Editor's Top 9 Picks

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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 ~$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 ~$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 ~$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 ~$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 ~$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 ~$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 ~$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 ~$114 CAD
Highly praised east Ottawa hotel with indoor pool, restaurant and free parking

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, parking, newspapers
  • Rooms were well liked—spacious and clean with nice decor
  • Location was just off the Trans-Canada Hwy and an easy walk from the train station and river trails with easy access to restaurants and shopping by car
  • Staff were courteous, friendly and efficient
  • Restaurant was very good according to guests
  • Guests appreciated the value of this hotel
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Guests complained of long waits for the elevator
  • Some said there was not much in short walking distance

7 Other Hotels Close to National Gallery of Canada

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Book from ~$224 CAD
Good value downtown Ottawa hotel in Byward Market with indoor pool and restaurant
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.
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
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Book from ~$121 CAD
Charming downtown Ottawa inn near Byward Market with mini-kitchens and free hot breakfast
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.
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
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Book from ~$94 CAD
Clean but dated downtown Ottawa hotel with restaurant and free Wi-Fi but awkward parking 
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.
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
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Book from ~$109 CAD
Well-liked downtown Hull hotel with restaurant and free pet stays, indoor pool and gym
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.
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
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Book from ~$162 CAD
Blocks from the National Arts Centre, guests liked the location of this hotel
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.
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
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Downtown Ottawa hotel near Byward Market with restaurant, free Wi-Fi & pet-friendly rooms
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.
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
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Book from ~$119 CAD
About a 15-minute walk to downtown Ottawa attractions, with mountain and river views
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.
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

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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