Planning Your Trip for Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend: Staying in Ottawa or Gatineau in 2020
If you’ve already decided how you’re travelling to Ottawa for Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, the next step to planning your visit to the National Capital Region in May is choosing where to stay. This year, Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend has teamed up with the Resiada booking system and our regional Marriott partner hotels to offer custom deals for runners, spectators, volunteers and their families in 2020.
Each of these four deluxe locations offer different lodging options to suit a wide range of needs – whether you’re looking for a 5-star workout facility, a pet-friendly suite, entertainment for your kids, or the very best views of Ottawa’s most scenic landmarks!
Let’s take a look and get your stay booked.
Ottawa Marriott Hotel
100 Kent St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5R7
Avg Rate / Night: $209 with Resiada
2.2km from Race Weekend activities
When you first step into your room or suite at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel, you’ll feel refreshed by the modern design aesthetic, plush furniture and bedding. Each room has access to high speed internet and free wifi, a smart flat screen TV, robes, slippers and a Keurig coffee maker, but it’s the floor to ceiling windows that will likely be the first thing to catch your eye!
With a 4-star rating on Trip Advisor, past guests have lauded the friendliness of staff, the cleanliness of the rooms and the recreational options for visitors. In fact, with everything the Ottawa Marriott has to offer, you may not spend much time in your room at all!
There’s the Kent Club Health Centre, where you’ll find a heated indoor pool, and a luxurious Sauna for unwinding after a day of running or sightseeing. A wide range of top-of-the-line ellipticals, free weights, treadmills, stairmasters and rowing machines mean you can workout just as you would at home or at your local gym.
If you’re bringing your family, the Kids Zone and Games Room is perfect for children and teens. Little ones under 10 will have a blast pretending and playing with a range of toy stations, while pre-teens and teenagers can make use of the Xbox 360 gaming stations. If you’re hoping for family time away from screens, there’s air hockey, ping pong / table tennis, billiards, foosball, board games and even a basketball court!
When you’re ready to leave and explore the heart of downtown Ottawa, you’re only two quick LRT stops away from the Rideau Shopping Centre, The Shaw Centre (where the Health and Fitness Expo is hosted) and the Byward Market, where you can explore the outdoor market vendors and try the infamous BeaverTail – an absolute Ottawa must!
11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9H4
Avg Rate / Night: $253 with Resiada
1.7km from Race Weekend activities
A gorgeous and modern option for your visit to the region, The Westin Ottawa offers rooms and suites that scream “posh” and have been designed to leave guests feeling pampered without exception.
Each room is fully stocked with everything you could need or expect, including free wifi, a large flat screen TV, and luxurious bedding, but it’s the little touches – like the complimentary Sleep Well Lavender Balm – that make your stay feel spa-like.
The Westin boasts a 4.5 rating on Trip Advisor, and past guests often tout that one of the best reasons to choose The Westin for your stay is location, location, location. This is especially true for race weekend as it’s directly beside the Health and Fitness Expo and a short walk to all the race weekend activities.
Perhaps the most unique offering at the Westin is the RunWESTIN program, which has been operating to the benefit of Westin guests since 2013. The hotel staffs a professional Run Concierge to guide guests on a weekly 5-8km interprovincial run from May to October, so that guests can keep their running routines while travelling.
Gear lending is available ($5.95) if you forget to pack your workout clothes or are trying to travel light, and the entire RunWESTIN program is offered for free to guests – the only cost being a little time and a little sweat.
It also offers some great amenities for your race weekend experience: Ottawa’s renowned steakhouse The Shore Club, in-room massage therapy sessions, a salt water pool, and its comprehensive WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio which boasts Peloton bikes, squash courts, a whirlpool and spa treatments.
Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre
101 Lyon St N, Ottawa, ON K1R 5T9
Avg Rate / Night: $249 with Resiada
1.9km from Race Weekend activities
Sleek and stylish, The Delta’s rooms and suites are furnished for comfort and convenience. You’ll enjoy a restful sleep on pillow top bedding and then pull open the curtains in the morning to enjoy natural light courtesy of floor to ceiling windows that offer views of downtown Ottawa.
Despite holding a strong reputation for being the ideal place for business travel, the Delta is also family friendly and is designed with leisure in mind. The flatscreen TVs are equipped with Netflix, Chromecast and cable channels, and there is an iPod doc speaker system so you can listen to your own tunes, ensuring you’ll feel right at home. The Fitness Centre includes a large indoor salt water pool with fun floaties for the kids, and cardio equipment and free weights for your workouts.
The Delta holds a 4-star rating on Trip Advisor, and the conscientious staff are praised in all the top reviews for going above and beyond. Help from the front desk is just a phone call away, whether you need late night Room Service, extra pillows, or toiletries to make your stay more comfortable.
Another great perk (and a mainstay for many Marriott hotels and their partner locations) is their Pet Policy. If you’re currently struggling to find a kennel or lodging for a beloved furry member of your family, The Delta welcomes pets under 23 kg (or 50 lbs), for a $35 fee per 5 days of your stay.
Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Conference Centre
35 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec J8X 4E9
Avg Rate / Night: $164 with Resiada
3.3km from Race Weekend activities
If you want a taste for something a little different, you can choose to take in the natural beauty across the Ottawa River by staying in Gatineau, Quebec. The Four Points Sheraton is just the ticket for gorgeous views and guarantees a spacious and relaxing stay in its newly renovated guest rooms and suites.
You are only minutes away on foot from Gatineau’s top attractions, and only a 5-minute drive to downtown Ottawa. Views of the Parliament from across the river will take your breath away, and the superior slow-food inspired dining experience offered by the onsite L’Ardoise Restaurant & Lounge is unparalleled.
Four Points has a 4-star rating on Trip Advisor and you’ll experience luxury at the most affordable price point. Touted as being both clean and having an enduring professional atmosphere, you’ll enjoy swimming in the indoor pool or making use of the fitness centre to lift weights or get in a quick workout.
If you’re bringing your family with you to Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, the Museum of History is right across the street, and offers educational attractions for everyone in the family, especially little ones who will be delighted with the world-class Children’s Museum on the 2nd floor.
Resiada – Booking with Ease!
All four of our partner hotels are offering exclusive pricing when you book with Resiada, the official booking platform for Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend – but the cost savings are just the tip of the iceberg for why Resiada is the best choice when booking your hotel.
“Resiada is integrated with the official Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend registration site, too,” explains Dharmesh Dayabhai, Resiada Co-Founder and CMO. “The goal is to help streamline the entire user experience from start to finish, making it easier for the attendee to complete their registration and booking all at once.”
You can browse rooms and suites based on your specific needs – from proximity to the start line, to your personal budget, or if you’re looking for amenities like all-inclusive breakfast or parking and narrow down your best choices in seconds.
You’ll save both time and money, as our hotel partners have guaranteed the best pricing for race weekend with this exclusive platform, all while helping race organizers understand and support out of town attendees.
Not a fan of doing everything online solo? Athletes and their families also have a dedicated call centre (1-888-737-4232) with staff available to answer any questions and streamline the process, too.
So where will you stay in May 2020? Start looking at rooms today!