Rated 3 out of 5 by klondike5 This hotel was a big disappointment on this visit
During our recent stay, June 2014, i had been assured according to my Starwood member requests that such items as foam pillows would be in the room and not feathers. This was not only not done but the front desk SPG counter person said that there was nothing on the account stating such a request which is totally not true! In fact, Andrew, the Concierge had emailed me and I had returned his email with my requests upon which he also assured me of the foam pillow request. I even took the time to go and meet Andrew the next morning with the issue and also to introduce myself.
Other things - i asked for 2 keys, got to the room only 1 key in the packet which meant going down and obtaining another. Secondly, the pillows supposedly to replace the feathers arrived at 10pm to our room but were down feather pillows not foam so the whole request was messed up-not what i think of the Westin Ottawa where we have stayed many times. Also, last night Friday, June 13/2014 we were absolutely overcome with the sounds of a very LOUD band playing music somewhere beneath our 19th floor-it was obnoxious to say the least starting early afternoon till around 10-11pm-the whole room shook with whatever bass sounds etc-it sounded like they were directly beneath our floor - even the windows shook! very very annoying. If there was a party or something below our floor that should have been advised and we would have relocated. Other small but annoying things: a toilet that flushes as if it were niagara falls! truly the person decorating your rooms would/should have noticed something that incredibly LOUD! If i had a small baby with us the sound would have indeed awakened the child- it did me!
Also, re bathroom decor - LOVE the walk in shower but it is obvious no one who decorated the room or ever sat on the toilet realized you had to be contortionist to reach the flipping bathroom toilet tissue which is waaaaaaaaaaaaay back behind the 'sitter' to their left and almost impossible to reach - now picture that in your mind's eye!!
Totally inconvenient - someone needs to think about things before done...oh my it is pretty but does it function>????? duhhhh....
After many stays at WEstin Ottawa we will not likely stay at this location again. Another thing, every visit to this location, always seems to have an issue with the escalators up down or whatever. Again the one unit from 2nd to 3rd floor was out of commission.
June 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by lindsay217 Exceptional location and great service
The staff at the hotel went above and beyond to respond to any concerns or requests.
June 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sandy64 Great from the first impression to the end.
The Westin Ottawa is one of my favourite Canadian Hotels. I use it often when on business and always hope that the conference I am attending gets a worthwhile rate with the Westin. The location is great for me and the workout room has all the weights and cardio I use at my hometown gym.
June 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mac84 This Hotel has Class
My wife and I stayed two nights and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Anything that we needed was close by and the hotel staff are very well trained to handle any and all guest requirements with courtesy and pleasant attitude. From wake up calls and directions to nearby facilities, they were very good at their work.
June 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by bmax My stay at the Westin
It was a very comfortable three night stay at the Westin. We had a noise problem one night and the staff were exceptional in resolving it. The staff were most personable and very helpful in some many different ways.
June 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by WGA44 Super Hotel in a super location. Fine people, and a fine experience
I found it a surprise that the Weston does not have a lounge for a casual beverage of choice. Also, although the breakfast was excellent there was no middle ground. Either you had nothing or you went to the restaurant for a shockingly expensive breakfast. We found that unusual, but perhaps for Ottawa it's the norm.
June 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MAZ35 Friendly and comfortable
The occasion was the RCMP Veterans, Association's Annual Convention and my wife enjoyed the stay very much.
Thanks for your hospitality.
June 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Riley29 Great views and features
Definitely met our needs. Would have appreciated wifi as an spg member
June 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mountie65 Extra Special Services
The RCMP Veterans' Association held their annual general meeting at the Ottawa Westin immediately after the recent tragic events in Moncton, NB. On check-in, the staff member extended an obviously sincere expression of condolences and every RCMP veteran received a personal message signed by the Manager of Operations which was greatly appreciated and beyond our expectations.
June 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by bob1518 Great Location and very friendly staff
Well to say the least this hotel was just excellent in all areas: outside staff, front desk and friendly maids. Everyone went out of their way to assist.
