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Albert at Bay Suite Hotel 3.0

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Pros

  • An all-suite hotel that's a good value for a downtown
  • Attractive decor and cozy lobby with a fireplace 
  • Spacious suites with full kitchens and sleeper sofas in living rooms
  • In-room amenities include flat-screen TVs, robes, and Seattle's Best coffee
  • Large fitness center with an outstanding selection of equipment
  • Rooftop terrace with loungers and terrific views 
  • 24-hour convenience store with fresh produce
  • 24-hour business center with multiple computers
  • Laundry room, and valet dry cleaning and laundry services
  • Meeting space for up to 300 people
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Self-parking in the hotel's underground garage 

Cons

  • Not within walking distance of restaurants, shops, or most sights
  • Restaurant closed for renovations during our visit
  • Fee for on-site parking 

Bottom Line

The three-pearl Albert at Bay Suite Hotel is a good overall value for travelers seeking residence-style accommodations in downtown Ottawa. The property's 197 apartment-style suites are streamlined and exceptionally spacious, with full kitchens and living rooms with sleeper sofas. All units have flat-screen TVs, robes, Seattle's Best coffee, and free Wi-Fi. Several suites also have private balconies and two bathrooms. The hotel's on-site restaurant was under closed pending new owners at the time of our visit, but other features include a well-equipped rooftop fitness center and terrace with city views, plus a 24-hour convenience store and business center. Travelers looking for a stay with a pool can consider Ottawa Marriott Hotel, but rates are higher. 

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Scene

A quiet, extended-stay property with a handsome lobby and a rooftop terrace

The 11-story building that houses this downtown hotel looks like an apartment building -- and inside, the lobby's dark wood paneling, granite floors, and inviting seating area with a fireplace has homey appeal. The atmosphere here is quiet, and the families on vacation, government workers, and corporate travelers on extended stays who frequent the hotel tend to keep to themselves. But the rooftop fitness center and adjacent terrace, with loungers and great city views, is a magnet for guests.

Location

Near government buildings and a handful of restaurants, but far from sights 

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This hotel is situated in a relatively quiet part of downtown. It's across the street from a high school, and near several key government buildings. Parliament Hill is about a 15-minute walk away, but the hotel isn't within walking distance of most top sights. There are a handful of restaurants in the immediate area, and there's a large convenience store connected to the property that sells fresh produce and other items. Rideau Centre, the Shaw Centre (formerly the Ottawa Convention Centre), and Dominion Arboretum -- the country's oldest arboretum -- are all roughly an 11-minute drive from the hotel. Depending on traffic, it takes approximately 15 minutes by car to reach Ottawa International Airport, and it's about a 15-minute drive to Canadian Tire Centre, home of pro hockey’s Ottawa Senators. 

Rooms

Living rooms and fully-stocked kitchens, plus flat-screen TVs, robes, and free Wi-Fi

Spacious apartment-style suites at Albert at Bay Suite Hotel have contemporary decor and clean lines. Neutral tones are a study of browns, from earthy tan to shimmery copper. Punches of color to draw the eye's attention are absent, but the look is nonetheless attractive overall. Espresso wood furniture topped with black granite or glass adds polish to spaces, and the sleeper sofas found in all units' living rooms are upholstered in rich velvet.

There are also kitchens with full-size fridges and range-top stoves, dishwashers, microwaves, coffeemakers with Seattle's Best coffee, and cookware. Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs, robes, irons and ironing boards, safes, and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms are similarly styled, and all have shower/tub combos, wide vanities, and toiletries. Larger suites have two bathrooms, and Luxury suites add whirlpool tubs. 

Some units have private balconies with city views -- suites that face north on higher floors look out to the Ottawa River. The entry-level Queen One-Bedroom suites are 800 square feet, and Superior Two-Bedrooms are 1,300 square feet. 

Features

Excellent gym and rooftop deck with views, but there's a fee for on-site parking

The solid selection of features at this residence-style property make for a comfortable stay. There's an on-site restaurant and pub, but it was closed pending new operators during the time of our visit. For preparing meals, there's a convenient 24-hour Quickie mart connected to the hotel, which sells everything from drinks and snacks to fresh produce. The hotel’s most notable feature is its roomy fitness center, which has an outstanding selection of cardio and weight-training machines, including several pieces of Nautilus equipment. It’s on the rooftop, and it's adjacent to a large terrace with loungers and great city views. 

Other highlights include a 24-hour business center with several computers and printers, and meeting space for up to 300 people. There's also a laundry room with multiple washer/dryers, and valet dry cleaning and laundry services are offered. On-site parking is available in the hotel’s underground garage for a fee, with rates that are in line with other garages in the city. Wi-Fi is free throughout.

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435 Albert Street, Ottawa K1R 7X4, Canada

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