Travellers flying into Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) will find themselves slightly removed from downtown Ottawa and popular attractions like Parliament Hill and Byward Market. In addition, the area directly surrounding the airport is somewhat residential, without a lot to do or see within walking distance.

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Editor's Top 9 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$250 CAD
Popular Ottawa airport hotel 4 min to YOW with free shuttle, indoor pool and restaurant
This newer and highly-rated hotel is our pick for best airport hotel near Ottawa airport. It’s only a 4-minute drive to the airport and is one of the most reasonably-priced hotels near the airport. 

It offers a clean and very spacious room, some with nice views of the city. Many report that it is surprisingly quiet for being so close to the airport and guests typically enjoy the restaurant's food and service. 

There’s a well-kept but smaller indoor pool and hot tub for guests. Included in the room price is a prompt 24-hour airport shuttle that operates on demand, ample parking and excellent Wi-Fi adding value. The hotel does not offer extended parking.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, parking, 24-hour airport shuttle, coffee in lobby, newspapers, stay fit kits
  • Rooms were very clean and large with comfortable beds
  • Location was just off Hwy 70 and a short drive to the airport, restaurants, shopping and the EY Centre
  • Staff were pleasant and helpful, with fast check-ins
  • Guests really liked the restaurant, its food and service
  • Airport shuttle was prompt and quick
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • A few guests said there was not much in walking distance from the hotel
  • Some guests found noise disturbances from within the hotel
  • A few guests had trouble adjusting the in-room temperature
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Book from ~$139 CAD
Ottawa airport hotel 5 min to YOW with indoor pool and free: shuttle, parking, breakfast
This is a clean and well-liked hotel and an especially good choice for guests who need to leave their cars for many days with one of the best extended stay rates of $5 per night. It’s also only a 5-minute drive to the airport with free shuttle that runs from 4 am to midnight. 

It has a slightly higher room rate for rooms that are well equipped but not as new as the Hilton, but the hotel partially compensates for the higher room rate with a free continental breakfast (think fresh waffles and fruit). There’s also an indoor pool and although there is no restaurant on site, there is a Keg Steakhouse and Tim Hortons right next door. Parking is also free during your stay.
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 ~$130 CAD
Ottawa airport hotel 5 min to YOW with indoor pool & free: shuttle, parking, hot breakfast 
This hotel is well liked for its close proximity to the airport and well-kept rooms. It's perfect for guests who are not travelling late at night or very early in the morning as the free breakfast is offered starting at 6:30 am to 9:30 am and the free airport shuttle does not run overnight, but from 5 am (weekdays) or 6 am (weekends) to 11 pm. Enjoyed also by many guests is the Lone Star Texas Grill restaurant, only a 2-minute walk away. Extended parking is offered for $10 per day.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, parking, airport shuttle, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were spacious, clean, and quiet with comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants and convenient to the airport and EY Centre
  • Staff were polite, accommodating and friendly
  • Guests often enjoyed the free buffet breakfast
  • Airport shuttle service was quick and convenient
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • Airport shuttle runs limited hours
  • Some guests found the pool a little small
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Book from ~$117 CAD
Ottawa airport hotel 3 min to YOW with indoor pool & free: shuttle, parking, hot breakfast
This well run and newer hotel offers a very attractive and clean room only 3 minutes to YOW. This is a good choice for guests travelling during regular daytime or evening hours due to limited airport shuttle hours (5 am to 11 pm-weekdays and 6 am to 11 pm-weekends) and a later free breakfast (6 am to 10 am).

Guests say the free hot breakfast is better than average and they enjoy fast Wi-Fi and free parking during the stay. Guests wanting to leave their vehicles while they travel pay $10 per day. The well-liked Lone Star Texas Grill restaurant is only a 2-minute walk away.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, airport shuttle, all day coffee bar, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were in excellent condition with nice lighting, décor and comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants and convenient to the airport and public transit
  • Staff were knowledgeable, warm, and always willing to help
  • Breakfast was very well liked and better than average
  • Airport shuttle service was quick and convenient
  • Good value according to several guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Airport shuttle runs limited hours
  • Some were disturbed by the sound of doors slamming shut
  • A few recent guests found the pool too cold
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Book from ~$122 CAD
South Ottawa hotel 7 minutes to YOW with free shuttle, outdoor pool, restaurant & lounge
This recently renovated hotel-motel property offers a clean and comfortable room in a peaceful and beautiful setting amid trees overlooking the Rideau River. If you are not leaving on an early flight, it may be a good option with free airport shuttle which runs from 6 am to 10 pm on weekdays (8 am to 5 pm on weekends). Extended parking is well priced too at only $7 per day.

Good rates, and lot of freebies (breakfast, overnight parking, shuttle, Wi-Fi) make this an affordable option, but be sure to get a main floor room or a room in the building with 4 levels, which has an elevator, if you’re travelling with heavy bags to avoid climbing stairs.

