What’s not to like about the Cartier Place Suite Hotel?

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This family owned and operated pet friendly hotel offers all the comforts of home. Known as ‘The Darling of Ottawa’, the Cartier Place Suite Hotel is the proud recipient of the 2014 Booking.com Award of Excellence. The hotel is located downtown in a quiet area nestled between the Rideau Canal and trendy Elgin Street. “Guests are amazed that there are so many things to see and do within walking distance of our hotel.” says, General Manager, Heidi Webster.

There are 250 spacious studios, one and two-bedroom suites, including V.I.P. suites with Jacuzzi and a luxurious penthouse hospitality suite. Of those, 72 are exclusive to senior residents who enjoy their own entertainment lounge, as well as a monthly calendar of activities.

Since 1974, when the first section of the hotel opened, Cartier Place Suite Hotel has evolved to serve the needs of travellers from all over the world, including local residents and businesses of Ottawa. As many repeat guests know, the hotel has an inviting and relaxed atmosphere. You’ll want to stay a few extra days and come back again. “It’s the people who make the place,” says GM, Heidi Webster, adding staff members have been with the hotel for many years and are like family. From the front desk and beyond, they’re friendly and accommodating. But lots of nice people aren’t the only advantage that sets Cartier Place apart. Loads of perks, amenities and thoughtful conveniences also make staying here a pleasure.

This unique Suite Hotel is a favorite among families and business travelers alike. Complimentary WiFi, business services, banquet and meeting rooms with floor to ceiling windows are just some of the items. “The value is incredible,” Heidi says. “You’ll be amazed by what we have to offer.” Make a splash in the indoor pool, enjoy a whirlpool or sauna and work out in the exercise room before sitting down to a delicious meal in the full-service restaurant, Café Mezzaluna. There’s a well-stocked playroom with lots of toys, as well as an outdoor garden patio with a playground and shuffleboard. Complimentary
cots, high chairs, play pens, board games are ideal for families. There are even barbecue nights for guests and laundry facilities conveniently located on each guest floor. In addition, every suite has a private balcony and a fully equipped kitchen.

Whatever the reasons for your stay, there’s flexibility and a willingness to meet your needs at the Cartier Place. Special rates and packages are detailed on the website at www.suitedreams.com.

Whoever you are and wherever you come from, as soon as you step in the door, you’ll know you’re welcome.

Suite Dreams Await You… here.


Catch the Northern Lights Show on Parliament Hill

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The Northern Lights Show is a free, bilingual show presented nightly starting July 10th and running until September 12th. As in the past, the backdrop features the iconic Parliament Hill and its towering buildings. The show itself is an important event in Canada’s milestones and one that visitors and residents alike should not miss.

About the Northern Lights Show

Starting in 2015, the Northern Lights show will be presented for the next five summers (until 2019) on Parliament Hill. 2015 marks the sixth edition of the Sounds and Lights Show.

The show features an experience of light and sound presenting a thematic journey through Canada’s history. With the assistance of technical and the architectural beauty of Parliament Hill’s buildings, the show highlights partnership, valour, pride and the beauty of our country. There are five exciting features in the show:

  1. Foundations of the Nation – This story focuses on a fluid ink-in-water style to depict how people have come from all around the world to expand the foundation of the country.
  2. Strength in Partnership – This features an illustration-style that was inspired by classical paintings. It explores the alliances and strategic partnerships that have made Canada as strong as it is today.
  3. Discovery and Adventure – Using a lithographic-style, this story showcases the achievements of Canada’s renowned explorers, innovators, scientists and those that have inspired us.
  4. Valour – Using dramatic performances, archival materials and charcoal drawings, this story honours men and women that have served our country in military conflicts since the First World War.
  5. Pride and Vision – This story was inspired by the stained glass windows of the Memorial Chamber in Peace Tower. It is vibrant, colourful and showcases the diversity and natural beauty of our country and the people that make up our country.

Stay in One of the Hotels Downtown to Catch the Show

Cartier Place Suite Hotel is in the perfect location for those visiting Ottawa during the Northern Lights show. Located off Cooper Street, our hotel is within walking distance to the best eateries, amenities, and more. It is a quick trip up to Parliament Hill where you can catch the show at 10:00pm in July, 9:30pm in August or 9:00pm in September. After the show, come back to our suite hotel for a comfortable night’s rest.

Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk at 800-236-8399.


The Capital Pride Festival: Ottawa’s Most Colourful Event of the Year

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The time is almost here to come and join one of the most colourful events Ottawa has to offer. The Capital Pride event kicks off August 14th to the 23rd with plenty of events, a remarkable parade, and a festival that every Canadian needs to visit at least once.

