For many years now we have been building hotel packages; some designed for families, some for couples or just weekend getaways! Some are seasonal packages, such as our Winter Getaway and others apply year round (Cars Stay Free Package)
As an ‘independent’ hotel, packages are our way of partnering with our tourism partners and community to create wonderful creative ideas to make an Ottawa visit more attractive. Right now, we are featuring our March Break Package which includes an amazing exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature called Survival of the Slowest and another very popular exhibit called Butterfies take Flight. We love promoting our partners as much as we can. We are blessed in Ottawa with so many incredible museums and attractions.
I would say the Lord Elgin is more accurately an ‘interdependent’ hotel than an ‘independent’ hotel. The common definition of ‘independent’ is an adjective that describes something or someone as free from outside control; not depending on another’s authority or not depending on another for livelihood or subsistence. When we look at this definition, we are anything but independent, for we do depend heavily on others for our livelihood and subsistence. In reality, we can be described as an ‘interdependent’ hotel or inter-connected hotel, for what sets up apart from the brands, is not our independence, but actually our connectedness and reliance on each other (teams and colleagues), on our neighbors, our tourism partners and our sister hotels (in our ownership). We leverage each other’s strength, knowledge and best practices to be all we can. We do not have the big brand to market us, or send the business our way, or negotiate on our behalf. We are forced to be more resourceful and innovative to create our success and compete with the big brands. We build packages and partnership with museums, attractions, festivals and other tourism partners. Sharing best practices and knowledge, we are stronger together than apart.
I am so very proud of what we have built here at the LE, our strong team spirit and ties to those in our community. I would not have it any other way!!
Dale Grant (center)
In the hotel’s 45th year, a new employee by the name of Dale Grant started working here. On August 26, 1986, Dale started off working in food prep at the Pub in the lower level of the hotel. He worked there for 4 years before they closed for renovations.
A short time after that he was offered a position as a houseman in our housekeeping department, which he gladly accepted. His position consists of cleaning the lobby and public spaces, laundry, shampooing and the outside maintenance of the hotel. This also includes tending to the beautiful tulips on the hotel grounds every year. Dale always has a smile on his face and loves to say hello to both guests and staff alike.
Dale has been with the hotel for 32 years and has seen it undergo 2 renovations. His fondest memories of the hotel are when the hotel is at its busiest, namely, spring and summer (tourist season), Christmas and March break. During this time there is always a rush at the hotel.
When asked of a position at the hotel he would like to switch to and work at for a day, Dale smiled and said, “Front desk and switchboard. Front desk gets to meet different people every day and switchboard seems interesting.”
Dale lives with his partner and cat, whom is basically his first baby. His second baby is the Lord Elgin Hotel lobby…that is Dale Grant’s territory.
Thank you Dale for your dedication, hard work and bringing a smile to every guest face when they walk into the Lord Elgin Hotel lobby. The Lord Elgin family appreciates you.