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Old May 31, 18, 6:11 am
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TownePlace Suites Ottawa Kanata

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TownePlace Suites Ottawa Kanata

1251 Maritime Way Kanata, ON CA K2K0J6

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With a quick search of the Marriott forum, I can see that there are very few TownePlace Suites threads in the last few years and I can understand there is limited interest to write or read reviews about any individual TPS property.  My review is as much about the brand in general rather than the specific property I stayed.  I am coming from the Starwood side and I wanted to try a new Marriott brand for a change.  I don’t always stay at full service hotels, for example maybe 10% of my Starwood stays are at Alofts and 4Ps.  My expectations were that TPS was maybe similar to a Homewood Suites by Hilton. I was wrong.

 

Location

TownePlace Suites Kanata is about 20 km from downtown Ottawa.  I booked there in part because the points redemption was about to go up.  I got 5 nights at 10k pts each with 5thnight free for a very modest 40k pts total.  Post devaluation this property is 15k pts per night.  For comparison purposes, the Marriott hotels in downtown Ottawa are 25k pts per night except a Courtyard at 20k pts per night.  Probably 10k for TPS was a good deal, but now 15k pts it seems more or less fair.  The problem is that cash rates are almost $200 CAD at TPS by scanning some dates in the future, while downtown hotels are sometimes higher sometimes lower.  I see the full-service Marriott priced below TPS for several dates.  Obviously, if someone needs to be in Kanata they won’t book in Ottawa downtown and vice versa.  But my point is that whoever is booking a room for cash at TPS in Kanata because they need to be in Kanata is not getting a very good deal compared to the person who books in downtown Ottawa because they need to be there.  If TPS can fill the hotel at those rates then great for them. No wonder why midscale brands tend to be more profitable.

Room

A room at TPS cannot be compared to a room at Homewood Suites.  I did not get any upgrade so I was in a studio, which to me looked pretty much like a standard hotel room, the only difference being the fridge and oven in the hallway in the entrance of the room, but the overall size of the room is fairly standard.  At least the bathroom was nice and clean and the hotel generally speaking is new so in good condition.  

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Dining

I did not expect a luxurious breakfast at a TPS but even then I think my expectations were too high; I was thinking I would get a Homewood Suites or Hyatt Place kind of breakfast.  To be honest, I found the TPS breakfast inferior by a wide margin compared to those two, so I must have been using the wrong benchmark.  The fried eggs looked more like pancakes with egg colors and they tasted like rubber.  

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Gym

The gym was clean and had new equipment.  It was not crowded when I went there, even early morning which can be a normally busy time.  This was probably the strongest point of this hotel as far as I was concerned.

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Overall

Overall I was not impressed by the TPS brand.  For this hotel in Kanata, you pay close to downtown Ottawa prices but for a suburb location, rooms are not any bigger, you get a limited service hotel rather than full service, breakfast is low quality, there is no Club Lounge, and it seems chances of Plat upgrades to a better room are better in a full service Marriott than TPS.  And to make matters worse, you earn only 5 pts per dollar instead of 10 pts per dollar for this brand but fortunately it was a points redemption for me.  Regardless from which angle I look at it, you get poor value for the money at TPS, except if you need to be in Kanata.  But even for this aspect maybe it’s about to change. There is a new Homewood Suites under construction right behind TPS in Kanata which is supposed to open in July. We’ll see what cash rates are at Homewood but I think they can eat TPS’s lunch given that TPS seems way overpriced for what you get, especially if you have elite status you get far more in a full-service Marriott than TPS.  Those are my first impressions of the TPS brand at least, and I can’t say that I will rush back anytime soon.

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Old May 31, 18, 7:49 am
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In general terms, it might be better to compare TPS to element and RI to Homewood.

Based on very limited data points, RIs have better breakfast than TPS (I've been told that turkey bacon several times a week is a brand standard versus sausage in some form, usually horrid looking patties, every day, plus RIs seem to have cut melon just about every morning and better variety and quality of pastries). RIs like Homewood have evening receptions three or four times a week, although the newish RI standard makes the food worse than before. Also RI/Homewood is primarily one bedroom suites with full sized kitchen appliances (although usually, except in two bedroom units, not stoves with ovens rather than just cooktop elements--and microwaves of course), versus TPS/element where the typical unit is a standard bedroom (with some form of sofa/sofabed/ small sitting area) with the kitchenette and small appliances.

This TPS seems to be one of the new ones with the IKEA style furniture and rather good work desk (with only one chair, that doubles as a dining table and chair, so it's really meant for one person).
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MSPeconomist did a pretty good analysis & brands for comparison.

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Old May 31, 18, 2:53 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
In general terms, it might be better to compare TPS to element and RI to Homewood.

Based on very limited data points, RIs have better breakfast than TPS (I've been told that turkey bacon several times a week is a brand standard versus sausage in some form, usually horrid looking patties, every day, plus RIs seem to have cut melon just about every morning and better variety and quality of pastries). RIs like Homewood have evening receptions three or four times a week, although the newish RI standard makes the food worse than before. Also RI/Homewood is primarily one bedroom suites with full sized kitchen appliances (although usually, except in two bedroom units, not stoves with ovens rather than just cooktop elements--and microwaves of course), versus TPS/element where the typical unit is a standard bedroom (with some form of sofa/sofabed/ small sitting area) with the kitchenette and small appliances.

This TPS seems to be one of the new ones with the IKEA style furniture and rather good work desk (with only one chair, that doubles as a dining table and chair, so it's really meant for one person).
Thanks, I have not tried RI yet so I will give it a shot in the future.

Regarding breakfast, I can confirm that the TPS "sausage" was some weird looking patty and I did not dare touch it. The only fruits every morning are apples and oranges. No fresh cut fruits like melon. And no pastries at all.

Regarding furniture, this being a newer hotel, I had no complaints. Everything clean, neat, and practical.
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Do they have two kinds of muffins, chocolate and something that might be banana poppyseed?
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Old Jun 1, 18, 7:39 pm
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Do they have two kinds of muffins, chocolate and something that might be banana poppyseed?
Yes they did have a couple of types of muffins which I did not try. And slices of bread, bagels, and a waffle machine. When I wrote no pastries, I meant no croissants, danishes, etc.
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IME RIs have rather bad croissants and usually three kinds of muffins (IIRC including chocolate on weekends) that seem to be of higher quality than those at TPS. In fact, IMO the RI blueberry muffins (which seem to be available every day) aren't bad and together with melon and juice make a rather decent cold breakfast.
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