Celebrate GLBTTQ Pride Downtown

The Capital Pride Festival was created as a mission to help bring the GLBTTQ community together as well as to educate the country about those in the community. It is a celebration full of events, festival fun and of course, a parade. Just some of what you can expect to see this year includes:

  • Cabaret – Check out A Gay Ol’ Time Cabaret II at the National Arts Centre on Elgin Street.
  • Live Performances – From local tribute bands to comedy to speeches, there will be live performances hosted by local nightclubs, comedy clubs, and more.
  • Film Night – Catch a few international and local film showings throughout the festival hosted by the Bytowne Cinema.
  • The Rainbow Party – One of the most colorful and exciting parties in the area. Hosted at Barrymore’s Music Hall & Babylon Nightclub.
  • & Miss Capital Pride Pageant – Each year there is a Pride Pageant where a group will display their many talents and help represent the GLBTTQ community.
  • Capital Pride Parade – The Parade is what closes the last day of the Festival and makes its way from Gladstone Avenue to Bank Street. You will see colourful displays, costumes and even performers.

Stay in our Downtown Hotel to Enjoy the Capital Pride Festival

Cartier Place Suite Hotel is located off Cooper Street. Whether you are attending all of the events or you just want to catch the Capital Pride Parade, you will be literally just a few steps from it all. Our hotel’s downtown location 3 blocks away from the path of the parade and within walking distance to the local venues hosting festival events.

Do not forget to come back and enjoy Elgin Street, where you can find everything from local bakeries to restaurants and local nightclubs.

Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk at 800-236-8399. 


Are You Going to the Ottawa Craft Beer Festival?

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Beer is more than just a drink; it is an art. At the Ottawa Craft Beer Festival, you can celebrate the history behind one of the country’s most enjoyed beverages, but also recognize the artisans behind some of your favourite brews. The Ottawa Craft Beer Festival kicks off August 28th to 30th, 2015 and features the most craft beers ever seen before under one roof!

About the Beer Festival

The Ottawa Craft Beer Festival is one place where you will see the most craft beers at a single time. As the largest festival celebrating beer in Ontario, it is definitely one you cannot miss. Just some of the featured craft breweries that will be there this year include:

At the 2015 festival, you will see showcases of crafted beers, local eateries, local wine and ciders. This year the festival will take place at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park, Downtown Ottawa. There will be over 40 breweries in the park, fantastic foods from Ottawa’s infamous eateries, and you can even sit down and chat with the brew masters themselves.

Book Your Downtown Hotel Today

The Ottawa Craft Beer Festival brings in beer lovers from around the country. If you want to be just a few blocks away from the festival, Cartier Place Suite Hotel is the perfect place to call home while you enjoy the event.

Since you will be most likely having a brew (or two) at the festival, you do not want to hassle with a rental car. Also know that taxi services will have long waits accommodating all of the other festival attendees. Our hotel’s downtown location lets you walk to the festival and then come back to enjoy the nightlife and fun on Elgin Street.

Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk to inquire about seasonal specials at 800-236-8399.


Walk to the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival

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The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival is almost here. Kicking off July 23rd to August 6th, you can enjoy this amazing event featuring some of the most talented artists and conductors. For the 2015 festival, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival is focusing on bold departures and original readings that have helped define and shape chamber music. There will be over 450 artists, 100 events, and 15 days of chamber music to enjoy; but to get the most out of it, you need to stay at hotels in the area. Cartier Place tops the list of convenient and comfortable suite hotels in downtown Ottawa.

What You Can Expect at the Music Festival

To help bring their focus to life, the music festival will be highlighting several artists from around the country and from different music sectors. Just some of the concerts you can see include:

Choose Hotels Downtown Close to the Venues

There have been several venues selected to host this memorial event. Some of those venues are:

By staying in downtown hotels, you can be within walking distance to most of these venues, saving you the hassle of renting a car or dealing with taxi cabs. Cartier Place is conveniently located in the downtown area. Our suite hotels want to help you get the most out of the music festival by not only offering you a convenient hotel, but a special package so you can save even more during your stay.

Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk to inquire about our music festival package at 800-236-8399.


The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival is Almost Here

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You do not even have to be a jazz lover to crave the fun and excitement of the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. This music fest kicks off on June 18th and continues on through July 1st featuring some of the best performers and vendors the country has to offer.

The Line Up You Can Enjoy at the Festival

The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival has an impressive lineup this year. Just some of the talent you can expect to see include:

You can see the full lineup on the festival’s website. Tickets are already on sale and you can choose from the Gold Pass (which gets you into the private seating areas), the Bronze Pass and the Youth Pass.

