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Business travellers can utilize a host of business-related amenities in each suite which exceeds the standards for modern hotels including a work station with a computer, monitor and laser printer, IT support during regular business hours, as well as free photocopy and fax services. Clothes steamers are an added plus, and guests will appreciate free laundry facilities on site, along with free detergent.
Other free amenities include Wi-Fi, a generous and varied breakfast and local calls. Parking is a reasonable $11 for outdoors and $13 for underground. There’s a 24-hr fitness centre making it easy to get in some needed workouts and the on-site restaurant, Maclaren's on Elgin, serves lunch and dinner. The hotel is a 5-minute drive or 15-minute walk to Byward Market and the Rideau Centre.
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 an on-site restaurant and indoor pool for guest use.
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.
It is well priced, and offers free parking along with free Wi-Fi adding value. Guests have spoken highly of this hotel. Some enjoyed delicious meals at The Bistro restaurant on site. Others mentioned that their rooms were spacious with convenient amenities of wet bar, mini-fridge and microwave, and well decorated with comfortable beds.
The pet-friendly hotel provides added amenities of indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, 24-hour gym, in-room massage and 24-hour business centre. The Presse Café offers light meals on site.
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.
Guests found the hotel to be well maintained and enjoyed dining on site, the saltwater pool and the rooms, especially the newly renovated ones, for the comfort of the beds and views across the Rideau Canal.
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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.
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.