Lord Elgin Hotel Downtown Ottawa

100 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5K8
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Lord Elgin Hotel Awarded 2008 Hotel of the Year in Ottawa

Ottawa (October 28, 2008)– The Lord Elgin Hotel has been given top honours as Ottawa’s Hotel of the Year for 2008. The award recognizes Lord Elgin’s outstanding efforts to serve guests and create a unique experience for Ottawa visitors while maintaining its landmark heritage in Canada. Honourable Wilfred P. Moore, Q.C. sent congratulations to the Lord Elgin Hotel upon receiving news of the award.

Lord Elgin Hotel Offers Strike Rate to Alleviate Travel Woes During the Holiday Season

Ottawa (December 16, 2008)– The Lord Elgin Hotel is now offering rooms at a discounted rate of $59 per night to assist Ottawa residents during the OC Transpo strike.

"We are pleased to extend our hospitality to local Ottawa residents at a special discounted rate in order to make this holiday season enjoyable and stress-free," said David Smythe, General Manager, Lord Elgin Hotel. "We understand that many people are rushing to finish work and complete preparations for the holidays, which is now made difficult in the absence of public transportation. The Lord Elgin's central location provides residents with easy access to both the business district and the market during this busy time of year."

The Lord Elgin Hotel values the support it has received from local Ottawa residents and businesses since it opened over 65 years ago. "We are pleased to give back to the local community," added Smythe.

The Strike Rate applies to local residents and will be available until (and including) December 25, 2008 unless a strike resolution is reached prior to this date. Ottawa residents must provide proof of local address to be eligible for this special $59 rate.

To book a room at Lord Elgin Hotel please call 613.235.3333 or visit www.lordelginhotel.ca

About The Lord Elgin Hotel
An extraordinary downtown location, exemplary service and more are what make Lord Elgin Hotel an Ottawa landmark. On your next visit, walk into a landmark hotel and walk out to Confederation Park, the National Arts Centre, Rideau Canal, Ottawa Congress Centre, Parliament Buildings and the Ottawa Rideau Centre for shopping, dining, entertainment and festivals. Originally built in 1941 and recently expanded, Lord Elgin hotel offers chic boutique style guestrooms reflective of Ottawa's elegance. Pick up a Starbucks Coffee® on-site, take a dip in the indoor pool/whirlpool, or dine in the Grill 41. 15 Meeting rooms accommodate groups of up to 195 people.

Lord Elgin Hotel Offers Complimentary Rooms To Soldiers And Their Families

(Ottawa, October 15, 2008) – The Lord Elgin Hotel holds a special place in its heart for Canada's fallen soldiers with a history closely interwoven with that of the Canadian military. To honor the many Canadian soldiers past and present, this Remembrance Day the Lord Elgin is offering a block of complimentary rooms (value of $199) to active military personnel and their families through the Military Families Fund, as well as offering extra rooms at a special discount for additional military families who would like to visit Ottawa during this year's Remembrance Day services. Guests will also be asked to make a donation to help support the Military Families Fund during this period.

"Throughout the years we have had the privilege of hosting some of Canada's most decorated soldiers," said David Smythe, General Manager, Lord Elgin Hotel. "This Remembrance Day it is an honour to work with the Military Families Fund to welcome military and their families wishing to visit Ottawa during this time."

From the view overlooking the National War Memorial, patrons of the Lord Elgin Hotel are reminded every day of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives fighting for freedom and democracy during the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean Conflict, during peacekeeping missions and today in Afghanistan in the war on terror. Visitors to the Lord Elgin Hotel website can also view the National War Memorial and Remembrance Day ceremonies via webcam.

Each year since it's opening, the hotel, managed by Atlific Hotels, has hosted thousands of soldiers - those on active duty and veterans, as they come to Ottawa on military business, or to join with other's to remember those who have lost their lives fighting for their country.

The Military Families Fund was created in April 2007 by General Rick Hillier, the Former Chief of Defence Staff to assist military families faced with unforeseen and often immediate needs that have resulted due to conditions of service. The fund continues to grow through the generous contributions of Canadians, corporations and other organizations, adding a new vehicle to support Canadian Forces members and their families.

