Our picks are well-liked hotels in the downtown Ottawa district that offer good experiences to their guests. Some were picked for value and some are picked based upon great amenities on offer or for being in a convenient location.

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Editor's Top 10 Picks

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Highly praised downtown Ottawa hotel at Byward Market with restaurant and rooftop lounge 
This new luxury hotel is attracting a lot of positive reviews online for its stylish and spotlessly clean rooms, its fine dining, spectacular views of Ottawa and popular rooftop lounge which features craft cocktails, a DJ on the weekend, and outdoor terrace with glass-enclosed fire pits. Its location is superb, situated in the heart of Byward Market in walking distance of the best Ottawa has to offer. We recommend the one-bedroom suite and west-facing corner rooms on higher floors to enjoy spectacular sunsets and the best skyline views.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, mini-bar snacks and drinks, coffee in lobby, local calls, overnight shoe shine, newspapers
  • Rooms were stylish, very clean, and comfortable
  • West-facing rooms offered spectacular views of sunsets and Parliament Buildings
  • The location was excellent--an easy walk to restaurants and shopping and a healthy walk to downtown attractions
  • Staff were super friendly, professional and eager to please
  • Some guests were impressed with the food and drinks on site
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Valet parking is $30 per night
  • Some guests found noise disturbances from outside and inside the hotel
  • Some guests complained of very slow service from the restaurant
  • No pool and no hot tub
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Book from ~$140 CAD
Great value downtown Ottawa hotel with large suites, full-size kitchens & balconies 
Albert at Bay Suite Hotel is our choice for exceptional value. Guests simply love the quiet and nicely appointed apartment-size suites, all with fully-equipped kitchens, balconies and 1 or 2 separate bedrooms, which are offered for the price of a regular hotel room. This is a great choice for being centrally located when in Ottawa, only a 9-minute walk to Parliament Hill, with transit just outside the doors and restaurants an easy walk away.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were very clean, well appointed and spacious
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants, shops and attractions
  • Staff were helpful, very friendly and reliable
  • Great value at this hotel according to guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Underground parking is $22.95 plus tax per night
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Book from ~$299 CAD
Well-liked historic hotel in downtown Ottawa with updated rooms, indoor pool, restaurant  
The historic Lord Elgin offers an excellent downtown location near the Rideau Canal. It’s an easy walk to attractions, shopping and restaurants in Ottawa including the Byward Market, National Arts Centre and Rideau Centre. Guests can take peaceful and scenic strolls along the Ottawa River Pathway and also enjoy Confederation Park directly across the street. Guests typically enjoy the staff, the buffet breakfast, the convenient valet parking and the indoor lap pool.
Pros
  • Free amenities: basic Wi-Fi, local calls
  • Room were very clean and newly renovated with comfortable beds
  • The location was central with good restaurants close by and much of downtown within walking distance
  • Staff were excellent, accommodating and very helpful
  • Some guests enjoyed breakfast and room service on site
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Valet parking is $30, plus tax per night
  • Some found their rooms and bathrooms small
  • Some guests were disappointed in the extra fees for high-speed Wi-Fi (suitable for streaming)
  • Some guests found the service slow and the food lacking and expensive at the restaurant/bar on site
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Book from ~$173 CAD
Highly praised downtown Ottawa hotel with impressive views, indoor pool & fine dining

Pros
  • Rooms were clean and well appointed with comfortable beds
  • Free amenities: pet stays, newspapers
  • The location was excellent—attached to the mall and convention centre, a short walk to the Byward Market and an easy walk to the Parliament buildings
  • Staff were accommodating, very helpful and professional
  • Guests were often impressed with the food quality on site
  • Guests liked the Westin Wags rescue-dog walking program
Cons
  • Self-parking is $25 (no in-out privileges), valet parking is $42 (with in-out privileges) and oversize vehicles is $46 per night, plus tax
  • Wi-Fi costs $10.95-14.95 for 24 hours (free in some rooms)
  • Some guests found the hotel and dining expensive
  • Although cheaper, self-parking was inconvenient for some guests because there was no in-out privileges
  • Some guests were disturbed by noise from within the hotel (renos, elevator, guests in hallway)
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Book from ~$105 CAD
Popular downtown Ottawa hotel with mini-kitchens, free hot breakfast and free Wi-Fi