Enjoy the Convenience of Downtown Hotels

While there are plenty of hotels in Ottawa, Cartier Place is just two blocks away from the festival; so you can walk, enjoy and come back without having to hail a cab. Even better, our suite hotel’s prime location on Elgin Street offers plenty to do after your day at the festival. Just some of the activities to explore and check out include:

  • The Bakeries and Sweets – From Brown Loaf Bakery to Boko Bakery, you can find a donut in the morning or a delicious homemade loaf of bread for the evening downtown.
  • Coffee Shops – Stop by one of the many coffee shops, including the Ministry of Coffee.
  • Dine Out – While you stay at one of the hotels downtown, do not forget to visit one of the iconic restaurants on Elgin Street, including Johnny Farina or Deacon Brodies Scottish Pub. You can also eat in at the Café Mezzaluna located at Cartier Place Suite Hotel.

Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk at 800-236-8399.


Best Wine Bars in Ottawa

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Sometimes you just want to go to a place that can satisfy your passion for wine. Yes, there are places that serve great food and offer interesting entertainment, but if it’s wine that tops your wish list, then a wine bar is the place to visit. Whether you are craving a rare vintage or you just want a well-aged Merlot, there are plenty of bars in Ottawa that put extra focus toward wine lovers. Stay in one of the downtown hotels and you can choose a few bars to check out over a weekend trip.

Best Wine Bars in Downtown Ottawa

Ottawa has a unique food scene that brings culinary talent from around the world. With that talent come highly skilled sommeliers that select delicious wines for the perfect pairing.

If you are staying at the Cartier Place Suite Hotel downtown Ottawa, you are in luck. There are numerous wine bars within walking distance – and they are some of the highest-rated eateries and bars in the country.

While just about every wine bar in Ottawa has something to offer, these are the top bars within walking distance of the Cartier Place Suite Hotel:

  1. Play Food & WineHere you enjoy fine dining in an informal setting. The food is extraordinary and their wine list is not only amazing, but surprisingly affordable. The menu changes daily based on seasonal availability, so you never know what you will find when you dine here.
  2. Vineyards Wine Bar BistroEnjoy some of the finest wines and bistro-style menu items at Vineyards. They have special performance nights, including jazz night, which make it a fun place to unwind.
  3. Aroma Small Plates and WineIf you like small plate dining experiences expertly paired with great wines, Aroma is the perfect restaurant to try. They feature a Mediterranean menu and wines from Italy, Greece, France and more.
  4. Café MezzalunaLocated inside Cartier Place Suites Hotels, you will find the delightful Café Mezzaluna. This romantic dining room has a wine list that features selections from Italy, Australia, New Zealand, France and more, all paired with an exceptional menu.
  5. Must Kitchen & Wine BarEnjoy small plates, amazing wines and inviting décor. The food is much more refined here, and includes menu items like seared foie gras.
  6. 10 Fourteen BarIf you are looking for a warm and friendly wine bar to hang out with friends, this is just the place. With tasty bar bites and a choice of charcuterie selections, plus a pinball machine, collection of board games and foot-tapping classics, you won’t want to leave.
  7. Beckta Dining & Wine Beckta not only has a great wine list and a romantic atmosphere, but if you are celebrating something special, you can bring in your own bottle of wine to mark the occasion too.
  8. Fresco Bistro Italiano This Ottawa institution does not only offer fresh local food but a large and creative list of cocktails, beer, wine and spirits. Specialized in hosting large groups for lunch, dinner with an ideal setting, this is the place to contact for a group reservation.
  9. Johnny Farina This family owned restaurant is known for its great Italian food and its warm atmosphere. You will also find a large variety of menu items and alcoholic beverages to choose from. Customers can either enjoy a nice lounge area where you can enjoy drinks with friends or the great Italian vibe and exceptional food in their main restaurant where they specialize in pizzas cooked in a wood burning oven.
  10. Mystiko Greek Kitchen If you want to experience traditional Greek food in Ottawa this is the place to go! This family owned restaurant offers high quality cuisine inspired by the owner’s childhood growing up in Greece.

While there are many hotels downtown to choose from, Cartier Place Suite Hotels offers a comfortable stay, pet-friendly accommodations, and is located in the heart of Ottawa. Walk from our hotel to one of these amazing wine bars and enjoy a night on the town while you stay in one of the highest rated suite hotels in Canada.

Book your stay online now or contact our hotel’s information desk at 800-236-8399.

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