To view the Remembrance Day ceremonies via webcam or to book with the Military Families Fund rate please visit www.lordelginhotel.ca

About The Lord Elgin Hotel
An extraordinary downtown location, exemplary service and more are what make Lord Elgin Hotel an Ottawa landmark. On your next visit, walk into a landmark hotel and walk out to Confederation Park, the National Arts Centre, Rideau Canal, Ottawa Congress Centre, Parliament Buildings and the Ottawa Rideau Centre for shopping, dining, entertainment and festivals. Originally built in 1941 and recently expanded, Lord Elgin hotel offers chic boutique style guestrooms reflective of Ottawa's elegance. Pick up a Starbucks Coffee® on-site, take a dip in the indoor pool/whirlpool, or dine in the Grill 41. 15 Meeting rooms accommodate groups of up to 195 people.

Couples Seek Adventurous Romance, Not the Standard Champagne & Bubble Bath

(Ottawa, August 15, 2007) – Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa launched a new Romantic Adventure Package on their website today in response to a guest's anniversary home video taken at the hotel last month and playing on YouTube.

The video, which has received top ratings on YouTube shows a different kind of Ottawa and a more active adventurous romance. "Seeing Adam and Nikko's anniversary video shows that Lord Elgin's Gen X and Y guests have their own sense of romance. Their idea of a romantic getaway leads them on a zip cord adventure rather than a tub filled with bubble bath," stated Ann Meelker, Director of Sales & Marketing, Lord Elgin. "We are very excited to see that Ottawa has everything needed for this kind of adventurous romance and we plan to cater to it directly with our packaging at Lord Elgin," added Meelker.

Based on the YouTube video, the Lord Elgin Amorous Adventure Package starts with a hearty breakfast for two to get guests ready for a day of action. Couples consult on arrival with the Lord Elgin's Concierge to plan a customized itinerary which could include anything from biking to zip cords - customizing the experience to the couple's specific passion for adventure. This modern-day romantic adventure concludes with a well-deserved visit to the Scandinavian baths of Spa Nordik including the Nordic waterfall and finishing with a wine and cheese. Of course, no Gen X couple would manage the day without their Starbucks® coffee, so that has been thoughtfully included.

The 355 room Lord Elgin offers chic boutique style rooms, a Starbucks® on-site, Confederation Park (site of most of Ottawa's festivals) directly across the street, and excellent proximity to bars and restaurants. "We already have the right new facilities to appeal to this market, and by taking our cue from this video and listening to the needs of our customers we are changing our packages to be more current. We see the results with happy customers such as Adam and Nikko," stated Meelker. Adding, "We will always have the traditional romance packages on our site, but I suspect we will see more and more guests gravitate to this fun romantic adventure. I plan to book it for my husband and I. Who says you have to be Gen X?!"

Lord Elgin Hotel, www.lordelgin.ca is ideally located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, directly across from Confederation Park and the National Arts Centre. The Lord Elgin Hotel is steps away from the Rideau Canal, Ottawa Congress Centre, Parliament Buildings and the Ottawa Rideau Centre. Built in 1941 with a chateau design, the hotel is a landmark in Ottawa. A recent expansion program included the addition of 60 guestrooms for a total of 355. Guestrooms reflect Ottawa's elegance with tall picture windows, bold tulip inspired artwork, and Biedermeier style luxury furnishings. The tulip is the defining element in the tourism year for the city and therefore an obvious choice for the hotel's artwork. Most guestrooms feature a commanding print of a white tulip on black background recalling the festive event. The Lord Elgin Hotel is managed by Montreal based Atlific Hotels & Resorts, www.atlific.com.

To learn more about Lord Elgin hotel, visi www.lordelginhotel.ca

About The Lord Elgin Hotel
An extraordinary downtown location, exemplary service and more are what make Lord Elgin Hotel an Ottawa landmark. On your next visit, walk into a landmark hotel and walk out to Confederation Park, the National Arts Centre, Rideau Canal, Ottawa Congress Centre, Parliament Buildings and the Ottawa Rideau Centre for shopping, dining, entertainment and festivals. Originally built in 1941 and recently expanded, Lord Elgin hotel offers chic boutique style guestrooms reflective of Ottawa's elegance. Pick up a Starbucks Coffee® on-site, take a dip in the indoor pool/whirlpool, or dine in the Grill 41. 15 Meeting rooms accommodate groups of up to 195 people.

Aristocracy Sponsors Bed in Winterlude Bed Race

Even though the Lord Elgin peerage goes back over 400 years in Scotland, this is the first time they have put their crest upon a bed built like a pirate ship to be pushed in a race across a frozen lake.

The Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario Canada is named after James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin and Governor General of Canada from 1847 to 1856 and a direct ancestor of the current Lord Elgin in Scotland. The Lord Elgin Hotel, built in 1941 during World War 2, was named in his honor after Prime Minister Mackenzie King contacted the father of the current Lord Elgin for his permission. The family has been involved with the hotel ever since.

