Rated 4 out of 5 by Tina11 Hotel is Beautiful and Great Location
This hotel was amazing for it's customer service, rooms are very nice, location couldn't be better! The only thing I was not happy with is that if I wanted internet access in my room, it's an extra $15 charge per day and there is no WiFi in the rooms??? I couldn't believe it! I thought it is standard in every hotel room, especially for business purposes, that WiFi is would be standard. I highly recommend the hotel revisit this policy, update your equipment to provide wireless access and don't charge extra. This will be a deciding factor for me on my next hotel stay.
February 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Razer2003 It's hard to stay anywhere else...
We don't live very far from the Westin in Ottawa, but when Christmas time comes and our holiday party is scheduled, it really does not matter where the party is in Ottawa, we choose to stay at the Westin. Although I have scheduled 2 holiday parties at the Westin through my previous employer and as always it was amazing. It's perfect location for Holiday shopping being attached to the Rideau and center and close to downtown. The beds are so incredible, the service is amazing and the views are always awesome. When we come into town to spend the night, it's the first place we check availability and that hasn't changed.
Thank you to the Ottawa Westin for always being friendly, outgoing and consistent for all these years :)
December 11, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by happycamper Great stay
I was very impressed with my stay at The Westin Ottawa. Every staff member I encountered from the time I got out of the car on Saturday to the time I left on Wednesday was fantastic, friendly and welcoming. This included the staff at the door, the front desk, service express, banquet staff and housekeeping. I will definitely be back! The room was clean, the hotel was spotless and the food was great. It was a very enjoyable stay. The location is great since it is attached to a mall and smack dab in the middle of Byward Market with shopping and restaurants galore.
January 31, 2013
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 1 out of 5 by RRPS disappointing
Well, I stayed at this hotel back in the summer and had a nice experience. Everything was fine except the elevators (which has been mentioned several times by previous posters). Fast forward to last month --- attempting to book a function here. NIGHTMARE! Worst customer service I have ever experienced. Staff member was rude, and could barely be bothered to give me the time of day. She just gave me the run around and I was lied to by a staff member. They made booking with them such a painful experience, I ended up taking my business elsewhere. When I called to discuss my concerns, I left messages and no one could even be bothered to call me back. Extremely disappointed and won't be keen to give them any of my business anytime soon.
December 9, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Sandy Good hotel but how can they justify charging guests in their rooms for internet access?
Internet access is a basic facility of modern life. Charging separating for internet access, but not for television access makes no sense. It's just plain greedy. And the amount is ridiculous comared to what I would pay for internet access at home. It is not like consuming a drink or eating food from the bar. Hotels should have an all-in price which includes internet access. Not impressed. And that is not even taking into account the annoyance created by the elevator renovation which mean you can wait 10 minutes for te elevator to arrive at peak times...
February 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Montreal65 Our stay this time surpassed our expectations!
We were celebrating a special occasion this weekend and the hotel staff went above and beyond to make our visit memorable. Their service, hospitality and generous complimentary surprise gift, was a wonderful perk. We had 2 gorgeous, comfortable, relaxing, deluxe rooms booked. The views were spectacular. Everything was extremely clean. The dining facilities (Shore Club for dinner and Daly's for buffet breakfast) were superb and we even enjoyed lounging in the warm ambiance of the lobby. We definitely highly recommend this hotel to future guests.
January 23, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by disappointedjune2013 disappointed in ottawa westin
The room wasn't ready for our arrival even though we were an hour late for check in and the front staff didn't know how to handle this correctly. we were told to sit in the lobby and wait till a room was ready and no help offered with our luggage. also the room had not been cleaned properly and smelled of cigarette smoke. it was tidiied after complaining, but still found items under a chair later.I stay in a lot of Westin hotels and this was a bad experience that I have never before encountered or had in our next Westin hotel that we stayed in
June 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by BrianCDecker turning good into great
escalators not working from lobby to 2nd floor compromised access to convention center
the bathroom in rm 1007 is well appointed, however it takes a contortionist to reach the toilet tissue; the slotted soap holder in the shower allowed my razor to slip between the metal rungs and break on the shower floor
one registration desk attendant asked me for $100 for a two hour late check out, while a second granted the request without fee
add ``convention center proximity`` to the list of reasons to recommend Westin
September 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sunshine100 Beyond the call of duty
I had five reservations but in error cancelled one on the eve before our arrival. I realized my error when I received a call from our associate at hotel check-in who found himself without reservation and a fully booked hotel. I called hotel reservations who went beyond the call of duty to find a room, reinstate my reservation and maintain the original price. I very much appreciated such excellent customer service to cover my obvious error. I am pleased to recommend Westin for their beautiful facility and exceptional customer service.
