Canada Hotel Ottawa Andaz Does Chic Boutique
Ottawa secures its trendsetting status with the opening of Canada’s first Andaz hotel, part of the Hyatt Hotels family.
Located in the heart of the city just steps away from Parliament, the Andaz Ottawa Byward Market is at the centre of the action for guests to enjoy and explore the nation’s capital.
From the Hindi word for personal style, the Andaz is a new kind of boutique hotel that sources all its menu items, beverages, hair and skincare products, furniture, lighting, and design elements from businesses operating in the city in which the hotel is located.
That means that no two Andazs are alike. Just as the Andaz 5th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan features local New York products, the Andaz Ottawa Byward Market is filled with premium products made by local Ottawa companies and artisans.
It’s truly the ideal hotel to have the ultimate Ottawa experience.
Me in an Uber documenting my stay at the Andaz on Instagram stories | Canada Hotel Ottawa – Andaz Does Chic Boutique
Now, I live in Ottawa, and even I was surprised by how much I learned about my own city from the Andaz. The Andaz hotel is all about integrating itself into the local culture and treating guests to the city’s finest offerings.
The hotel even sourced the French translation of its marketing materials to a local and adjacent translation agency, where I, coincidentally, used to work as a translator. Small world.
The Andaz Ottawa Byward Market
The high level of service at the Andaz was noticeable from the moment I approached the building located at 325 Dalhousie Street. A polite, young doorman welcomed me into the hotel. The concierge offered me a complimentary glass of wine upon check-in and also personally helped me bring my luggage to my room. When she noticed that the light in my closet wasn’t working properly, she immediately (and unprompted) contacted maintenance staff to fix it.
It was these moments of attention to detail that set the tone for my stay.
I stayed in a standard king room on the 14th floor with a view of the Byward Market and Peace Tower. It is a spectacular view from a vantage point I haven’t experienced before — another first.
The view from my 14th-floor hotel room at the Andaz Ottawa Byward Market: Canada hotel Ottawa
The room was bright and modern with a minimalistic design. Remember, the Andaz hotel strives to be as local as possible, which includes sourcing furniture, lighting fixtures, and artwork from local Ottawa and Canadian designers.
Artwork from local Ottawa artists on display in guest rooms at the Andaz Ottawa Byward Market.
All mini-bar items are sourced from local companies. And with exception to alcoholic beverages, these items are FREE and replenished daily. So guests have no excuses for not trying locally made drinks and snacks including Humming Bird Chocolate, Harvey & Vern’s Olde Fashioned Sodas, and Neal Brothers potato chips.
Not only is the Andaz thoughtful in sourcing local Ottawa products, but it’s also very generous with them. Here’s a list of all the local items that guests can enjoy for FREE at the Andaz and take home:
- Baby Shampoo
- Bath Soap
- Coffee Condiment Kit
- Coffee Cups
- Coffee Package
- Cotton Balls
- Hair Brush
- Hair Spray
- Hand Lotion
- Laundry Bag
- Lint Mitt
- Makeup Remover Wipes
- Nail Polish Remover
- Sanitary Products
- Sewing Kit
- Shaving Cream
- Shoe Horn
- Shoe Mitt
- Shower Cap
- Shower Gel
- Tea Package
- Vanity Kit
- Wine Opener
In addition to all these items, guests can also borrow or purchase from the hotel:
- Phone/PC Charger
- Curling Iron
- Flat Iron
- Foam Pillow
- Hair Dryer
- Lighted Makeup Mirror
- Power Adapter
So basically all you need to do is show up to the Andaz with your clothes and credit card, and you’re good to go. I could have cut my packing down by half had I had known about all of Andaz’s generous inclusions.
Speaking of these inclusions, Purple Urchin, the supplier of all the hotel’s bath and skincare products, is a local Ottawa company that I’ve been meaning to try for years. Purple Urchin bath products are FABULOUS — so rich, so luxurious, so natural.
The Andaz Ottawa Byward Market is also home to restaurant feast + revel run by Executive Chef Stephen La Salle. With a focus on locally sourced, upscale Canadian cuisine, Ottawa visitors will want to sample these menu items for a truly Canadian experience.
There are many interesting dishes at feast + revel, including bannock — essentially a baked dough — which I had never had, but always wanted to try. Bannock is a Northern Canadian staple based on a recipe passed down from generations of Indigenous peoples in Canada. This dish dates back to 17th-century fur trading in Canada, when Europeans introduced flour to Aboriginal peoples. Hunters would bring the flour on long expeditions, mix it with water, and throw the dough on the fire for an easy and preservable meal.
My gorgeous friend and fellow working mom, Liz, enjoying bannock at feast + revel at the Andaz Ottawa.
Other uniquely Canadian menu items at feast + revel include wild boar rillette, steak frites with lobster-infused butter, and what I personally referred to as a ‘molecular’ lamb poutine.
Each dish was extremely satisfying and flavourful; a much-needed and hearty addition to the Ottawa food scene to help locals and visitors make it through Ottawa winters.
Again, the service was impeccable. My guest and friend, Liz, and I were given exceptional wine recommendations with our meals. The restaurant’s manager, Sarah, also came to check on us to make sure we had everything we needed.
On a side note, Sarah was wearing a gorgeous DVF printed wrap dress, which Liz informed us both can be worn backwards. Major revelation. Thanks, Liz,
The Rooftop Bar & Patio
After eating way too much delicious Canadian cuisine, we rolled ourselves up to Copper Spirits & Sights (actually, staff at feast + revel offered to escort us to Copper, a very thoughtful and appreciated gesture that was not lost on me). Copper is the Andaz Ottawa’s rooftop patio and bar with a bird’s eye view of the Byward Market and Parliament Hill.
The bartenders at Copper were very gracious and knowledgable about their products. The ambience was chic and sophisticated. Copper Spirits & Sights is a sexy bar perched at the top of the city — the kind of place to flock to for a 5 à 7 or late-night rendez-vous that might lead to you checking in to the hotel.
Open 24-hours a day and also located on the top floor of the Andaz Hotel, this state-of-the art gym features premium equipment and a breathtaking view of the city to make for an unforgettable work out.
The next morning, I headed back down to feast + revel for a quiet breakfast with my copy of the Kit Compact Magazine, a fashion and lifestyle magazine that gives readers insight into Ottawa’s best shops, restaurants and hangouts.
After eating and drinking so much the night before, I was happy to see lighter menu options available, like this fried egg on toast with avocado.
Full-plate breakfast items are also available, as well as room service offered throughout the day and night.
In short, the Andaz Ottawa Byward Market is bright, modern and a breath of fresh air for the city of Ottawa. It is a fabulous addition to Ottawa’s scene and nightlife, where locals and tourists alike can learn about the treasures in our city.
It is centrally located and steps to some of Ottawa’s best shopping in the Byward Market and CF Rideau Centre. In your guest room, you will find well thought-out suggestions on where to shop, eat, drink, and have fun in Ottawa.
The Andaz Ottawa Byward Market has created a meticulously planned and authentically Ottawa experience for you. All you have to do is check in.
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