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
You drive 5 hours. You ask for parking which the person says, park on the street. How? There is no spots. I just wish he was more specific. We were also greeted with overflowing garbage which resulted in a pretty bad smell. Or was it the guy who checked us in ? And yes, the WIFI password. Was it is all capitals or lower case. We are not sure so as a result, I tether on my phone. What moron manager would allow such a dysfunctional staff member to greet you into their hotel. I am sad I did not stick with my Albert onBay choice.
Good value for central Ottawa, very convenient location. Nearby parking garage was free on weekend. Rooms smallish but clean. We stayed only one night and did not use the other hotel facilities. Friendly staff.
Eric at the front desk is an actual gem of a human, along with the rest of the staff at the ARC. Try the avocado toast in the restaurant with their delicious coffee and have a cup of the delicious hot chocolate to warm up when you get back!
Only small complaint was that the room was very small - smaller than I did expect but that being said, it was lovely, well kept and a very comfortable bed BUT it is really only for one person. Two would be far too small. And be aware that there is not a good view from some rooms (if that's important to you). I faced a cement wall but I didn't really care!
Reasonable, comfortable and central location for sleep, work and access to downtown meetings on foot. Clean, modern room, comfortable beds and crisp linens. Taxi stand right outside front door. Apples or chocolate cookies to snack.
First impression walking in was that it was nothing special. Going up to room the hallway was so tiny and dark I felt like I was on a cruise ship. The room we got was the smallest room on the floor. It was also painted dark like the hallway which made me feel claustrophobic. Everything was relatively new, and clean. Washroom was new and clean but again tiny. The bed was way too soft for me. The window in the room was so small and awkward. Again it felt like I was on a cruise ship. Wasn’t terrible but I will definitely not be back. Was not relaxing. We also asked for a bigger room and were told it would be $95 to upgrade and that the room wouldn’t be much bigger but bigger bed.