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Ottawa Backpackers Inn

7.1 | Good
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4-minute drive from city centre, good rates and staff, mixed room reviews

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's proximity to shopping and restaurants
  • The hotel's rates were found to be budget friendly and affordable
  • Several reviewers were pleased with the level of customer service they received
Cons
  • Some lodgers reported hot and crowded rooms and noise transfer
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 20, 2014
Overview
Located about a 4-minute drive from Ottawa's city centre and a 4-minute walk from Murray/Cumberland Metro Station, Ottawa Backpackers Inn is geared towards travellers who prefer an economical and centrally located hostel with free Wi-Fi, extended kitchen amenities and easy access to public transit.

Each of this smoke-free hostel's guest rooms comes equipped with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a patio, a fan, lockers and a private or shared bathroom. Mixed or female-only dorm rooms are available, each with four, eight or ten beds. Private rooms and apartments offer the standard amenities listed above, plus a coffeemaker, a kitchen and a dining table. 

Hotel amenities include a common lounge and kitchen, guest laundry and free coffee and tea in the lobby. Limited parking is available for an additional $7 per day. The hostel is not wheelchair accessible. Pets are not permitted. 

The University of Ottawa is about a 10-minute walk away, while Byward Market can be found 7 minutes away on foot. Parliament Hill is roughly a 3-minute drive from the hotel and Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport (YOW) is 17 minutes away by car. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, limited parking $7/day, no pets, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: March 6, 2014)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with compliments going to the hotel's location, rates and staff.

The hotel's location was praised by many reviewers, who found it close to Byward Market, a grocery store, shopping, restaurants, bars, Parliament Hill and the University of Ottawa. One patron noted, "Great location in the central Byward Market where shops, bars and restaurants and coffee places abound in a stone's throw".

Numerous guests were satisfied with the hotel's rates. They described them as cheap, economical, budget friendly and affordable.

Several lodgers were pleased with the level of customer service they received and characterized the staff as friendly, helpful and accommodating. One guest remarked, "Staff were very helpful and friendly. All questions asked were answered quickly and knowledgeably about the Ottawa area".
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were some common complaints about the hotel's accommodations.

Although some guests reported clean and comfortable lodgings, some travellers criticized their accommodations. They reported crowded and hot rooms (due to no air conditioning), too few bathrooms given the number of travellers, worn linens, some cleaning issues and in-room noise from other guests.
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Sources
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.5 out of 10 from 115 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #7 of 14 specialty lodging in Ottawa with an average rating of 3 out of 5 from 62 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviews rated the hotel 3 out of 5 from 1 review.

The author called the hotel on March 6, 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
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