Editor's Top 12 Picks

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Book from ~$125 CAD
Well-liked west Ottawa hotel with outdoor pool, restaurant & free parking

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, parking, local calls
  • Rooms were very clean, well appointed, updated and spacious
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants and shops, near transit and just off the Trans-Canada Hwy
  • Staff were helpful, pleasant and responsive
  • Restaurant on site was well liked by guests
  • Some guest were pleased with the value at this hotel
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • Some found their bathrooms a little dated
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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

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 ~$140 CAD
Great value downtown Ottawa hotel with large suites, full-size kitchens & balconies 

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  

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 ~$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 ~$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 ~$98 CAD
East Ottawa hotel with well-equipped rooms, indoor pool and well-liked free hot breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, underground parking, coffee bar, newspapers
  • Rooms were very clean and spacious with comfortable beds
  • Location was just off the Trans-Canada Hwy, an easy walk from the train station and river trails, and a short drive to restaurants and shopping
  • Staff were friendly, welcoming and helpful
  • The free breakfast was plentiful and good quality
  • Many felt the hotel provided good value
  • Wi-Fi was rated as good by online surveys
Cons
  • Some guests felt the hotel was due for a refresh
  • Some said there was not much in short walking distance
  • Several guests complained of noise from sports teams in the halls
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Book from ~$118 CAD
Ottawa airport hotel 5 min to YOW with indoor pool and free: shuttle, parking, breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, breakfast, parking, airport shuttle, local calls, bottled water, newspapers
  • Rooms were spacious, clean, and quiet with comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk from Tim Hortons and The Keg and convenient to the airport
  • Staff were pleasant, friendly and helpful
  • Guests often enjoyed the free breakfast and were pleased it was available early
  • Airport shuttle service was prompt and friendly
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • Airport shuttle did not run 24 hours but from 4 am to midnight
  • Some guests found the fitness room dated
  • Elevator was slow according to some guests
  • Some guests found the room rates expensive
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Book from ~$92 CAD
Good value Ottawa airport motel 9 min to YOW with free: parking, light breakfast & Wi-Fi

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, basic breakfast, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and quiet with comfortable beds
  • The location offered easy access to major routes, the airport and restaurants, groceries, and a gas station by car
  • Staff were courteous, friendly, helpful
  • Breakfast was very simple but appreciated by many
  • Guests found this motel affordable
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • No elevator to second floor
  • Some complained of noise from AC units
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Book from ~$110 CAD
Highly praised west Ottawa hotel with indoor pool, mini-kitchens & free hot breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, parking, lobby coffee bar, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and spacious with comfy beds
  • The location was an easy walk to restaurants and shopping and a short drive to Nepean Sportsplex, Tanger Outlet and Canadian Tire Centre
  • Staff were courteous, professional and welcoming
  • Free breakfast offered a good variety
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • A few guests complained of noise disturbances from within the hotel

