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
Just got back from a short weekend stay in Ottawa for the Tulip Festival. My husband and I stayed here Friday and Saturday night. All staff members we encountered were very pleasant. Our room had a King size bed that was very comfortable. You can at times hear other people slam their doors shut in the hallway but I've found that to be the norm at almost any hotel I stay at. Plus, we were so tired from walking around the whole weekend we barely noticed once we were in our room. But if you are a light sleeper, just be aware. The location of this hotel is key. It's an easy walk to Parliament, Sparks street, Byward Market, Rideau Canal. There are several restaurants within walking distance. Would definitely stay here again if the opportunity presents itself to be in Ottawa again.
I traveled for business and pleasure and stayed here for 6 nights. The room was spacious, clean, comfortable and quiet. The hotel looked like it was recently renovated with a modern look and vibe. My room had modern, dark wood furniture and a cream coloured leather-look headboard and the bathroom was fully tiled on all walls in white subway tile.I especially liked the personal, extendable wall-mounted vanity mirror. My room was cleaned daily and my coffee and tea replenished each day. Obviously I was away during the day and the streets were busy with people but at night, the area emptied out and it was very calm and quiet for getting a good night's sleep. They even provided a night table card with tips for getting a good night's sleep and getting over jet lag and a card with yoga poses for relaxation. The location was ideal for touring the city being very centrally located and I felt very safe walking around at night alone. Restaurants, ByWard Market, the Mall, Parliament Hill and the Nature Museum are all within a reasonable walking distance away (20 minutes walking).The staff were so kind, friendly and helpful. I liked the extra touch of having fresh cookies at the front desk at check in. I would recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Ottawa for business or pleasure.
- not sure about accessibility from the street if you're in a wheelchair. i only saw stairs, no ramp
- not completely soundproof between rooms
- recent renos, decent resto, comfortable new lounge,
- competative pricing offers. they want your business.
-fast fast fast check in
- generous keurig to get you going in the a.m.
I travel to ottawa regularly for work. Although I got a good deal on hotwire, I was disappointed with the quality of the hotel compared to other hotels in the area (sheraton,marriot,delta,hilton) which I had also got on hotwire. Elevators small and cramped, very small room that was reminiscent of a NYC hotel. Would have liked more space. Room was clean, and location was great. I would likely not return compared to other similar properties.
Stuck in second floor room, heavy street noise (single pane windows), can hear conversations in the room next door, door to the room is broken, I was able to watch the valet driver drive away carelessly in my car and, although I booked a king bed, I was given two doubles (without informing me at the desk). When I called down to ask about this discrepancy, I was told that I had been “upgraded to a larger room” as they were overbooked and had no king beds left. I went back down to the front desk and they (a lady named “Katherin” with a very rude personality and who didn’t seem to have a uniform on or really any identification as an employee) then said “prove that your booking is for a king, but it doesn’t matter anyway, we’re fully sold out, if you don’t like it, I can cancel your reservation here and book you at an equivalent hotel a block away” (that hotel has one less star and has terrible reviews on Trip Advisor, so now I’m unhappy but stuck in this hotel so describing my experience in the hope that others don’t get stuck with this treatment. Also, the room is very small and VERY noisy from buses driving by on the street even at 11 pm