by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
April 28, 2002
My room included a kitchen area with fridge, hot plate and all the pots, dishes and cutlery necessary to prepare meals. I didn’t use it but the fridge came in handy for storing cold drinks. There was also a full size couch and a small table with a couple of chairs in which to sit and read the morning paper which was delivered free to the door.
The tiled bathroom floor was heated which was a nice treat on cold mornings. Just
outside the bathroom was a large, well lit makeup mirror and hairdryer. Surprisingly, the bathroom had an indoor lock which might not be a good thing for parents traveling with small kids.
As well as laundry service through the hotel, there are washers and dryers on a couple of floors and detergent and fabric softener is available for purchase at the gift shop.
The hotel gym was small - just a couple of treadmills and bikes so it was much more fun to exercise outdoors by walking along the canal which was only 1/2 block away.
The hotel has its own restaurant and although I didn’t eat there, the prices were moderate and even the room service menu was quite reasonable.
The hotel is located in an area of apartments and other suite hotels. It is just 2 blocks from Elgin Street where there are a number of restaurants and even a small grocery store if you want to take advantage of the in room cooking facilities.
From journal Adventures in Ottawa