Editor's Top 12 Picks

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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 ~$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 ~$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 ~$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 ~$83 CAD
Highly praised downtown Ottawa inn near Elgin St restaurants with rooftop deck

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)
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Book from ~$121 CAD
Charming downtown Ottawa inn near Byward Market with mini-kitchens and free hot breakfast

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 ~$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
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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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Highly praised downtown Ottawa hotel at Byward Market with restaurant and rooftop lounge 

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, mini-bar snacks and drinks, coffee in lobby, local calls, overnight shoe shine, newspapers
  • Rooms were stylish, very clean, and comfortable
  • West-facing rooms offered spectacular views of sunsets and Parliament Buildings
  • The location was excellent--an easy walk to restaurants and shopping and a healthy walk to downtown attractions
  • Staff were super friendly, professional and eager to please
  • Some guests were impressed with the food and drinks on site
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Valet parking is $30 per night
  • Some guests found noise disturbances from outside and inside the hotel
  • Some guests complained of very slow service from the restaurant
  • No pool and no hot tub

6 Other Hotels Close to University of Ottawa

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Book from ~$281 CAD
Pet-friendly Ottawa hotel near Byward Market with indoor pool, restaurant and comfy beds 
Location
Situated just off the University of Ottawa campus, this Novotel overlooks the Rideau Canal and is an approximate 5-minute walk from the centre of the campus.
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and pets stay for free
  • Many reviewers described their rooms as clean and well appointed with modern furniture
  • Several guests found their beds to be comfortable
  • Some reviewers said they were likely to stay at this hotel again in the future
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing tourist attractions on foot
  • Many guests appreciated the good value provided by this excellently located hotel
Cons
  • The on-site parking facility received complaints about the fees ($23 per night), the confusing location and the height restrictions
  • Some guests complained about their rooms being small and cramped
  • A few guests complained about homeless people begging on the hotel grounds
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Book from ~$141 CAD
Dated downtown Ottawa hotel with well-liked restaurant and suites with full kitchen 
Location
On a residential side street on the east side of the Rideau Canal, the Embassy Hotel is a 10-minute walk or 3-minute drive from the northern section of the UOttawa campus.
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
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Book from ~$97 CAD
Well-liked suites with full kitchens, balconies and separate bedrooms in Ottawa's downtown
Location
Surrounded by high-rise residential units in downtown Ottawa, the Extended Stay Hotel is a 3-minute drive or 11-minute walk from the northern parking lots of the school across the Laurier Bridge.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, local calls
  • Location ideal to downtown restaurants, shopping, attractions and close to the airport
  • Wi-Fi was rated as good overall by reviewers
  • Guests thought the rates were reasonable
  • Many were satisfied with the free breakfast
  • Suites had well-equipped kitchens, were clean and spacious
Cons
  • Parking is $14 per night
  • Slow elevators and slow breakfast service
  • On occasion guests were disturbed by noisy neighbours
  • Kitchen utensils sparse in some of the suites said guests
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Book from ~$142 CAD
Downtown Ottawa hotel near Rideau Canal with indoor pool, kitchens, balconies and jacuzzis
Location
On a high-rise residential street in downtown Ottawa, the Cartier Place is a 4-minute drive or 11-minute walk from the northern entrance to the campus.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, DVD players and movies, newspapers
  • Many appreciated the well maintained and comfortable suites, each with a full kitchen and balcony
  • Several reviewers found the staff friendly and helpful
  • Wi-Fi was rated as good overall by online reviewers
  • Many loved this location, in walking distance to area attractions, restaurants, shopping and the Rideau Canal
  • Families liked the play areas, game room and indoor pool
  • Many guests said the hotel offered great value
  • Guests enjoyed meals on site
Cons
  • Several mentioned that the hotel's decor was dated
  • Underground parking is $25 per day
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Downtown Ottawa hotel near Byward Market with restaurant, free Wi-Fi & pet-friendly rooms
Location
At the corner of two main intersections in downtown Ottawa (Rideau Street and King Edward Ave.), the Quality Inn is a mere 1-minute drive or 7-minute walk from the northern parking lots on campus.
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 ~$95 CAD
Downtown Ottawa hotel near Byward Market with updated rooms and suites with jetted tubs
Location
Surrounded by a number of entertainment, shopping and eating options in downtown Ottawa, this Days Inn is a 4-minute drive or an 8-minute walk from the northern parking lots on campus.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, newspapers
  • Guests liked their clean and updated rooms, with comfy beds
  • Location was well liked for being right downtown with easy access to downtown destinations on foot
  • Good value according to guests
  • Staff well liked by many of the guests, friendly and accommodating
Cons
  • Parking costs $7 per day
  • Noise transfers through "thin walls", according to guests
  • Strong air freshener according to some guests
  • Some suffered from slow Wi-Fi
  • Restaurant on site not a guest favourite

Tips For Staying Near University of Ottawa

Location
On the eastern shores of the Rideau Canal, the main University of Ottawa campus is Sandy Hill.
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Getting Around
Understanding the layout of any campus can take a bit of research in itself. So UOttawa has provided an interactive map of the campus to help visitors navigate and plan their visit(s) ahead. 

Campus Tours are also available in both English and French for potential students and their parents. An online registration is available, and visitors can choose one of six weekly tours.

All of the below hotels are within a 15-minute walking distance of the school.
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Getting Around: Free Shuttle
A free shuttle service is available to students and employees of UOttawa and Saint Paul University from Roger-Guindon Hall - Saint Paul University - Lees Avenue - UOttawa. A valid student or employee card must be presented upon boarding, and the shuttle schedules can be found on their website.
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Getting Around: Public Transit
A large number of bus routes operate to the University of Ottawa. However, as all of the featured hotels are within a 15-minute walk of campus, many guests may opt to travel on foot.

A single-ride, adult fare on OC Transpo is $3.40, or two bus tickets ($1.50 each). An unlimited-ride day pass can also be purchased for $7.95. For more fare and route information, visit the OC Transpo website.
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Getting Around: Driving
The University of Ottawa supports sustainable transportation. Therefore they offer a free shuttle service for students and staff, a carpooling website allowing for employees and students to connect and share with other drivers, easy access to a number of different taxi stands and services, as well as Carsharing and Bixi bike rental services.

Downtown Ottawa, as well as Parliament Hill, is a 6-minute drive from the school, while the Trans-Canada Highway is a mere 3-minute drive away.

The Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) is a 17-minute drive from the school.
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Parking
There are a number of parking lots for visitors, students and faculty at the university. A downloadable map is available on their website to help you choose the lot that suits you best. 

Visitors parking lots are available both as manned parking garages and metered lots. Rates vary depending on the lot. Most are $4.50 per hour, with different daily maximums. 

Long-term parking passes can also be purchased by students and faculty. Rates and information is available on their website.
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Dining
There are a large number of cafeterias, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops throughout the campus. Visitors will have a number of options to choose from, whether they want fast food at a food truck or to sit down in one of the many on-campus restaurants and pubs. For a full list of restaurants with operating hours and locations, visit the school's website.
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