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
Air vent too close to the bed, very loud and constantly blowing cold or hot air right at you while you’re trying to sleep. I was there 3 nights and did not sleep because of the noise and constant cold air blowing at me. Everything else, staff food location were great.
Nice hotel at a reasonable price. Bed is very comfortable and location is right downtown. I have been going to the Arc Hotel for several years and will continue to do so. The staff is also kind and accommodating.
Checking in and checking out was easy. Great location close to many restaurants and shopping. Room was a little small but nice and clean. Bed was comfortable and pillows comfortable. Unfortunately restaurant was not open on Sunday evening which is where we had planned on eating dinner. Overall good experience