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Marriott Ottawa Downtown

Our room was on the mid floor in the Marriott Ottawa downtown Since it’s in Dow town i had a not so good experience with a downtown Holiday Inn  hotel in Montreal(night noises) it got me worried that i would not get so much sleep. But when entering the Room i noticed that had isolated the room very good and i could almost hear not noise from the street. It should buy and bring a decibel meter to Dow town hotels.  I was amazed by how big the room was i booked for a double with queen beds for 2 persons.

And i have to say it was the Marriott Downtown in Ottawa was my  best Hotel in my road trip across Canada.

The bed was perfect for me, just in between softness and giving a good back support.  I never had a bed that slept so good. This could also have due to the fact that I slept terrible the night before and had driven a lot  of Kilometers.

 

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

 

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

The light bulb you can see emitted a warm and welcoming light but it also doubled as a wall socket and the Alarm Clock had a USB port in it. These are just some of the small things which have such a nice impact and  you really appreciate.

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Double Queen Room

 

Although they offered water it was really unclear if you had to pay for it or pay for it when you wanted more water. So this could be a minor suggestion to them. The ice bucket was nicely made but we had to go a floor to get some ice. i am not sure why our floor did not have a an Ice Machine.

Marriott Ice Holder and Water

Marriott Ice Holder and Water

On of the nice small things they offered is if you stay longer than 1 night and choose to not let them change your clothes they offer you the Choice of getting a $5 Dollar Starbucks gift card or getting 500 Marriott Reward Points.  I  really love the fact the they not only think about the environment but also offer you an extra advantage. Although im not sure this is in every Marriott Hotel or just in the Marriott’s in Ottawa.
Also they offered Breakfast in the Room Service which had approximately the same price as going doing to the restaurant and eating your breakfast there.

They offered a wide range of products which where reasonably price according to a Hotel

 

Marriott Ottawa Room Breakfast

Marriott Ottawa Room Breakfast

It always nice to see some Bathroom products it lets you think how much a Hotel Chain cares about you.  Marriott offered us a nice choice of Thann products. It consisted of (From left to right )  an aromatherapy conditioner next some shampoo. Then in the middle we got a rice bran oil soap bar with orange and tangerine scents  followed by Aromatic Wood Body lotion and to finish another Aromatherapy Shampoo.

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Bathroom Than Supplies

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Bathroom Thann Supplies

 

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Bathroom

Marriott Downtown Ottawa Bathroom

 

 

Flying in Economy with British Airways Boeing 747 London New York

Flying  one British Airways oldest in the fleet the 747. It is one of the original jet planes, i was really looking forward to fly on it before the retired all the 747 .

The Flight itself

BRU-LHR Brussels to London Heathrow

Our first flight was at 6 55 heading to London Heathrow when we arrived at the gate we are amazed by the small size of the aircraft. When boarding they told us the flight was fully booked.
We didn’t expect for a flight of only one hour that they would serve us breakfast. We had a Croissant with sausages and tomato and mayonaise (kinda a weird combination).
British airways offered a ideal space of legroom on the first flight which i didn’t expect.

LHR-JFK London Heathrow to New York John F Kennedy Airport

Boeing 747 British Airways London To New York

Boeing 747 British Airways London To New York

Our second flight was from London Heathrow to New York JFK. The flight was again operated by British Airways this time with a Boeing 747 400.
The Boeing 747 has always amazed me as one of the first jumbo jets, but you could defiantly see that this Boeing had his age.
The leg room was a little bit smaler than our first flight (and that for a transatlantic flight.) and the inflight entertainment system was older but the movies where still up to date and it worked perfectly. Our crew was very friendly and the meals where of good quality our breakfast was an (option meat or vegetable “beans”) omelet with beef companioned by mushrooms and a Tomato.
And  with this meal there was also a fruit juice, a bun and a fresh fruit salad which was very welcoming due to its fresh taste . Just before landing we had a late snack which was the first time i had a snack before landing that was actually tastefully. They served us  a Chicken Ceasar Sandwich and a Kitkat as dessert.
I’d have to say British Airways really impressed me with the foodservice in Economy class especially with the fresh fruit nothing better to fight the jetlag than some fresh vitamines.  When arriving in New york we had a bout 4 hours to pass customs and TSA control.
What i really noticed was how empty terminal 8 was i think when arriving at most 200 people where here so it was really calm and ideal to relax a little bit and take a quick snack/ Nap. Continuing to our last flight which was operated American Airlines (American Eagle) . which i will describe later on so keep checking back .

Road trip across east Canada

Road Trip across Canada Preparation

 

Canada has always been one of the destinations i wanted to visit.
Since i visited China a last year i wanted to travel to more destinations outside Europe. Fortunately i found some ways to keep travel in comfort and keeping it budget friendly.

My flight will be from Brussels to London where i have some time to get a quick breakfast and then off to JFK New York where i can have lunch and then continue my trip to Montreal.  I will fly  to JFK using one of the old Majestic planes the Boeing 747 of British Airways. read about in my post flying British Airways Economy from London Heathrow To JFK.

 

British AIrways Boeing 747

 

Our first Stop is Montreal at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, there we will visited the old city explore some restaurants (perhaps eat some poutine,  it doesn’t look that tasty tough on the internet) and spend the night at the Holiday Inn Express in the downtown area.

After that we will travel to Quebec and visit the old city for a night and a day and drive up to Tadoussac where we will stay 2 nights to go and watch the whales.
Then we drive up to the fjord and return in the direction of La Tuque where will spend the night. The next day we wil drive until we reach Ottawa where we will spend the night at the marriott. In Ottawa we only have a short period of time due to the fact of the long driving and need to reach our lodge at algonquin natural parc .  We found a lovely lodge in Huntsville using airbnb (more on that later) and decided to book it.  After visiting the natural parc of algonquin where we hope to see  some wild animals like a Moose, we are driving to Parry sound and explore the region of the lake. Before heading to Toronto we will have one night in Collingwood at the Holiday Inn.  When arriving in Toronto we have all the time to explore some Museums and shops or perhaps some natural parcs. For the last 2 days we will visit the Niagara falls on the Canadian site and then head back to Brussels flying from Montreal to London with the new Boeing 787.

 

 

The Flight from Toronto to London.