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Older downtown Ottawa hotel with free breakfast and free parking but mixed room reviews

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Many guests were pleased with the hotel's rates and good value
  • The hotel was found to be close to downtown, the University of Ottawa and shopping
  • Some travellers were satisfied with their spacious and functional rooms
Cons
  • Some guests reported worn rooms and noise transfer during their stay
  • The hotel's free breakfast was found to be limited with no fruit or hot items
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jan 6, 2015
Overview
Located about a 4-minute drive from Ottawa's city centre along Highway 34, the Econo Lodge Downtown Ottawa is suitable for travellers who require a centrally-located hotel with easy highway access and a free breakfast.

Each of this smoke-free hotel's guest rooms comes equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a desk, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Rooms with a microwave, a mini-fridge and a jetted tub are also available. The hotel is not wheelchair accessible.

Hotel amenities include free coffee in the lobby, a business centre, free parking and a free continental breakfast. Pets are not permitted.

The University of Ottawa is about a 4-minute drive away, while the Rideau Centre and Parliament Hill can both be found 3 minutes away by car. Ottawa International Airport (YOW) is roughly a 17-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, no pets, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: March 17, 2014)
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The Good
Guest reviews sourced for this analysis showed positive responses towards the hotel's value, location and rooms.

Many guests were pleased with the hotel's overall value, describing the rates as excellent, very good, budget friendly and reasonable. One patron noted, "Free parking, breakfast, and Wi-Fi really make this a great deal".

The hotel's location was convenient for numerous reviewers. They found it close to downtown Ottawa, public transit, shopping, restaurants, the University of Ottawa, Parliament Hill, Byward Market and the Rideau Canal.

Some travellers were satisfied with their accommodations. They described their rooms as clean, spacious, well equipped, functional and quiet, with comfortable beds. Some lodgers were disappointed with their rooms, however (see below).
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The Bad
Guest critiques consulted for this review showed negative responses towards the hotel's rooms and breakfast.

Although some reviewers were satisfied with their clean and functional rooms, some guests were disappointed with their accommodations. They reported worn fixtures, furniture and decor, as well as small bathrooms, old TVs, cigarette odours in non-smoking rooms and some cleaning issues. Noise transfer from guests in adjacent rooms and the hallway was also reported by some lodgers.

A few guests complained about the hotel's free breakfast. They described it as average and poor, with no hot items, yogurt or fruit.
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Sources
Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 2.9 out of 5 with a 76% recommendation rate from 347 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 6.6 out of 10 from 138 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #57 of 67 Ottawa hotels with an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 from 117 reviews.

The author called the hotel on March 17, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
Guest Reviews
5.7
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58 / out of 63
hotels in Ottawa

Rated 5.7/10 based on 1930 reviews

Ranked #58 out of 63 hotels in Ottawa

1930
Map Marker Econo Lodge Downtown Ottawa
475 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON