Rated 3 out of 5 by Exasperated10TimeGuest Not the best service I have ever had.
I had reserved a junior suite for a one-night stay. Upon arriving at the hotel, after the 3:00 p.m. check-in time, we were informed that "so sorry" but our room was not ready yet. As we had an errand to run in the adjoining shopping complex, this was not an issue. However, when we returned half an hour later, our room was still not ready. A platinum guest had decided on a late departure and the best estimate was that our room would be ready in an hour. We needed to shower and dress for a party so a one-hour wait was not at all convenient.
We were then offered a downgrade and complementary breakfast which we decided to accept. At that point, the young lady checking us in went to talk to her manager and, on her return, we were offered an upgrade to an executive suite which we accepted. Once we were able to get into our room, our first set of keys did not work, it was obvious that the room was not a suite although it was quite nice. Not having the time to go back to the front desk again, we proceeded to get ready for the evening.
The next morning when we went to check out, we discovered that our suite was supposed to have consisted of the adjoining room. No-one had told us of this previously or opened the locked door between the rooms. I have no idea if we actually would have had a suite or simply two adjoining rooms although pictures suggest that we missed out on something pretty nice.
The only good news was that the hotel agreed to reduce the cost of our room to the rate for the single room that we used. We will probably stay there again but hopefully will not run into this issue again.
On a final note, we travel fairly widely and have encountered similar issues at check-in which were handled with a lot more style and grace. I would have expected more from a hotel of this caliber.
December 2, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by jnp04 Good Hotel
Comfortable hotel with nice ambience. Prices in the breakfast/lunch cafe on the high side but local dining is more easily accessible so not as applicable. Really great convenience to convention centre and local shopping.
July 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by cgs1 Excellent housekeeping staff
The room we stayed in was very well cleaned every day.
July 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by VIA1fan Mini Vacation
I was invited to upgrade at the Ottawa Westin and while the room size was the same as all the other regular rooms in the hotel, the view of the
Rideau Canal and Parliament Buildings was exceptional.
The new elevator system takes getting used to and most passengers in the cars had this stunned look on their faces hoping that they would eventually arrive at their designated floor. I personally like a bank of buttons and a label next to a specially designated floor - like the floor for the Rideau Shopping Center. I know the floors are posted on a sign next to the elevators on each floor, but the new set up is overwhelming.
April 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mitchl This hotel is positioned well in the city of Ottawa
One of the best Westin's ever!
July 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bosco007 Location, Friendly Service, Services = Exceptional Experience
I read a few reviews online before booking at the Westin. I can't imagine what those that provided negative reviews were expecting. From the moment we checked in with a friendly and efficient staff person to the express check out we couldn't say enough about our stay. Our room had a great view of the Parliament buildings, comfortable bedding, clean bathroom and ample space for the four of us. Amenities were exceptional including the salt water pool and exercise room. Close walking distance to everything with shopping in the mall a short walk away. Loved Byward Market. Will certainly be checking into the Westin the next time we visit Ottawa. Very impressed.
September 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by JMCK Excellent Hotel with one Problem
My family(2 adults, 2 children) stayed for 2 nights during Winterlude. Location was excellent, room was excellent, beds very comfortable. All good things to say about hotel, staff and service. The one thing that would make us consider a different hotel next year are the ELEVATORS!! We have travelled extensively throughout the world and have never experienced elevator wait times like at this hotel. We were advised that we could use service elevators but this didn't help either. Many other guests were complaining as well. Some even mentioned that they were regular customers and that elevators have been like this since late summer!
February 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Borch Overall Good Service
The Westin Ottawa staff are very knowledgeable and professional in their interactions with guests. We arrived by car and our greeting at the front door was very welcoming and our check in process was efficient, friendly and professional.
July 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 4Collaboration Awesome Family Vacation!
I've stayed at the Westin Ottawa before on business and this time brought my family along. There was a real WOW factor when my 11 year old daughter and 13 year old son first walked into the room with an amazing view.
Our family had an exceptional time in Ottawa and were very busy with so many attractions within walking distance of the Westin. We also loved the pool!
