Editor's Top 9 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 ~$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 ~$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
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Book from ~$287 CAD
Luxury landmark hotel in downtown Ottawa renowned for its fine dining and classic elegance
Pros
  • Guests liked the historic charm of this hotel
  • Excellent service from staff, according to guests
  • Guests found the location convenient to a number of attractions
  • Clean, comfortable rooms, according to guests
Cons
  • Decor needed updating, according to guests
  • A few guests found the beds uncomfortable
  • Wi-Fi is $14.95 for 24 hours
  • Self-parking is $28 and valet parking is $38 per night
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Book from ~$157 CAD
Highly praised east Ottawa hotel with indoor pool, restaurant and kitchenette suites
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free wired Internet, free parking
  • Spacious, clean, well-equipped rooms, according to guests
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to shopping, restaurants and attractions
  • Good customer service, according to guests
Cons
  • A few guests said that the pool was small

8 Other Hotels Close to University of Ottawa

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Book from ~$224 CAD
Pet-friendly Ottawa hotel near Byward Market with indoor pool, restaurant and comfy beds 
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
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.
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2-min. drive from downtown, modern condo units with kitchens, no on-site staff
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's central locale and proximity to public transit
  • Many lodgers were pleased with their well-equipped and modern rooms
Cons
  • A few guests complained about the lack of on-site staff and instructions for in-room amenities
  • A lack of in-room toiletries and basic supplies were reported by a few reviewers
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Praised by guests for its location, cleanliness, and suites with kitchenettes
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Several reviewers described their rooms as clean and spacious
  • Several guests found the in-suite kitchenettes to be an added convenience
  • A few reviewers complimented the view of the Parliament buildings from their rooms
  • Many guests found the hotel conveniently located for exploring the downtown area on foot
  • The staff were complimented by many guests, for their friendly and efficient service
Cons
  • Several reviewers complained that there were not enough parking spaces to accommodate all guests
  • A few guests found the $17 per day parking fees expensive
  • Several reviewers were unhappy with the breakfast service at the on-site restaurant
Location
In downtown Ottawa, on the east side of the Rideau Canal, this Holiday Inn is in a high-rise residential neighbourhood an 11-minute walk or 5-minute drive from the northern area of the campus.
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Book from ~$181 CAD
Dated downtown Ottawa hotel with well-liked restaurant and suites with full kitchen 
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
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.
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Book from ~$145 CAD
Well-liked suites with full kitchens, balconies and separate bedrooms in Ottawa's downtown
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
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.
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Book from ~$177 CAD
Downtown Ottawa hotel near Rideau Canal with indoor pool, kitchens, balconies and jacuzzis
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
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.
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Downtown Ottawa hotel near Byward Market with restaurant, free Wi-Fi & pet-friendly rooms
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
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.
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Book from ~$119 CAD
Downtown Ottawa hotel near Byward Market with updated rooms and suites with jetted tubs
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
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.

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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