When you vacation in the capital of Canada, you know you’ll be busy. With more museums, galleries and parks than you can shake a hockey stick at, your daytime will be packed. It’s just as well that the city has plenty of hotels with gorgeous, plunge-ready pools. From condo-style retreats to grand limestone castles, these are the best hotels with pools in Ottawa, bookable on Culture Trip.
One of the original grand Canadian railway hotels, the Fairmont Château Laurier added a 60ft (18m) art deco pool in 1928. It’s still one of the most impressive hotel pools in Ottawa, with enough marble to put the Romans to shame. Service and decor are top-drawer at all levels, from rooms that overlook the Rideau Canal locks to the luxurious selection of suites. The Gold Level adds breakfast and snacks around the clock, plus an exclusive lounge.
For year-round swimming, this hotel makes a splash. In spring and summer, the impressive outdoor pool is the place to be, with views over the lake. When winter comes, retreat to the warmth of the indoor pools, where floor-to-ceiling windows let you watch the snow settle like icing sugar outside. If traveling downstairs for a soak sounds like too much trouble, you can always book a king room with its own whirlpool.
It’s all about the view at the Westin, among the finest hotels with pools in Ottawa. Floor-to-ceiling windows can be found in every room and at the indoor saltwater pool. Rooms from the 11th floor upwards have views of Parliament Hill and the best seats in town for Canada Day fireworks. Enjoy a view of the Gatineau Hills from the junior corner suites, or visit the Ottawa Art Gallery and other major sights within walking distance.
It might not have a fully fledged spa, but the 17-story Sheraton is perfect for vacationers seeking a fitness kick with a side of luxury. In addition to a wooden-floored fitness center, the Club Level rooms and suites come with marble baths, double vanities and mini-fridges for when it’s time to unwind. A dip in the heated indoor saltwater pool helps, too.
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