Concierge Andrew was extremely helpful! He provided perfect recommendations for meals and attractions. He referred us to the fantastic La Botega to pick up sandwiches for our long drive home and even provided some cold bottles of water as we loaded up our car. Service above beyond expectations!
September 2, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by candu A series of unfortunate events
We had booked a night based on a previous stay and were looking forward to a view of Confederation Square and possibly the hill. We had an email offering a corner room for $10 and accepted. After checking in we found that our room was surrounded by a minor hockey team. We called the front desk and were moved to a suite. However we lost our view and had only the roof of the Rideau Centre to look on. The clerk at the front desk told us that normally hockey teams stayed on the same floor so we were left wondering why we had been put in the original room. Some forethought by management could have avoided the whole thing and we could have had our requested view.
December 31, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jeff2112 Great Hotel!
Stayed for a local wedding. Great room, comfy beds, fantastic shower. Shore Club restaurant attached to Hotel is fantastic. No complaints or issues with the Westin at all, fully loved it.
July 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shelagh Wonderful Staff and real dedication to customer!
Helpful and charming staff from check in to check out - and a special 'thank you' to room service team who went over and above to ensure we had a lovely evening at the hotel!
July 7, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by allthingsedible I expected better. Were my expectations too high?
Maybe they were. Maybe I had too high expectations, having recently returned from a stay in Las Vegas at a strip hotel.
I chose this hotel because I felt it was among the best quality hotels available in downtown Ottawa. It was newer, with more modern features, and while it wouldn't have the old time charm of some of the other downtown hotels, I didn't want charm. I wanted modern, clean, quiet. I wanted the hotel I'd stayed in while in Las Vegas.
So I happily paid the high room price for a king sized bed room, city view, for two nights.
It's my own fault I didn't look into parking, so tack another $30 a day on for parking.
I realize space is utilized to its maximum capacity, to ensure more rooms. So I wasn't upset when my corner room looked nothing at all like any of the pictures and seemed very small. It was clean and neat and there were no repairs needed anywhere, so it would do.
There was a huge window in our room, looking over the "city view" that was listed on my booking. Okay, overlooking the roof of the Rideau Centre is technically a "city view". I could live with that.
Here's where expectations crashed though.
While looking over the view, I could hear cars go by. Horns honking. I could hear someone set up on the corner (I could see them too), with a guitar plugged into an amp, singing and playing. City noises.
I was on the 14th floor. (Were my expectations too high since from the 8th floor of a room right on the Las Vegas strip I heard not one sound, not a car horn, none of the ongoing advertisements that run 24/7, not a whisper!)
Upscale, modern hotel that doesn't have sound cancelling windows. Why not? Do your guests really want to hear the street noises? I didn't.
I could have lived with this outside noise, especially since it was much quieter at night, when the city shut down. But the other noises from the hotel were unacceptable to me: the ongoing sound of other people's toilets flushing. From next door, from several doors down. From the floors above, and the floors below. In a hotel of this size, imagine how often that was heard. A lot. Throughout the night.
During the day I could hear the actions of housekeeping in the floor above us. I could actually hear the vacuum running. I could hear the water turned on as the sink was being cleaned, and that ongoing toilet flushing as that bathroom was made clean for the next guest. (Yes, our bathroom was very nicely cleaned for us when we got there, no complaints about that!)
Throughout our stay I could hear conversations from other guests, as they walked down the hall. Since I was at the end of the hall with only two other rooms near us, and a stairwell between us and the next room, I didn't get a lot of people down that hall. But I could hear word for word conversations from every one of them. Hard enough by day, but at 2 am, when those guests are returning from an event, I don't want to hear them!
I wanted modern, clean, and quiet. And while two out of three isn't normally bad, in this case, since it ruined my rest and my sleep, the lack of quiet made me very unhappy with my stay.
If you are the kind of guest who doesn't have high sensitivity to noises and can sleep through anything, then by all means, this hotel is lovely. If, like me, you value the quiet and don't want to hear anyone while you are trying to sleep, then find another place to stay.
