The 75-year-old Lord Elgin Hotel, a historic downtown Ottawa landmark, has completed a $12-million renovation just in time for the start of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.
The hotel remained open throughout the refurbishment, which took seven months and saw an average investment of approximately $30,000 per room.
Improvements and upgrades to guestrooms include new furnishings and decor as well as new marble tiling, showers and vanities in the bathrooms. In addition, hotel corridors and boardrooms were refreshed. The property’s WiFi service also got an overhaul to maximize speed and capacity for the business clientele, conference groups and guests.
“We couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve been able to accomplish in rejuvenating this historic hotel while maintaining its tremendous heritage ambience and sterling reputation for friendly, unpretentious service,” says David Smythe, the property’s general manager. “As Canadians flock to the capital this year—and Canada welcomes the world to our nation’s sesquicentennial—the Lord Elgin Hotel has never been better equipped to provide a perfect setting to enjoy the big birthday party and everything else Ottawa-Gatineau has to offer.”
The Lord Elgin is situated in the heart of Ottawa, a short walk from Parliament Hill and other top tourist attractions. It was officially opened in July 1941 by Canada’s wartime prime minister, Mackenzie King. The property owes its limestone facade, chateau-style roof and prominent location to King, who viewed the hotel’s classic, perfectly proportioned design as a key part of Ottawa’s quest to become a modern, world-class capital.
A major expansion, about 15 years ago, added two eight-storey towers and an large dining room—Grill Forty One—to the original hotel. It earned acclaim from heritage experts for the careful preservation of Ottawa’s Architectural history and sensitive blending of new and old.
The 2016-17 renovation was handled by a highly respected local firm, Lundy Construction. Despite tight deadlines, the project was completed in January, ahead of the events being held in Ottawa to celebrate the country’s 150th birthday.