Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the official opening of Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market, marking the brand’s official entry into Canada. Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market will further the brand’s mission to create inspiring, indigenous experiences that immerse guests in the local culture of each unique destination. The hotel, which is the thirteenth in the portfolio, joins other Andaz hotels in global gateway cities and top resort destinations. Three other Andaz hotels plan to join the portfolio by the end of 2016, including Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, Andaz Delhi and Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya.
Set in the heart of ByWard Market, a historical marketplace and present-day urban center of chic boutiques, galleries, restaurants and nightlife, the capital’s newest hotel boasts 200 contemporary guest rooms, six inspired studio meeting spaces, a ground floor restaurant and bar, as well as a stunning rooftop lounge, offering sweeping views of the Ottawa cityscape.
“We are very excited to introduce the Andaz brand to such a special city like Ottawa that has so much history and culture to share,” said Matt Graham, general manager of Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market. “With the support of local designers, artisans and creative minds, this incredible hotel celebrates the very best of local culture here in Ottawa and aims to inspire guests and locals. We look forward to becoming a member of this great community and growing alongside the nation’s capital.”
Locally Inspired Design
Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market worked with award-winning interior design firm Mason Studio to bring the hotel’s local vision to life. Each floor of the 16-story hotel reflects the history and character of a Canadian province or territory. Upon entering the space, guests are welcomed into an inviting lounge environment with custom-designed low sectional seating. Overhead, Mason Studio enlisted the expertise of Toronto-based furniture makers Hollis + Morris to create a lighting installation made of mixed Canadian-wood species. Patterned rugs and copper metal accents provide pops of color and texture against the understated lobby, clad in natural, local materials such as oak paneling and grey stone floors. Artwork throughout the hotel gives a nod to its surrounding culture and has been curated by the Canadian Council Art Bank, home to the largest collection of contemporary Canadian art.
New Canadian Dining with a Sense of Place
Helmed by Executive Chef Stephen La Salle (formerly of The Albion Rooms), Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market boasts multiple dining venues that are richly Canadian in atmosphere and pan-Canadian in flavor. The hotel’s signature restaurant, feast + revel, is built around the incredible view surrounding its exterior, extending throughout the ByWard Market. Inspired by its environment, feast + revel features New Canadian cuisine with an ingredient-driven menu emphasizing local, organic, hormone-free and sustainable products.
An all-day coffee bar with grab-and-go bites and high quality, locally sourced Equator coffee is available for both guests and the neighboring community. Copper Spirits & Sights, the hotel’s 16th floor rooftop bar and lounge with incredible city views and open fire pits, offers a craft cocktail and beer program that reflects the seasons, as well as curated small plates made for sharing.
“Our approach when it comes to food and beverage is all about creating a social space that brings people together and offers incredible options inspired by Ottawa’s culture,” said Stephen LaSalle, executive chef of feast + revel. “Ottawa has deep culinary influences from France and England so our food pays homage to this history with British and French touches. We also want our options to be representative of all Ottawa has to offer, so we’re excited to be working with local farmers, artisans, brewers, winemakers and others who are helping us to craft a truly special experience.”
The commitment to embracing and incorporating Canadian aspects into the heart of Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market can also be seen through the hotel’s complimentary and locally sourced minibar items, including Tawse Wines (2016 Canadian Winery of the Year), Hummingbird Chocolate (winner of the “Golden Bean” Award for best bean-to-bar chocolate in the world), Walter Caesar Mix, Harvey & Vern’s sodas, Purple Urchin and HoneyBars, amongst others.
Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market offers spacious studio spaces and lounges that create a customizable backdrop for a variety of events and functions. Spanning 4,500 square feet of flexible function space, the natural light and creative dining and drink menus make the spaces ideal for meetings and intimate social functions. In keeping with the interior design of the hotel, the studio space furniture features modern detailing and a neutral palette.
Celebrating Culture and Creativity
One of the most distinctive features of Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market will be the hotel’s collaboration with local artists, musicians, designers and more to create events and programs for guests based upon themes unique to Ottawa. The Andaz Salon, the brand’s signature program, is designed to trigger curiosity and spark a new understanding or unexpected connection to local culture and experiences. The distinctive spaces at Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market will be stages for creative Andaz Salon events, ranging from talks and lectures to exhibitions and live performances. These events can also be experienced through the Andaz Salon website at http://andazsalon.com/.
Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market is located at 325 Dalhousie Street. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit: ottawa.andaz.hyatt.com.