Editor's Top 10 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$109 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 ~$143 CAD
Well-liked west Ottawa hotel with outdoor pool, restaurant & free parking
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 ~$139 CAD
Ottawa airport hotel 5 min to YOW with indoor pool and free: shuttle, parking, breakfast
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 ~$296 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 ~$221 CAD
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 ~$699 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
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$143 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 ~$122 CAD
South Ottawa hotel 7 minutes to YOW with free shuttle, outdoor pool, restaurant & lounge
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 ~$539 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
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$495 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 cafĂ©
  • 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

4 Other Hotels Close to Rideau Carleton Raceway

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$250 CAD
Popular Ottawa airport hotel 4 min to YOW with free shuttle, indoor pool and restaurant
Location
Located on the Ottawa International Airport (YOW) grounds, this Hilton is an 8-minute drive from the raceway.
Getting Around: Public Transit
The Greenboro Transit Station is less than a 5-minute bus ride away, and the bus can be caught at a 2-minute walk from the hotel. 
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 ~$130 CAD
Ottawa airport hotel 5 min to YOW with indoor pool & free: shuttle, parking, hot breakfast 
Location
Just off of major thoroughfare Hunt Club Road, this Holiday Inn Express is surrounded by trees a 10-minute drive from the raceway.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Hunt Club Road is a 3-minute walk from the hotel, where guests can catch bus #147 to Greenboro Station.
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
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$142 CAD
Free breakfast with freshly baked goods, a 10-minute walk to Carleton University
Location
This B&B is situated in a residential neighbourhood close to Carleton University and is a 16- to 22-minute drive from the raceway.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Public transit to the Greenboro Transit Station, where guests can catch the shuttle to the raceway, takes approximately 25 minutes.The #4 can be caught a 5-minute walk from the hotel and then a transfer to either bus #99 or #40 is required at Billings Bridge.

For guests without access to a personal vehicle, taking a taxi to Greenboro Transit Station (a 10- to 15-minute trip), or straight to the raceway, is a simpler option to consider.
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
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$90 CAD
Located in Ottawa's east end, guests like this hotel's proximity to the highway
Location
Located just off of the 417, Trans-Canada Highway, this Travelodge is near big-box shopping and is a 25-minute drive from the raceway.
Getting Around: Public Transit
The Greenboro Transit Terminal is almost a 50-minute transit ride away from this hotel. Driving or taking a taxi to the terminal (18 minutes) or the raceway itself is recommended.
Pros
  • Free WI FI, free parking
  • Guests found staff to be accomodating
  • Guests liked the proximity to the highway and to nearby restaurants
Cons
  • Lack of detailed cleaning, according to guests
  • Guests felt that decor needed updating
  • A number of guests were bothered by unpleasant odours in the rooms and in hallways

Tips For Staying Near Rideau Carleton Raceway

Location
Situated just outside of Nepean in Ottawa, the Rideau Carleton Raceway is home to standard-bred, harness horse-racing and slots. 
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Getting Around: Driving
Highway 417, the Trans-Canada Highway, is a 15-minute drive from the raceway and downtown Ottawa is an approximate 26-minute drive away. The Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) is an 11-minute drive away.
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Getting Around: Free Shuttle
There is a free shuttle service, courtesy of OLG Slots. From 8:30 am to 12:30 am, it runs every hour, on the half hour from the Greenboro Transit Station to the raceway. From 9 am until 1 am, it leaves the raceway to return to the station every hour on the hour. All guests must be over 19 to ride the shuttle.
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Getting Around: Public Transit
Considering the free shuttle from the Greenboro Transit Station, guests can easily take public transit from their hotel to the raceway by riding to the station and switching to the shuttle. Transit is run by OC Transit

Fares are $3.40 per adult, per ride and daily unlimited-use passes can be purchased for $7.95. Tickets can also be purchased for a reduced fare and are $1.50 each. Regular fare requires two tickets.
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Parking
Parking is available free of charge at the raceway.
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Dining
The dining room seperates the action on the track with giant windows, allowing for the perfect view of the finish line while enjoying your meal. Guests to the dining room must be strictly over 19 years of age. For guests aged 19 to 25, a second piece of ID with a signature is required. The only exceptions to this rule occur on Sunday from 11 am to 10 pm, and Thursday evening from 5 pm to 10 pm.

There is also a sports bar and outdoor patio, as well as more casual fare at the grandstand.
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Entertainment
Watching the horse races and betting is the biggest draw for guests to the Rideau Carleton Raceway. For beginners, they provide guides on how to bet as well as race schedules on their website.

There is a slot-machine floor featuring 1,250 machines and electronic blackjack, baccarat and roulette tables. The slots are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The facility also hosts a number of events throughout the year, including Bingo, garage sales on Sunday and live entertainment on the entertainment floor, just to name a few. For a full listing of upcoming events, visit their website.
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