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If you're in the market for an affordable place to stay in Ottawa, a hostel in town might be a great choice. No two hostels look identical, but these dormitory-style accommodations all feature the following:
Hostels are a great way to stay in Ottawa for a good value, so you can save your money for exploring. You'll find jogging trails and other activities to enjoy, and the river views create an appealing natural setting.
Ready to book a hostel in town? These options have the best reviews from our travelers and could be a good place to start looking:
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel - Located steps from Rideau Centre. Guests can enjoy free continental breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour front desk. Rooms come with showers.
Ottawa Sleep Inn - Located within a 20-minute walk of Museum of Nature. Property features include free WiFi, free parking, and a shared/communal kitchen. Rooms come with towels, lockers, and linens.
Ottawa Backpackers Inn - Located within a 10-minute walk of Byward Market Square. Property features include free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen, and laundry facilities.
Barefoot Hostel – Caters to Women - Located within a 10-minute walk of Byward Market Square and University of Ottawa. Property features include free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen, and a computer station. Rooms come with showers, free toiletries, and hair dryers.
BackpackersHQ - Located within a 10-minute walk of National Arts Centre and Museum of Nature. Property features include free WiFi, barbecue grills, and TV in a common area. Rooms come with towels and linens.
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You can search for flights to the nearest airport in Ottawa, ON (YOW-Macdonald-Cartier Intl.), located 6.9 mi (11.1 km) away from the city center. An alternative is Ogdensburg, NY (OGS-Ogdensburg Intl.), which is 52.1 mi (83.9 km) away. When you're out and about, you may want to use public transit during your trip. Walk to nearby metro stations like Bayview Station, Carling Station, and Carleton Station. To see more of the surrounding area, take a train from Ottawa Station, Ottawa Fallowfield Station, or Casselman Station.