Chateau Laurier
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Constructed for $2 million around the turn of the twentieth century, Chateau Laurier looms over Ottawa, the Canadian capital. Though it has never housed royalty, it was built by Grand Trunk Railway president Charles Melville in the style of the sort of palaces one might find in France. Some 429 guest rooms and a seemingly endless series of public spaces fill the Fairmont hotel's 660,000 square feet.