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Charming downtown Ottawa inn near the Byward Market with kitchenettes and free breakfast

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast, free afternoon tea service
  • Conveniently close to the Byward Market, shops, restaurants and tourist attractions, according to guests
  • Good customer service, according to guests
  • Guests liked the ambience at this hotel
  • Guests enjoyed nice views from the higher floors
Cons
  • Some guests thought the rooms were a bit tired
  • A few guests said it was somewhat noisy given its proximity to bars
  • Parking is $8-$15 extra (although there is free street parking)
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 26, 2015
Overview
Located in downtown Ottawa, right at the edge of the Byward Market, this hotel is well-suited for travellers who want to be able to explore many of Ottawa's attractions by foot.

All of the 46 rooms at this hotel have free Wi-Fi, a microwave, a mini-fridge, and a coffeemaker. Rooms are either furnished with one queen bed or two single beds. Pets are not allowed at this hotel. 

There is no on-site restaurant, but guests are offered a complimentary hot breakfast and afternoon tea service daily. There are a bevy of restaurants, bars and cafes within a 5 to 10-minute walk of the hotel. Parking is available on site and at nearby City of Ottawa parking lots for $8-$15 per night. Free overnight parking is available on the street except for snow removal days.

There are a number of popular attractions within walking distance of the hotel. Major's Hill Park (site of Winterlude activities in the winter, Tulip Festival in the spring and Canada Day festivities in the summer) is just under a 10-minute walk away. The National Gallery of Canada is also just under a 10-minute walk away.The Rideau Canal is just over a 15-minute walk away. Parliament Hill is just under a 20-minute walk away. Air travellers should plan on a 20-minute drive between the hotel and MacDonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW). (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with front desk agent: Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast (call date: January 30, 2013)
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The Good
Many of the reviews used for this analysis were favourable and guests were particularly happy with this hotel's location and with the customer service.

Guests praised staff and said that there was a high level of personal, dedicated service. Guests felt that staff were helpful and knowledgeable about area attractions and restaurants.

Guests liked this hotel's location, right at the edge of the Byward Market. They appreciated being within a short walk (5 to 10-minutes) to a number of boutique shops, restaurants, and attractions like the Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill.

This hotel had ambience, according to a number of guests. Several guests described the hotel as being cozy and intimate. Several guests liked the extra touch of having a fireplace in the lobby.

Rooms were clean, comfortable and well-equipped, according to guests.
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The Bad
A lot of the reviews used for this analysis were positive, but guests did have a few complaints.

Given the hotel's downtown location, a few guests were inconvenienced by the lack of available parking around the hotel. Guests also felt that parking fees were expensive.

Guests felt that the room rate was pricey compared to other similarly located hotels.

Some guests thought that the decor was tired in the rooms (old TVs, bathrooms, furniture) and suggested that some updates were in order.

A handful of guests were disturbed by street noise.
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Show Sources
Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #17 out of 44 Ottawa B&B and Inns based on 172 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 8.8 out of 10 based on 648 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.1 out of 5 based on 125 reviews.

The author called the hotel on January 30, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
Driven by the sense that every person, place or thing has a story to tell and a skill for being in the wrong place at the right time, Heather is a well-traveled writer.
Guest Reviews
8.3
Very Good
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Rated 8.3/10 based on 2363 reviews

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Map Marker ByWard Blue Inn
157 Clarence Street, Ottawa, ON