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
The price is CA $100 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Located in Centretown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Elgin Street, University of Ottawa, and Rideau Centre. Parliament Hill and Byward Market Square ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,353 reviews)
"Cant say enough good things about this hotel. My greatest pleasure would be to spend an entire vacation there, its perfect, its location is second to none"

Reviewed on Nov. 30, 2021

The Business Inn
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
The price is CA $179 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
Located in Downtown Ottawa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Byward Market Square, University of Ottawa, and Shaw Centre. National Gallery of Canada ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,467 reviews)
"Rooms are small and furnishings aren't the best quality but its modern and well kept. No room service or many options for dining. Gym is small and average."

Reviewed on Dec. 2, 2021

Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $280 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Located in Downtown Ottawa, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Elgin Street, Byward Market Square, and Parliament Hill. University of Ottawa and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,023 reviews)
"A beautiful old place, right in the center of things."

Reviewed on Nov. 30, 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.
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
3.5 out of 5
130 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $122 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Ottawa, Shaw Centre, and Byward Market Square. Parliament ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,605 reviews)
"Close to most attractions and right downtown."

Reviewed on Nov. 28, 2021

Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
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 $144 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 11
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Canadian Tire Centre and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (686 reviews)
"Hotel was excellent, very pleased with the app to check in/out. Also using the app to access our room door was perfect!!!"

Reviewed on Nov. 22, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Ottawa Kanata
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 $135 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 4
Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Library and Archives Canada, Parliament Hill, and Parliament Building. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (663 reviews)
"Great for families. Everything in one place...pool, restaurant, walking distance to downtown and the hill."

Reviewed on Nov. 20, 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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