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Frequently Asked Questions


What is O’Brien Hotel Chelsea?

O’Brien Chelsea is a former millionaire’s mansion, built in 1930, recently restored and transformed into an exclusive boutique hotel.  The property features a total of 11 rooms and suites that includes a fine-dining restaurant, library, great room, and terrace.


Where are you located?

Perched on a bluff overlooking Lake Meech in Gatineau Park, O’Brien Chelsea is located 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa and roughly 2 hours from Montréal. It is a very short drive from Camp Fortune and the picturesque town of Chelsea, QC.


Why the name O’Brien?

This extraordinary mansion was built by Ambrose O’Brien, a successful and prominent industrialist  who founded the National Hockey Association (later NHL) and was the founding owner of the Montreal Canadians, among other teams. He was inducted into the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder in 1962.


How do I get there?

Driving Northbound:

Take Highway 5 towards Maniwaki and get off at exit 12 (Old Chelsea). Take your first left and pass over the bridge, drive through the village of Chelsea and continue straight towards Camp Fortune for approximately 4 km. You will see O’Brien Chelsea on top of the hill, in front of you, overlooking O’Brien Beach and Meech Lake.

Driving Southbound:

Take Highway 5 towards Ottawa/Gatineau and get off at exit 13 (Tenaga, Old Chelsea). Once you have reached the town of Chelsea, at the four way stop intersection, turn right and continue straight for approximately 4 km. You will see O’Brien Chelsea on top of the hill, in front of you, overlooking O’Brien Beach and Meech Lake.


Do you offer Spa services?

Due to the historic nature of the property and limited spa, you can receive spa treatments and services at our sister property, The Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa. The Mill offers a multitude of spa services and is located a short 15-minute drive from O’Brien Chelsea (Exit 28 on Highway 5).

We also work in close partnership with the largest outdoor spa in North America, Nordik Spa, located just a short drive away in historic Chelsea.


Do you host weddings?

We would be delighted to host your wedding ceremony and reception! Please see our the wedding section of our website to learn more & to download our wedding guide.


Are you pet-friendly?

Due to the size of the property, we welcome service animals only.


What are the opening hours of your restaurant?

Chef Patrick Marion and his team offer a refined take on Canadiana inspired cuisine, prepared with modern culinary techniques. Due to the historic nature of the hotel, space is limited. As we strive to provide a very tailored and intimate culinary experience, we accept dining guests by reservation only. We are currently booking seatings for dinner from Wednesday through to Saturday.

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