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 3 out of 5 by Guest998 Dated and disrupted sleep
I always stay at this hotel when I go to Ottawa. This was the first time that I was disposing ed. The rooms are becoming dated and furniture is starting to get old.
Housekeeping staff kept banging at the door Sunday morning - even after that couldn't get is as we had the safety lock on. This was before 9 in the morning. Monday morning there was a fire alarm.
My bill included someone else's room service and it took awhile to get fixed.
Front staff was good, free Internet and late check out we're all positives. However not sure I will stay there next time.
April 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rupert Christmas at the Westin
My family and I just stayed at the Westin for a couple of days over Christmas. The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful to accomodate us. We will definitely stay there on our next visit.
As for a room facing the Parliament buildings - the view is awesome!
December 29, 2011
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 1 out of 5 by toby123 Parlor
The room was booked through Westin with a credit card for guarantee late arrival.
After arriving after midnight, the evening manager told me there were no rooms available for the evening. They finally managed to find a parlor which had a roll away bed and a powder room. When I was out of the room for the morning, the staff was in the parlor setting up the bar for an evening venue.
They did provide a complimentary breakfast and the room charge was adjusted at check out. Also do not call Westin’s 1-800 number for assistance if room charges were adjusted at the hotel because they said the hotel has handled the situation and will not start a file on the reservation.
There was a follow up phone call by a manager but when I returned the call the following day the hotel told me the manager was no longer working for them.
This may be isolated incident but there was another guest before me who was in the same predicament.
I am ONLY recommending this hotel if the conference you are attending is located within the Westin and you are traveling solo.
April 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Disappointed2012June This hotel is slipping in its recognition of its members
The Platinum amenities where not offered.
We talked to just about everyone and they couldn't manage to fix it.
This is a great hotel, nice rooms, great location, good facilities.
They just need to remember to deliver on what they promise.
June 13, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by DaddyB Small Beds
The hotel services met my needs however the queen beds were SMALL, more like double beds (only 56 inches across).
These beds would be great for children bunking together but adults.....it is small for a good night's sleep
February 8, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Andy999 Elevators are Horrible!!
The newly installed elevator call system is a huge failure. I found the wait times during the day very long. Late afternoon there was a sizable que in the lobby for an elevator.
July 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by DM52 A great Hotel!
This hotel is very clean and very confortable, and is located close to everything: shopping Malls, Convention Center, Byward Market, Parliament, Rideau Canal, and Sussex Drive...
September 14, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Kevin1234 Terrible customer service experience
This was one of the worst customer service experiences I have ever had. First, the wifi was malfunctioning and when I called the service desk to help me with it, they just transferred me to a third-party operator instead of trying to resolve for me. Even after speaking to the third-party operator, the wifi was never fixed. As a visitor traveling on business, it is nearly impossible for me to stay at a hotel without adequate wifi. Additionally, I dropped off my laundry for dry cleaning service around 10pm (well before the 2am deadline). The form and the person that picked it up both promised to have the laundry delivered back at 8:00am in the morning. This was critical since I had to catch a flight out of Ottawa that morning. The laundry was not delivered until 8:40am and only after multiple calls to the front desk. Adding insult to injury, the hotel lost a pair of my socks as well. I was originally a fan of both the Westin brand and all the Starwood Hotels but this has caused to me lose a lot of faith in their services. I am highly disappointed in the service I received and there was no attempt to remedy the problem.
September 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pickles Great Location
Apart from getting used to the buttons for the lifts/floors being on the outside and not the inside of the lift, I found the hotel awesome and I soon got used to the lifts!
May 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Claire2 Good Service
The room on the 20th floor was very spacious and good for traveling with children. The housekeeping servce was very good and helpful.
August 23, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Zar1 An Overpriced Facility with Friendly Staff
I just came back from a 6-day stay at the Ottawa Westin. This facility is doing whatever is possible to support their profits, in the guise of "Environmental Sensitivity", often at a cost to the guest convenience. The decor has some aesthetic elements, but: (i) doors and drawers have no handles (lesser maintenance costs);, the bathroom has only one hook to hang your stuff (ditto), and the towels are so used, and sometimes torn (literally), that my car-wash facility uses less worn-out ones. In the room, we found a clogged shower drain (no bath tub), and a dislodged bathroom sliding door (no handles). Nor did the heating work (thankfully the weather was atypically hot). The elevators were said to have been programmed to increase passenger efficiency. This resulted in endless wait times and massively overcrowded elevators. Air conditioning in thelobby covered only a part of the space. While there are endless reminders to save the "Environment", the room was also generally filthy, Given these conditions, it is almost a wonder that the hotel still offers running water to its guests. The hotel is not quite redeemed by the friendly attitude of its staff.
July 20, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Quicki Needing upgrading
Our room was not well maintained. Continual spiders and cob webs. No Club floor. Issue with poor elevator service. Good room service.
September 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by vegas22 Great Stay
Great Location and attentive staff. Was very impressed with the cleanliness and condition of the rooms and common areas.
September 12, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Looch Quick stay at the Westin
Isn't the first time I go but renewed pleasure.
Love the room - heavenly bed and those pillows.
Not the last time.
December 13, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by VacationOwner2013 Fastest checking EVER !!!
Love the idea that when I got to the hotel and valet had my room key and preferences. EXCELLENT work !!!
