On August 15th, Michael and I celebrated our 8-year wedding anniversary at the Andaz Hotel in Ottawa. We were given this lovely experience in exchange for an open and honest review. Thank you to the kind and caring staff at the Andaz Hotel Ottawa who took excellent care of us and made this night especially magical. To capture the memories, I hired Ottawa photographer Kamara Morozuk for a couple’s session. Here is a recap of our stay.
I got THE email, you know the one. The one you sit around waiting for, the one you think will change your career.
A few months ago, Alexandra Gunn, fashion editor of Ottawa Life Magazine, asked if I would take part in her #OttawaStyle series, where they would be photographing and featuring local fashion bloggers in Ottawa at the Andaz Hotel. DUH- Of course, I said yes, and immediately starting panicking… WHAT WILL I WEAR? After a few deep breaths, I reminded myself that I need to be me, and wear something that my readers would recognize me in! My signature style.
Ottawan’s have been anticipating the opening of Andaz Hotel for quite some time, and finally we can all rest, because it’s open… and you’re going to love it!
I was invited to the grand opening party a few weeks ago, and had the opportunity to savour and soak in all the Ottawa details nestled in this new boutique hotel located in the heart of the Byward Market. Between the gastro dining experience at Feast + Revel and Copper Spirits and Sights, the famous rooftop patio and trendy cocktail lounge, Andaz is no hospitality rookie and knows how to welcome it’s guests.
The evening was filled with experiential entertainment, like the yummy gummy Squish candy bar, hummingbird chocolate and wine tasting and, my favourite, the pickle smorgasbord at the Walter’s dress-your-own caesar bar. On a side note, the Andaz caesar is getting quite the reputation for it’s ketchup chips and seaweed rimer, which I am a huge fan of! We can thank Executive Chef, Stephen La Salle for all his magical creations!
This past weekend, I was lucky to celebrate my birthday and organized a dinner with friends at F+R. We then headed to the rooftop patio for some cocktails, got cozy in a booth and stayed warm by the fire pit. This was exactly how I wanted to spend my birthday. The weather was perfection and the company was even better! On a surprise note, I was even crowned with a gorgeous tiara from Ottawa Royal Style by Maria Al-Masani herself! I mean… that’s quite the birthday gift!
Woke up this morning feeling like a queen 👸🏼 So the first thing I did was put my crown back on. I was surprised gifted this lovely #tiara last night from @maria_almasani for my birthday at the restaurant! I wanted to say thank you to everyone’s sweet messages and kind birthday wishes. I have the best friends in the world 🙌🏼Having the day off yesterday was also the best way to spend my birthday! 💕 Now it’s back to reality… Might have to vacuum the house with this #crown on tho 😁
A few things you may not know about Andaz Ottawa
- The first rooftop patio bar in a hotel in Ottawa that is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!! Game changer here folks!
- The rooftop gives you an awesome view of the city
- The hotel only uses soap from Ottawa’s favourite natural product line company, Purple Urchin (p.s. I adore their soap bars!)
- Andaz is a boutique chain owned by the Hyatt
- Andaz Ottawa has 200 gorgeous guest rooms (although I have yet to see a room with my own eyes, but I hear they are spectacular)
- Andaz Ottawa has 4500 square feet of meeting and event space!
So, on your not-so-spare time, you can have a peak at some of the pictures from the Andaz opening event. These lovely photos were taken by Eric Vance, super talented (and handsome!) Ottawa photographer. These photos are protected by copyright and are not to be used without permission. Thanks!