After being on hiatus from blogging during the past hectic few months of wedding season, I wanted to get right back into it after having the privilege to go on a hard hat tour of what is sure to be Ottawa’s hottest new hotel— Andaz Ottawa in the Byward Market.

hardhat tour
View from the top! Here I am at the rooftop bar with Rachel Kerr, ‎Marketing and Communications Manager at Andaz Ottawa.

This contemporary, unique, and completely untraditional hotel boasts one of the best (if not the best) views in the city and quite honestly I cannot wait until it opens later this summer.

As a planner, it is always so exciting to see a new space come up in the city and with all the revamping Ottawa is getting throughout our shopping centers, city landscapes, and transportation it’s about time we had a modern, yet, luxurious hotel to keep up with other hotspot metropolitan cities and their trendy and chic event spaces.

Andaz is a Hyatt brand of hotel with only a few locations around the world; whose clientele are hip, creative and vibrant individuals who truly want to experience a city’s culture, cuisine, and local charm (…we’re so lucky that Ottawa has been selected as the very FIRST location in Canada!).

Andaz Ottawa

Their brand is honestly amazing– I was able to experience it first hand when I recently stayed at Andaz 5th Avenue on a trip to NYC—and I was wowed at every turn by their one-of-a-kind approach to luxury accommodations.

In the Ottawa location as soon as you enter the unconventional, yet sleek lobby, Andaz makes you feel at home. There is no formal ‘check-in’ desk— instead one of their friendly staff greets you with a complimentary beverage (alcoholic if you arrive after 11am!) in a chic front lobby lounge and will personally escort you to your room.

Lobby Lounge

Upon arrival to your home-away-from-home accommodations– you walk into a gorgeous industrial space with copper fixtures, light and bright furnishings and a city view that is beyond compare. Also… you get free local snacks stocked in your room daily so really… what could be better?

Andaz Bedroom

The rooftop bar is exceptional (the views of downtown and Parliament Hill are insane) and will no doubt be one of Ottawa’s hottest spots to enjoy locally sourced farm-to-table food by executive chef Stephen La Salle who is an Ottawa-native with a passion for creating stellar food and drink.

rooftop view Andaz Rooftop

Now on to my personal favourite from the tour—the exceptionally unique event space. If you are a couple who is looking for the perfect luxury spot for an unconventional and intimate wedding that is centrally located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, you 100% need to check out Andaz Ottawa. Their event space and room design is so easy to work with– with its natural, modern, clean and fresh décor the space really can be turned into a different look and feel with every wedding that takes place there.

Andaz Event Space

I highly recommend this location to couples who are looking to have a smaller yet unique wedding, to those looking to host an exceptional bridal shower, engagement party, or rehearsal dinner, and to those who are just looking to have a mini-staycation in our great city.

I myself am SUPER excited to have booked one of their suites with phenomenal views, great lighting, and the space that my bridal party will need to get ready on the wedding day. The girls and I will be staying there the night before the big day and Dillon and I will spend our first night as Mr. and Mrs. there as well on the night of our wedding!

Their staff has been extremely accommodating thus far and I can’t wait to work together to create an amazing experience for my girls and I on the wedding day and for Dillon and I on the night of (… and quite possibly alongside our new puppy Sultan, BECAUSE ANDAZ OTTAWA IS PET-FRIENDLY, so obviously it would be such a fun addition to have him there for the big day, right?!?!)

Anyhow, definitely stay tuned for the opening of this hotel in the coming weeks, it is a space that should be seen and taken in by all and to learn more about this hotel and its amazing event spaces, visit: