Fairmont Chateau Laurier appears more castle than hotel. Its stately appearance continues inside with tinkling grand pianos and sparkling chandeliers.

Fairmont Chateau Laurier is an iconic hotel in central Ottawa, and it’s easy to see why. Its chateau-like appearance and French-gothic turrets make it an unmissable landmark on the banks of the Rideau canal. When you’re not enjoying afternoon tea in the swanky lounge, check out the various museums and galleries within walking distance of the hotel. Fairmont Chateau’s charm and heritage are still a reigning feature but are seamlessly combined with modern comforts. Some guest rooms are a tad dinky, but neutral pastel tones, period elegance, and a cosy ambience make up for the proportions. Splash out on a suite or a connecting room for families for a little extra space. Expect old-world glam as you sashay through the hotel and browse the boutique shops that are dotted down the corridors. Enjoy a splash in the art-deco indoor pool or take the 30-minute self-tour to learn the hotel's history.

5 stars
8 hours (Toronto)