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were very clean and well-appointed with comfortable beds
  • The location was walking distance to restaurants, shopping, groceries, the Museum of Nature, Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill
  • Staff were welcoming, efficient and very helpful
  • Free breakfast offered good variety and quality
  • Guests often appreciated the value offered
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Parking is $20.95 for underground and $12 for outdoors, plus tax
  • Occasionally guests were disturbed by noise from traffic and other guests
  • Underground parking was tight and limited according to a few guests
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Book from ~$128 CAD
Good value downtown Ottawa hotel features rooms with kitchens and free hot breakfast
Offering apartment-like rooms with full kitchens, and some with separate bedrooms, this is a good choice for families needing extra space and the ability to cook for themselves, or guests on extended stays. Parking can be limited and works on a first-come, first-served basis. The hotel has a fitness centre and free breakfast, but no pool. Rooms on the higher floors offer nice views with balconies and are quieter adding distance from Elgin Street pedestrian traffic.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, local calls, in-room computer & printing, movies, guest laundry, laundry detergent, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and spacious with full kitchens and desks with computers
  • The location was close to restaurants, the canal and walking distance of parliament, Rideau Centre and Sparks St
  • Staff were courteous and friendly
  • Free breakfast with hot egg sandwiches were well liked
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Outdoor and underground parking is $15, plus tax per night
  • The hotel and rooms were dated according to guests
  • Some found the area and rooms noisy
  • Some guests said the underground parking was limited and narrow
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Book from ~$736 CAD
Well-liked downtown Ottawa hotel with indoor pool and suites with kitchen & balcony

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean, very spacious and well equipped
  • The location was excellent--an easy walk to restaurants and shopping and a healthy walk to downtown attractions
  • Staff were attentive, friendly and very helpful
  • Some guests enjoyed sandwiches and breakfast at the café
  • Good value according to some guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • Parking is $22 per night, plus tax
  • Some guests said rooms were a bit dated
  • A few guests found the underground parking tight
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Book from ~$535 CAD
Luxury landmark hotel in downtown Ottawa with indoor pool, day spa, restaurant and lounge

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi (to President’s Club members—free to join)
  • Rooms (some renovated) were clean and comfortable with charming decor
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants, bars, attractions and shopping
  • Staff were pleasant and helpful
  • Many enjoyed dining on site
Cons
  • Wi-Fi costs $15.76 or $27.06 per 24 hours (for non-members)
  • Self-parking is $33.90 and valet parking is $48.59 per day (includes tax)
  • Some guests complained of high prices-- for rooms, parking, restaurant and mini-bars
  • Some found small rooms and difficulty regulating the in-room temperature
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Book from ~$83 CAD
Highly praised downtown Ottawa inn near Elgin St restaurants with rooftop deck
This Victorian house offers a pleasant budget stay mostly due to its accommodating hostess and clean and comfortable rooms. It's well located, close to good restaurants on Elgin Street and a healthy walk from much of downtown.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, all-day coffee/tea, North America calls
  • Rooms were clean and quiet with comfortable beds
  • The location was an easy walk to restaurants and a healthy walk to downtown attractions
  • Staff were very warm, welcoming and helpful with local information
  • Breakfast was plentiful and varied
  • Guests found this inn affordable
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • No elevator
  • Parking costs $9 per day
  • Limited front desk hours (9 am to 5 pm)
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Book from ~$121 CAD
Charming downtown Ottawa inn near Byward Market with mini-kitchens and free hot breakfast
This inn provides a cheap and cheerful stay in an excellent downtown location, on the edge of the Byward Market area. Guests appreciate getting a quality hot breakfast included and it's perfect for guests on a budget who want to explore the area on foot. Limited underground parking is available and there are good parking options very near by as well.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, all-day coffee bar, afternoon tea service, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean, comfortable and well equipped
  • The location was excellent--an easy walk to restaurants and shopping and a healthy walk to downtown attractions
  • Staff were very helpful, pleasant and friendly
  • Free hot breakfast was well liked
  • Guests found this inn affordable
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Parking (underground) is limited and costs $15 per night
  • Rooms were a little tired according to some
  • Some guests complained of uncomfortable beds and pillows

Tips For Staying In Downtown Ottawa

Downtown Ottawa offers a selection of attractions, restaurants and nightlife that is as diverse as Canada itself. History buffs and party-goers alike will find their brand of entertainment near ByWard Market hotels, while business travellers will find rooms specifically designed to accommodate their needs within walking distance of major offices.

Choosing Your Downtown Ottawa Hotel
Consider what attractions you want to see and how you plan to travel around the Ottawa region when choosing your hotel. There are different groupings of downtown hotels, each with location benefits and drawbacks.

