Ottawa

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Canada’s gorgeous capital offers an array of galleries, museums, nature parks and historic sites, making it the perfect cultural and romantic escape.

Canada’s stylish capital, Ottawa, is a city rich in arts, heritage and sciences. The city blends ultra-modern and Victorian Gothic architecture, balances technology with nature and offers cuisines from across the globe.

Begin your stay with a trip to the historic Parliament Buildings on Parliament Hill. Visit the Library of Parliament and the iconic Peace Tower. These Gothic Revival buildings are adorned with gold-leaf ceilings and ornate images of Canada’s past. Explore Centre Block and listen to political debates in the House of Commons and the Senate. Continue your appreciation of Gothic Revival-style architecture at the Notre Dame Basilica, a Canadian National Historic Site. Admire the terraced galleries, stained-glass windows and altars rich in adornments.

The nation’s capital has plenty of galleries and museums to explore. Follow the history of modern warfare at the Canadian War Museum. Learn about the country’s place in the history of flight at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and marvel at how humans have developed at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. See old art masters and learn about new ones while discovering Canada’s rich cultural heritage at the National Gallery of Canada.

Ottawa is a city for all seasons with winter snow activities and summer hikes. Discover heritage estates, natural beauty and the rich biodiversity of the popular Gatineau Park. In the summer, boat on the Rideau Canal, an internationally recognized World Heritage Site. Skate on the canal in the winter when it transforms into the world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink.

Ottawa is an easy city to navigate, with most of the attractions located within walking distance of each other. Check the opening hours of museums before you go since they can vary depending on the season and day of the week. Peak season is during the summer months from June through August and the low season is from November through April.

Where to stay in Ottawa

Holiday Inn Ottawa East, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Ottawa East, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
1199 Joseph Cyr St, Ottawa, ON, K1J7T4
The price is CA $118 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,109 reviews)
"Room not made up and fresh towels only on request; excellent location"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Holiday Inn Ottawa East, an IHG Hotel
The Business Inn
The Business Inn
2.5 out of 5
180 MacLaren Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P0L3
The price is CA $119 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 28
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (2,620 reviews)
"Laundry facilities, free hot and to go breakfast, full suite with kitchen and work desk."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

The Business Inn
Lord Elgin Hotel
Lord Elgin Hotel
4 out of 5
100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, K1P5K8
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $192 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 20
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,122 reviews)
"Not bad. Clean hotel. Obviously understaffed."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Lord Elgin Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cartier Place Suite Hotel
Cartier Place Suite Hotel
3 out of 5
180 Cooper Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P2L5
The price is CA $159 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,396 reviews)
"Close to places I planned on visiting so I could walk to the sites without worrying about parking options"

Reviewed on May 25, 2022

Cartier Place Suite Hotel
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
3.5 out of 5
130 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON, K1N9M9
The price is CA $185 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,793 reviews)
"Always stay here.. its our fave... very accomaodating"

Reviewed on May 26, 2022

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
❤️Grand Villa Luxury 4 Bedroom❤️
❤️Grand Villa Luxury 4 Bedroom❤️
Ottawa, ON
Stay at this property in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Byward Market Square and Parliament Hill are located ...
❤️Grand Villa Luxury 4 Bedroom❤️
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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