Unlike many of the larger cities in Canada, Ottawa lacks in trendy hotels for travel to stay at while visiting the capital of Canada. Earlier this year I had the pleasure to tour Le Germain’s new chic hotel, the ALT Hotel Ottawa which ideally located right downtown on Slater Street, across the street from major transit and a short walk away from the Rideau Center and Parliament buildings.
ALT Hotels, which are located in several major cities across Canada, focus on a no-frills-chic concept where modern design is offered for a standard affordable price.
Upon arriving at the hotel for my staycation I was greeted by warm and friendly staff who were outstanding. Checking in went quickly, and within minutes I had my key and was ready to see my room.
I was blown away by the welcome package which was left in my room. Seriously whoever drew the welcome sign thank-you so much it put a huge smile on my face. In addition to the more standard features of maps and city guides, I adored how the ALT Hotel had a printed sheet with local events and activities that were taking place while I was staying at the hotel, which is such a handy feature for travellers.
The ALT Hotel offers 2 types of rooms, with the only difference being a number of beds in the room, there are rooms with 1 bed or 2 beds. The room I stayed in was the 1-bedroom.
I appreciated the minimal design, which offered everything I needed to provide a relaxing break.
Just behind the bed, there was a small coffee station which had several roasts of coffee, a small detail that made this gal who loves dark roast extra happy to find she had a choice of coffee roasts.
Across from the bed was a spacious desk area with USB outlets to charge your tech essentials and a large TV.
The room also featured a large comfortable accent chair, a full-length mirror, and good sized closet for storing clothes.
The bathroom was very well lit and offered a small mirror on the wall perfect for putting on makeup. Yet the real glory of the hotel suite had to be the shower.
The spacious shower had a dense water flow showerhead and a rather sexy see-through feature into the bedroom which also brought lots of natural light into the shower.
The only thing I did find odd, was the bed didn’t face the see-through shower, so I guess the panel was designed more for natural light than a sexy feature for couples.
Around The Hotel
Unlike most hotels, the ALT Hotel in Ottawa does not have a hotel restaurant, but a restaurant in the hotel would be overkill as the prime location right downtown places it within a few minutes walk from several great restaurants including Clover, Sansotei Ramen, or if you are looking for a bar with a plethora of beer options make sure to check out the Bier Market.
The ALT Hotel in Ottawa does offer a bar and coffee shop on the main floor where you can grab a quick breakfast and a latte or a glass of wine.
Right next to the bar there also is a pool table next to the bar that is a great spot to meet other hotel guests for a quick game before you head out for the night.
Each floor in the hotel has its own bright colour, which is combined with exposed cement, houndstooth wallpaper, and a white textured illuminated wall feature which will appeal to trendy travellers.
All ALT Hotels also have a large multi-coloured mural wall filled with photos across Canada that you need to dedicate some time to view all the spectacular images.
For $159 a night, the ALT Hotel Ottawa is a much-needed addition to Ottawa for trendy and modern travels looking to stay in the heart of the city for an affordable rate. I love this hotel and will recommend anyone visiting my hometown to stay here.