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Downtown Ottawa Vacation

Places to Visit in Downtown Ottawa

It can be quite pleasant to just roam the streets when you're somewhere new, but sometimes it's a wise move to have a plan in place. Grab your travel program — we have heaps of excellent ideas for your Downtown Ottawa vacation.

We assure you, there'll never be a moment where you're bored in Downtown Ottawa. From here it'll be easy to access some truly renowned attractions. Iconic and unforgettable, Parliament Hill and the National Gallery of Canada are guaranteed to impress.

A full-on day of sightseeing can be tiring. Fortunately, it's only a short distance to get to the University of Ottawa and the Canadian Museum of History. These close-by highlights are bound to impress!

If only these walls could talk! Imagine the big deals and heated conversations that have gone on at Supreme Court of Canada. Catch a tour and get a closer look at this important building. There's a fabulous range of things to do in this destination. What year was it built and what went on there? Try to find the answers to these questions when you visit Royal Canadian Mint, a building of historic significance. Still got some time to spare? Traveling can often mean donning the same clothes day in, day out. So, if you feel like indulging in a snazzy new outfit, make your way over to Rideau Centre.

Travel isn't about destinations and posh hotels. It's about the experiences you have and the wonderful memories you collect along the way!

Have you ever heard of a The Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa? Consider trying one. This fantastic activity deserves to be number one on your must-do list.

For a more comprehensive guide to activities, head to our Downtown Ottawa things to do page.

Downtown Ottawa Accommodations

The key to the ideal luxury getaway or cheap vacation is knowing you have somewhere decent to retire to after a big day. You'll discover approximately 43 properties in Downtown Ottawa that will give you just that.

Contemplating where to spend your evenings? Just keep in mind — cheap doesn't have to mean bed bugs in the mattress and outdated linen! You can find clean, budget options like the Econo Lodge Downtown Ottawa (475 Rideau St) and the Ottawa Backpackers Inn (203 York Street). When only the finest will do, stay in style at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier (1 Rideau St) or The Westin Ottawa (11 Colonel By Dr). These upmarket getaways are also in the area.

Parliament Hill needs to be seen, and Downtown Ottawa boasts some fantastic places to crash if you'd like to stay as close as possible. The Residence Inn by Marriott Ottawa Downtown and the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Ottawa are both an easy stroll away.

Nearest Airports to Downtown Ottawa

Let's face it, no one loves waiting around at the airport. However, if you start to imagine the amazing trip to Downtown Ottawa ahead of you, you should be all right. After all, you'll be just 7 miles south of your destination when the plane touches down at Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW).

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Best Lodging Options Near Downtown Ottawa

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Fairmont Chateau Laurier CA $265
Reviewed on Jul. 13, 2020
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Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Fairmont Chateau Laurier

1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
     
    4.4 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    The building is gorgeous and staff was friendly but unfortunately with COVID going on, we didn’t have housekeeping, no ice or in room coffee, had to request to have glasses in the room to drink water. Pool and common areas are closed. Check in was slow. Parking is $40/day. Also I thought it was weird ...

    Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt CA $161
    Reviewed on Jul. 12, 2020
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    Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt

    Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt

    325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON
       
      4.6 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Very clean, perfect location, great staff. I highly recommend for anyone who is looking to visit Ottawa

      Les Suites Hotel Ottawa CA $155
      Reviewed on Jul. 1, 2020
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      Les Suites Hotel Ottawa

      Les Suites Hotel Ottawa

      130 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON
         
        4.3 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Very comfortable suite location in the heart of Ottawa downtown Parking is expensive we had 2 cars

        Days Inn by Wyndham Ottawa CA $90
        Reviewed on Jul. 2, 2020
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        Days Inn by Wyndham Ottawa

        Days Inn by Wyndham Ottawa

        319 Rideau St, King Edward and Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON
           
          3.9 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Clean and nice room. Staff is very kind! We got 3 nights for the price of 2 (not sure if that was an Expedia deal or Days Inn deal), and for that price it was very worth it!

          The Westin Ottawa CA $184
          Reviewed on Jul. 14, 2020
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          The Westin Ottawa

          The Westin Ottawa

          11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON
             
            4.4 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The front staff were great. They loaned me a wheelchair for our two-day stay. Due to my illness, I fell down close by and two staffers came quickly to help me to my feet. The unfortunate thing was we weren't informed that there was no room service. We knew the dining room was closed (Covid 19) but ...

            Albert At Bay Suite Hotel CA $148
            Reviewed on Jul. 10, 2020
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            Albert At Bay Suite Hotel

            Albert At Bay Suite Hotel

            435 Albert St, Ottawa, ON
               
              4.6 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              The price was reasonable, the suite was lovely and clean

              Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa Downtown East CA $104
              Reviewed on Jul. 8, 2020
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              Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa Downtown East

              Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa Downtown East

              235 KING EDWARD AVENUE, Ottawa, ON
                 
                4.1 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Awesome hotel! Very clean and brand new. Close to parliament building and ByWard market. Visited in July 2020 under COVID situation and costed 103$/night which was pretty good and the hotel was not so busy. Tip: if you need sewing kit, it is called mending kit in this hotel. ;-)

                Homewood Suites by Hilton Ottawa Downtown CA $159
                Reviewed on Jul. 2, 2020
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                Homewood Suites by Hilton Ottawa Downtown

                Homewood Suites by Hilton Ottawa Downtown

                361 Queen Street, Ottawa, ON
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Very good service . Kindly members Not a fully open yet but fair enough.

                  Top Activities in Downtown Ottawa

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