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What is a recommended luxury hotel in Ottawa?

Ottawa Luxury Hotel: Fairmont Château Laurier

Fairmont Château Laurier is a luxury hotel located in the heart of Canada's capital, next door to the Parliament Buildings. The historic building, opened in 1912, is a magnificent limestone edifice with turrets and masonry reminiscent of a French château. Just outside is the Rideau Canal, which offers miles of bicycle and inline skating paths and the world's longest skating rink. It has a CAA/AAA Four Diamond Award.

Dining
Wilfrid's offers a table d'hôte menu featuring a variety of dishes with new offerings each week. Visit Zoe's Lounge for classic cocktails or the very popular afternoon tea.

Spa
There's an indoor art-deco swimming pool, which is something to see even if you don't swim. There are dry saunas and a fitness center with the usual machines. A massage therapist is available for acupressure, neuromuscular massage, sports therapy and Swedish massages.

Deluxe Touch
Stay in a Fairmont Gold room on a private floor with private check-in and check-out and exclusive concierge services. Fairmont Gold guests have an exclusive lounge, with deluxe continental breakfast, morning newspaper, coffee and tea throughout the day, with canapés served at cocktail hour. Complimentary high speed Internet service is also available.

Details
1 Rideau Street , Ottawa, Ontario
Tel: 613-241-1414

   
What is a recommended Quebec luxury hotel?

Quebec Luxury Hotel: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Supposedly the most photographed hotel in the world, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac certainly can justify such a claim. The Canada luxury hotel looks like a fairy-tale castle and was built in 1893. It sits on a cliff above the St. Lawrence River. In the late 19th century, William Van Horne, General Manager of Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway, began building the hotel as the ideal stopover for CP travelers and it remains an icon today. The hotel made the 2007 T+L 500 in Travel + Leisure magazine and 2007 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List and offers all the usual Fairmont property amenities.

Dining Room
This dining room serves fresh, local ingredients. The staff is outfitted in delightful period costumes for a journey back in time. It has earned the AAA/CAA 4 diamonds rating and Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence.

Spa
The Club Frontenac features an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, indoor kid's wading pool, steam rooms and a fully equipped exercise room

Deluxe Touch
Fairmont Gold” is a small deluxe ''hotel within a large hotel'' and includes the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th floors, for a total of 46 guestrooms and suites. You'll have a personalized check-in, a dedicated concierge team, access to a private lounge which offers cocktail-hour canapés with honor bar service and a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast daily.

Details
1 Rue des Carrieres
Québec
, Canada

Tel: 418 692 3861

   
What is a recommended Vancouver luxury hotel?

Vancouver Luxury Hotel: Opus Hotel

The Opus Hotel, located in trendy Yaletown, is near the inner harbor, outdoor recreation and many hot, new restaurants, spas and shops. Stanley Park, beaches and loads of shopping are close by. The hotel has 96 guestrooms which feature five unique décor schemes ranging from modern and minimalist to artful and eclectic.

Dining
Elixir and Opus Bar are the food venues. Opus was voted Best of the Best, one of the world's top 100 hotels by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Opus has a contemporary approach to classic French cuisine and you can eat in the bistro, an airy garden room or in the comfy plush velvet room.

Spa
There is a 24-hour fitness center with cardio and strength equipment, LCD TVs and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Yaletown. There is no spa on site, but there are many nearby.

Deluxe Touch
The Penthouse Suite is a corner suite, with more than 600 square feet, equipped with a Bang & Olufsen stereo with CD library, plasma screen television, wet bar, a two-sided fireplace between the living room and the bedroom and a wrap-around balcony with sweeping views of downtown Vancouver, mountains and False Creek.

Details
322 Davie Street , Yaletown
Vancouver
, Canada V6B 5Z6
Tel: 866 642 6787

   
What is a great Montreal luxury hotel?

Montreal Luxury Hotel; Hôtel Le St-James

Hôtel Le St-James is located in historic Old Montreal with architecture originating in 1870. Each room and suite is individually decorated and furnished with pieces purchased from different continents of the world. The décor is eclectic with a mixture of antiques and works of art giving a contemporary feeling. Guests have included Madonna and the Rolling Stones. It was on the T+L 500 list in 2007.

Dining
The Grand Salon, formerly known as the Bankers Hall, has two mezzanines fit for an opera. Smaller alcoves are clustered around the room for intimate tête-à-tête.

Spa
Le Spa has the finest facilities for health, fitness and relaxation. The fitness area has all the latest work-out apparel. There are massage rooms with gentle therapies and body treatments, too.

Deluxe Touch

Choose a car from Le St-James Private Luxury Car Fleet, which include a Rolls-Royce Phantom (limited edition), Maybach 57S (limited edition) and Bentley Continental GT(coupe). Or take a cruise in the St-James Yacht, a Mangusta 80, with three bedrooms, each one with its own bathroom containing Italian marble flooring.

Hôtel Le St-James
355, rue Saint-Jacques Montréal (Québec)
Tel: 1-514-841-3111

   
What is a great Toronto luxury hotel?

Toronto Luxury Hotel: The Metropolitan Hotel Toronto

The Metropolitan Hotel Toronto is a member of the luxury collection of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and boasts a four-diamond CAA/AAA rating. For the fifth consecutive year, the Metropolitan has achieved the feat of being Canada's only 12-diamond hotel. The Toronto luxury hotel got the award from the American Automobile Association/Canadian Automobile Association for the hotel and its restaurant, Hemispheres. It's in the heart of downtown Toronto, close to the theatre district, world-class shopping venues and all the major commerce and finance offices.

Dining
Hemispheres @ the Met has been recognized by Mobil Travel Guide with a four-star designation and by CAA/AAA with a four-diamond designation. Each dish is served on custom-designed Rosenthal china. The secluded Chef's Table Room is perfect for small groups.

Spa
The Fitness Centre features cardio machines, an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and saunas.

Deluxe Touch
There is a complimentary limousine service downtown in the mornings.

Details
108 Chestnut Street Toronto, Ontario
TEL: (416) 977-5000

   
How are Canada hotels rated?

Canadian Luxury Hotel Ratings

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is affiliated with the American Automobile Association (AAA), which uses diamonds to rate properties, so you may see hotels reporting they received five diamonds from the CAA. Hotels apply to be rated, then inspectors secretly come to evaluate the property. Diamond ratings, from one to five, are given depending on the service and amenities. A one-diamond hotel would be a basic, clean accommodation, but a five-star is supposed to offer the ultimate in luxury and sophistication. Canada luxury hotels will advertise how many diamonds that they have received.

   
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