Kid-Friendly Hotel with Four-Diamond Restaurant near Parliament Hill
Each year, about three million tourists visit Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, which lies on a gentle slope overlooking the Ottawa River. The hill’s majestic Gothic Revival buildings are home to the Canadian Parliament and other federal offices. All of the hill’s iconic buildings, statues, and monuments are within a short walk of The National Hotel and Suites Ottawa, where foreign dignitaries visiting Canada’s capital often stay.
The National Hotel and Suites is just a few blocks or one catapult toss from trendy boutiques and restaurants in downtown Ottawa, but you don’t have to leave the hotel for world-class dining. The hotel’s Capital Dining Room, which earned a four-diamond rating from AAA/CAA, serves marinated steaks, roasted duck breast, and other international cuisine made with ingredients from local farms. For a quick drink or simple pub fare, drop by Sparks Lounge, where you can try a Canadian burger with smoked bacon and maple aioli. Each morning, an onsite café sets out a breakfast buffet with seasonal fruits, country sausage, homestyle potatoes, and eggs.
Plenty of sunlight warms the hotel’s indoor pool area, where guests swim in the saltwater pool and relax in the jacuzzi. There’s also a two-story water slide housed in a separate kids’ play zone along with Nintendo games and arts-and-crafts stations.
Ottawa, Ontario: Canada’s Artsy, Accessible Capital City
Canada’s bright and friendly capital sits along the southern banks of the Ottawa River. The city's best sights are all located in close proximity to one another in the sparkling center of town. Pay a visit to Parliament Hill to tour the Gothic Revival buildings that house both the Senate and the House of Commons. The Centre Block building, where the Senate and House of Commons sit, offers free guided tours. The hotel is also just a few blocks from the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s largest outdoor ice-skating rink.
Housed in a stately glass-and-granite building, the National Gallery of Canada displays a large collection of Canadian paintings, sculpture, and photographs and looks out onto unobstructed views of the Ottawa River and Parliament Hill. Outside the gallery, make sure to snap a photo beneath the Maman statue, a massive, spider-like structure with bronze legs that seem to rise as high as the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica next door. For lunch or dinner, head to the Byward Market, Ottawa’s cultural nerve center and a huge public market packed with hundreds of produce stands, restaurants, and food stalls featuring cuisines from around the world.
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