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

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Gatineau/Manoir du Casino
Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Gatineau/Manoir du Casino
3.5 out of 5
75, d'Edmonton Street, Gatineau, QC, J8Y6W9
The price is CA $135 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Gatineau. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall value ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,525 reviews)
"Clean, quiet with big bathroom. Walking distances to Hilton Casino Hotel."

Reviewed on Sep. 29, 2022

Ottawa Embassy Hotel & Suites
Ottawa Embassy Hotel & Suites
3.5 out of 5
25 Cartier St, Ottawa, ON, K2P1J2
The price is CA $179 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Great pleasant staff. Welcoming and helpfull with info for the area. Definitely a place I'd go again."

Reviewed on Sep. 26, 2022

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON, K1N 8S7
The price is CA $359 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 9
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy 3 restaurants, breakfast, and WiFi. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,664 reviews)
"We loved the ambience of the Chateau Laurier, It is very convenient to many interesting sites in downtown Ottawa. The staff were great. We upgraded to the Gold Level & expected a better room for this. The side lamps on the bedside tables were both in bad shape. The batteries for the TV were totally ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 27, 2022

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.
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
3.5 out of 5
130 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON, K1N9M9
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! (2,997 reviews)
Good location worth a look
"The location is very good. The room overall was very good but the table lamp beside the bed didn't work and that was annoying."

Reviewed on Sep. 25, 2022

Sonder The O'connor
Sonder The O'connor
3.5 out of 5
377 Rue O'Connor Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P 2M2
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and a terrace. Popular attractions Byward Market Square and Casino du Lac Leamy ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (33 reviews)
"Clean, well supplied suite near to visitor sights and walking paths along the canal. Loved having the choice of cooking in our suite or eating out. Comfy bed and best pillows ever! 2 wishes: that they made recycling for visitors easier and that the Ac was quieter"

Reviewed on Sep. 29, 2022

Cartier Place Suite Hotel
Cartier Place Suite Hotel
3 out of 5
180 Cooper Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P2L5
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! (2,485 reviews)
"Staff were very friendly and helpful especially Gina who went above and beyond to return items in the room I missed packing."

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2022

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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