The Chateau Laurier is always decked out beautifully for Christmas, with multiple trees decorated by local companies and organizations as a charity benefit, linked to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, if I'm correct. The lobbies and corridors of the first floor are filled with them.
One of those spaces is the sitting area between the main lobby and one of the hotel's restaurants. A number of portraits are permanently placed here, done by the esteemed portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh, who called Ottawa home. Karsh spent the latter half of his career with his studio here in the hotel, after moving over from his original Sparks Street studio. You can see his portrait of Einstein in the background of this first shot.
The Chateau is a delight to stop in at any time of year, but particularly around Christmas. I have more from here after the New Year, as I took some extra shots while I was present.