Why the four stars on the room? Just minor issues. The toilet handle when used caused the inside mechanism to sometime not work and when it did, the mechanism hit the top of the tank causing great noise. On two occasions I had to remove the top and manually push the relief valve. No big deal actually. I did mention this on my departure and I am sure this will be looked after immediately. The second issue, and for which I forgot to mention to the front desk on departure, was that the shower did not drain very well and at times seem to back feed into the shower. Just needs purging I imagine. The other issue on the room, a deluxe room overlooking the Rideau and Parliament buildings (excellent view), that it is advertised as a Deluxe room with bath. There was, to my wife's dismay, no bath, just a shower. When I inquired, I was advised that King rooms have only showers whereas double beds have the shower and tub. Since it was a short stay and that I would not have the king and feared we would loose such a grand view, we stayed put. Other than that, it is an excellent room.
KUDO TO MANAGEMENT: I personally would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for your kind condolence letter regarding our loss of the RCMP members in Moncton. Your kind words and individual letters to all our AGM members was greatly appreciated and discussed in several sessions as a class act. Thank you Ross. Please pass onto your staff our thanks for their assistance during our stay.
June 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Ynnad Great location but.....
Charging for Wifi is outrageous.
June 9, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Ssilva1 Expensive and you must pay for everything
My favourite hotels in Ottawa were overbooked, so I decided to book at the Westin. Years ago, I had switched from the Westin to other chains. Although the hotel was a nice place to stay, there were fees for everything (internet, etc.). My biggest shock was when I was charged $2.00 plus tax for every call I made using a toll-free number to access my calling card (in one case, due to the during of the call, I was charged 7.44 plus tax). If I had gone to a pay phone, it would have cost me nothing (I wouldn't have even had to pay the $0.25 for using a pay-phone, as I was going through 1-800 numbers). Why use the phone at the hotel. Better yet, why stay at the hotel, when you are paying for something that you don't have to pay for anywhere else. I spoke to the Manager and she told me that there was a sign next to the phone. Does that mean the telling a guest they must pay justifies charging the guest for something which anywhere else would be free? The total cost for me to use the phone (which I used to access my toll-free long distance calling card) for one night was $25.00 plus taxes. How totally disappointing.
June 6, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Carrie823 No free wifi in 2014??? Not even a vending machine??
It is a hard pill to swallow to not have free wifi in 2014.
Also, got in super late from a different time zone and could not find a simple vending machine anywhere to get a snack. Had to order a meal off of the all night menu. Disappointing and frustrating.
June 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by vaapski Confort and accessible
Always a pleasure to stay at the Westin Ottawa, everything is close by. Room is clean and very comfortable. Thank you!
June 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SusanF Great hotel
This hotel is excellent in every way: location, amenities, comfort, service; my only wish was the room had a bathtub. The spray from the shower head was the best ever!
June 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by IsabelleL This hotel has great meeting and event facilities
I was very happy with my stay. I always have a hard time sleeping in hotels and I still slept well. Bed was comfortable but pillows was a bit big for my neck giving me slight stiffness.
June 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by maurice end of May in Ottawa
Love this hotel - if just for the view! - can't beat it - enjoy just bringing dinner in and sitting at the giant windows watching the beautiful city.
About a system that is seldom discussed - the HVAC in the room is very responsive. Heat and cooling are immediate and quite - I don't know how they do that in such a big hotel but it is wonderful that everything works so well.
Clearly the renovations over the past 2 years have been worthwhile.
June 3, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by joanna14 This hotel has a great location
Hotel was nice and roomy. Great view and location. Was a bit noisy because we were located near elevators. Otherwise had a wonderful time in Ottawa
June 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Irish123 Great Location
I always stay the Westin because the facilities and room of the top quality and the staff is polite and helpful. It is also in perhaps the best location in Ottawa for doing business and easy walk to centre city clients and in the evening a close by Market are for numerous and good restauratns.
