As a Winnipeg interior decorator, when ever I travel I can’t help but notice design.
Visiting the front lobby is amazing, with all the beautiful design that has been painstakingly looked after since the early 20th century. All furnishings, window coverings, bedding, upholstery, that are not original to the building have been selected for their quality, style and uniqueness. Wandering the halls of the Chateau you will see photos of royalty, politicians, and celebrities who have stayed at this fine establishment.
At the front desk, upon check in, take time to notice an ornate clock. The manager of the Grand Trunk Railway, Charles Melville Hays, went to Europe to secure furnishings for the Chateau prior to its opening. However, the opening of the Chateau had to be delayed in 1912, as the manager and all the furnishings purchased for the hotel went down with the Titanic on their way to Canada. The clock was not ready on time to be shipped with the rest of the furnishings, so it remained behind in Europe and was saved from ending up at the bottom of the ocean with the rest of the hotel’s furnishings. Once the clock was complete it was shipped to Canada, and has remained at the Chateau ever since.
If you have the time, have dinner on the terrace, overlooking the canal and the Ottawa River. Across the canal are the Parliament buildings. The view is spectacular and the food is delicious.
Another must see in the hotel is the swimming pool, which is like stepping back in the 1920s. Very little has changed in the pool area, as it has been very well maintained.
Last but not least are the rooms themselves. The beds wonderfully comfortable, and the rooms beautifully decorated keeping with the traditional style and luxury of the hotel. In my opinion, well worth the stay.