Lord Elgin Hotel Downtown Ottawa

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Case closed: Archivists solve mystery of Lord Elgin Hotel's Wolfe statuette
(From The Ottawa Citizen, January 23, 2012. By Tom Spears.) The Maple Leaf Forever says that Wolfe the dauntless hero came from Britain’s shore. So did his dauntless statuette. Continue reading »

Hotel hero recognized by Ottawa Tourism as a city star
(From Centretown News, Novemeber 11, 2011. By Jesse Gronhovd.)A Lord Elgin Hotel employee has been recognized for his above-and-beyond customer service with Ottawa Tourism’s 2011 Star of the City award. Paul Norris, a guest service supervisor at the historic Centretown hotel, was presented with the annual award at a special gala on Oct. 26 after being selected by a panel of judges from a field of 22 finalists. Continue reading »

Lord Elgin worker honoured for top service
(From The Ottawa Citizen, October 27, 2011. By Claire Brownell.) A Lord Elgin Hotel employee who braved crowds, dark and cold to find a lost student's friends on the Rideau Canal has earned this year’s Star of the City award. Continue reading »

The mystery of the bronze statuette
(From Winnipeg Free Press, September 21, 2011. By Mia Rabson.) When you were young did you ever steal something and later regret it? You’re likely in good company. Apparently someone in Ottawa has been regretting a theft for six decades and finally wanted to make peace with his actions. In June, workers at the Lord Elgin Hotel in downtown Ottawa were perplexed by the discovery of a bronze statue of British General James Wolfe in a plastic bag along with a note. Continue reading »

Archives Canada reclaims mysterious Gen. Wolfe statue
(From CBC News, September 21, 2011) Ottawa archivists say they believe a bronze statuette of 18th-century British general James Wolfe, allegedly stolen more than 60 years ago and returned under mysterious circumstances, did in fact belong to their collection. Continue Reading »

Travel destination: Ottawa
(From Chatelaine, August 31 2011. By Patricia Dawn Robertson) This city, formerly known best for its politics, now hosts blockbuster art shows and has hip boutique hotels. It's also turning into one of North America’s great foodie destinations, thanks to the 1,200 farms within its limits. Continue reading »

Icing on the cake for local baker
(From Standard Freeholder, by Melissa Di Costanzo. June 20, 2011.) WILLIAMSTOWN – When Anne Donkers first saw online photos of the now-Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake, she had no idea she’d be making a replica of that very same cake. Continue reading »

Lost statue of Gen. Wolfe turns up at Ottawa hotel
(From CBC News, June 7, 2011) Workers at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa are trying to piece together the mystery of how a small bronze statue of 18th century British general James Wolfe ended up at the hotel over the weekend, some 50 years after it was allegedly stolen from the national archives. Read story & watch video »

Statue missing for 50 years turns up at Ottawa hotel
(From CTV News, June 7, 2011.) The Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa has a mystery on its hands after a statuette stolen 50 years ago turned up in one of its bathrooms. A guest found a shopping bag on the floor of a men's washroom last Saturday and quickly alerted hotel staff. Inside the bag was a small statue of Gen. James Wolfe, the British commander who led his troops to victory in Quebec in 1759. Continue reading »

Will and Kate's visit a boon for Ottawa hotels
(From The Montreal Gazette, June 6, 2011. By Tony Lofaro.) Good luck trying to get a hotel room on Canada Day with Prince William and his new bride, Kate, in town. Most major downtown Ottawa hotels are sold out for the holiday weekend. Tourism officials suggest visitors will have better luck booking a hotel room outside the core and taking public transit to the festivities on Parliament Hill. Continue reading »

Lord Elgin and the case of the mysterious statue
(From The Ottawa Citizen, June 6, 2011. By Ari Altstedter.) OTTAWA — On Saturday, someone entered the first-floor men’s room of the Lord Elgin Hotel, carefully placed a shopping bag on the floor and left. Inside the bag was a century-old bronze statuette and a typed note. Continue reading »

Royal followers book up Ottawa hotels
(From CBC News, April 6, 2011) Ottawa hotels are filling up quickly in anticipation of the Canada Day visit of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The royal couple, who will marry at the end of April, are coming to Canada on their first official visit. Continue reading »

Come Dine with Chef Michael Smith at Grill 41
(From World News, March 3, 2011.) Michael Smith, Canada’s best-known chef will be visiting the Lord Elgin Hotel at Grill 41 on Wednesday March 9th, 2011 for a special evening of culinary delights coupled with a cookbook signing in support of the Ottawa Food Bank. Continue reading »

