The Best Spa Hotels to Book in Ottawa, Canada

Enjoy a spa retreat at the Fairmont Château Laurier, known for its relaxation-inducing massages
Enjoy a spa retreat at the Fairmont Château Laurier, known for its relaxation-inducing massages | Courtesy of Fairmont Château Laurier / Expedia
Debra Smith

The cultured capital of Canada is the ideal city for a spa retreat, any time of year. In the winter, after ice skating along the Rideau Canal, or paddling past the magnificent Gothic-style parliament buildings in the summer, an indulgent massage at a spa hotel awaits. And once you’ve explored one or more of the seven national museums and galleries in the city, and some serious R&R is in order, there are these absolutely fabulous spa hotels in Ottawa to choose from, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Fairmont Château Laurier, for muscle-melting massages


Exterior of castle-like building of Fairmont Château Laurier
Courtesy of Fairmont Château Laurier / Expedia

Let the Fairmont Château Laurier rub you up the right way. The emphasis of this glam hotel’s spa offering is on muscle-melting massages – from the traditional Thai technique, to tailored sports massages. Your hotel stay or spa visit includes a dip in the hotel’s stunning marble-lined pool and a trip to the Health Club. Choose from free weights and many fitness machines, most with a flatscreen television. Personal training and nutritional counseling are also available as part of the wellness services at this Ottawa spa.

2. The Westin Ottawa, for a comprehensive health kick


The Westin Ottawas indoor pool area, with a tiled deck, plush white lounge chairs and floor-to-ceiling windows with city views
Courtesy of the Westin Ottawa / Expedia

The Westin’s spa slant is more along the health and fitness line than heady, indulgent relaxation. Its Westin Health Club is partnered with massage experts Relax, to help you unwind after your workout. But it’s the workout that’s the main event here. And if you forgot your workout wear? No worries. You can borrow slick Nike gym gear on the house, so you’ll look every inch the part while pumping iron in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows with twinkling city skyline views.

3. Hilton Lac-Leamy, for slot machines and saunas


Exterior of modern Hilton Lac-Leamy tower with large circular driveway area
Courtesy of Hilton Lac-Leamy / Expedia

It’s safe to say that the Amerispa at the Hilton Lac-Leamy is one of the best spas in or near Ottawa. The hotel and casino complex is just across the Ottawa River in Gatineau – about 10 minutes’ drive, and their full service spa menu includes detoxifying vitamin-enriched body wraps, personalized facials and nail treatments in addition to soothing massages. Enjoy the hotel’s indoor and outdoor pools, steam bath and sauna before or after your treatment. Couples and groups are welcome.

4. Les Suites Hotel, for private in-room pampering


Living room with pale rust-colored couch and armchair, four-person dining table, dark wood furniture, desk and plush tan carpeting at Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Courtesy of Les Suites Hotel Ottawa / Expedia
In the market for a proper pampering? Then you’ve come to the right place at Les Suites, where the spa treatments come to you. The hotel’s design allows you to enjoy treatments in privacy in your one- or two-bedroom condo-style suite. Choose from aromatherapy, Swedish or warm bamboo massages for singles or couples. Try a new cut or an updo and add a makeup application for a special event. Facials for women include organic gemstone treatments, while gentlemen can enjoy a GQ facial.

5. Brookstreet Hotel, for glam facials and championship golf


Overhead view of Brookstreet Hotels outdoor pool and jacuzzi area with white lounge chairs and golf course in the background
Courtesy of Brookstreet Hotel / Expedia
This four-diamond hotel, located 30 minutes from downtown, is a cut above the competition when it comes to the art of relaxation. You’ll be spoiled for choice of treatment at its Au Naturel Spa, as it offers everything from anti-aging body wraps to soothing facials supplemented with Vichy water, and a multitude of massage options – including shiatsu, reflexology or hot stone. Traveling with a partner who prefers the holistic healing effects of an 18-hole golf course? It’s got that nailed down, too.

6. Wakefield Mill, for organic ingredients

Spa Hotel

Three women in a yoga pose on a stone wall in front of a rushing waterfall
Courtesy of Wakefield Mill / Expedia

An incomparable retreat near Ottawa, the historic Wakefield Mill brings a unique sensibility to the Holtz Spa en Nature. The park-like surroundings offer views of the Gatineau Hills and the sound of MacLaren Falls, a 25ft (7.6m) waterfall. The all-organic treatment ingredients sound good enough to eat, like the coconut mango body wrap or the Arctic berries facial. Massages can take place in a wooded pavilion near the falls, weather permitting.

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