• Thursday, February 10th, 2011
They come here from all over the world to showcase their talents, their unbelievable works of art and display the magic they create from just a single block of ice.
To me, it seems like an impossible task…for them, it seems almost effortless. Not only do they create a masterpiece work of art, but while doing so they are challenged by ever-changing Ottawa weather. No matter what kind of weather comes their way though, these people play the lead role in turning Confederation Park into the Roger Crystal Gardens every year. Amazing!
So being positioned where we are, we get front row seats to watch the ice-carvers every year create mythical creatures, abstract art, and famous buildings from around the world. What really goes into the creation of these masterpieces though? IĂm sure it must be a lot of thought, time and planning. Having the ability to create something that stands out from the rest and in a time frame of only 3 days is always so impressive!
To think that these simple blocks of ice come alive during Winterlude, especially at night when they are illuminated with different colored lights, then when Winterlude is overÓtheyĂre gone. We, along with our guests, are lucky to be able to just stroll across the street and take a look, but I would suggest to everyone to get out to see them this year because they are some of the best I have seen in the past few years!
Also, thanks again, to our wonderful Ice SculptorĂs who gave us a carving of our own right outside our restaurant, Grill 41 as well as our beautiful bunnies in front of the hotel. We love being in the center of it all!
• Tuesday, February 01st, 2011
Back in October of last year I got a call from the General Hospital in Ottawa. At the age of 56, my father had been brought in after suffering from a heart attack and was going to be staying a few days for observation. It was scary to think something like this could take such a close family member, and mentor of mineÓ.and so unexpectedly!
This is one reason why I am very proud to say that this year the hotel is going to be lighting up red for the month of February in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and all the fantastic volunteers and donors they have. Where would we be without all of these people?
It is such a small part we are playing in directing peopleĂs attention to Heart Month. The real heroes are the oneĂs who have given their time, money and devotion to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. We are happy to be kicking-off Heart Month in Ottawa and taking the first step forward for another year of life-saving research.
We feel so lucky to be one of the two landmark locations in the city to be a part of Heart Month this year (the other is Residence Inn by Marriott) and want to invite everyone out to celebrate all the great volunteers and donors who have helped out the Heart and Stroke Foundation. February 3rd at 5pm we are lighting up the hotel redÓcome show your support for healthy hearts!
• Thursday, January 27th, 2011
We pride ourselves on the elegant nature of the hotel, but for one day we are going to throw elegance out the window and have some sexy, flirty fun! Valentines Day offers the perfect opportunity to do this…and still get away with it.
We know that things can get a little….uh, boring after a while (luckily for us women, ValentineĂs Day doesnĂt fall on Football Sunday this year). WeĂve tried the traditional way of doing things and found them to be quit successful but by making it a bit more exciting we hope to really amp up the romance for some lucky couples.
I speak from experience when I say, even though you may be stuck in town for V-Day, itĂs still great to get away for the night, and enjoy having your every need catered to. Our ˘Be My Valentine÷ package is an added bonus! Who can say no to chocolate covered strawberries, exotic bath and message oils, and breakfast in bed? I know I canĂt.
(Baby-sitter not included)
• Thursday, October 30th, 2008
The Stars were all in alignment last night, when the Lord Elgin Hotel won top prize at the Stars of the City Gala. We are all still on a high today – what a fabulous night!!
With over 400 Stars awarded, the hotel was one of three finalists for Star Property of the year. We had quite the presence – nearly 60 of the hotel staff – almost all of whom were ‘Stars’, attended the event and we were not quiet. Every time our name appeared on the screen, we stood up and cheered like little kids – clapping and cheering!! Not only did we win Star Property, but the hotel had 3 finalists in different categories – all big Stars in their own right and the Evening Star went to our very own Christopher Ward. Chris, who works at our front desk, is one of those guys who just genuinely likes to help people and is always going above and beyond. He alone received over 49 nominations for Stars – an all time record says Ottawa Tourism.
FYI – Stars of the City is a program that Ottawa Tourism started years ago whereby visitors to our city can nominate those people that truly stand out. The program also delivers training that all of our staff can participate in, that encourages great service.
You know the really nice thing to see was when Chris won, each one of us went over to congratulate him. We were so happy for him. He truly deserved the award!! But it was also a testament to what great people I get to work with everyday at this hotel – truly committed people who love what they do. It’s also a testament to a great boss, our fearless leader, David Smythe, who really ignites all of the employees at the LE. He is a great champion for his team!!
Thank you to all our guests for the Stars!! You made our year!!
• Thursday, June 28th, 2007
It was such a great night! We hosted a lovely reception in Confederation Park on Sunday evening (June 24th) and despite the cloud burst, our guests were kept dry and comfy under the protection of the tent we had compliments of our friends at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival.
As long-time sponsors of the Jazz Festival, we were able to invite our guests to a great night under the stars with the amazing drums of the Conga Kings – an 11 piece Rumba Group with 3 of the master congueros of Afro-cuban music. It was a great evening .. great music, fabulous food and drink and great company.
To our delight, this year, our partners at the Ottawa Jazz Festival awarded the Lord Elgin Hotel with the ‘Corporate Award of Distinction’. We have been working with the Jazz Festival for well over 10 years and it was so rewarding to have this award presented to us. With our location, it makes so much sense to give back to these festivals that provide the color and culture that make this a great town! Kudos to the unfailing efforts of people like Catherine O’Grady and the heads of all the other wonderful summer festivals and all those behind them for all they do to bring such fabulous entertainment to our city! We are proud to be a part of what you do!
• Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
In April, we have had the great pleasure of hosting the children that qualified for the annual CanSpell Spelling Bee, that is put on by CanWest. These are the brightest and most talented winners and runner ups – 41 of them, that come the Ottawa annually to participate in this week full of fun, learning, adventure and finally, to compete in the final spelling bee that took place this past Saturday.
This is our third year hosting these children and it is a great honor to be a part of this great cause – that is to promote literacy in our kids and then celebrate those that excel. As a mother of four boys, I certainly know what reading has done to enhance our kids lives. My son, who is 19, has taken his ‘gap’ year to circle the globe…first Australia and now is in Europe. Whenever he calls, his voice is full of excitement, as he is taking in so many of the sites that he has read about in his history books. As a lover of history and an avid reader, his travels and experiences have been enriched and taken on so much more relevance because of his reading.
It is great to have the children competing in CanSpell with us, because we are in some way, a part of a much bigger effort – to promote and celebrate reading for our children. Congratulations CanWest and thank you for allowing us to be a part of this great event!