Editor's Top 9 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 ~$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
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Book from ~$157 CAD
Highly praised east Ottawa hotel with indoor pool, restaurant and kitchenette suites
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free wired Internet, free parking
  • Spacious, clean, well-equipped rooms, according to guests
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to shopping, restaurants and attractions
  • Good customer service, according to guests
Cons
  • A few guests said that the pool was small

7 Other Hotels Close to National Gallery of Canada

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Book from ~$177 CAD
Good value downtown Ottawa hotel in Byward Market with indoor pool and restaurant
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleanliness and the housekeeping staff were complimented by many reviewers
  • Several guests indicated that they were likely to return
  • A few reviewers found the hotel offered good value for the money they spent
  • Many guests found the location ideal for exploring the downtown area on foot
Cons
  • Parking is $20 per night
  • A few reviewers found the property in need of some upgrades
  • Several reviewers were disturbed in their rooms by street noise
Location
Situated in the Byward Market shopping area, the Courtyard Ottawa is a 3-minute drive or 11-minute walk from the gallery.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Bus #9 is available within a 1-minute walk of the hotel, and guests are dropped within a 2-minute walk of the gallery. Total travel time is approximately 5 minutes.
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Book from ~$154 CAD
Charming downtown Ottawa inn near the Byward Market with kitchenettes and free breakfast
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast, free afternoon tea service
  • Conveniently close to the Byward Market, shops, restaurants and tourist attractions, according to guests
  • Good customer service, according to guests
  • Guests liked the ambience at this hotel
  • Guests enjoyed nice views from the higher floors
Cons
  • Some guests thought the rooms were a bit tired
  • A few guests said it was somewhat noisy given its proximity to bars
  • Parking is $8-$15 extra (although there is free street parking)
Location
On a residential street in the Byward Market area, the Byward Blue Inn looks and feels like renting an apartment just a 3-minute drive or 10-minute walk from the gallery.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Bus #9 is a 1-minute walk from the hotel on Dalhousie Street, and drops guests within a 2-minute walk of the gallery. Total travel time is approximately 6 minutes.
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Book from ~$116 CAD
Clean but dated downtown Ottawa hotel with restaurant and free Wi-Fi but awkward parking 
Pros
  • Free wireless Internet, free daily newspaper, and free document printing in the on-site business centre
  • Many reviewers agreed that the hotel offered good value for the location and services offered
  • Many guests complimented the size and cleanliness of their rooms
  • Many guests found the location of this hotel convenient for accessing various tourist attractions on foot
Cons
  • Parking is $15 per day
  • Many guests thought the hotel was in need of upgrades
  • Guests complained of having to leave their car keys at front desk to allow cars to be moved due to tight parking space
Location
Centrally located in the downtown Ottawa business district, Capital Hill Hotel is a 6-minute drive or 16-minute walk from the gallery.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Bus #9 is the most direct route to the gallery from the hotel and can be caught a 3-minute walk from the hotel on Wellington. Total travel time is approximately 12 minutes.
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Book from ~$126 CAD
Well-liked downtown Hull hotel with restaurant and free pet stays, indoor pool and gym
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and pets stay for free
  • The hotel's location was a source of praise by numerous reviewers
  • Many guests enjoyed their clean and modern rooms
  • Several lodgers were pleased with the level of customer service they received during their stay
  • Guests thought the hotel provided good value
Cons
  • Parking is $15 per night
  • Noise disturbances were reported by a few guests
  • Some guests said the hotel could use some updates
Location
Across the Ottawa River in the Hull area and across the street from the Museum of Civilization, the Four Points is a 4-minute drive, or 20-minute walk from the gallery across the Alexandra bridge.
Getting Around: Public Transit
This hotel is not easily accessible by public transit.
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Book from ~$175 CAD
Blocks from the National Arts Centre, guests liked the location of this hotel
Pros
  • Free WI Fi
  • Convenient location, within walking distance to Parliament Hill and the Byward Market, according to guests
  • Good service from staff, according to guests
  • Clean, comfortable rooms, according to guests
Cons
  • Some guests objected to paying for parking
  • A few guests found the bathrooms small
  • Dated decor, according to a few guests
Location
Situated in downtown Ottawa, this Sheraton Hotel is a 5-minute drive, or 18-minute walk from the gallery.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Taking public transit to the gallery from this hotel still includes 13 minutes of walking, but route #1 can be caught at Wellington Street for a total travel time of 18 minutes.
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Downtown Ottawa hotel near Byward Market with restaurant, free Wi-Fi & pet-friendly rooms
Pros
  • Free high speed Internet, free local calls, free daily newspapers, and free in-room coffee
  • Many reviewers complimented the friendly and helpful customer service
  • Several guests found their rooms to be clean and comfortable
  • A few reviewers thought this hotel offered good value for the price they paid
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing local tourist attractions on foot
Cons
  • Several guests were unhappy with the cramped parking facility and the parking fees of $20 per 24 hrs
  • A few reviewers complained that the Internet service was unreliable
  • Several guests were dissatisfied with the quality of food and the menu prices at the on-site restaurant
  • Some reviewers thought the hotel could use minor upgrades
Location
Situated at the edge of the Byward Market shopping area, this Quality Hotel is a 4-minute drive or 18-minute walk from the National Gallery of Canada.
Getting Around: Public Transit
There are no routes close to this hotel, and taking public transit to the gallery still includes 10 minutes walking time.
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Book from ~$136 CAD
About a 15-minute walk to downtown Ottawa attractions, with mountain and river views
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Guests liked the views from the rooms and from the common areas
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to Ottawa
  • Friendly, helpful staff, according to guests
Cons
  • Small rooms, according to guests
  • Aging decor, according to guests
  • Some guests were bothered by street noise and noise from other guests in the hallways
Location
Situated on the shores of the Ottawa River, in the Hull district, this Best Western has views of the river and is a 4-minute drive, or 18-minute walk from the gallery across the Alexandra bridge.
Getting Around: Public Transit
There is no public transit route linking the hotel and the gallery.

