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

The Business Inn
The Business Inn
2.5 out of 5
180 MacLaren Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P0L3
The price is CA $124 per night from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14
CA $124
per night
Feb. 13 - Feb. 14
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (3,419 reviews)
"Clean and nice"

Reviewed on Feb. 2, 2023

The Business Inn
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON, K1N 8S7
The price is CA $269 per night from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13
CA $269
per night
Feb. 12 - Feb. 13
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. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,619 reviews)
"The Chateau Laurier is absolutely beautiful. We had a gorgeous view of Parliament and downtown Ottawa. Parking is expensive at $60 a day with Valet being your only option but worth every penny in the end. Every ice machine was broken when we were there but room service quickly brought us buckets ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 27, 2023

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
4 out of 5
325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON, K1N 7G1
The price is CA $212 per night from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13
CA $212
per night
Feb. 12 - Feb. 13
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,277 reviews)
"Very impressed. Will stay there again."

Reviewed on Jan. 28, 2023

Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
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
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! (2,560 reviews)
"The suite was very clean and the staff were very nice. The suite was quiet, no noise from the hallway or other rooms filtering in, just what we needed :) The Wi-Fi was intermittent for the 5 days we were there."

Reviewed on Jan. 31, 2023

Cartier Place Suite Hotel
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 ski aparthotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (3,179 reviews)
"Always a great experience when we stay here! House keeping staff were AWESOME!"

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2023

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
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 onsite parking. Popular attractions Museum of Nature and Elgin Street are ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (77 reviews)
"great stay"

Reviewed on Dec. 31, 2022

Sonder The O'connor
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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