With canal-side walks, rambling park spaces and epic wilderness right on its doorstep, Ottawa is a great place to visit with Fido in tow. But pet-accompanied trips to the capital city of Canada aren’t just about outdoor activities. Ottawa also has a bunch of creature-comfort hotels, with settle-into rooms in which to cuddle up with your dog or cat after a day of exploring. Some hotels throw in extras for your four-legged pal, whether it be welcome treats or dedicated beds. Here’s our pick of the best of them – all bookable on Culture Trip.
Second in Ottawa-postcard fame only to the nearby Parliament Buildings, Fairmont Château Laurier is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city – and one of its swankiest stays. That means you can expect pampering for your pooch as much as for yourself when you book into its pastel-hued rooms, furnished with polished wooden beds and framed photos. When you want to treat yourself, there are bountiful opportunities. A Thai yoga massage, perhaps? Or an elaborate afternoon tea, starring fluffy cherry scones smothered in mascarpone cream and strawberry jam? At Laurier, you can’t lose.
Pet-friendly stays can be cool and contemporary, as this stay near ByWard Market proves. Rooms flaunt slickly polished surfaces, glassy modern pendant lights and the occasional pop of emerald against a dramatic monochrome backdrop. If you don’t want to leave your furry companion, there is an excellent room service menu catered by the on-site Norca restaurant; think scallops with black-garlic mashed potatoes and lamb shank with arborio rice and wild mushrooms. Chow down while enjoying your epic view towards parliament with your contented pooch.
Need a great spot for morning walkies? Confederation Park, a patch of green punctuated by foundations, trees and sculpture, nails it. And you can make a visit part of your daily Ottawa routine when you book into the Metcalfe, as it’s just around the corner. This historic, boutiquey pad is known and loved for its cool urban rooms, which major in loud wallpaper, button-back chairs and expanses of exposed brick. An indoor pool is on hand for year-round splashabouts, and there’s an airy lounge space lined in bookcases.
Foodies love ByWard Market, home to the Andaz, for its daily farmers’ market, trendy restaurants and buzzy bar outlets. There’s a huge range of outdoor bites to savor here – including cinnamon-spiced beaver tail pastries – and you can bring your pet without worrying about indoor regulations. But there’s more to love about the slick contemporary Andaz than the location. They’ll treat your pet like royalty, welcoming them with a dedicated bed, bowl and cookie. There’s even an ace rooftop bar, the highest in the city.
It’s in the heart of the business district, but Alt Hotel Ottawa doesn’t feel in the least bit stuffy or corporate. What with the flexible checkout times, 24-hour gym and in-room yoga mats on request – not to mention the cute cafe, Happy Goat – it’s a haven of cool, hence the city-breaking young couples keeping you company. Rooms are dressed in crisp whites and funky art and there’s a statement lobby space with a bold rainbow fresco. Pets can join you in your room for a small extra fee.
One of the great attractions of the Sheraton Ottawa is the heated indoor salt water pool – your invitation to revive and refresh after a day spent exploring the sights (or perhaps attending meetings in the surrounding businesses district). Your pet won’t necessarily be able to join you for corporate matters, but they can enjoy your room, a classically comfy place for relaxing, with burnt-red carpets and cream walls. Two restaurants are on hand if you don’t feel like heading out to eat.
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