With Belgian chocolates on the pillow, a duvet and Egyptian linens on the bed, Frette bathrobes in the closet, and Gilchrist & Soames products in the bathroom, guest rooms at the oddly named ARC The.Hotel are peaceful retreats. Each room is also equipped with a CD player, cordless phones, a minibar and an in-room safe large enough to store a laptop in. Once a dowdy office building, the hotel doesn't look like much from the outside but is all sleek modern lines within. Think lots of suede, leather and dark wood. Perks include valet parking, same-day laundry and dry cleaning services, daily newspapers and free shoeshines. You can also arrange for an in-room massage, or book a personal trainer to pump you up in the hotel's 24-hour fitness center. The hotel's hip restaurant, the ARC Lounge, is popular with locals for its light, modern fare featuring local ingredients. Conveniently located near Parliament Hill, the National Arts Centre and the National War Memorial.