My wife had a conference to attend in Ottawa, so our youngest daughter and I decided we would also go for the weekend, and we could visit our other daughter who attends the U of O. Now November in Ottawa can be either be quite pleasant, or it can be very cold and sometimes snowy, but we figured it would be okay as we were just going to be indoors most of the time anyway. That unfortunately ended up being all we did do, for almost a week.
Our daughter suffered a serious injury back in high school several years ago, and we knew that she occasionally suffered relapses that could be quite debilitating. These attacks were becoming fewer in numbers, and further apart. This had been a major concern when she accepted at Ottawa, but you have to have faith, and hope that everything would be okay. A few days before our arrival in Ottawa, she unfortunately had another relapse, and this was a bad one.
When we booked Les Suites, we had booked a suite so the girls would have a room, and my wife and I would also have a room. The suite also had sitting/dining room, a kitchen, 2 bathrooms with 1 of those an on-suite, and a washer and drier room. It was more like a condo than a hotel room. The suite was obviously very spacious and clean, but I felt it needed a bit of a face lift. It was very beige with very unaspiring brown artwork. This may have been okay for a weekend, but as our stay was extended due to our daughter’s health, it became somewhat depressing. When we initially realized that we couldn’t leave Ottawa, my wife went down to the front desk to inquire about extending the stay. She was told that they were fully booked, so it would not be possible. We immediately went into panic mode, and started calling other hotels. Luckily, the front desk called and said they would be able to extend our booking, and we would be able to keep the same room. So, despite the sea of beige, the rooms worked out perfectly for us. Because of the extended stay, we definitely made use of the laundry facilities, and the 2 bedrooms was exactly what we needed.
The lobby was undergoing some renovations whilst we were there, which didn’t really disrupt anything, except to get to the small snack bat attached to the lobby meant going outside the hotel a couple of times. The hotel does not have a restaurant, just the snack bar downstairs. It does have an indoor swimming pool that my wife and younger daughter made use of. The hotel is literally next to the Rideau Centre, which again my wife and younger daughter made use of.
For visitors who are new to Ottawa, the street signs do not give you much time to move over to the lane you may need, and traffic is pretty busy around the usual rush hour times. The hotel can be a wee bit challenging to get to the first time you try. Be prepared to loop around and try again, or try approaching from a different direction. The parking garage access is around the back of the building, and the parking spaces are fairly good size.
Just to finish up the story, our daughter ended up coming home with us, and was admitted to Toronto Western Hospital for a few days. She then went back to Ottawa and caught up on her missed classes. She was home for Christmas, and is again back in Ottawa…..fingers crossed everything will now be resolved.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When you stay at Les Suites Hotel, Ottawa, you really do have the best of everything-the luxury of a great location and the comfort of spacious elegance. Situated in the heart of downtown Ottawa, Les Suites Hotel is next door to great shopping at the Rideau Centre and surrounded by fine dining and entertainment. Ideally located near major travel routes, government offices, and popular attractions, we offer the perfect location for business travelers and leisure guests alike. Les Suites Hotel boasts spacious One Bedroom Suites (700 sq. Feet) and Two Bedroom Suites (over 1000 sq. Feet) complete with full kitchen amenities, ensuite washer & dryers, seperate living and dining room and private balconies! Arrive Empowered and Leave Refreshed! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Les Hotel Ottawa
- Ottawa Les Hotel
- Les Suites Ottawa
- Les Suites Hotel Ottawa Ontario