What do you look for when you book hotels or any type accommodations when you travel?
For us, amongst many things, beautiful views and location are very important. Both at home or when we are traveling, we put an exceptionally high value for find a place that has the perfect location and it that it overlooks the city we are visiting.
TOP CONSUMER’S CRITERIA WHEN BOOKING A HOTEL ONLINE
When you don’t really have that much time to spend when in any given city when you are traveling, it is essential to pick a hotel that is central to everything!
Yes, you can book a hotel that is of high quality and great price but if it is not centrally located, it will do you more harm than good.
Both to your time and money.
SAVE TIME AND MONEY AND YOUR TIME IS ALSO MONEY
And as you very well know, your time is also money.
If you need a car or a cab to get to landmark, to a tourist attraction or to a restaurant, then it’s not prime location and it’s going to cost you more money. That’s an added expense and on top of that, if you can’t access a lot of your desired places by foot, you will end up wasting a lot of time just getting to where you want to go.
When booking a hotel, think of where you want to be in a city, where there’s a concentration of top attractions, restaurants and transportation and consider that ground zero. Then choose your hotel based on that and find your best choice with the closes proximity.
WELCOME TO THE BEST WESTERN PLUS GATINEAU
That’s exactly one of the reasons why the Best Western Plus Gatineau is one of the most-booked hotels in the nation’s capital.
We had such a lovely weekend at the Best Western Gatineau, located in the heart of the Outaouais. Situated right in front of the Ottawa River, immediately at the foot of Alexandria Bridge, the inter-provincial bridge that connects both Ontario and Quebec.
It’s no surprise that the Best Western Gatineau has one of the most spectacular views of the Parliament Hill as well as the stunning skyline of Ottawa and Gatineau. Right from the hotel’s front door is the buzzing excitement of #winterlude, which runs for most of February. In fact, you can see everything right from your own balcony!
TOP 5 REASONS TO STAY AT BEST WESTERN PLUS GATINEAU ALL YEAR ROUND
In addition to amazing views, here’s TOP 5 REASONS TO STAY AT BEST WESTERN GATINEAU ASAP. Whether it is winter, spring, summer or fall, all of these applies:
✔ Spectacular view
✔ Unbeatable location
✔ Fabulous night sleep
✔ Perfect family hotel
✔ Great value for your money
SPECTACULAR VIEW OF OTTAWA AND GATINEAU
If you’ve been following our #hotelife adventures in Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, you would’ve seen videos after videos of showing the views from our Best Western Gatineau balcony taken at different times of the day.
We even have a stunning time lapse video taken at 5 o’clock in the morning!
Yes, it’s hard work you guys!
As soon as you open your wide French doors, you can feel all the excitement in the air. You can hear the scream and laughter of the children at Parc Jacques Cartier, which currently houses one of the largest winter outdoor festivals in the #Outaouais – Canada’s Winterlude.
Even without getting up from you bed, you can see all the activities happening right at your front door!
UNBEATABLE LOCATION WITH ONLY STEPS AWAY FROM MAJOR ATTRACTIONS
As Best Western Plus Gatineau is surrounded by Ottawa and Gatineau’s top restaurants and tourist attractions, you’re only steps away from the best food, art, culture and family fun!
As you can see from our panoramic videos here, here and here, most of the city’s top landmarks are only steps away from Best Western Gatineau. Every where you look, you will find Canada’s top tourist destinations such as the Parliament Hill, the National Art Gallery, Major Hills Park, the Notre Dame Basilica, Supreme Court of Canada, the National Arts Centre, Bytowne Museum, Canadian War Museum, the Canadian History Museum which is literally right next door and so many, many more.
You only have to cross the Alexandria bridge, which has a pedestrian pathway with the most beautiful vista of the Ottawa River and you’re right at these places. On top of that, you’re also just minutes away from Ottawa’s biggest shopping malls – CF Rideau Centre, which is also right next door to the world famous Rideau Canal. the biggest outdoor skating rink in the world!
SPECTACULAR CULINARY EXPERIENCE AT RUSTIEK TAVERNE GASTRONOMIQUE
Tourist attractions are not the only ones that surrounds Best Western Gatineau. The area is also known for some of the best restaurants in the region.
During our first night at the hotel, we decided to try a restaurant with the Outaouais’ top chefs (Executive Chef and co-owner Christopher Mulder) and sous-chefs at the helm.
We tried an absolutely true hidden gem of a restaurant in the #Outaouais – Rustiek – Taverne Gastronomique and it was phenomenal. Situated right in Old Hull on the charming street of Saint Jacques, Rustiek Taverne Gastronomique has an obvious French flare and sort of European vibe.
With a wide and diverse wine list and a great selection of Quebec-brewed draft and bottled craft beers, Rustiek also prides itself for making everything fresh and in-house. From their fresh pasta to their succulent beef, they make most of their menu in-house and sourcing from local or surrounding farms in West Quebec and Eastern Ontario.
