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.

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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
The price is CA $113 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Located in Ottawa Division, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, The Ottawa Hospital General Campus, and University of ...
3.9/5Very Good! (962 reviews)
"Nice hotel, good staff, booked the room last minute and everything was great. Clean room."

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2021

Holiday Inn Ottawa East, an IHG Hotel
Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport
3 out of 5
2400 Alert Road, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $141 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in Ottawa Division, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from South Keys Shopping Centre and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Capital Golf Centre. Carleton University and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,426 reviews)
"Clean and nice"

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $246 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
Located in Downtown Ottawa, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National War Memorial, Shaw Centre, and National Arts Centre. Byward Market Square ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,982 reviews)
"The staff was extremely helpful"

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2021

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
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.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Ottawa Kanata
Homewood Suites by Hilton Ottawa Kanata
3 out of 5
900 Great Lakes Avenue, H, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $158 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Located in Ottawa Division, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bell Sensplex and Canadian Tire ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (637 reviews)
"We’ve stayed here 2x now and both extended stays. The first time we stayed was for leisure. This time around, it was to visit a family member who had been stuck in the hospital for a year and we needed to get things sorted out. The hospital was 50 minutes away in Renfrew. We drove to Renfrew and ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Ottawa Kanata
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
3.5 out of 5
130 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $166 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Centre and Byward Market Square. University of Ottawa and National ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,518 reviews)
"Great location but place is dated. Needs a face-lift and a fresh look. Staff are very friendly and helpful"

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2021

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Homewood Suites by Hilton Ottawa Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Ottawa Downtown
3.5 out of 5
361 Queen Street, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $169 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Library and Archives Canada and Parliament Hill. Canadian War Museum and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (609 reviews)
"Great location, very central, spacious and clean rooms and very reasonable breakfast included - overall would stay here again."

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Ottawa Downtown
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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