Tips For Staying Near National Gallery of Canada

Location
Situated on the shores of the Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa, the National Gallery of Canada is a glass and granite building beside Nepean Point overlooking Parliament Hill.
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Entertainment
On top of numerous permanent galleries, there are a number of visiting exhibitions and special exhibitions available throughout the year. Special Exhibitions require an additional fee, but information on all current and upcoming exhibitions can be found on their website.
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Getting Around
The gallery itself is three levels of exhibition space, and for those looking for a more detailed view of what's where, an informational map is available on their website. 

Downtown Ottawa is a mere 4-minute drive, or 17-minute walk from the gallery, and Parliament Hill is also a 4-minute drive or 14-minute walk away. The Bywayrd Market shopping neighbourhood is an 8-minute walk or 2-minute drive from the gallery.

The Trans-Canada Highway is a 5-minute drive from the gallery, and the Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) is a 20-minute drive away.
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Parking
The two-level parking garage underneath the gallery is open from 7 am to 11 pm and the entrance can be found off of Sussex Drive. Rates are $2.75 per half hour, with a daily maximum of $13.
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Getting Around: Public Transit
Many of the below-mentioned hotels are within a 20-minute walk of the gallery, however, should you prefer public transit, it is available throughout Ottawa, which is serviced by OC Transpo. Bus routes #1 and #9 service the gallery (stopping within a 3-minute walk of the gallery).

A single-ride cash fare costs $3.40, or $3 when you purchase tickets (2 adult tickets required), or $2.75 on the Presto refillable transit card. More fare and route information can be found on their website.
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Dining
Food and drink are not allowed to be brought into the gallery, however there are a few options to grab a bite once inside. The Cafétéria des beaux-arts offers an in-formal self-serve dining option and Café l’Entrée serves up high tea and elegantly prepared dishes, on reservation only. Both are situated in the Great Hall. Sketches dining space offers tables and vending machines for those looking for a quick bite. More information on menus and operating hours can be found on the website.
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Money-saving
Admission is free on Thursday evenings after 5 pm (when the gallery is open until 8 pm), to the permanent gallery only, and coupons can often be found in an Entertainment Book, which includes discounts to many attractions throughout Ottawa and the rest of the province.

Additionally, for those looking to visit many of the galleries and museums in the Ottawa-Gatineau area, a Canada's Capital Museums Passport is available for 50% off entry into Ottawa's eight museums within a 7-day period. The Passport is $45 per person, or $99 per family and can be purchased at the museum's main ticket office. More information can be found on the Passport's website.
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Other Tips
Hand-held photography of permanent art collections is allowed, however, photos in temporary exhibitions, as well as works on loan or in the Canadian and Aboriginal Galleries are not permitted to be photographed. Photos are for personal use only and are not to be reproduced or altered in any way. Tripods are not allowed. 

Touching any of the paintings or sculptures is strictly forbidden as it can corrode or wear away paint or varnish on the pieces.

All bags will be inspected at entry and exit, and large bags are recommended to be checked in to the cloakroom free of charge.
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Other Tips
The gallery is open 10 am to 5 pm most days, but is closed on Mondays and open until 8 pm on Thursdays. 

Admission rates are $12 per adult, $10 for seniors and students (with ID) and $6 for youth 12-19. Entry is free for children under 12 years of age.
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