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6.9 | Fair
Ramada Ottawa On The Rideau
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South Ottawa hotel 7 minutes to YOW with free shuttle, outdoor pool and restaurant
- Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, airport shuttle service, on-site parking, local calls
- Many guests complimented the staff for their friendly service
- Many reviewers described their rooms as generally comfortable and clean
- Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
- Several reviewers found the hotel well located for accessing the airport
- A few guests found the shuttle service convenient and reliable
- A couple of guests thought that this hotel was too far away from downtown attractions
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Updated Nov 18, 2014
This hotel now called Ramada Ottawa on the River, overlooks the Rideau River, south of downtown Ottawa, and is a 7-minute drive from the Ottawa International Airport (YOW). Offering an on-site restaurant and lounge, a business centre and meeting space, this property is well suited for business travellers.more
All rooms are smoke free and include a flat screen TV, a mini-fridge, a coffeemaker, a balcony, air conditioning, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and free local calls. Select suites include a kitchenette, a sofabed and/or a jetted tub. Some rooms offer views of the Rideau River. Pets are permitted in select rooms for an additional fee of $25 per day. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, while free wired Internet is available at the on-site business centre.
A free continental breakfast is served daily from 7 am to 9 am. Guests can also upgrade to a cooked breakfast at the on-site restaurant for $4.99 per person. The on-site restaurant and lounge serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Room service is also available.
Free shuttle service is available for travel to the Ottawa International Airport (YOW). The shuttle operates on demand and should be reserved in advance with the front desk. The shuttle is available from 8 am to 10 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 5 pm on weekends. Free parking is available on site and free park-and-fly (extended parking) is available for up to one week.
Other on-site amenities include a seasonal outdoor heated pool, a hot tub, a sauna, a fitness centre, meeting space and banquet halls, a business centre, a guest laundry facility, safe deposit boxes, guest storage and an ATM.
The Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club is 5 minutes away by car, while the Nepean Sportsplex is a 7-minute drive away. Algonquin College and Carleton University are both 10 minutes away by car. Downtown Ottawa, including Parliament Hill, the ByWard Market, National Gallery of Canada, National Arts Centre and the University of Ottawa, are all about 20 minutes away by car, depending on traffic.
The Canada Tire Centre, home of the NHL's Ottawa Senators, is a 25- to 30-minute drive away. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)
Verified by a front desk agent on August 12, 2014: Free amenities, in-room amenities, on-site dining details, recreational facilities, shuttle details, pet policy, wheelchair accessibility and on-site amenities.
This hotel was generally well liked by guests, among the reviews used for this analysis.more
The staff were often described as friendly, while a couple of guests specifically mentioned that the front desk agents were helpful with directions and recommendations.
The rooms were described as generally comfortable and clean by many guests, while several reviewers added that their rooms were quiet. A few guests described the interior decor as modern, while a couple of reviewers found the beds comfortable. A few guests praised the views of the Rideau River from their rooms.
Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable.
Several reviewers found the hotel well located for accessing the airport, while a few guests mentioned that the free shuttle service was convenient and reliable.
A couple of guests enjoyed the free breakfast.
A couple of reviewers appreciated that this hotel was pet friendly.
There were very few common concerns found for this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. Most guests were at least satisfied, if not quite happy with their stay.
While this hotel does not advertise itself as a downtown hotel, a couple of guests found the hotel too far from downtown Ottawa for accessing downtown attractions. Downtown Ottawa is about a 20-minute drive away, depending on traffic.
While several reviewers found their rooms quiet, a few guests said that they were disturbed by noise from neighbouring rooms.
SourcesExpedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.6 out of 5, with 90% of 276 guests recommending the property.
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #37 out of 66 hotels in Ottawa, with an average score of 3.5 out of 5, from 58 reviews.
The author called the hotel on August 12, 2014 to verify some information.