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My 8 year old daughter and I stayed at The Lord Elgin Hotel while in Ottawa to attend the Canadian Tulip Festival 2012. The hotel is an excellent choice for families as it is located in the heart of downtown Ottawa across from the National Arts Centre and just a short walk from Parliament Hill.
The hotel’s central location on Elgin Street in the heart of downtown Ottawa makes it ideal for families. Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, Byward Market and the National Gallery of Canada are all within walking distance of the hotel. The hotel is also directly across from Confederation Park which is one of the city’s most popular green spaces. This park is the perfect place to take kids walking, cycling or just to run around and burn off steam and it is also where many events are held during festivals such as the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Winterlude and Canada Day celebrations.
Grill 41 is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and there is also a Starbucks on site which is great for a quick breakfast and latté to go. The hotel has a health club which is open 24 hours a day as well as a lap pool, whirlpool and sauna. High speed wireless internet is available in all rooms and public spaces although there is a fee for Traditional and Parkview rooms while it is free of charge in Elgin Class rooms. There is only valet parking available at the hotel.
View from our room at the Lord Elgin
The 11 story hotel has 355 rooms and two suites which feature elegant Biedermeier style furnishings and tulip inspired artwork. The Lord Elgin is an entirely smoke-free hotel so all guest rooms are non-smoking. Depending on the room category, guests will have a choice of one queen, two queens or one king bed in their room. We had a corner room with a lovely view over Confederation Park from one window and the First Baptist Church next door from the other.
Our spacious Elgin Class Room was furnished with a comfortable King-sized bed that my daughter loved.
A seating area as well as a writing desk add to the functionality of the room. I chose the Elgin Class Room because the rate also included free WIFI – a simple, but greatly appreciated, amenity. Rooms also have 42″ flat screen televisions.
Guest Bathrooms aren’t luxurious but they are a decent size and nicely decorated with dark granite countertops and polished nickel accents. The rooms have a bath/shower combination and plenty of counter space.
Our room also featured a mini refrigerator which was great for storing cold drinks and a Keurig coffee maker.
Lisa Goodmurphy writes about family travel adventures at Gone With The Family.