Ottawa, Ontario, is the capital of Canada and although usually not considered much of a tourist destination is actually a beautiful and cosmopolitan city with a burgeoning arts scene and great historic landmarks. Although not one of the country’s most well known cities the choice as the location of the capital makes sense as the bridge between the split nationalities of Toronto (English) and Ottawa (French) and serves as a literal and metaphorical bridge between the two. Over one million people live in Ottawa and there are outstanding national museums, numerous parks and gardens and an excellent dining and entertainment scene.
Luxury hotels in Ottawa are primarily located in the downtown area which serves as the commercial and economic center of the city. The area and the residential neighborhood to the south are also known locally as ‘Centretown’. The National Capital Region includes both Ottawa, in Ontario and the French-speaking city of Gastineau in Quebec and straddles the border between the two provinces. There are several luxury hotels and resorts on the Quebecois side including the beautiful Chateau Cartier located in Gastineau.
Luxury Hotels Ottawa Downtown
Downtown Ottawa has two very different luxury hotels serving the five star market: the justifiably famous designer boutique Arc, the Hotel, and the elegant Fairmont Chateau Laurier. The downtown area is easily walked on foot and both of these hotels are excellent choices for exploring the city. Just outside of the Downtown Ottawa area is the neighborhood of Kanata, the hub of the high-tech industry in Ontario. Brookstreet, a luxury hotel in this area, is the perfect choice for visitors who are conducting business in Kanata.
Ottawa Airport Information (YOW)
Ottawa’s Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) is serviced by 16 airlines on a daily basis. Direct flights arrive from all major Canadian and many American cities. Connections can also be made via Ottawa and Toronto. Air Canada offers a direct flight from Ottawa to La Guardia Airport in New York City.