EUROPEAN-INSPIRED AND LOCALLY-SOURCED CUISINE
As charcuterie is one of the plates Rustiek is famous for, we started with the Chef’s inspiration, which turned out to be a lovely surprise, especially with the stunning beef tartare. The menu is both simple and fabulous that it’s easy to order everything yet to hard to narrow down on what to order as every single item sounds absolutely delicious.
After much negotiating (We have this silly ‘rule’ that we cannot order the same dish and when I say we, I really just mean I tell him that he cannot order the same thing as me!) E rightly chose the braised beef cheek. Beautifully plated, the moist and tender beef cheek was braised with grass vodka and served with beech mushrooms, fresh cavetelli rigati, grilled pearl onions and cured egg yolk.
I went for one of Rustiek’s best sellers – the grilled octopus and shrimp plate. Both were the perfect choices.
I reckon I’d still come back for Rustiek’s lamb shank that everyone is talking about.
Though we’re not usually dessert folks, we finished the meal in a sweet high note with the home made-like apple and calvados parfait for E and I did not regret my heavenly warm dark chocolate and beet cake, served with refreshing raspberry balsamic gelato, milk powder crumble and rose petal sauce.
As it’s somehow cruel to wax poetic about this mouth watering culinary deliciousness without sharing this lavish feast, we have great news for you!
TWENTY YORK STREET X RUSTIEK SPECIAL DINNER GIVEAWAY
In fact, we have actually partnered with Rustiek – Taverne Gastronomique to give you guys the ultimate #ValentinesDay Dinner Date! You can enter this exiting give-away at our Twenty York Street Page right here.
Don’t worry guys, there’s no expiration date for this give-away. Co-owners Jesse and Chris are ready to welcome you at anytime for this special @20YS X #Rustiek Dinner Give-away!
How’s that to warm up your #winter?
Ru, don’t walk and ENTER HERE RIGHT NOW and GOOD LUCK you guys!
Rustiek Taverne Gastronomique
Address: 51 Rue St-Jacques, Gatineau (Old Hull), 819-525-3343
Opening hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday 5 to 11 p.m.
FABULOUS NIGHT SLEEP WITH SPACIOUS ROOMS AND COMFORTABLE BEDS
We had the suite in the 8th floor that has two double beds facing the Ottawa River and it couldn’t have been more perfect. As you know, we (Again, when I say we, I really just mean me.) travel with a lot of luggage and equipment. We had more than enough room for all us plus all of our things.
For two nights, we had cozy, comfortable sleep and we were able to spend some precious time with the family. Waking up to such glorious sunrise together, right outside our window, is a major bonus.
PERFECT HOTEL FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Why not celebrate an extended Valentines weekend with your loved one, stay here for Winterlude or book ahead for #MarchBreak!
We certainly met plenty of families and groups during our stay and they all came from near and far. As a matter of fact, the hotel was positively packed and we were just so fortunate that they were able to find us one room during that weekend.
It was after all, the peak of #Winterlude2019, one of the region’s highly anticipated winter event. Popular both here abroad, thousands and thousands of people flock to the National Capital Region to experience firsthand all the glorious winter wonderland activities in Ottawa, Gatineau and around.
With salt water pool, a gym, in-house restaurant and banquet hall, the newly renovated Best Western Gatineau is hands down one of the top choices for hotels in the nation’s capital.
ABSOLUTELY GREAT VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY
Geared towards family and big group reservations, the Best Western Gatineau has one of the lowest rates online. There’s also plenty of ways to save on your hotel reservation such as the Best Western Rewards, CAA Discounts, group rates and more.
Best Western Gatineau also has FREE WiFi available all throughout the hotel. The in-house O’Laurier Bistro And Cafe serves delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner.
On top of all of that, the hotel staff is committed to making your stay the most comfortable and enjoyable ever. Best Western Gatineau is precisely known for: Winning Hospitality and Low Rate Guarantee.
And… it has one of the best rewards card in the industry!
ONE OF THE BEST REWARDS PROGRAM IN THE HOTEL INDUSTRY – BEST WESTERN REWARDS
Redeem your Best Western Rewards® points for a free night at any of our hotels around the world.
So take advantage of what makes Best Western Rewards one of the top loyalty programs in the industry. Just take a look at all these benefits:
✔ Worldwide Free Night Redemption
✔ Points Never Expire
✔ Status Match…No Catch®
✔ BWR Exclusive Member Rates
✔ Instant Rewards & Incentives
STAY FOR 2 NIGHTS AND GET 1 NIGHT FREE
When you register now, you can stay for 2 nights and get 1 night free, just like that. No conditions, no complications.
Did you know that Best Western Rewards® members who register and complete 2 eligible stays between February 4, 2019 and April 14, 2019 at a Best Western® hotel in the United States, Canada or Caribbean will get a Free Night Voucher?
HAVE AN ENJOYABLE STAY AT BEST WESTERN PLUS GATINEAU WITH YOUR FAMILY
For the 5 reasons and more that we mentioned, don’t delay. Come stay and have a happy getaway!
So don’t escape the snow, instead enjoy and book your winter wonderland get-away today!
*#Ad: Our stay was provided by the Best Western Plus Gatineau and as always, all opinions are our own.
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