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ByWard Blue Inn

8.3 | Very Good | #22 out of 65 hotels in Ottawa
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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
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Editor's Review
Updated May 12, 2017
Overview
This hotel is located in downtown Ottawa, offering a comfortable budget stay, a 2-minute walk from Byward Market. Parliament Hill is 20 minutes away on foot.

The inn offers 46 smoke-free and pet-free rooms on 5 floors with elevator access.

All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, a safe, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and air conditioning.

Some rooms include 2 adjoining bedrooms, a mini-kitchen (mini-fridge, microwave, sink, dishware), a dining table, a balcony, a patio and views of Parliament Hill. 

Rooms are furnished with 2 twin beds, 1 double or 1 queen bed.

Parking on site is underground with limited spots for $15 per night. Street parking is free during certain hours and guests will find public parking nearby.

Free tea, coffee and water are available all day in the breakfast room.

Free hot breakfast is available weekdays from 7 am to 10 am and weekends from 7:30 am to 10:30 am.

Free afternoon tea is served from 3 am to 5 pm offering fruit, cheese, crackers, cookies and snacks.

There is no restaurant on site but guests will find many restaurants and bars as close as a 1-minute walk from the inn.

Hotel amenities include a sauna, a business centre, dry cleaning, luggage storage, a library, a living room, a dining/breakfast room, a 24-hour front desk, free newspapers, loaner umbrellas and a meeting room.

What's nearby? Major's Hill Park (site of Winterlude activities in the winter, Tulip Festival in the spring and Canada Day festivities in the summer) is a 9-minute walk from the inn. National Gallery of Canada is an 11-minute walk. Rideau Centre is 10 minutes away on foot. University of Ottawa is a 14-minute walk. Ottawa International Airport (YOW) is a 21-minute drive. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed by the hotel on May 1, 2017: breakfast hours and front desk hours

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The Good
Guests really liked this inn, considering it cheap and cheerful.

Rooms were clean, comfortable and well equipped. The mini-kitchen had thoughtful extras like salt & pepper, coffee, cream, butter, distilled water, real coffee cups and real wine glasses

The location was quiet, an easy walk to the restaurants of Byward Market, near transit and walking distance to Rideau Canal, museums, attractions and shopping.

Staff were very helpful, friendly and accommodating.

Breakfast was well liked and included hot and cold choices. Lattes were available with a frothing machine.

Many thought this inn was good value and planned to return.

Guests also liked: free afternoon tea, balconies, views of Parliament Buildings, proximity to nightlife, shoe shine machine, the sauna to relax in and the original art in rooms and public areas.

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The Bad
Some guests offered their critique of the inn.

Recent room complaints were: room was small, light from hallway came into room, furniture showing signs of wear, need more hooks in the bathroom, no hand towels—just washcloths and bath towels provided, heating inefficient, small pillows, bathroom fan went on with the light in the bathroom, bottom sheet too small and bed was a too firm/bit soft/had a saggy mattress.

Guests who could not park on site (due to limited availability) had to locate parking in a public lot or work around the limited hours of free street parking.

Noise affected guests on occasion. They cited other guests in nearby rooms or the hallway and sounds from the elevator.

Other comments found were: panhandlers in the area, elevator was a little unsteady, guests smoked on the balconies and brought the smell of smoke inside, a grumpy man working reception and inn would not consider a refund for guest who had to fly home early for medical reasons.

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Sources
TripAdvisor.ca ranked the hotel #15 out of 67 Ottawa hotels with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 676 reviews.

Expedia.ca rated the hotel 4.2 out of 5 from 1215 reviews.

Booking.com rated the hotel 8.8 out of 10 from 2575 reviews.

Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
8.3 / out of 10
"Very Good"
Ranked by Guests
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22 / out of 65
hotels in Ottawa

The average guest rating for ByWard Blue Inn is 8.3 out of 10 based on 4013 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks ByWard Blue Inn at #22 out of 65 hotels in Ottawa.

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