Hampton Inn Ottawa Review & Friday Feedback: Favorite "Go To" Hotel Chain?

I’ve just returned from a quick trip to Canada’s Capital, Ottawa, Ontario.  With it’s blanket of snow and crisp air, it was refreshing to say the least.

I didn’t have long in the city, nor did I get out to explore all that Ottawa has to offer like the Parliament Buildings tour, fabulous Museums, etc.  Instead I hunkered down in the Hampton Inn, Ottawa and worked.

Having been at many Hampton Inn hotels over the past few years, I came to expect the same lovely surroundings that I normally experience in this fine chain of Hilton hotels, but this particular Hampton Inn blew me away.

The delight of this stay started right from the warm welcome at the front desk in the well-furnished lobby with it’s welcoming toasty fire.

This 179 guest room hotel offers complimentary internet, complimentary parking (in an indoor parking garage… ideal for the cold, Ottawa winter!), and one of the best hot, complimentary breakfasts I’ve ever experienced at a Hampton Inn hotel before.  They even offer meals during the evening hours, not that I ordered anything personally.  

The breakfast area is of good size and had an offering of yogurts, cereals, fruit, eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, breads, muffins (you MUST try the blueberry!), english muffins and bagels.  There’s also an assortment of teas, coffees, juices and milk.  You certainly don’t leave here hungry and the staff at this hotel, whether in the breakfast area, front desk or hallways are kind, courteous and helpful.

Looking into the breakfast area

Large selection of coffees, teas, juices, fruit, cereals and yogurts

Make room for the hot items like eggs, pancakes, bacon or sausage
and finish it off with a warm slice of raisin toast, english muffin or bagel.

The standard room size was much larger than I expected in this hotel, being in the capital city, and although my stay was in a room with a King bed, I can imagine that even with 2 Queen beds, there would be plenty of room for a family of 5 (room capacity) either with a sofa bed or rollaway cot.  As I look at the quick pictures I took before checking out, they truly don’t do my description of the room any justice.  
Looking into the room from the hallway
Looking across the room from the kitchenette

Speaking of the kitchenette, the room was equipped with quite a long counter top with cupboards above and below, along with a microwave, coffee maker, mini-fridge and sink.

The generous kitchenette
The bathroom was massive by hotel bathroom standards.  There was plenty of counter space for toiletries and floor space enough to set up the ironing board and iron that hangs on the wall.

The hotel has a good size pool and hot tub area with loungers, table and chairs although if many people are in the pool seating might be at a premium.  I didn’t get a chance to take a dip but I did feel the water and it was warm.  The pool area is on the 4th floor and has tons of natural light flowing in which was beautiful on a sunny day!
There is also a small gym on the 4th floor.  There are 3 treadmills, elliptical machine, bicycle, free weights, etc.  I didn’t have my room key with me so I had to take a picture through the glass door, again not capturing the entire vision of what the eye beholds.
The location of this hotel, although not right in the thick of things in Ottawa, is only a short 5-10 minute drive from the downtown area where various restaurants and shopping are available as well as the Parliament buildings and other tourist attractions.   In the other direction is a large mall with more dining options and shopping venues.  Right off the major highway coming into Ottawa, this hotel makes a valid choice for the cost-savy family who want quality as well as good value.
I would highly recommend this hotel to my clients looking for a getaway in Canada’s Capital city!
So for this Friday Feedback Question… what is your favorite “go to” Hotel Chain?

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