Winter offers ice skating on the river and summertime opens more possibilities with an outdoor pool, canoe and kayak rentals and a fire pit surrounded by Muskoka chairs. Good dining and lounge are right on site.

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, airport shuttle, local calls
  • Rooms were clean, updated and comfortable
  • The location offered easy access to major routes, the airport and restaurants by car
  • Staff were accommodating, friendly and helpful
  • Restaurant meals and breakfast were often enjoyed by guests
  • Airport shuttle service was prompt and helpful
  • Guests often loved the quiet area near the river and trees
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • No elevator access to some rooms
  • A few guests found their rooms and bathrooms small
  • Some complained of noise from planes overhead and guests in nearby rooms
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Book from ~$94 CAD
Good value Ottawa airport motel 9 min to YOW with free: parking, light breakfast & Wi-Fi
This walk-up motel is a 9-minute drive from the airport and well loved by its guests for providing a clean room with comfortable bed in a pretty setting for such a low room rate. There is no airport shuttle but guests seem pleased to use taxi or Uber. Extended parking is free for the first week and only $5 thereafter making this the best rate in Ottawa.
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 ~$699 CAD
Popular downtown Ottawa hotel with mini-kitchens, free hot breakfast and free Wi-Fi
This hotel is a 12-minute drive from the airport and offers a very clean and comfortable room in the downtown area, about a 20-minute walk from Parliament Hill. All rooms offer a convenient mini-kitchen and some come with a separate bedroom with its own TV, so guests can spread out a little and Mom and Pop can have their own space with Junior occupying the sofabed in the living room. There's plenty of restaurants nearby and the hotel offers a good quality and varied free breakfast along with excellent 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 ~$143 CAD
Well-liked west Ottawa hotel with outdoor pool, restaurant & free parking
This good value hotel is located about 13 minutes west of downtown Ottawa, along the Trans-Canada Hwy and an 18-minute drive from the airport. Rooms are very clean with laminate floors and guests simply love the staff here who are genuinely kind. There’s a well-liked restaurant on site with reasonable prices, all-day room service, good steak, salmon and breakfast. 

The location is a plus with the Westgate Shopping Centre a 4-minute walk away, good transit options and easy access to the highway. Guests can reach most points of interest in 15 minutes or less by car.
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 ~$103 CAD
Highly praised downtown Ottawa inn near Elgin St restaurants with rooftop deck
This very clean and charming B&B is a 16-minute drive from the airport and offers a very pleasant stay at reasonable cost, but guests with lots of luggage should note that there is no elevator access to any of the rooms. There is lots of great restaurant choices very near by on Elgin Street and guests can walk or take transit to downtown attractions. Parking is available on site but limited and there are cheap options in the area with some free street parking as well.
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)

1 Other Hotel Close to Ottawa Airport

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$104 CAD
College residence with basic 2-bedroom suites, common kitchens, laundry room and free parking
Location
This hotel is a 14-minute drive from the airport.
Pros
  • Free wired Internet, free breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • The hotel's rooms were found to be clean and spacious by many lodgers
  • Several reviewers were pleased with the hotel's proximity to public transit
Cons
  • A few guests complained of no in-room Wi-Fi (only wireless) or cooking utensils

Tips For Staying Near Ottawa Airport

Location
Popular tourist attractions in downtown Ottawa, such as Parliament Hill, the Byward Market and the Rideau Canal, are about 15 to 20 km north of the airport. If walking distance to these tourist destinations is desired we recommend a hotel in downtown Ottawa.

MacDonald-Cartier International Airport is located at the far south end of Ottawa, near the residential neighbourhoods of Revelstoke and Victory Hill. There are not many attractions within walking distance, so access to a vehicle while in this area is recommended if you are looking to explore.
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Getting Around
There are a few transportation options to MacDonald-Cartier Airport. OC Transpo offers regular bus transportation from various points throughout the city to the airport. Taxi service is also readily available. 

Travellers with access to a vehicle have a number of dining and shopping options a 5- to 10-minute drive of the airport, in the Hunt Club Road/South Keys Shopping Centre area and in the Bank Street area near Findlay Creek Drive. However, there is not much within walking distance in the area directly surrounding the airport.

The airport offers easy access and well-marked signage simplifying access to the various lots.
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Parking
There is a large covered parking garage for short term parking ($5 per 30 minutes for the first hour and $4 thereafter, up to $23 daily maximum) located within a 2-minute walk of the terminal. Clearance is 7' 4" or 2.25 metres.

Long term parking is outdoors ($5 per 30 minutes for the first hour and $4 thereafter, up to $16 daily maximum or $75 weekly). This lot is a 7-minute walk away, so travellers with heavy luggage should take note. Clearance is 11' 9" or 3.6 metres. Guests can reserve parking online for savings.

A Park & Fly lot is just over a kilometre away from the airport, which offers self-parking in a well-lit and gated compound and a shuttle to the terminal 24 hours daily, 7 days per week. Rates vary and coupon offers must be printed and presented at time of payment to obtain the quoted rate.
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