Arc The Hotel
What We Love
- Superfriendly and efficient staff focused on personal attention
- Turn-down service includes Belgian chocolates, Granny Smith apples and bottled water
- Tons of restaurants and shops, plus many of the city’s top attractions, within a 10-minute walk
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What To Know
- A $5.97 (plus tax) per stay resort fee will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Some rooms look directly at adjacent office buildings
- Standard rooms and bathrooms are quite small
- On-site parking is valet-only ($25.95 per night), but there is limited street parking in the neighborhood
- Street-facing rooms feel larger, but request a higher floor to avoid street noise
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This smart, contemporary urban roost a few blocks from Parliament Hill and the picturesque Rideau Canal was Ottawa’s first design hotel. “It” interiors firm Yabu Pushelberg is behind the sleek, unfussy aesthetic, which uses a soft and calming palette of brushed grays, tans and creams. What the petite rooms lack in square footage they make up for in appealing features (fridges, Keurig coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, Frette robes, mohair throws). Marble bathrooms have top-of-the-line Thann bath products. In the chic Arc Lounge restaurant, you can sample the highly acclaimed modern Canadian cuisine of talented chef Jason Duffy; think local duck breast with mushroom-chèvre fritters, black beans, mint, plum-chipotle crumble, and a cocoa-lavender-coffee broth, or a savory-sweet crème brûlée of foie gras and pumpkin with mustard and a warm pretzel. A well-outfitted gym, in-room massage services and craft cocktails round out the hotel’s appealing amenities.
In the Area
Canada’s seat of government, regal and dignified Parliament Hill, is situated on a bluff just a few blocks north of the hotel. Tours of the striking Gothic Revival parliament buildings are quite interesting, and you get great city views from the observation deck of the 300-foot Peace Tower. Also be sure to check out the Canadian Museum of Civilization, reached via the Alexandra Bridge, just across the Ottawa River in Hull, Quebec. Venture out for a walk or bike ride in summer, or go ice-skating in winter on historic Rideau Canal; it’s a great spot for people watching. Foodies and bar crawlers shouldn’t miss the bustling ByWard Market district, a 15-minute stroll away, which abounds with trendy bistros and lounges such as the Basque Navarra Restaurant.
How to Get There
The ARC hotel in downtown Ottawa is a calm and relaxing place. I usually ask for a room away from the elevator facing the back streets. The rooms are small and very cosy. The staff is courteous and always helpful. I would recommend this hotel for anyone looking for a place built with imagination and a sense of the artsy as opposed to a hotel with very spacious rooms, but no character.
I felt completely welcome as I walked in the front doors of ARC the Hotel. It's boutique style and size appealed to me immediately. My room was stylish, updated, contemporary but still maintained a classic feel. The room and halls were quiet. Bogdan, the bartender, was extraordinary and I totally relaxed in that wonderful bar with an after dinner drink. Wif-fi, bottled water, a seating area, and big windows overlooking the street rounded out a perfect stay. I would definitely go back. I only wish the dining area bar or the actual bar stayed open later, but this is a minor quibble. The staff was terrific and I highly recommend a stay here. It is two blocks to the National Arts Centre of Canada and just another 2 or 3 blocks to Parliament and other government buildings. The hotel is centrally located and easy walking distance to many great sights in Ottawa.
Bogdan was the most hospital, kind, and friendly bartender we met on our entire trip to Ottawa. He made us feel right at home and we would come back to this hotel just to have him as our in-house bartender again!