Where to Stay in Ottawa
Like all the major capitals of the world Ottawa offers a range of hotels that includes popular hotel chains, budget hotels and a few boutique hotels. The latter are surprisingly affordable. The overall hotel scene in Ottawa maintains a conservative profile with a few exceptions. Unlike major cities like Toronto, Ottawa hotels include many reasonably priced* options.
Popular Ottawa Hotels
Econo Lodge Downtown East (112 Montreal Road) is a quality budget hotel about ten minutes from Parliament Hill and within walking distance of the rail station and bicycle trail. While it may not be as centrally located as other hotels in the city there are a number of free amenities that make this hotel a good value for the money. Each room is equipped with a Jacuzzi bathtub – something that comes with a price tag in many pricier hotels. Breakfast, morning newspaper, local calls and in-room wireless are all free. Hotel rates range from CAD$$90 to CAD$110. Pets are not permitted in the hotel.
The Marriot Ottawa (100 Kent St.) is located just minutes from the city’s Government Buildings, from the Rideau Canal, Rideau Centre, the National Gallery of Canada and the ByWard Market. There is beautiful indoor pool with a Spa feel and the staff is helpful and attentive.Rates start at CAD$170.
Days Inn Downtown Ottawa (319 Rideau St.) provides adequate lodging with the standard amenities you would expect from a mid-range hotel chain. The convenient, central location right in the heart of Ottawa, close to ByWard Market and the National Gallery, makes up for the fact that some of the rooms may be in need of a makeover to give them a more contemporary look. The hotel is also pet friendly and guests with pets are always happy to overlook minor cosmetic details when a hotel opens its doors to their furry buddies. Rates start at CAD$120.
The Embassy Hotel and Suites (25 Cartier St.) is a small 130-room hotel in downtown Ottawa less then five minutes from Parliament Hill. It is a short distance from Elgin St., Somerset St. and Chinatown. A number of surrounding parks create a suburban atmosphere for this centrally located hotel. Confederation Park, Minto Park and Jack Purcell Park are within walking distance. Average rates start at CAD$123.
If you are travelling with your family or a small group of friends the Cartier Place Suite Hotel (180 Cooper St.) has rooms large enough to accommodate your clan by providing extra beds or cots. Fido is allowed to join you in this pet friendly hotel. The hotel is close to restaurants and shops. Parliament Hill is ten minutes away and the ByWard Market is 15 minutes away. Extended stay guests appreciate the fact that each room is equipped with a full kitchen and on-site laundry facilities. Average rates begin at CAD$145.
High End Ottawa Hotels
Blending well with the landscape and a stone’s throw from the Parliament Buildings is the site of the majestic Fairmont Chateau Laurier (1 Rideau St.). The French chateau-inspired architecture of this limestone building is nestled along the Rideau canal. The elegant building dominates the urban area and affords 360 º views of the city. The interiors are a tasteful mix of French, European and North American décor that works well to recreate an atmosphere of historic European grandeur. The average rate is about CAD$260 for a standard room.
Located a few blocks from Parliament Hill is the site of the Hotel Indigo (123 Metcalfe St.). This boutique hotel has all the comforts of a quality hotel without the standardized look of a chain hotel. This cozy hotel features 106 rooms with an indoor pool, a fitness room, a meeting.
Within a short distance from the ByWard Market district, the Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill you will find the Novotel Ottawa (33 Nicholas St.). The hotel décor retains a look that has likely seen better days but the 24-hour service, the rooms with shower and bathtub, in-room microwave, refrigerator, coffee making facilities and great central location certainly make up for it. Guests who are tired after a day of sightseeing can head over to the hotel spa for a seawater or thermal springs treatment. Rates range from CAD$161 to CAD$210.
If you are travelling with pets you will find that the Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill (402 Queen St.) is a pet friendly hotel located in the heritage district about 2km from Rideau Canal and ByWard Market. The average room rate is about $250. The hotel has all the amenities and comforts of a large chain hotel plus complimentary Wi-Fi.
The Sheraton Ottawa Hotel (150 Albert St.) is conveniently located in a central location with restaurants and shopping venues. Hotel guests with bikes can ask the friendly, helpful staff to provide storage during their stay. The spacious rooms are equipped with comfortable beds, and depending on the package, rates can range from CAD $139 to CAD $475.
One-of-a Kind Ottawa Hotels
The owners of this boutique hotel probably had more in mind than just providing a place to sleep with the usual one-size-fits-all hotel amenities. ARC The Hotel (140 Slater St.) is for guests who are interested in living a more personalized experience when they travel. The hotel is steeped in ambiance thanks to the modern decor that confers a modern version of a quasi Zen-like atmosphere. Each of the 112 rooms is uniquely decorated to reflect the uniqueness and taste of each guest.
All the purely materialistic amenities like the Egyptian linens, Roman Style bathtubs, the bathrobes, the complementary glass of wine at your arrival and the Spa products in each room are part of a clever design to create a relaxing atmosphere and provide a lasting impression. All this comes with a price tag, and although the room rates are reasonably affordable travellers should read the fine print carefully to find out what is not included in the rate.
Situated in Ottawa’s historical district of Sandy Hill the Swiss Hotel (89 Daly Avenue) is a historic building that dates back to 1872. The hotel building has undergone may changes throughout the years. From an apartment complex it was remodelled into a house until 1945 when it was reopened as the Gasthaus Switzerland Inn. It was recently renovated into a modern boutique hotel.
The building exterior and surrounding property provide a charming European setting within the city. The freshly renovated rooms have enough modern décor to give them a contemporary look without taking away any of the flair and Old World charm. The Mediterranean patio offers a relaxing area to chill out or enjoy breakfast during the warmer months.