January 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by BobF13 Amenities Great - some rooms need TLC
I stayed on the preferred floors and it was good but a couple of people I was with were in the non preferred floors and they need a little TLC
Facilities were very good
July 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mystified The staff was awesome
I was especially impressed with JENNY in Housekeeping. She cleaned my room, she responded so readily to my wishes and was kind and very helpful! Bravo, Jenny!
July 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Manju Amazing People!
I actually signed up to make this review. I was just floored by the amazing service at this hotel. They were all so nice, everyone from the front desk, the doormen, to the housekeeping staff. Super friendly and helpful at all times. Although the elevators were down and took a while to catch, someone was always attending to hold the door for you, and just having the attentive service made it so much easier to deal with. The ice machine on our floor was broken and i called to let them know and they thanked me so much for letting them know and sent me a bucket of ice.. just little things that made small issues so easy to look past. would recommend and stay again.
November 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by maddy Classy and Accomodating!
Booked two nights here, however ended up doing them as separate reservations, when we checked in the front desk was more than accomodating to make our visit seamless ensuring we had the same room both nights at the prices I had booked for. Also, used the valet parking, and feeling a little embarrassed by the filthiness of my car, the Valet team took it upon themselves to return my car all washed! How is that for service! Also, our room was comfy and the bed was awesome! Hotel is attached to the Rideau Center, great shopping to boot, also the Market is right there..steps to amazing restaurants! I loved the Westin and Ottawa!
March 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by RJ51 Comfortable rooms
My room was very comfortable. Good beds. Would definitely return.
July 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lindag313 facilites were wonderful for conference we attended
Facilities were wonderful for conference we attended
July 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TAZ59 SPECTACULAR!
From the moment we walked through the front door until the moment we left we were treated very special. Our stay was very memorable. Every staff member we dealt with was polite, accommodating and extremely friendly. . Centrally located in the heart of all the activity. We will be back!
July 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fanny942 Everything is perfect about this hotel
starting from the beginning:
- loved the underground parking that is adjacent to the Rideu Centre
-super helpful front desk
- paid a small price for for an upgraded room, but WOW - what an amazing view of the parliament building and the Christmas lights (highly recommend)
- cool high tech elevators
- wonderful bed as always, but love the touches in the recently remodeled room (lit closet rail, nice lamps, big modern bathroom)
- nice pool with sauna
- great proximity to arts centre, Byward Market, shopping centre
- lot of Christmas parties at the hotel made things festive
- helpful staff were the best part!
I WILL BE BACK
December 8, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by marley1 The staff is always great
Mark checked us in and made sure we were very comfortable. Hillary looked after us in the restaurant and always had a big smile for us. We were recognized at the front desk. We love this hotel
July 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Roland Great accomodations
The Weston has accommodated us for several years for Canada Day festivities. Excellent service.
July 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SNL33 Always on the ball!
Smiling faces, responsiveness and the utmost in service...even amidst the hectic Canada Day celebrations and crowds!!
July 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Steve3124 Great stay
We stayed at the Ottawa Westin over the Canada Day celebrations. The location is ideal and the hotel is top notch.
July 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NancyCB Best beds in Ottawa!
Loved my large corner room with a view of downtown and the parliment buildings and they have a Starbucks. Perfect!
July 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mbrant This hotel is comfortable and inviting
I have stayed at many hotels and the Westin is definitley in the top of my preferred list. I feel welcome from the moment I leave the cab until I check out, I always get a great nights sleep, and the meeting rooms are great.
June 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by RKT55 Canada Day at the Westin
Close to all the action but far from the madding crowd!
July 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by wendy2012 Great Stay
We stayed at this hotel on our wedding night 10 years ago, and returned for our anniversary. While the hotel was full, the clerk was friendly and upon hearing about our anniversary, upgraded us to a Deluxe Room and sent wine and chocolates to our room. The only downside is the elevators - they are being "upgraded" which meant at least 1 was out of service, and with a full hotel that meant a long wait and full elevators when they did arrive. On checking out one of the staff escorted us and let us use the service elevator instead, much appreciated. Great stay, will be back in another 10 years (or hopefully sooner).
May 8, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by CASEM Excellent hotel
5* - great hotel, great location
July 3, 2014