A July 2000 trip
to Ottawa by Jim Rosenberg
Quote: Barely considered as a worthy destination in its own right, Canada's capital city is stately, interesting, clean, safe -- and it's an outstanding place to visit all on its own, without packaging it into a more broad-ranging adventure as an afterthought.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2000
Capital Hill Hotel And Suites
88 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P5E9
Hotel | "Crowne Plaza"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2001
Crowne Plaza Hotel Ottawa
101 Lyon Street North
Ottawa, Ontario K1R5T9
Specialties of the house include Parisien Flambe and Continental cuisine. We can heartily recommend the seafood toss with a bottle of Chardonney. Lunch and dinner are served Monday-Friday, with dinners only on Saturdays and Sundays. This places lacks nothing in quality and ambiance, yet it is unassuming and you won't need evening wear. Our highest recommendation goes to Andrew's!
388 Rue Albert Street
Restaurant | "Big Daddy's Crab Shack & Oyster Bar"
Big Daddy's Crabshack And Oyster Bar
339 Elgin Street
Restaurant | "Zoe's Lounge - Sunday Brunch at Chateau Laurier"
Served in Zoe's lounge, which is just to your right as you enter from the hotel's front door, the presentation is a feast for the eyes in variety, colors, smells and succulent textures of food. There is so much that it is not possible to even sample much of it, but you can resolve to visit again and it is a promise you should be happy to have the opportunity to keep. French specialities such as pates and delicately smoked salmon; croissants and breads; beef bourgignon; glazed fruit desserts; bay shrimp; trout; charcuterie; leg of lambs; crepes -- plus a full line-up of traditional breakfast favorites -- it's a fabulous cornucopia and it's all very well-prepared and presented.
As if the luscious menu itself isn't enough, it is all enjoyed in a classic, white-linen, chandeliered, dining room that will leave you feeling that you are experiencing one of life's great luxuries -- and you most certainly are. This is a five-star plus experience and you owe yourself to this wonderful treat if you find yourself in Canada's capital city on a Sunday morning. The place is, quite simply, impeccable.
The lounge was named after Sir Wilfrid Laurier's wife, piano teacher Zoé Laurier Lafontaine. In addition to the famous Sunday Brunch, Zoe's offers an Express Lunch, Light Menu, Afternoon Tea, and cool Thursday, Friday and Saturday night Jazz. Zoe's Lounge Tapas Menu: served from 5:30 to 11pm.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 2, 2003
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
1 Rideau Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2
Attraction | "National Gallery /Musee des Beaux-Arts du Canada"
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4
+1 613 990 1985
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 28, 2000
Ottawa River Cruise
Rideau Locks area
http://www.rc.gc.ca/visitors/ -- fill out the form and mail it in with ORIGINAL receipts and your boarding pass showing your flight leaving Canada (proof of export is required to claim the refund). If you are leaving by car, you can take care of your refund at the duty-free store at the border. Do NOT use commercial services, which often display brochures or run ads in visitor guides. The fees are outrageous and the claim form is very easy to complete and submit.
While you should always be careful with money and alert to unsafe situations, no special safeguards beyond what you would normally take while traveling in the U.S. are required in Canada. It's as "safe" a place as there is.