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May 30, 2019

Westin Hotel Ottawa

During my recent trip Ottawa I stayed at the Westin Hotel for a few days. It’s an upscale hotel conveniently located in the heart of downtown-Ottawa.

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The Westin Hotel in Ottawa is a truly relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Located in the heart of Ottawa, the Westin Hotel is conveniently located near a number of city’s local attractions. The atmosphere is homely and minimalistic, with an array of neutrals with small pops of colour. 

The Room & City Views

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The view from the suite was spectacular. I could see both sides of the city from my window — the classical Parliamentary buildings as well as the modern city built around it. Not only was the view spectacular, but the room itself was amazing. With their Heavenly Beds, they really hit the nail on the head there. They were soft and like sleeping on a cloud. I loved the spacious shower in the en-suite bathroom. The large shower with the bright decor was an oasis after a day of travel. 

View of Parliament Hill from Westin hotel Ottawa
View of Ottawa city from Westin hotel Ottawa

One of my favorite aspects of the Westin is that it’s pet-friendly! You can bring your little fur-babies with you on your travels. The hotel also hosts animals waiting to find their forever home with their #WestinWags program. The Westin Hotel fosters dogs, so you might be able to catch a cute pup hanging around the lobby or around the hotel in general. This is just another cool aspect of the hotel that shows their vision for a better world.

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Fitness & Health

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While most people don’t check out the fitness centers of the hotels they visit on their vacations, you’d be missing out at the Westin Hotel Ottawa. The hotel features a gym, pool, basketball and squash courts. My favourite part was the Pelaton bikes that the gym has. I’ve always wanted to try them and boy, did they deliver. 

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Pelaton bike workout Westin Hotel

Once you sign up, you’re able to select from live classes or a selection of pre-recorded sessions. Because there weren’t any live sessions available, I chose a pre-recorded Backstreet Boys class instead. It was a bit silly, but I thoroughly enjoyed working out to songs that I grew up listening to. It was nostalgic and fun and it added to my experience. One of my favourite features was being able to interact with others taking the class along with me. 

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Westin Gear Lending Program

If getting out into the world and seeing from the trails is something that you love, but think that you can’t because lugging around all if your equipment is too much of a pain, then the Westin has you covered. They offer a gear lending program that let you rent shoes, apparel, and other equipment to be able to get in your regular exercise routine in anywhere. Even if you just want to explore the sights with the Westin fitness programs, you’ll get that opportunity here. 

The Westin has a few fitness programs that you can check out if you’re interested in. They have biking, skating, and running programs, depending on the time of year that you’re in Ottawa. The bikeWESTIN program allows you to rent a bike for up to 4 hours to explore Ottawa. Even better, the proceeds benefit the local children’s hospital. Now you can explore for a few days on bike and know that you’re supporting those who need it most. With their runWESTIN program, you can choose between two different scenic trails to run.

Westin Hotel Gear Lending Program

If getting out and about in nature isn’t exactly your speed, don’t fret because there is plenty for you to do. My personal favourite was the CF Rideau Mall, which is connected to the hotel. The mall is fantastic, with dozens of stores, a theatre, and quite an extensive food court. It was a fun break from being out and about the city. And who am I kidding, I couldn’t help it, I love to shop!

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Dining

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My partner and I chose to dine at Daly’s Restaurant for breakfast the following morning. My partner opted for the buffet, while I stuck with one of the hotels new Eat Well menu items. Their healthy menu items focus on a selection of superfoods, packed with vitamins and nutrients to fuel you on your day. I chose the avocado toast and poached eggs, with tomatoes, young sprouts, and feta crumbles. It was delicious and I would highly recommend it!

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Westin hotel healthy menu
Westin hotel breakfast menu

I had an amazing experience at the Westin Hotel, it’s an excellent choice for anyone looking for a hotel conveniently located in downtown-Ottawa. This review was sponsored by the Westin Hotel in Ottawa. 

Images were taken by Ashlyn Dawson with Fujifilm xt30 & Huawei P20 Pro on Rogers Network.

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xo Ash

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