For those who live in Ottawa, many know that this beautiful historic hotel is locally owned. In 1987, the Lord Elgin was purchased by Patrick Gillin and he has since been the proud owner of this historic landmark of Ottawa. (that is his vintage truck in the photo).
Mr. Gillin sadly passed away last month (July 18th) at the age of 84. He had never retired, but continued to work and attend to business right to the end. He was tireless in his efforts in business and in his desire to make Ottawa a better place to live. The Lord Elgin was a better place because of him.
This hotel, which I have worked in on and off for over 34 years, has always operated as a very tight ship, yet with such a personal touch. There has always been a family feel to it that you don’t get at other places. It has only had two General Manager’s over this time and both have a real passion for this business – both so very good to their employees and of course, to our guests. You cannotáfake that kind of dedication.á It requires enormous time andácommittment – and a sincere desire to make people happy!
As well, where else would you be able to communicate with your namesake. We have the great honor of being in touch with Lord Elgin who resides in Scotland and does visit us from time to time (He will be visiting us in September). He has provided us with copies of correspondence between his father and MacKenzie King in 1941 as the hotel was opening. What a great story!