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Chateau Laurier

"History can't be bought. A hotel either has it or it doesn't and the Fairmont Château Laurier has oodles of it. Decked out with brass stairways, wool carpets and antiques, this elegant establishment in the serves up a historical feast in the heart of one of the great cities of the Western hemisphere."
How the Stage was Set HISTORY IN BRIEF 1912: Opening year of the hotel. 1999: The hotel became the Fairmont Château Laurier. HISTORY IN DETAIL 1907: Charles Melville Hays, the America-born GM of the Grand Trunk Railway of Canada, started to build the hotel. The style was French Renaissance, with blocks for the base, buff Indiana limestone for the walls and copper for the roof. 1912 12 April: Melville Hays drowned on the ill-fated Titanic, while returning from England with dining room furniture. His death came just days before the hotel was due to open, on 26 April. Only Paul Chevre, who sculpted the bust of Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, and the women in Hays' party, including his wife Clara, survived the disaster. As a result of the tragedy, the inauguration had to be postponed. 12 June: The hotel was finally opened by its namesake Sir Wilfrid Laurier. 1924: When the Grand Trunk became part of the Canadian National Railway, the Château Laurier became one of CN's most important hotels. For years, the hotel thrived, playing host to royalty, heads of state, political figures, celebrities and members of Canada's elite. 1960s-70s: The construction of numerous competing hotels in the capital, as well as the closure of Union Station, led to a slow decline in the Château's fortunes. 1980s: Significant work was undertaken to refurbish and renovate the Château Laurier, however, thus restoring its position as Ottawa's preeminent hotel. 1988: The hotel was purchased, along with the other CN hotels, by the Canadian Pacific Railway. 1999: The hotel was renamed the Fairmont Château Laurier after CP bought the large American Fairmont chain and changed its name to Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.
From the World of Politics Nelson Mandela From the World of Entertainment Shirley Temple Nelson Eddy Greer Garson Harry Belafonte Marlene Deitrich Rich Little Billy Bishop Karen Kain Roger Moore Bryan Adams Carrie Fisher
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387/39 Rooms
Air conditioning with individual climate control Alarm clock-radio Bathrobes Coffee makers with complimentary coffee and tea Hair dryer Iron & ironing board In-room refreshment centre Remote control 21" color television with 'On Command' system
Presidential Suite
Wilfrid's --------------- Zoe's Lounge --------------- La Terrace (seasonal)
If you're the outdoors type, try the Rideau Canal, a cyclist's dream, or do a few laps at the world's longest skating rink just next door to the hotel. Further afield, the Gatineau Hills form a breathtaking backdrop for first-rate hiking, biking and canoeing in the summer and transform into an exhilirating venue for skiing in the winter. If you prefer the city, check out the sights of Ottawa or experience one of its many festivals, from Winterlude to the Tulip Festival. After all that activity, you're bound to be hungry so satiate your appetite at one of the hotel's excellent restaurants. Regional Canadian fare is on offer at Wilfrid's, while you shouldn't miss out on the selection of cocktails at Zoe's Lounge.
The hotel boasts a heated indoor pool and a fitness centre. ---------------------- Just down the road, rejuvenate yourself at the York Street Spa or the Holtz Spa.
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Chateau Laurier
Country: Canada
City: Ottawa
Opening date: 1912, 12 June

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General Manager Mr Claude J. Sauve


1 Rideau Street
Ontario-K1N 8S7 Canada, Ottawa

Tel: +1-613-241-1414
Fax: +1-613-562-7030

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