August 6, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by zzzzzz Average ok hotel, beds too small
Staff were friendly. Fitness centre is good. Not happy with beds - no king beds available and given a room with 2 beds, but the beds were inadequately narrow like a single or maybe a twin. So don't expect to sleep 2 people in one bed. Westin you missed the boat on the beds - these rooms could warrant 2 queen size beds. Bathroom ok but small. Plastic cups in bathroom which maybe more sanitary than glass but a hotel of this caliber should have really glasses not disposable cups. Good modern furnishing and tv. Liked the extra outlets in the desk for charging devices. Internet slowed down in the evenings, and needed to log in every time I shut down and restarted my laptop - wouldn't stay connected. Room was noisy - I could hear voices in hallway and elevator dings. Beware hotel is currently undergoing elevator restoration so long elevator waits. But the staff were friendly and redirected people to the service elevators. Good connection to the convention centre. Nicely located along the Rideau canal for runs/walks. Pleasant lobby with contemporary fireplace. No snacks/mini bar in room so you must call room service for these items. I stay in hotels 30 to 50 times per year, there are definitely better Westin hotels than this location but this location is adequate.
November 17, 2012
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 3 out of 5 by Weekendstay1 Required repeated requests for basic service
Requested a room with a king bed which was booked well in advance. Received a room with two double beds. It took 3 calls over 1 hour to the front desk in order to hear back from the manager who arranged for us to be moved. An explanation was offered that said that they had over-booked. I know that overbooking is not acceptable for airlines....OK for hotels?? After waiting a further 30 minutes, we had to call again to the desk as no one had been assigned to come to our room to bring us new keys and show us our new room. Rooms are nice. There are no other complaints other than that there is no convenient parking for such a large hotel.
December 9, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by DBM01 Very Nice Room - Admin. Debacle
We stayed at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa over the Christmas holidays. As usual the hotel and all its facilities were very good. The problems only came upon checking out and the number of different bills and iterations of charges on my credit card. While the Westin staff were as helpful as they could be in resolving the problems, the real concern was around that fact that no one in the Westin really knew what had happened in billing system or why different credit cards transactions had been generated. Four days after the stay the problem has been semi-rectified, I will wait to see how long it takes for full resolution. Very disappointing
January 2, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by RJ123 Latest Stay
I arrived at the Hotel at 1:45 pm, and went to the front desk to check in. I was told that my room was not ready, but was in the process of being cleaned and would be ready shortly. I provided my cell number and went and sat in the lobby waiting to be called. After an hour and watching other guests check in I approached the front desk asking about my room, I was told that it was almost ready and he would come into the lobby where I was sitting and get me shortly. I went back sat down and watched as other people checked in and proceeded to their room. Shortly thereafter, I noted the front desk person I had been dealing with pull his cash drawer and proceed to the back office, I then noticed that he left the hotel walking thru the lobby not once giving a glance in my direction. I approached the front desk to speak with another person to their credit had no idea I was waiting as no mesage was passed on during staff changeover. The new agent then told me my room was ready, and asking if I wanted two Queens or a King, this stunned me as I profile identifies King and interestingly they had choices of rooms and I was being given a standard room. I voiced my concern that if I was not being upgraded why was there a two hour wait to provide a standard room and why was my profile indicating King preference not adhered to? She did apologize and provided me at that time with an upgrade. I have stayed at his hotel many times and admittedly this is a rare occurance, the desk agent who finally did check me in was extremely courteous and tried her best to ensure my experience was up to Westin's standards.
May 28, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by charlie2121 Room by Elevators are Poor
I organized a regional meeting for my company and did not have the best room.I was over looking the roof and had a constant noise when the elevators opened, which kept me awake both nights. The thermostat also did not work and the room was way too hot, but the cooler air never worked.
May 9, 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
Rated 3 out of 5 by Surprised2013 Our stay should have been very good.
My first issue was that I was not permitted to order a continental breakfast in the DR as I was NOT a Platinum card member and that selection is permitted only for those members.
My second and most important issue was that my bed was so dirty and I mean dirty behind the pillows etc. at the head of the bed on the cover of the box spring that I had to have someone come up and inspect and change and replace the bed, linens etc. Honestly.
Check it out. One last thing - the flush on the toilet was very strong and if a person stood by the toilet with bare legs and flushed, the spray came out on your legs so we know what else sprayed out.
July 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by BrandyRelaxing Another Great Experience
This is the third time that we stayed at the Westin Ottawa. While there was a soccer group in the hotel that took over 6 floors, the hotel did a good job of managing the group and keeping the annoyances and disruptions from the kids to a minimum.
We did eat at Daly's for Breakfast, and as usual it was amazing! The buffet is just above what I've seen elsewhere, and more than anything, their eggs benedict keep me coming back to Dalys again and again.
Parking is always a challenge at the hotel, but we got a really good rate that included Valet Parking, so it was no big deal this time!
We'll be back next time we have to go to Ottawa.
August 16, 2012
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 5 out of 5 by Bourne1 great team makes the hotel
from car valet over to reception across to concierge and the bell hop and friendly room cleaning staff the attention and responsiveness is always great
rarely have i not had quick attention to my requirements
location is of course a plus
But the Staff is what makes this place a home away from home
I forgot do go enjoy the brunch at least once value is really good especially if you have the luck to get Gary and his magic to serve you
May 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JFP54 Pleasant stay
I attended a three-day conference at the Westin, and everything was perfect. My room was clean, the bed was comfortable, and I also had a nice view from my room. I would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Ottawa.
May 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LizzyLynn Business Stay
Greta to be in central Ottawa near all facilities, tourist spots and restaurants
May 12, 2014