Editor's Top 10 Picks

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Book from ~$175 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
  • Indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, fitness centre, and business centre
  • Many guests mentioned their rooms were spacious, clean, and comfortable
  • A number of guests remarked that the hotel staff were friendly, efficient, and accommodating
  • Several guests mentioned the location was convenient as many local attractions were easily accessible by car
Cons
  • Several guests mentioned that the breakfast area was too crowded
  • A few guests noted that room interiors were dated
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Book from ~$158 CAD
Complimented by guests for clean rooms, friendly service, and on-site dining
Pros
  • Many guests complimented the cleanliness of their rooms
  • Many reviewers found the staff to be friendly and helpful
  • A few guests complimented the on-site restaurant and room service
  • A few reviewers thought the fitness facility was well equipped
  • Free high-speed Internet, free local calls and free parking
Cons
  • A few guests were disturbed by noise in their rooms
  • Several reviewers complained about smelling cigarette smoke in their rooms
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Book from ~$159 CAD
Ottawa airport hotel 5 min to YOW with free shuttle, extended parking and indoor pool
Pros
  • Free continental breakfast, free shuttle service to YOW, free parking, and children under 13-years old stay for free (with a paying adult)
  • Many guests found their rooms to be spacious and clean
  • Many reviewers complimented the friendly and helpful staff
  • Several guests found the location convenient for travel to the airport (YOW)
Cons
  • Several guests found the room rate expensive
  • A few reviewers complained about the on-site pool being small and cold
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Book from ~$199 CAD
Popular downtown Ottawa hotel with indoor pool, restaurant, suites with kitchen & jacuzzi 
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free local calls and pets stay free
  • Many guests found the location convenient for exploring Ottawa on-foot
  • Many reviewers described their rooms as clean and quiet
  • Several guest thought the hotel, in general, was well maintained and well appointed
  • The customer service was complimented by several reviewers for being friendly and helpful
Cons
  • Valet parking is $28 per night plus taxes
  • A few reviewers encountered inconsistent Internet access
  • A few guests complained about the price of the breakfast buffet served at the on-site restaurant
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Book from ~$160 CAD
Classy downtown Ottawa hotel with impressive views, indoor pool and fine dining
Pros
  • Many reviewers found their rooms to be clean and spacious
  • The customer service was complimented by many guests
  • Several guests were impressed with the views of Parliament and the city skyline from their rooms
  • Many guests described the location of this hotel as convenient for visiting downtown attractions on foot
Cons
  • Some reviewers found the elevators slow
  • Several guests found the wireless Internet service slow, unreliable, and the fee of $15.95 per 24 hours expensive
  • Valet parking is $32 per day or $40 for oversized vehicles
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Book from ~$157 CAD
Popular downtown Ottawa all-suite hotel with kitchenettes, free breakfast and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, local calls
  • Many guests found the staff to be friendly, helpful, and efficient
  • Many reviewers described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • A few guests complimented the kitchenettes as a value added feature
  • Guests thought the hotel provided good value
Cons
  • Underground parking is $18.95 plus tax per night
  • Some guests missed having a restaurant on site
  • Some guests thought the hotel was a little far to walk to the downtown attractions
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Book from ~$126 CAD
Great value downtown business Ottawa hotel with many amenities and freebies
Pros
  • Free wireless Internet, free movie channels, free in-room coffee and tea, free local calls, in-room desktop computers with free printing, free breakfast, and free guest laundry facilities with free laundry detergent
  • Most guests found their rooms to be clean, spacious, and well appointed with modern amenities and full kitchens
  • Guests said the staff were courteous and friendly
  • Ideal location in walking distance of parliament, Rideau Centre, Sparks St, restaurants and pubs
  • Guests enjoyed the varied selections of the free breakfast
  • Several reviewers said they were likely to return to this property
  • The on-site restaurant, Maclaren's on Elgin, serves lunch and dinner
Cons
  • A few guests were disturbed in their rooms by street noise
  • A couple of reviewers thought the property could use minor upgrades
  • A few guests found the parking facility small and cramped
  • Parking is $11 per day or $13 for underground
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Book from ~$156 CAD
Great value downtown Ottawa hotel with full-size kitchens & balconies, restaurant & lounge
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free local calls
  • Excellent service from staff, according to guests
  • Convenient location, in walking distance to a number of attractions, according to guests
  • On-site fitness centre and 24-hr business centre
  • Spacious, well-equipped suites, said guests
Cons
  • Some guests objected to paying for parking
  • A few guests were bothered by street noise
  • Exterior of hotel dated, according to some guests
  • Underground parking is $24 per night
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Book from ~$163 CAD
Well-liked all-suite downtown Ottawa hotel with indoor pool and suites with full kitchens
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free local calls
  • Clean, comfortable rooms according to guests
  • Guests appreciated the well-stocked kitchens
  • Guests liked the staff of this hotel and considered them to offer professional and friendly service
  • Guests liked being centrally located near the Byward Market
Cons
  • Parking costs $20 per night with in-and-out privileges
  • A few guests were bothered by street noise
  • Dated decor, according to guests
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Book from ~$287 CAD
Luxury landmark hotel in downtown Ottawa renowned for its fine dining and classic elegance
Pros
  • Guests liked the historic charm of this hotel
  • Excellent service from staff, according to guests
  • Guests found the location convenient to a number of attractions
  • Clean, comfortable rooms, according to guests
Cons
  • Decor needed updating, according to guests
  • A few guests found the beds uncomfortable
  • Wi-Fi is $14.95 for 24 hours
  • Self-parking is $28 and valet parking is $38 per night

7 Other Hotels Close to Carleton University

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Book from ~$207 CAD
Free breakfast with freshly baked goods, a 10-minute walk to Carleton University
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
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.
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Book from ~$78 CAD
3-min. walk from Central Bus Station, free breakfast, good rates/staff, worn rooms
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the hotel's proximity to Parliament Hill and public transit
  • The hotel's staff were found to be friendly and helpful by many lodgers
  • Several guests were satisfied with the hotel's budget-friendly rates
Cons
  • Several guests reported worn rooms and no towels
  • Noise transfer was reported by some lodgers
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Guests liked the location of this small bed and breakfast hotel
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
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.
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Book from ~$128 CAD
West end Ottawa hotel with water park, free breakfast and free parking, but mixed reviews
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
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.
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Located just off the popular Elgin Street, guests liked the location of this hotel
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
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.
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Guests commented on the historic charm of this Victorian-era hotel
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
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.
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10 minute walk from the Canadian War Musuem, guests liked this hotel's location
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
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.

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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