Steeped in history the Chateau Laurier is a classic hotel in a wonderful city. Designed in the French Gothic Chateausque style the Chateau Laurier sports 429 rooms in 5 stories. The Chateau Laurier was built in 1909 and expanded serveral times to support the growing Grand Trunk Railway. If you are the type of person who loves a modern hotel well I really wouldnt suggest staying here. If you love old world luxury, this hotel is for you.
There is a wide range of rooms availible at the Chateau Laurier. Generally however you have suite and non-suit rooms. The non-suite consist of a 300 squarefoot room with a queen bed and some rooms include a little nook with a desk. The suite’s generally have a king bed and a sitting area of fair size with two LCD tv’s. In both cases the bathrooms are italian marble with lots of space, usually they are two peice with a toilet and bath/shower. Some rooms will have two sink basins. Overall the rooms are quite large as you would expect from a hotel built in the early 1900’s and most of the rooms have been updated to reflect a more modern style.
Like most Fairmont hotels the Chateau Laurier has a nice gold floor. For those who do not know about the gold floor, you can opt for a more expensive hotel room and for that additional cost you get appitizers in the morning and additional food throught the day. In addition there is a wet bar (which you pay for) and coffee / tee and cookies availible through the day. For the additonal cost you also get a dedicated checkin and a private entrance to the suites.
You cant get much better in terms of location then the Chateau Laurier. Located right next to Parliment Hill and steps from both Byward Market and Sparks Street. To get out to other area’s you’ll need a car of course however you are walking distance from lots of attractions right from this hotel.
There are three dinning options availble in addition to room service. There is the Wilfrid’s Resturant, La Terrassee and Zoe’s Lounge each with its own unique ambiance.
An award winning resturant in the main loby of the Chateau Laurier and is the main dinning facility for the hotel which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wilfrid’s, named after the namesake of the hotel, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and 7th Prime Minister of Canada so you can expect amazing food. There is a “smart casual” dresscode for all of its seatings and you can expect some people in suits and ties. Wilfrid’s looks out towards Parliment Hill so get reservations early on Canada Day. Additionally the menu has a good mix of both seafood and steak, breakfast has a buffet and expect to pay about $30 for breakfast ($44 for the buffet), $30 for lunch and about $40 for dinner (Canadian).
Named for its location, the terrace is located just oustide of Wilfred’s. It is an outdoor area to get drinks, socialize and order food. La Terrassee is closed during the fall and winter months since its just too cold. That said on a sunny warm day its definitly worth visting with friends to catch up and get a drink.
Much like La Terrassee is a wonderful venue for drinks and simple food. Zoe’s also serves afternoon tea which is a personal faviorite of ours to experience. You can expect a fancey tea selection, scones and various pastries, everything you expect from afternoon tea. All in all Zoe’s is a great venue for casual dinning, drink and of course afternoon tea which we really have to suggest you attend, afterall nothing says fancey luxury like afternoon tea at a Fairmont. Afternoon tea is about $40 and drinks at Zoe’s range from about $9-15.
You can opt for Valet parking if you wish. Just a little tip, there is a public parking area attached to the Laurier. It is a bit small, cramped and under construction however you can save some money parking yourself. Upon checkin you can just tell them you parked yourself and they give you a parking pass.