Our Elgin Marbles
Sculptures of Lord and Lady Elgin have moved from hotel to Rideau Hall

(From The Ottawa Citizen, Febraury 20, 2011). What is the rightful home of Ottawa’s marble busts of Lord and Lady Elgin? The answer is a compelling tale about an Ottawa landmark, a noble Scottish family and a government that appears to value fine print over tradition. Continue Reading »

Grill 41 at Lord Elgin has new exec. chef
(From The Ottawa Citizen, February 9, 2011) Ottawa’s landmark Lord Elgin announced Tuesday that Brian Vallipuram, 50, is the hotel’s a new executive chef at the recently relaunched Grill 41, replacing Aurelio Petraglia who had been there about five months. Continue Reading »

Brian Vallipuram Named Exec Chef at Ottawa’s Lord Elgin
(From MeetingsCanada.com, February 7, 2011) Brian Vallipuram has been named executive chef at the new Grill 41, in the Lord Elgin hotel, in Ottawa. Having helmed such venerable restaurants as Mark McEwan’s North 44 and his own Axcess Restaurant, both in Toronto, Vallipuram, at the Ottawa eatery, brings his own deft touch to what he calls “grown-up comfort food.” Continue Reading »

The Lord Elgin Hotel Announces New Chef at the New Grill 41
(From Ignite Magazine, February 7, 2011) Ottawa, ON — Bringing new culinary flair to one of Canada’s most historic hotels, Chef Brian Vallipuram will join the new Grill 41 at The Lord Elgin as Executive Chef. With a top notch pedigree, having helmed such venerable restaurants as Mark McEwen’s North 44 and his own Axcess Restaurant, Chef Vallipuram offers his own deft touch to a menu of interest to locavores featuring what he calls “grown up comfort food.” Continue Reading »

Interview: Chef Aurelio Petraglia – Grill 41
(From simplyfreshottawa.com, September 14, 2010) This fall exciting changes are coming to the Lord Elgin Hotel, namely a new restaurant called Grill 41 (in recognition of 1941, the year the hotel was built). It features a coat-to-coast Canadian menu that was created in partnership with Chef Michael Smith and Chef Aurelio Petraglia. Continue Reading »

Grill 41 to Open at Ottawa’s Lord Elgin Hotel
Food Network Star Chef Michael Smith collaborates on menu that is set to establish a new standard for grilled fare in the nation’s capital

September 8, 2010 – Ottawa, ON. In the fall, Ottawa’s next great restaurant Grill 41, located at the Lord Elgin Hotel, will be unveiled. The restaurant will feature a menu created in collaboration with renowned Food Network star and best-selling cookbook author, Chef Michael Smith, an extensive wine list and a warm and contemporary ambience. Continue Reading »

Discovering Canada’s cool capital
(From The Washington Post, Sunday, July 11, 2010 ) – When I was growing up in disco-era Montreal, we Canadians had a snarky sobriquet for our nation’s capital: “The City That Never Wakes.” It may have been our home and native land’s seat of power, but Ottawa also meant somnolent streets, dull dining and nonexistent night life.

So when I read that this summer, the National Gallery of Canada would be the only North American stop for the Tate Modern’s blockbuster “Pop Life” show -- an ambitious three-decade survey from Warhol to Hirst to Murakami -- I did a double take. Was it possible that the parochial Ottawa of my childhood had actually become hip? Continue reading »

LORD ELGIN HOTEL: A Landmark Downtown Ottawa Hotel
(From woman.ca, Tuesday, 06 July 2010) – Ottawa is a beautiful city that is often overlooked by those of us who are searching for that perfect summer vacation or weekend getaway. The truth is that Ottawa is one of the best vacation destinations within Ontario. Our capital city is absolutely stunning in the summer months and an excellent spot for people to escape the hustle and bustle of larger cities. Continue reading »

Lord Elgin Hotel Awarded 2008 Hotel of the Year in Ottawa
Ottawa (October 28, 2008)– The Lord Elgin Hotel has been given top honours as Ottawa’s Hotel of the Year for 2008. The award recognizes Lord Elgin’s outstanding efforts to serve guests and create a unique experience for Ottawa visitors while maintaining its landmark heritage in Canada. Honourable Wilfred P. Moore, Q.C. sent congratulations to the Lord Elgin Hotel upon receiving news of the award.

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