Hotels in the Albert, Slater and Elgin Street areas are closest to business offices and shops on Bank Street. This is not the most scenic area of downtown Ottawa, but hotels in this area know how to cater to their business traveller clientèle. The area is home to high-rise office buildings and a string of restaurants, cafes, small grocery stores and family-run businesses on Bank Street. Walking to the Parliament Buildings is easiest from hotels in this area.  

The Albert at Bay Suite Hotel, in the business district, is our Editor's Pick for value in downtown Ottawa. This property offers suites with full kitchens and separate living areas for the same price that other hotels charge for a standard room. Additionally, business travellers will appreciate the 24-hour business centre, fitness centre and on-site restaurant. The Parliament Buildings are about a 13-minute walk from this hotel.

More tourist-friendly hotels are found in the charming ByWard Market and Sandy Hill areas. These hotels are best for guests looking to walk to shopping, entertainment and attractions. When the weather is nice, locals and tourists alike can be found roaming these areas on foot. Sandy Hill is also home to many students who attend the University of Ottawa.

If you enjoy being in the centre of the action, the recently renovated Courtyard Ottawa Downtown puts you in the heart of the hip and happening ByWard Market. Guests frequently compliment this hotel for clean rooms and competitive room rates. Additionally, this hotel offers many on-site amenities, including free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool, on-site dining and a boarding pass printing station.

While technically west of Sandy Hill, the Lord Elgin is conveniently located for accessing the National Arts Centre, Ottawa City Hall, Rideau Centre and the Ottawa Convention Centre, as all are within an 8-minute walk. This hotel is one of our Editor's Picks and is recommended for its competitive room prices, luxurious room appointments and a relaxing indoor pool and hot tub.

Almost all downtown hotels charge additional fees for parking, ranging from $5 to $25 per night. However, free Wi-Fi is common among downtown hotels. Given the frigid winter weather, summer is the prime tourist season for Ottawa and room rates in downtown are especially high on and around Canada Day.

User-Friendly Public Transit
Driving in downtown Ottawa can be a bit of a nightmare for travellers. There are many one-way streets, heavy traffic and few parking facilities. Your best bet for accessing area attractions is on foot or by bus.

There is a bus terminal at Rideau Centre, with some stops on Rideau Street and some stops behind the centre on the MacKenzie King Bridge. Routes 1 and 7 travel down Bank Street, while Route 97 provides access to the airport. Single rides are $3.45, while a day pass costs $8.10.

Parliament Hill
No trip to Ottawa would be complete without a trip to the Parliament Buildings. Free guided tours are offered multiple times daily and the tour includes visits to the Senate, House of Commons and the Library of Parliament. While tours are free, group sizes are limited and you will need a ticket. Tickets are available across from the Parliament Buildings at 90 Wellington Street during the summer and at the base of the Peace Tower during the winter.

If visiting Ottawa in the summer, return to Parliament Hill at night for the light and sound show, Mosaika. Images projected onto the Parliament Buildings, in concert with music, illustrate the history of Canada. This show is completely free, and worth catching!

ByWard Market
Far from an average farmers' market, the ByWard Market is several blocks of trendy boutique shops, fresh produce stalls, artisan booths, specialty shops, bars and restaurants. This must-see destination has more than 100 restaurants, 24 bars and 48 fashion shops.

For a casual lunch or dinner and the city’s best margaritas, I recommend the southwest-inspired Blue Cactus. This restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows perfect for watching the bustle of the market. If you’re up for a night of partying and dancing, head to the historic and hip Zaphod Beeblebrox. This live music venue has hosted Ben Harper, Alanis Morissette, Jewel and Ani DiFranco. The Rolling Stones even filmed a music video at this bar.

Other Highlights in Downtown Ottawa
The National Gallery of Canada has stunning glass architecture and a rich collection of Canadian Art, contemporary art, photography, indigenous art, and sculptures. The museum offers free admission every Thursday evening from 5 pm to 8 pm and on select holidays.

Opera, symphony, dance and other performing arts presentations frequently happen at the National Arts Centre. This is a popular venue among locals and tourists alike and I suggest buying your tickets online when planning your trip.

In the wintertime, bring your skates down to the Rideau Canal and enjoy the world’s longest ice rink. Many locals skate the frozen waterway in the winter as a mode of transportation. There are skate rental shops, warming huts and BeaverTails kiosks serving hot chocolate at several points along the canal.

Whether you're visiting during at the height of summer tourist season or during the frozen winter, there's no place to feel more Canadian than in downtown Ottawa!
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