For our picks, we chose a variety of hotels in Ottawa that have high customer approval and either offer good value for the price or something special in the way of amenities, location or experiences. 
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Editor's Top 16 Picks

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Book from ~$250 CAD
Popular Ottawa airport hotel 4 min to YOW with free shuttle, indoor pool and restaurant
The full-service Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport comes highly recommended by its guests and we picked it for its excellent amenities and service. It’s a newer hotel located about a 4-minute drive from the airport with prompt free shuttle and lots of free parking, about 20 minutes from downtown.

Guest rooms are spacious and inviting and feature high-definition TVs, mini-fridges and microwaves. The Pavillion Pantry on site makes snacking or light in-room meals an easy convenience by providing microwavable meals. There’s also a well-liked restaurant and lounge with sports viewing. An indoor pool and hot tub provides some R&R.

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 ~$94 CAD
Good value Ottawa airport motel 9 min to YOW with free: parking, light breakfast & Wi-Fi
The highly-rated and well kept Rideau Heights Inn is a motel-style property with drive-up rooms on the edge of Ottawa in a lovely setting of trees. It’s our pick for value based on its lower room price, and the comfort and experience it affords its guests. It’s about 20 minutes from downtown and 9 minutes driving time from the airport.

Guest rooms are basic, but comfortable and clean and come with the customary amenities along with flat screen TVs and mini-fridges. The hotel offers Wi-Fi, breakfast and parking for free and allows guests to park their vehicle at the motel while travelling.

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, basic breakfast, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and quiet with comfortable beds
  • The location offered easy access to major routes, the airport and restaurants, groceries, and a gas station by car
  • Staff were courteous, friendly, helpful
  • Breakfast was very simple but appreciated by many
  • Guests found this motel affordable
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • No elevator to second floor
  • Some complained of noise from AC units
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Book from ~$383 CAD
Highly praised east Ottawa hotel with indoor pool, restaurant and free parking
This is a popular hotel in Ottawa’s east end with good highway access, only a 9-minute drive from the city centre and 2 minutes from the St. Laurent shopping centre. It's well priced, and offers free underground parking along with excellent free Wi-Fi. Guests typically enjoy meals at The Bistro and really like the spacious rooms which they invariably describe as nicely decorated, and very clean with great large bathrooms.  
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 ~$495 CAD
Well-liked downtown Ottawa hotel with indoor pool and suites with kitchen & balcony
Want to feel like you're at home but enjoy the services of a hotel? Les Suites does just that featuring condo-like accommodations along with restaurant and room service, indoor pool and in-room spa treatments. Offering a prime downtown location at the edge of Byward Market, guests can explore Ottawa's number one tourist attraction with restaurants to try and shops to browse, a-plenty. 

Guests loved these spacious suites with full kitchens and in-suite laundry at the price of a regular hotel room. On site, Presse Café offers a well-liked breakfast with high-grade coffee and gourmet sandwiches.
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 ~$221 CAD
Highly praised downtown Ottawa hotel with impressive views, indoor pool & fine dining
The luxurious Westin Ottawa is a great hotel choice. It’s located in perfect downtown location, a short walk to the Byward Market, plus connected to the convention centre and Rideau Centre mall.

Guests loved everything about this hotel, its modern and very clean rooms with beautiful views, the décor, the dining and the unbeatable location. Guests say the staff are exceptional, providing first-class service.

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 ~$906 CAD
Highly praised downtown Ottawa hotel at Byward Market with restaurant and rooftop lounge 
The new kid on the block offers impressively stylish rooms in a perfect location and restaurant with chef-made delicacies. Brand new and still ironing out the wrinkles, this hotel has still managed to get top marks from lots of guests. Be sure to check out the rooftop lounge outdoor and indoor spaces with spectacular views of Ottawa's skyline. West-facing corner rooms on higher floors offer amazing views of sunsets and the Parliament Buildings.
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
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Book from ~$1125 CAD
Luxury landmark hotel in downtown Ottawa with indoor pool, day spa, restaurant and lounge
If you are able to splurge a little to experience the classic elegance of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, we highly recommend it. It's a beautiful chateau-style limestone ediface in Ottawa with modernized grand old spaces that is sure to create a memorable experience. Their fine dining restaurant, the Wilfrid, offers views of Parliament Hill and summer terrace. Zoe's Lounge offers a beautiful setting, live piano entertainment on the weekend and delicious cocktails. Make sure to get a renovated room on a higher floor overlooking the Parliament buildings.
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 ~$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
This hotel is well liked for its very clean and updated rooms, personable staff and free parking. It's 10 minutes west of the city centre but offers quick access via the Trans-Canada Hwy. Cafe 1274 on site offers a good meal with friendly service and a place to unwind with a drink, but there's plenty of restaurants and shops an easy walk from the hotel.
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 ~$117 CAD
Ottawa airport hotel 3 min to YOW with indoor pool & free: shuttle, parking, hot breakfast
This very pleasant and newer hotel is well liked by guests who are looking to save on parking and breakfast while travelling. Wi-Fi has excellent ratings and the quiet rooms are well pleasing with nice lighting and decor. Guests can walk to restaurants in the area (Lone Star Grill is a favourite) and there is shopping and cinema a 5-minute drive away at South Keys.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, airport shuttle, all day coffee bar, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were in excellent condition with nice lighting, décor and comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants and convenient to the airport and public transit
  • Staff were knowledgeable, warm, and always willing to help
  • Breakfast was very well liked and better than average
  • Airport shuttle service was quick and convenient
  • Good value according to several guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Airport shuttle runs limited hours
  • Some were disturbed by the sound of doors slamming shut
  • A few recent guests found the pool too cold
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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 ~$539 CAD
Great value downtown Ottawa hotel with large suites, full-size kitchens & balconies 
This is a great value pick for anyone visiting Ottawa. It's right downtown in walking distance of dining, shopping and attractions, with transit just outside the door. Guests can spread out in apartment-size suites, all with separate bedrooms and living rooms and can easily cook a few meals to save on dining out costs--perfect when travelling with small children. For many, this is their home-away-from-home when in Ottawa with very courteous and attentive staff.
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 ~$130 CAD
Ottawa airport hotel 5 min to YOW with indoor pool & free: shuttle, parking, hot breakfast 
This is a solid choice for guests with cars who want to save on breakfast, parking and Wi-Fi while visiting Ottawa. Rooms are well cared for, clean and nicely updated and there is a small pool and fitness centre on site. Guests enjoy dining at Lone Star Texus Grill across from the hotel and appreciate its good highway access.
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
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Book from ~$143 CAD
Good value downtown Ottawa hotel features rooms with kitchens and free hot breakfast
This hotel occupies a converted apartment building and offers a spacious and well-equipped room, centrally located with good transit access. Value-driven guests appreciate the extra space of these rooms, all with fully-equipped kitchens, very large flat screen TVs, extra seating and a desk with computer and printer.