May 9, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Halifax49 Ottawa weekend
Room is beautifully furnished, but not large for a "premium room". Check-in was slow, with only one clerk. Confusion about whether we were on "green" (no maid service) - they came anyway. Shower drain ran slowly. Banquet was excellent. Pricing policy for internet and telephone is irritating- it just caused mild inconvenience as I used my wireless service and avoided the hotel's system. I was left with a feeling that I was there to be fleeced. Please - I ask my favorite hotel to rethink this pricing model and be more competitive.
November 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by mikew Great place for a stay-cation!
We only had a couple days for break from our 4 kids and needed a place where we could totally relax and recharge. The Westin more than met our expectations once again. Right from the early check-in, the pool and spa, the friendliness of all the staff we encountered during our stay... through to the beautiful room and, of course, the much appreciated surprize from John... we felt truly pampered and recharged as we skated home after our stay. : )
We look forward to our next stay-cation at the Westin!
Mike & Elissia
February 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by 1949sonny excellent stay great location
I had a short trip for meetings and stayed at the Westin. Tired, I flopped on the bed and it was heaven!
Room was very clean, bed was amazing comfortable and even the remote for the tv worked. Great coffee, hot water shower on demand. Energy efficient light bulbs...Staff were friendly and assisted with check-in and check out along with arranging taxi.
My only complaint is the charge for internet...should be free this day and age.
Location is great, minutes to everything. just great place to stay, will definately will be back.
November 23, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Alexandra1223 Good hotel for a special night out
I live in Ottawa, but spending a night at the Westin always makes me feel like I'm on vacation. The bed is always comfortable and the room feels luxurious. The location is awesome, too.
The only downside I would say about this particular visit is the cleaning staff was maybe a bit too eager to clean the rooms in the morning as I had to listen to them knock on doors and say 'room service' loudly over and over again. I understand they want to do their job, but when you're trying to sleep in and relax, it's a bit mood-killing.
December 31, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Kencdm Far Below Westin Standards
It's difficult to imagine that anyone concerned with the quality Westin is supposed to convey has ever visited this hotel. I wonder if they stood in line for over 1/2 an hour at check-in? I wonder if they stood in an elevator lobby for 20 minutes awaiting the arrival of an elevator. I wonder if they overheard guests complaining that "higher floors" should receive discounts - not higher rates, because the elevators are so slow [and have been for over a year? I wonder if, upon arrival at their room, their luggage was still undelivered by bell staff over TWO hours later? Has anyone interested in the standards of quality & luxury Westin pretends to provide visited this hotel??? If they had, I can't imagine the name Westin would still be 'flagged' on this building.
June 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by maurice weekend get away
Enjoyed our weekend of skating and the excellent hotel and staff. The view is something I think about often and that, plus the service, brings me back to this hotel as often as possible.
I can not believe that there is a large fee for internet/WIFI in the room and even in the business centre! I can get free WIFI at a local coffee shop or the 60 year old motel on the edge of town. I understand it is a revenue stream from business travelers but it should not be in place on the weekend and perhaps could reflect SPG involvment.
February 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Agro13 Very comfortable Stay
The hotel is located very centrally and conveniently. The staff are very friendly and accomodating
December 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Roxy99 This Westin is the Best
I travel alot for business. I stay at the Westin in Ottawa at leat 2 - 3 times per month. They're the best in my experience.
Design very neat and sleek, room v nice, great beds, the full windows delightful.
Shore Club - v good seafood, v good service
This Westin is v well staffed. Sometimes they get busy, but almost always there are more than enough folks to assisst in any way - and they are v pleasant in manner. They are also consistently there, which is nice when you're a frequent guest.
Best of all, if there are any issues, the seniior leadership is highly responsive. Directly, or quietly small changes are made that make sense and are reasonable.
This is a v nice property to begin with and it is superbly run from the top to the bottom. Five Stars is my vote.
January 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by jlo154 The hotel exceeded my expectations
My stay was wonderful. Staff was plentiful and always willing to assist.
Make a Green Choice is such a great initiative! I chose the $5 F&B voucher but for some reason, it was not reflected on my room bill. Not the biggest deal but if Westin is going to offer something like this, then it would be expected that the hotel pulls this through.
Unfortunately, the guest elevator renovation caused major delays. Using the service elevators was also a lengthy process. It will be nice when the elevators are completely replaced!
October 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by vanariesboy Always a terrific choice fro Ottawa
This continues to be one of the best-managed Westin hotels I've ever stayed at. The rooms are in great shape, the breakfast buffet is amazing (expensive but great value if you choose it as your Platinum amenity) and the service is generally very good. On my most recent stay I arrived very late (early morning) and the front desk person was friendly and helpful and made me feel welcomed after a long trip.
I always recommend the Westin Ottawa to my work colleagues and try to book meetings here when I can.
