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
- 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
First of all, I'd like to thank the front desk staff ( Hany & Jay ) for going above and beyond, (huge thanks for your kindness and helpful information). I arrived at the hotel around 2am after a long flight and the check-in was so quick, the room was beautiful, the lunge was nice, fantastic service overall and the location was perfect to walk around downtown!
I really enjoyed my stay, I will come again for sure
I work for an airline so I stay at a lot of hotels. I checked into ARC around midnight after a long day and Hany had the room keys ready as soon as we walked in. He was very informative to the local attractions and very helpful with my questions. I highly recommend this hotel. The location is fantastic (close to parliament and museums) but the staff here is excellent. Hany was exemplary.
I planned a birthday surprise for my boyfriend and everything went smoothly! Even had help from the front desk staff to help me out with the surprise! Most comfortable bed we have ever slept in, amazing room service, very clean room! Loved every moment of our stay.
Only stayed one night for an 'in hotel' conference but it was lovely. Nice clean room, just enough space and a delighful light dinner in the restaurant - complete with live music. A short 20 minute cab ride from the airport made flight delays less stressful. Had a problem with the TV connection but Maintenance was there within minutes to resolve the issue.
The room was clean, the hotel staff were helpful and friendly. The location was very close to the workshop that I was attending. The hotel was also within walking distance of a number of restaurants and other eating places.