This is the third consecutive year that the Lord Elgin Hotel staff has participated in the annual Winterlude bed race. The staff picked a pirate theme for their entry and the maintenance staff set to work building a masterpiece. As the bed neared completion, Lord Elgin suggested the bed/ship be name named "The Blue Lion" after the rampant lion on the Elgin Crest. Lord Elgin even gave permission for the bed/boat to be emblazoned with part of the Elgin Crest. This honor is not bestowed lightly as the crest goes back over 400 years. The motto on the crest "Fiumus" means "We have been."

The staff of the Lord Elgin Hotel are thrilled that Lord Elgin still takes interest in the hotel named after his ancestor. Each member of the team has put together a pirate costume to wear while pushing the bed and even the children of the staff members will be there, in pirate costume, to support the team.

General Manager, David Smythe, who will be one of the people pushing the bed, says "We are very fortunate that our hotel is a family. The people who work here really care about what we do. These types of events are fully supported by the staff and management"

Built in 1941, The Lord Elgin Hotel is a prominent hotel in downtown Ottawa with 355 guest rooms, located on Elgin Street at Laurier Avenue, across from Confederation Park. The twelve-storey limestone structure was named after James Bruce, the 8th Earl of Elgin, and the first Governor General of the United Canada's. The Lord Elgin underwent an extensive expansion and renovation completed in 2004. Two majestic new wings, clad in handpicked limestone have added 60 new guestrooms, warmly decorated in the classic Biedermeier style. Many of the rooms feature beautiful views through large windows that overlook Confederation Park, the Rideau Canal, the National War Memorial, or the National Arts Centre. The location and architecture of the hotel along with its charm and elegance have made it a favorite for many visiting Ottawa.

The Canadian Tulip Festival Has Grown Into The Largest Tulip Festival In The World

(Ottawa, March 15, 2006) – Tulips Galore! What is more synonymous with spring, than Tulips. You cannot find a more beautiful spot to celebrate the arrival of spring than Ottawa. The Canadian Tulip Festival this year celebrated in Ottawa from May 4-22 has grown into the largest tulip festival in the world and is an event not to be missed.

In the fall of 1945, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands presented Ottawa with 100,000 tulip bulbs. The gift was given in appreciation of the safe haven which Holland's exiled royal family received during the Second World War and in recognition of the role which Canadian troops played in liberating the Netherlands.

The tulips have become an important symbol of international friendship and the beauty of spring. They also have special meaning to the people of Canada's Capital Region. During the war, the Dutch royal family was hosted at Government House in Ottawa. Princess Margriet was born at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. The floral gift that began in 1945 has established this region as "The Tulip Capital of North America."

A few years after the Dutch tulips arrived in 1945, they became a strong attraction. Stunning pictures were appearing in newspapers nationwide. More and more events began to center around the annual bloom of tulips.

The first Canadian Tulip Festival was held in 1953. The Ottawa Board of Trade, at the suggestion of world renowned photographer Malak Karsh whose photographs have immortalized the tulip, formalized the Canadian Tulip Festival to coincide with the tulip's annual bloom. In the next 10 years the Festival grew in size, with a staggering display of over two million flowers.

Over three million tulips create an exotic mosaic of color and beauty in Canada’s Capital Region, featuring over 20 Official Tulip and Attraction/Partner Sites along a 15km Tulip Route through Ottawa and Gatineau. The Canadian Tulip Festival and Tulip Explosion, the Festivalís flower show, will host the XXIII Annual World Flower Council Summit from May 18 to 22 as part of the Tulip Explosion celebrations at the Casino du Lac-Leamy. Get your Tulip Packages or your valuable Tulip Experience Passport for the 2006 edition, celebrating World Flower Rendezvous.

When you visit Ottawa to take in this festival, there is no better place to stay than the Lord Elgin Hotel. Now designated the official ‘Founders’ Hotel, the Lord Elgin has taken the theme of Tulips to a completely new level. Throughout the hotel, you will find Tulip inspired artwork and photography, many by the Founder of the Tulip Festival, the world famous photographer, Malak Karsh. Come and visit our new Malak Gallery and stay where you will be close to all the festivities of the Tulip Festival, directly across from Confederation Park and the Rideau Canal and steps from the Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Centre, Byward Market and National Gallery of Canada. Take advantage of our “Lord of the Tulip” package for two people, starting from $185 CAD ($159 US), which includes two Tulip Experience Passports, Buffet Breakfast for two and one night’s accommodation in one of our beautiful, newly renovated guestrooms. What a wonderful way to celebrate spring!