August 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by WDoc Great hotel
This location is well suited-downtown Ottawa and connected to an upscale shopping mall. Very close to the Parliament Buildings, Byward Market, Convention Centre and the Rideau Canal. Great facilities and excellent service
November 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by SDonkey The Bar
I fail to realize that why your bar VOLUNTARILY closed down early on the Saturday night while it was packed with paying guests. It was the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Skating Championship and the manager showed the Bar was not there to serve its guests, we were obviously an inconvenience. I spoke to the person in charge behind the bar while the fellow bartenders were saying "I have another hour in me".
The question is...are you open to make money? If so, why close early when your establishment is FULL!
January 22, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by CanuckTraveler Disappointed
I will start by saying I have had some great stays at this property but this was not one of them.
The door to the bathroom would not open and close so maintenance had to fix it. The TV channels didnt work so maintenance had to fix that as well. The fire alarm also went off in the middle of the night but that wasnt the hotels fault but still an inconvenience. There were other problems as well but will not get into them.
On the bright side the location is amazing and I hope this was only a 1 time occurrence.
February 13, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by zeek86 Great Stay
We stayed at the Westin last week and it was exceptional, it's the only place in Ottawa that we stay. We opted for a deluxe this time around and it was well worth the money. We had a fantastic view of Parliament, very spacious and the beds were very comfortable.
The staff was so friendly, always eager to help and there was not one moment when we weren't greeted with a smile or a hello. We also had the in-room breakfast for both our days there, it was delicious.
Keep up the great service, highly recommend.
March 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by PhatMaus THE Place to Stay in Ottawa
My wife and I just returned from five days in Ottawa. On the second day, she had to be hospitalized for an acute illness, and the staff at The Westin couldn't have been nicer...they facilitated her transport to and from Montfort Hospital, and upon her discharge, went out of their way with Tender Loving Care, including specialized meals and room service deliveries of hot tea, broth, and plain pasta -- all accompanied with personalized notes (and delivered with little orchids); we're convinced this helped her recovery and allow us to enjoy the final days of our vacation. Add to this an ideal location (with proximity to museums and shopping), an extremely comfortable room, and terrific fitness facilities, and we'll definitely be returning to The Westin on our next visit to Ontario.
July 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sunblader Classic Westin Experience in the best location in Ottawa
Took my mother to a family wedding hosted at the Westin over the long weekend and our experience was wonderful. First of all, the catering/event food was spectacular. Great food. The location---well, you can't beat it. Two blocks from Parliament and connected to the local mall. Rooms are good-sized. The staff are pleasant but seem to be following the employee guide of service. But very responsive. Language between French and English may be the issue. Otherwise, great stay, great location, clean and modern.
September 7, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Visitor125 Elevators remain a challenge
The new elevator system certainly optimizes energy efficiency but it seems that the value of time for customers waiting for the elevators remains a problem. Often elevators arrived at floors completely full. This maybe a result of the elevator assuming each call for service results in one person boarding when in fact it is usually two plus luggage. Frustration with the elevators abounded at my last conference in the Westin. Worst yet the stairs do not reach the bottom floor so they are not an option.
August 22, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Mandie153 Hotel was great minus 3 fire alarms
The hotel was great we had a perfect room we had an issue with smell in the beginning and within 10 mins someone was there to fix it! It was a great night until around 4 am when the fire alarms went off not just once but three times... It was horrible we would just get back upstairs and the other one would go off. Needless to say there was no sleep obtained during the rest of the night. But I know this had to be a fluke thing as the hotel itself was great just some punk kids smoking in there rooms.
January 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jacquie31 Great location
Westin Ottawa is in a great location, just a few blocks from Parliament Hill, ByWard Market, the canal, shopping, restaurants... Rooms were nice - I would recommend the upgrade for a Parliament Hill view. Getting to the parking garage is a challenge, due to the limited amount of space at their front door. As coffee fanatics we found there was a very small amount of coffee available in our room. We called down to request more and it was always brought to our room within mere moments. Added bonus was that the concierge had sent us a welcome e-mail - we were able to use this to request additional coffee, to ask advice on hiring a taxi, and more. Service was always prompt and polite. My one suggestion is to make the SPG members feel a bit more special. The e-mail promos are great, but a few small treats during the stay would be fab. :)
September 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Denys64 your hotel experience starts with a warm greeting
I must say that you are my favorite hotel in Ottawa. The facility is great and the location beautiful But what makes the difference is your staff. Everytime I arrive and Ivano is working, he always greats me by my name. He must meet hundreds of people but he remembers me. what made it special this time is I came back from a run in my sweats later than usual and Ivano recognized me without my suit. To me, this is a 10/10 service. So please pass on my thanks and big thumbs up to Ivano
July 9, 2014