In the summer we visited the Outaouais Region of Quebec and stayed in Gatineau. Our first two nights we spent at Ramada Plaza Le Manoir Du Casino. The suite we were given for the two night stay was exceptional and the location was ideal for many different types of travellers. Here’s what to expect when you stay at Ramada Plaza Le Manoir Du Casino.
We drove several hours and left early in the morning to be sure we made it to Gatineau in good time to start our day. Of course I had scoped out the Ramada Plaza a bit before we left and I knew a few details. There was an on site restaurant and that was important to me because when our family arrived after driving for seven hours and then touring Gatineau Park the last thing we wanted was to go hunting down a diner. As we stay and get comfortable and accustomed to a city we are visiting then we are able to venture out by foot or by van to find something that we enjoy together and to locate new restaurant and food experiences.
But that first night I wanted to know three or four key things – how to get there, what parking was like, whether there was free wifi or not (there is) and whether there was a restaurant or not. The parking is ample and it is outdoors and private. Perfect for most travellers with vehicles of pretty much any type. Also the Ramada Plaza is easy to access from the Highway. It is a four star accommodation. I felt like it could have ranked higher, maybe 4 1/2 stars.
We had an amazing itinerary that was exciting and family friendly and so much fun. It was full from the moment we arrived to the day we left for home from Montebello. But first on arrival in Gatineau we headed off to see Gatineau Park for a few hours. We made great time arriving and had less traffic than we anticipated so we landed in the area by Noon which left us plenty of time to visit Gatineau Park. Gatineau left a huge impression on me. Don’t miss it. It’s 361 square kilometres of beautiful caves and lakes, trails, lookouts and wildlife. It is one of the most beautiful parks I have ever set foot in and it is truly a provincial and national treasure.
As far as rooms go, this Ramada Plaza bi-level suite was killer awesome. The kids fondly have this Ramada Plaza suite at the top of their list of best rooms we’ve stayed in as a family. There have also been some amazing ski chalets that are on their best ever family accommodations list too. Vermont’s Smugglers’ Notch, Mont Tremblant and Parkbridge Resorts Lakes of Wasaga are also in their top five.
Anyways back to the hotel at hand. The Ramada Plaza Le Manor Du Casino is a mouthful to say. But you need to try one of these rooms, if you have the chance. Also this bi-level suite room would be fantastic for a wedding party preparation or overnight stay. The upstairs is a loft like space with a large bed that is at least a double and large enough for two children or youth. There is a safe railing that allows the people staying on the upper level to look out over the main level. There is a beautiful en suite with shower upstairs and a television. It was pretty much perfect. This room fits four easily and could perhaps fit five as a result of the large leather sofa in the main living area.
The main level is tastefully decorated and furnished. I felt like it had a modern and contemporary feel with some European artistic influences. All of the Ramada Plaza’s 174 rooms are equipped with an air jet bathtub and an electrical fireplace. This makes the accomodations equally appealing in fall and winter months too.
Now let’s talk nitty gritty. You want to know that a place is clean when you stay there with family. The Ramada Plaza Le Manoir Du Casino is very clean and well cared for. In fact it was pretty much immaculate. We had a couple of pleasant surprises in our room when we checked in. (see above photo) That was really a nice touch. And for Family Month in July there was also a kid’s Tourisme Outaouais backpack for each child with a few goodies inside and an activity book as well. I like that as a parent. It’s a small thing but a nice touch. Keep the kids happy, and the parents will return, or at least remember you and share their opinions with other parents.
The thing I enjoy about traveling to Quebec is that my kids get to use some of their French language skills. They both attend French immersion schools and are well on their way to being officially bilingual. They conversed with the front reception in French. But the staff were also easily able to switch to English as well. Our reservation was not quite ready when we arrived. As I mentioned we were early. We had some time and filled it with exploring Gatineau.
We all enjoyed our stay here in Gatineau and the accommodations at Ramada Plaza were remarkable.
I almost forgot to mention the fitness centre. There is a small but well stocked fitness centre on one of the lower levels. The indoor pool is nice and it was very well used when we were there. Same for the hot tub nearby. The change rooms are across from the pool. The Ramada Plaza hotel guidelines posted ask that guests wear a robe or clothing to the pool area and change in the dedicated and clean changing area so that other guests are not met by wet bathing suits when they check in. This also confines the pool mess, something I can appreciate as a traveler and as a pool owner. Water quickly ruins things and can also make a mess of just about any space.
For more details or to book a stay visit: Ramada Plaza Le Manoir Du Casino.
One more note – the pub, or restaurant at Ramada Plaza, Le Chien Noir, is fine. The food was good and we ate well and service was also very good. But the price is expensive. In fact meals in the area can be pricey. SO, do some homework and find a few family friendly places nearby and you will stay within your family budget. We headed to St Hubert’s one night and we were ravenous. The kids sometimes still like to eat from a kid’s menu and that’s fine by me because portions are often just right. The breakfast included with our stay was a good deal.
It is also worth mentioning that The Ramada Plaza Le Manoir Du Casino has received a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor. I could see why.
Ramada Plaza Le Manoir Du Casino in Gatineau
Walking distance to Casino du Lac-Leamy
174 rooms including 13 bi-level suites (we stayed in one of these bi-level suites and it was stunning. Perfect for families.)
Not far from Ottawa – perhaps 5-10 minutes from downtown Ottawa if you wish to shop or dine there.
Health and beauty centre
Indoor pool and hot tub with private and clean changing area
17 rooms are specially adapted for people with mobility issues.
There is an elevator
Some stays include breakfast which was a lovely continental style breakfast with eggs and sausage or bacon and yogurt or muffins. Fuel to start your day.
We were guests of Tourism Outaouais while visiting the area. Our accommodations and all excursions were generously provided for us. My opinion is all my own and it is also truthful. This post contains affiliate links as a service to readers. If you make a purchase via one of the links I can keep sharing our stories here as I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks!