Editor's Top 10 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 ~$158 CAD
Complimented by guests for clean rooms, friendly service, and on-site dining
Pros
  • Many guests complimented the cleanliness of their rooms
  • Many reviewers found the staff to be friendly and helpful
  • A few guests complimented the on-site restaurant and room service
  • A few reviewers thought the fitness facility was well equipped
  • Free high-speed Internet, free local calls and free parking
Cons
  • A few guests were disturbed by noise in their rooms
  • Several reviewers complained about smelling cigarette smoke in their rooms
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Book from ~$159 CAD
Ottawa airport hotel 5 min to YOW with free shuttle, extended parking and indoor pool
Pros
  • Free continental breakfast, free shuttle service to YOW, free parking, and children under 13-years old stay for free (with a paying adult)
  • Many guests found their rooms to be spacious and clean
  • Many reviewers complimented the friendly and helpful staff
  • Several guests found the location convenient for travel to the airport (YOW)
Cons
  • Several guests found the room rate expensive
  • A few reviewers complained about the on-site pool being small and cold
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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 ~$134 CAD
South Ottawa hotel 7 minutes to YOW with free shuttle, outdoor pool and restaurant 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, airport shuttle service, on-site parking, local calls
  • Many guests complimented the staff for their friendly service
  • Many reviewers described their rooms as generally comfortable and clean
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Several reviewers found the hotel well located for accessing the airport
  • A few guests found the shuttle service convenient and reliable
Cons
  • A couple of guests thought that this hotel was too far away from downtown attractions
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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

8 Other Hotels Close to Rideau Carleton Raceway

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Book from ~$230 CAD
Popular Ottawa airport hotel 4 min to YOW with free shuttle, indoor pool and restaurant
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free airport shuttle
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing the airport
  • Several guests said the rooms were clean, comfortable and well-equipped
  • Many guests appreciated the friendly and helpful staff
  • Some guests found the beds comfy
Cons
  • Some guests thought the hotel was expensive
  • A few guests complained about the service and food prices at the 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. 
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Book from ~$172 CAD
Popular Ottawa airport hotel 6 min to YOW with free shuttle, free parking and indoor pool
Pros
  • Free WI FI, free hot breakfast buffet, free parking, free airport shuttle
  • Clean, spacious rooms, according to guests
  • Guests received good customer service
  • Convenient to the airport, guests reported
Cons
  • A few guests found this hotel expensive
  • A few guests were bothered by noise in the hallways
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.
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Ottawa hotel 8 min to YOW with free shuttle, indoor pool, free parking and park & fly 
Pros
  • Free parking, free airport shuttle service, free wireless Internet, free in-room coffee, free daily newspapers, free continental breakfast
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean, spacious, and well appointed
  • Many reviewers recommended this property and said that they were likely to return
  • Several guests found the staff to be polite and helpful
  • A few guests complimented the food quality at the on-site restaurant
Cons
  • A few reviewers thought the room rate was expensive
  • A few guests complained about the quality and selection of the free continental breakfast
Location
On a busy road across from shopping and restaurants, the Southway Hotel is an 11-minute drive from the raceway.
Getting Around: Public Transit
The bus stop for route #1 is across the street from the hotel and heads towards the Greenboro Transit Station, which can also be reached on foot in under 10 minutes.
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Book from ~$127 CAD
Good value Ottawa airport hotel 9 min to YOW with restaurant, free parking & free breakfast
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • Many reviewers said that the rooms were quiet
  • Many guests found the location convenient for exploring south Ottawa by car
  • A few guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • A few reviewers praised the staff for their friendly service
Cons
  • Several guests complained about a poor selection at the free breakfast
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Book from ~$207 CAD
Free breakfast with freshly baked goods, a 10-minute walk to Carleton University
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
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.
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College residence with basic 2-bedroom suites, common kitchens, laundry room and free parking
Pros
  • Free amenities: wired Internet, parking, local calls, pet stays
  • Some found clean and spacious rooms
  • Location was well liked for access to shopping, restaurants, public transit, and the highway
  • Staff were kind and helpful said guests
  • Ample and secure free parking
Cons
  • Housekeeping was irregular and did not always clean rooms well
  • Wi-Fi unstable and poor according to guests
  • Parking lot is quite far from the building
  • Guests often had difficulty locating the building
  • Many guests said the double beds did not fit two persons and were really small
  • AC did not always work said guests
  • Some guests were disappointed to find this was not a typical hotel property but a college dormitory and thought the name was misleading
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Book from ~$119 CAD
Located in Ottawa's east end, guests like this hotel's proximity to the highway
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
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.
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Book from ~$105 CAD
College residence with basic 2-bedroom suites, common kitchens, laundry room and free parking
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 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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