6 Other Hotels Close to Carleton University

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Book from ~$142 CAD
Free breakfast with freshly baked goods, a 10-minute walk to Carleton University
Location
The only guesthouse within walking distance of the school (10 minutes), this bed and breakfast has limited availability (six rooms) and is situated in a residential neighbourhood.
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Tasty breakfast, according to guests
  • Guests praised friendly, flexible staff
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to Carleton University
Cons
  • Tired decor, according to guests
  • Guest complained about musty odours in the rooms
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Book from ~$105 CAD
Guests liked the location of this small bed and breakfast hotel
Location
On a residential street across from the Museum of Nature, this bed and breakfast is a 6-minute drive from Carleton University.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Bus #7, caught in Centretown a 4-minute walk from the hotel, takes guests directly onto campus for a total travel time of approximately 29 minutes.
Pros
  • Free parking, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi
  • Friendly, hospitable staff according to guests
  • Guests found the downtown location convenient to sights
Cons
  • Some guests found this B&B expensive
  • A few guests were disappointed with the selection offered at breakfast
  • A few guests objected to the decor
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Book from ~$101 CAD
West end Ottawa hotel with water park, free breakfast and free parking, but mixed reviews
Location
Situated just west of downtown Ottawa on the Trans-Canada Highway, this Travelodge is an 8-minute drive from campus.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Bus route #85 is a 2-minute walk from the hotel and guests can transfer to the #107 at Preston and Carling, which takes them directly onto campus. Total travel time is approximately 40 minutes.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Many guests found the water park to be fun and entertaining
  • Staff were well liked, courteous, friendly and helpful
  • Guests found the location convenient to public transit, amenities, downtown and the airport
Cons
  • Many were dissappointed with the limited waterpark hours
  • Many guests complained of dated and worn rooms
  • Noise disturbances mentioned often by guests
  • Some felt the hotel needed better cleaning
  • Several guests complained of poorly working Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast too minimal said many guests
  • Several guests found the pool cold
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Located just off the popular Elgin Street, guests liked the location of this hotel
Location
In a commercial and residential neighbourhood between Centretown and downtown Ottawa, the Bostonian is a 9-minute drive from campus.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Bus route #7 is a 2-minute walk from the hotel and drops guests directly on campus. Total travel time is approximately 29 minutes.
Pros
  • Free WI FI, free continental breakfast
  • Comfortable rooms, according to guests
  • Guests liked the downtown location of this hotel
Cons
  • Several guests found WI FI slow and unreliable
  • A few guests had issues with the bathrooms
  • There was a lack of detailed cleaning, according to guests
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Guests commented on the historic charm of this Victorian-era hotel
Location
This Victorian-era Inn in a residential neighbourhood in Centretown is a 7-minute drive from Carleton University.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Bus route #7, which will take guests directly to campus, is a 4-minute walk from the hotel. Total travel time is approximately 30 minutes.
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free breakfast
  • Guests commented on historic charm and ambience
  • Excellent customer service, according to guests
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to shopping, restaurants and attractions
Cons
  • Some guests thought parking was limited
  • A couple of guests complained of noise disturbances
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10 minute walk from the Canadian War Musuem, guests liked this hotel's location
Location
West of the city in a residential neighbourhood, this Travelodge is an 8-minute drive from the school.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Bus #4 is less than a 1-minute walk from this hotel and takes guests directly to the school grounds. Total travel time is approximately 20 minutes.
Pros
  • Free WI FI, free parking, free continental breakfast
  • Guests felt that there was good value for the price paid
  • Friendly staff, according to guests
  • Convenient location, according to a number of guests
Cons
  • Some guests felt the rooms were small
  • No elevator, which some guests found inconvenient
  • Tired decor, according to a few guests

Tips For Staying Near Carleton University

Location
Situated between the Rideau River and Dows Lake, Carleton University is just outside the residential neighbourhoods in Old Ottawa South and offers 65 different areas of study across 62 hectares of land.
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Getting Around
Many of the buildings on campus are connected through a 5-km underground network. 

Campus tours are available. A free meal is provided in the residence hall at the end of the two-hour campus tour as a thank you for your interest in the school. For more information and to book a tour, visit the school's website.  

For those looking to pre-prepare for their campus visit, a virtual tour and self-guided tour info with map can also be found on the website.
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Getting Around: Driving
Downtown Ottawa is a 10-minute drive away, while the Trans-Canada Highway is just a 5-minute drive from the school. The Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) is an 11-minute drive from the school.

Carleton supports sustainable transportation and therefore offers one parking pass between a number of students provided that they commit to carpooling. The car-sharing program Vrtucar also operates a reserved spot for one of their vehicles in Lot 4 near the O Train Station.
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Parking
Plenty of visitor parking lots and spots are available throughout campus. Payment can be made via text-to-park, pay-and-display machines, or at meters. Rates are $3.50 per hour, with a daily 4-hour maximum of $13. 

Student and faculty rates are also available per year (annual for staff, by school year for students), and a permit can be purchased through parking services at 204 Robertson Hall.

A parking map can be downloaded from the school's website, and more information can be found on the parking services website.
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Getting Around: Free Shuttle
A complimentary shuttle is available for students and faculty between Carleton and UOttawa with a valid student or staff ID card.
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Getting Around: Public Transit
OC Transpo operates service to and from Carleton University through an O Train LRT stop right on campus and buses #4 and #7 circling the campus grounds. 

The OC Transpo website has an easy-to-navigate website with transit guides to universities. For full-time students, the cost of the U-Pass is included in student fees, allowing for unlimited rides on OC Transpo. For everyone else, a single-ride cash fare costs $3.40, $3 when you purchase tickets, or $2.75 with the Presto refillable transit card.

More fare and route information can be found on their website.
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Dining
The food court on campus, as well as a number of other full-service restaurants and residence cafeterias are available throughout campus. A large number of coffee shops can also be found scattered throughout the school grounds. For a full list of restaurants, operating hours and menus, visit the dining services website.
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Entertainment
The Carleton Varsity teams, the Ravens, compete in a number of different sporting events throughout the year from water polo to hockey to fencing. For a full list of sporting events, visit the Ravens website. 

A number of theatres on campus also put on shows throughout the year, from student-run productions at the Sock N' Buskin Theatre, to musical performances at the Khalish Mital Theatre. For a list of events, visit their website.
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