Fairmont Château Laurier

1 Rideau Street | Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7  [SEE MAP]Ottawa, ON  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Fantastic location in the heart of Ottawa
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Welcoming visitors since June 1912, the Fairmont Château Laurier was built to resemble a French Renaissance castle, with a copper roof dotted with limestone and granite spires. Recent visitors admire this Fairmont's stunning architecture, as well as its location in downtown Ottawa (right next to Parliament Hill). However, some guests say the hotel misses little details (such as making sure in-room coffee makers work) and lament the staff's poor customer service. Each of the Fairmont's guest rooms and suites comes appointed in creamy neutral tones and includes a Nespresso coffee maker, refreshment area and Wi-Fi access (for a fee). For those who prefer to dine in, the Fairmont houses the upscale Wilfrid's Restaurant, and La Terrasse, open seasonally, for a more casual, outdoor meal. For a late-night cocktail or afternoon tea, venture to Zoe's, which offers a refined atmosphere and excellent service that's well worth the splurge, according to recent visitors. And remember, members of the Le Club AccorHotels program can earn frequent flier miles for choosing to bed down here.
Ottawa, ON
Hotel Class
Property Type
Hotel, 426 rooms
Primary View
City center
Traditional, Opulent, Historic



  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews



This classic hotel's timeless elegance attracts so many celebrities, heads of state, and members of royalty that it has its own protocol manager.



In a distinctive location immediately beside the locks of the Rideau Canal, the landmark hotel exudes Canadian historical ambience.

AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 4032 have reviewed the Fairmont Château Laurier, giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4032 reviews 4.0 (based on 4032 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The elegant guest rooms and suites at the Fairmont Château Laurier feature classic dark wood furniture, heavy drapes, crown molding and regal color schemes reminiscent of the property's 19th-century heritage. Standard guest rooms feature modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, Nespresso coffee makers, alarm clock radios and Wi-Fi access. Views are either of the city, canal, nearby Major's Hill Park or inner courtyard.
  • Mini-refrigerators available for a fee
  • Complimentary hypoallergenic pillows, humidifiers and minifridges (for a fee) available upon request
  • In-room Wi-Fi available for $13.95 CAD (about $11 USD) daily; complimentary for rewards members

Standard room size275 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The Fairmont Château Laurier is located in the heart of Ottawa, within walking distance of numerous museums, restaurants, shops and other notable attractions. Rideau Canal, CF Rideau Centre shopping mall, Parliament Hill, the Ottawa River, ByWard Market and Ottawa City Hall are all within a few blocks of the hotel, making it an ideal option for both business and leisure travelers alike.
  • Ottawa International Airport is about 10 miles south
  • Valet parking is available for $49 CAD (about $37 USD)
  • 24-hour valet parking ($49 CAD ($37 USD))
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


Wilfrid's Restaurant at the Fairmont Château Laurier serves regional Canadian cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a contemporary dining room that overlooks Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal. At Zoe's, guests can enjoy a lounge menu or afternoon tea service in the recently renovated space. During the summer months, La Terrasse serves drinks and light fare on a rooftop patio.

    Number of restaurants3

    Cuisine TypesBuffet, American, French

    • Fine dining
    • Casual dining
    • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
    • Bar/lounge
    • Room service
    • 24-hour room service
    • free breakfast


    The Fairmont Château Laurier has an indoor pool located within an Art Deco-style atrium. Locker rooms with showers and changing areas are available at the adjoining health club.
    • The pool and health club are available to use from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Chaise lounges and towels are provided
    • Lap pool
    • Wading pool
    • Lazy river
    • Family pool
    • Infinity pool
    • Whirlpool/hot tub
    • Adults-only pool
    • Lifeguard on duty
    • Poolside service
    • Waterslide
    • Deck chairs or cabanas
    • Pool bar


    The Health Club at the Fairmont Château Laurier offers a variety of massage services, including sports therapy, neuromuscular therapy, Swedish massage and acupressure. Complimentary men's and women's locker rooms with showers and towels are provided.
    • Appointments required
    • Thai Yoga and hot stone therapies available for an additional fee

    Services offered:

    • Massage
    • Facial
    • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
    • Salon services
    • Outdoor treatment area
    • Steam room
    • Sauna


    The Fairmont Château Laurier welcomes families with an array of kid-friendly services and amenities, including kid-sized bathrobes, coloring book kits and childrens menus. Guests of all ages can spend time together at the pool or go ice skating on the Rideau Canal – the longest naturally frozen outdoor skating rink in the world – located right in front of the hotel. Indoors, on-demand movie channels facilitate family movie nights.
    • Childrens menu available at Wilfrid's; children receive discounted meals
    • Kids Club
    • Free Kids Club
    • Fee for Kids Club
    • Cribs
    • High Chairs


    The Fairmont Château Laurier's fitness center is equipped with exercise equipment like free weights, weight-lifting equipment, exercise balls and cardiovascular machines with individual TVs. The health club facility also features men's and women's locker rooms, a relaxation lounge with reading material, a private personal training room and massage therapy rooms. The health club is adjacent to the indoor pool area.
    • The fitness center is open 24-hours; the health club is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Personal training, health assessments and nutritional counseling are available for a fee
    • Outdoor seasonal activities like ice skating and biking available nearby the hotel
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


    The Fairmont Chateau Laurier has 17 meeting spaces, from a classic ballroom to an executive boardroom. The on-site business center offers computers, printers and office rentals as well as fax, copy, transcription and postal services.
    • On-site catering and audiovisual support staff are available
    • The Signature Events program provides authentic, local experiences for groups from receptions to sporting events
    • Business center open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed on weekends and holidays)

    Number of meeting rooms17

    • Business center
    • Meeting rooms
    • Meeting and event planners available


    Cats and dogs are welcome at the Fairmont Château Laurier for a $50 CAD (about $38 USD) daily fee. Pets may not be brought into the restaurant or fitness areas, and may not be left alone in the rooms. Several pet boarding facilities are nearby for larger animals.
      • Pets allowed (with fee)
      • Dog walking
      • Pet-sitting


      The Fairmont Château Laurier has venues for wedding parties both large and small, and is able to accommodate 25 to 800 guests. The Renaissance-style ballroom has 18-foot ceilings and crystal chandeliers and has hosted the likes of Princess Diana as well as many heads of state through its tenure. There is also the equally elegant Adam Room and Laurier Room, the latter of which features an outdoor terrace with views of the river, canal and Parliament Hill. The on-site event planner helps coordinate vendors, timelines and guest needs throughout the event.
      • Wedding packages available
      • The ballroom can accommodate up to 380 guests for dinner and dancing

      Maximum wedding guest capacity800

      • Hotel hosts weddings
      • Outdoor space for weddings
      • Wedding planners available

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