Editor's Top 9 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~C$612 
Highly praised downtown Ottawa hotel with impressive views, indoor pool & fine dining

Pros
  • Free amenities: pet stays, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and well appointed with comfortable beds
  • 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 ~C$551 
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 ~C$142 
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 ~C$298 
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 ~C$137 
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 ~C$184 
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 ~C$219 
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 ~C$198 
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 ~C$298 
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

6 Other Hotels Close to Ottawa Convention Centre

Editor's Picks
Book from ~C$133 
Clean but dated downtown Ottawa hotel with restaurant and free Wi-Fi but awkward parking 
Location
Situated in Ottawa's business district, Capital Hill Suites is an 8-minute walk from the convention centre.
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 ~C$295 
Good value downtown Ottawa hotel in Byward Market with indoor pool and restaurant
Location
Situated in the Byward shopping area, this Courtyard is a 9-minute walk from the convention centre.
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 ~C$247 
This downtown hotel has an indoor playground that is popular with families
Location
In the centre of Ottawa's downtown core, surrounded by high-rise office buildings and shops, this Residence Inn is a 10-minute walk from the convention centre.
Pros
  • Free hot breakfast, free WI FI
  • Guests liked the convenience of this location to offices and attractions
  • Friendly, accomodating staff, according to guests
  • Clean, well-appointed rooms, according to guests
Cons
  • Some guests had problems with parking
  • A few guests had issues with noise
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Book from ~C$276 
Popular downtown Ottawa boutique hotel with indoor pool, restaurant and free Wi-Fi
Location
Situated in downtown Ottawa, the boutique Hotel Indigo is surrounded by high-rise office buildings just an 11-minute walk from the convention centre.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were very clean, quiet and spacious with comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants, the Hill, university and attractions
  • Staff were very friendly and accommodating
  • Restaurant offered good food and room service
  • Pool and fitness area very clean and well kept
  • Good value at this hotel said guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • Parking (underground) costs $21 per day
  • A few guests said that atrium-facing rooms lacked natural light
Editor's Picks
Book from ~C$137 
4-min. drive from downtown, great staff & free breakfast, clean rooms, no elevator
Location
The only bed and breakfast on this list is in downtown Ottawa, just a 7-minute walk from the convention centre.
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's central locale and proximity to the University of Ottawa
  • The hotel's staff were complimented on their attentive and knowledgeable service
  • Several lodgers enjoyed their clean and well-equipped rooms
  • The hotel's free breakfast was praised for its quality
Cons
  • A few guests reported noise transfer during their stay
  • The hotel's lack of elevator was challenging for a few lodgers
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Book from ~C$127 
Dated downtown Ottawa hotel with well-liked restaurant and suites with full kitchen 
Location
Located near City Hall in downtown Ottawa, the Embassy Hotel is an approximate 13-minute walk from the convention centre.
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many lodgers praised the hotel's central locale and proximity to local attractions
  • The hotel's staff were complimented on their friendly and helpful service
  • Several guests were pleased with their spacious and well-equipped rooms
Cons
  • Parking is $12 per day
  • Some guests complained of worn rooms and dated decor
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few reviewers

Tips For Staying Near Ottawa Convention Centre

Location
Situated in downtown Ottawa, next to the Rideau Canal and in the same city block as the Rideau Centre Mall, the newly built (2011) Ottawa Convention Centre replaces the Ottawa Congress Centre as Ottawa's convention and meeting place.
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Getting Around
Many of Ottawa's attractions are within walking distance of the Ottawa Convention Centre. Parliament Hill is an approximate 10-minute walk away, while the Byward Market is also about a 10-minute walk away. 

The Convention Centre itself has four floors, all with varying views of downtown as well as the Rideau Canal, with 236,000 square feet of combined meeting, conference, tradeshow and function spaces. For interactive floor maps, visit their website. A brochure of all the centre has to offer is also available.
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Getting Around: Driving
Downtown Ottawa is a 3-minute drive, while the Trans-Canada Highway is a 3-minute drive away. The Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) is a 6-minute drive from the Ottawa Convention Centre. The Byward Market and Parliament Hill are each a 3-minute drive in opposing directions from the convention centre.

Taxi stands are located in front of the Westin and Novotel hotels, as well as along Rideau Street. Hailing one of a number of taxis servicing Ottawa should not be an issue.
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Parking
A fully staffed, two-floor parking garage is available underneath the Ottawa Convention Centre. There is also a lot underneath the Rideau Centre. Rates start at $1.50 for every half hour, with a 12-hour limit of $18 or 24 hours for $20. Parking is operated by CitiPark and both lots have a combined 1,318 spots.

Detailed parking information is available on their website.
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Getting Around: Public Transit
A number of transit options are available to and from the convention centre, however, most of the below-mentioned hotels are within a 10-minute walk of the convention centre.

A single-ride cash fare costs $3.40. Fare is $3 when you purchase tickets (two are required per ride, at $1.50 each), 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
Menus for every foreseeable event are available online, all with the fundamental concept of "Think Global - Dine Local." Meeting planners can choose from these menus to create dining options for their event, including buffet or meals with three to five course plates. There are also bar options.
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