you first come into the room (and I am not going to hand up all my cloths). I am also not going to leave all my clothes in the suitcase on the floor (there wasn't even a metal suitcase stand to place the suitcase on) , so as to not have to bend down each time or sit on the floor to go through my suitcase, as result all our clothes were on the office desk, on the bed, the chairs and coffee table.
The next day my father spoke to an agent at the front desk and explained the situation to him, his comment "well this is more of a hotel for business men" He was insulted. As he habeend in business for over 30 years and never heard of such a thing. The front desk manager came out and acknowledged the crazy comment and stated he could move us to another room that had a bureau. Issues: 1) I am not going to move a room 2) why can’t they move a bureau from this” other” room to my room? 3) Why don’t all rooms have a bureau?
As a business traveler, personally, it makes travelling so much more enjoyable when you can unpack and make your room a haven from the stress and chaos of the day. But when you have no choice but to throw all clothes, all around the room, it does not make it haven.
It was very warm in the rooms and the A/C didn't really cool it down - fortunately, we had lower windows that we could open up to get freash air into the room or I don't think I would have slept.
Then there was the “fire alarm” that went off at 4 AM in the morning!! However, I want to complement the hotel on its security system, with in room speakers giving us information that the alarm went off in basement and not to panic, we don’t have to evacuate and more information will follow. Finally after about 1/2 hour, the night manager came on the speaker, turned off the alarm, stated fire department arrived and all is clear.
The following morning, it would have been nice to get a thank you for your inconvenience, free drink at bar, certificate (percentage off next stay) no just a letter in our room (see attached) sorry for inconvience.
I have stayed in other Novotels but won’t be returning to the Ottawa one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming modern full-service hotel set in the heart of downtown Ottawa, located just steps to the Byward Market and the Rideau Canal, a short walk to the Parliament and across the street from the Rideau Shopping Centre- the leading shopping destination in the city which holds one of the only Nordstrom stores in Canada. The Novotel Ottawa is perfectly situated across from the Shaw Centre (Ottawa Convention Centre) and the University of Ottawa is a 5-minute walk from the property. The trendy new Albion Rooms Restaurant at the Novotel has been recognized by the New York Daily News as “hypercool” and voted by UrbanSpoon as one of the top restaurants in the city. Buffet breakfast is composed of an extensive selection of regional and seasonal produce from the market. Our bartenders serve up craft Ontario beers; wines from small wineries and winemakers, classic cocktails and our house signature dishes deserve their own place at the table. From Canadian roots and Ottawa soil, Come experience true North hospitality with a hand-crafted story in our comfy yet glamorous interior or on the restaurant’s shaded patio. From breakfast to lunch to dinner and late night, Chef Stephen’s menus take a rustic yet contemporary approach to bites, snacks, meals and feasts for any occasion! Our hotel features 282 guestrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour fitness center, an elegant outside patio, a refreshing indoor swimming pool, and sauna where guests can enjoy a chic yet restful stay. Underground parking is available for $28+ tax per night with 24-hour in/out privileges for registered Novotel guests. Since we aim to provide the best to all our guests, Novotel Ottawa offers 3,500 sq. ft. of naturally-lit versatile event rooms for corporate meetings or elegant weddings. All our meeting space is newly renovated and provides natural light and black-out shutters. Our largest meeting space can accommodate up to 130 people (banquet style). During the summer months, enjoy the air-conditioned guestrooms and bedroom sliding windows. The guestrooms include a mini fridge and a seating area, as well as a satellite flat-screen TV, and a coffee machine. Elegant en-suite bathrooms come with numerous fine toiletries. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Novotel Ottawa Hotel Ottawa
- Ottawa Novotel
- Accor Ottawa
- Novotel Ottawa Ontario