May 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by joyce1 Great Stay
My one night stay met all of y expectations. Everything was flawless even though the hôtel had 100% booked capacity.
I must attribute 5 stars to the staff who even though under difficult circumstances of the full capacity, were friendly, courteous and very professional. I would like to suggest that all Westin hotels change there policy to free Wi-Fi. It is after all 2014, I find it unacceptable to have to pay for wi-fi. Keep up the good work!!!
May 27, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by NW12 This hotel needs more elevators
I realize the hotel was full this weekend and many people had families staying with them so it was much more crowded than business travel. However, your elevators were extremely overworked. I was on one of the middle floors and I there was one time where I had to wait for 8 full elevators to pass me by. RIDICULOUS! Install at least 2 more elevators. I don't think it's the new elevator system, it's the fact that you just don't have enough elevators.
May 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Luke61 Exceptional Service
The Hôtel staff was truly outstanding. We had a great stay.
I still think that your elevator system is a disaster.
May 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jacquesosu Perfect stay
The staff, front desk, door attendants, room attendant were all amazing. Room attendant even left me a thank you note for leaving a tip after my first night. That was a first for me!
Room was renovated and everything was great.
Attended meetings with food. Staff was great, good to see management checking on meetings and food service at meeting.
May 25, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by CHRISB29 Average at Best
I stayed at The Westin and it was average at best. I don't think that it had enough perks or comforts to be qualified as a 4 star hotel. The room was clean and quiet even though I was potentially on a noisy floor. The floor with the fitness centre and pool. If I had to stay in Ottawa again I don't believe I would stay here at the rate I paid. I could have stayed at a different hotel for less money with the same offerings.
May 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by HapMar Staff member makes the difference
My husband & I were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and the occasion was acknowledged in a very nice manner by a certain staff member at the front desk of the hotel. Not only were we given the exact same room we celebrated our honeymoon in 25 years ago, but we were also treated to champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. We enjoyed our stay immensely.
May 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Carol70 Hotel has great proximity to downtown attractions.
Beautiful hotel in the downtown area and close to lots of attractions. Hotel staff were very helpful and friendly. Rooms were spacious and clean and our view of the Parliament buildings was great. Breakfast buffet was tasty. We would like to see Free Wifi in the rooms instead of going to the lobby to check emails.
May 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by GRAND2014 Interesting Experience
Overall my experience with this hotel has been nice. The hotel personnel, from the front desk staff to cleaners, have been extremely friendly. Also, the location of this hotel is amazing. You are minutes away from the parliament hill, some good vibrant local bars, and of course literally seconds away from a shopping mall.
Two things I wish would have been different: 1) the elevator design is out of this world strange - you are asked to select which floor you wish to go prior to boarding the elevator - what if you change your mind after you get on it? what if you don't feel safe/comfortable (you can't get out on any other floor except for the one you have selected)? 2) I understand it is a big hotel and there are at least 2 conferences going on when i was there, but i didn't think consistently waiting for 40 minutes for things (e.g. slippers) to get delivered to my room was a reasonable. Also, when I asked for my room to be cleaned at 5pm (i don't know why it wasn't cleaned during the day), it took them at least an hour to respond.
Despite these minor imperfections, I would still recommend this property to others.
May 18, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by BusTrav14 Central Location and Convenience
The Westin is well positioned to serve conference delegates. The rooms are well appointed and comfortable. In this day and age I find an extra charge for WIFI an inconvenience and the "Green room" program where they give you a $5 credit and don't enter the room for the duration of your stay is a major discomfort.
May 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mitchl This hotel is positioned well in the city of Ottawa
very comfortable and close to everything in the city.
May 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Cary416 Good Quality; Premium Price
Facility is very nice. Rooms were comfortable and reasonably quiet. Location is close to airport and convenient to many dining options. Premium price, but not outrageous.
May 12, 2014