Highlights are the hot egg sandwiches at the free breakfast, the to-go bags with free bottled water and fruit, the well-equipped fitness centre and the downtown location, next to restaurants on Elgin and walking distance to the main Ottawa attractions.

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 ~$275 CAD
Highly praised west Ottawa hotel with indoor pool, mini-kitchens & free hot breakfast
This hotel offers a modern and clean room with a well-liked hot breakfast an easy drive to Canadian Tire Centre and the Nepean Sportsplex. There's plenty of free parking and excellent free Wi-Fi adding value.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, parking, lobby coffee bar, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and spacious with comfy beds
  • The location was an easy walk to restaurants and shopping and a short drive to Nepean Sportsplex, Tanger Outlet and Canadian Tire Centre
  • Staff were courteous, professional and welcoming
  • Free breakfast offered a good variety
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • A few guests complained of noise disturbances from within the hotel
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Book from ~$362 CAD
Popular west Ottawa hotel with spacious suites, indoor pool and free hot breakfast
This hotel is a good choice for guests with cars wanting to access Canadian Tire Centre or Bell Sensplex as they are very close by. It's not cheap, but when you consider that breakfast, parking and Wi-Fi are included, it brings the cost down considerably from staying in the downtown where those extra charges add up. Rooms are as pleasant as the staff (which is saying a lot) and well cleaned and maintained. Nicely designed one-bedroom suites are very attractive and one type comes with a jetted tub.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, parking, coffee bar, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and spacious with comfortable beds
  • The location was convenient to the highway, Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre, Bell Sensplex, Tanger Outlet Mall and Canadian Tire Centre
  • Staff were very pleasant, attentive and professional
  • Free breakfast offered a good selection with vegetarian options
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Some guests found noise disturbances from inside the hotel
  • A few guests said the pool was small and cold
  • Breakfast restocking of hot items went slowly, according to some
  • Some complained that area restaurants were a bit of a walk

Tips For Staying In Ottawa

Choosing A Hotel in Ottawa

Quick Summary of Most Popular Areas
Downtown Ottawa: home to Parliament Hill and the Supreme Court of Canada
Byward Market: crawling with activity at all hours from cafes, museums and street markets to restaurants, pubs and clubs


Where to Stay in Ottawa
Ottawa really is a beautiful city, as it should be considering it is the capital city of Canada (and ultimately where all your tax dollars go). The integration of the Rideau Canal (both beautiful and functional in the summer and winter) is scenic and really creates a certain uniqueness and maximization of a waterfront compared to other cities (ahem...Toronto). You can't help but feel a little patriotic when you visit downtown Ottawa to see the historic Parliament Hill. A patriotism we Canadians seem to only let out as a unified voice once every 4 years when our Olympic men's hockey team dominates the rest of the world (except in 2006, but we won't speak of that). Also on that note, if you do plan to visit Ottawa I would highly recommend going for Canada Day. The crowds are absolutely insane, but it's definitely an experience everyone should have at least once in their life.


Home to both the Supreme Court of Canada and one of the Canadian Mint locations, downtown Ottawa is pretty much where the laws and money of Canada are made. The Ottawa Mint really only produces commemorative and collector coins and not high volumes of paper money.


While there are not a lot of hotels in Byward Market this hip hangout area (just across the Rideau Canal from downtown) is an entirely walkable four blocks of boutiques, restaurants, outdoor markets, spas, museums and art galleries.


Staying in a hotel near Ottawa airport is a convenient option if you need to quickly get to and from the airport, however be advised that these are not near downtown or Byward Market. If you are in Ottawa for even just a short while and have business in the city it would probably be best to stay in a hotel in downtown Ottawa instead of taking a taxi or public transit in and out of the city everyday.

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Things To Do In The Surrounding Area
If jumping to another province sounds exciting (it really isn't, but anyway...) then you're in luck when staying in Ottawa. A short trip across the Alexandra Bridge or King Edward Avenue brings you to nearby Gatineau, home to the Canadian Museum of History, a great place for an educational and family-friendly afternoon. But, why bother, you're probably better off just taking in the awesome atmosphere in Byward Market.
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