CHICAGO—Hyatt Hotels Corporation has opened the Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market, marking the brand’s official entry into Canada. The hotel is 13th in the portfolio, joining other Andaz hotels in global gateway cities and top resort destinations.
Three other Andaz hotels will 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 an urban center of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and nightlife, the capital’s newest hotel provides 200 contemporary guestrooms, six studio meeting spaces, a ground-floor restaurant and bar, as well as a rooftop lounge with views of the Ottawa cityscape.
Interior design firm Mason Studio was brought on 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, there is a lounge environment with custom-designed, low sectional seating. Featuring a mix of Canadian wood species, an overhead lighting installation was created by Toronto-based furniture design firm Hollis + Morris.
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 gray 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.
Helmed by Executive Chef Stephen La Salle, the hotel offers multiple dining venues that are Canadian in atmosphere and pan-Canadian in flavor. “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.
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, Hummingbird Chocolate, Walter Caesar Mix, Harvey & Vern’s sodas, Purple Urchin and HoneyBars, to name a few.
In addition, the property offers studio spaces and lounges that create a customizable backdrop for a variety of events and functions. There is 4,500 sq. ft. of flexible function space, featuring modern detailing and a neutral palette.