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Residence & Conference Centre - Ottawa Downtown

7.9 | Good
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College residence with basic 2-bedroom suites, common kitchens, laundry room and free parking

Pros
  • Free wired Internet, free breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • The hotel's rooms were found to be clean and spacious by many lodgers
  • Several reviewers were pleased with the hotel's proximity to public transit
Cons
  • A few guests complained of no in-room Wi-Fi (only wireless) or cooking utensils
Freebies
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Free Internet
Editor's Analysis
Updated Aug 16, 2016
Overview
Located on Saint Paul University Campus and less than a 1-minute walk from Main/Herridge Metro Station in downtown Ottawa, the Residence & Conference Centre - Ottawa Downtown is geared towards travellers who prefer centrally located, summer-only accommodations with extended kitchen amenities, a free breakfast and easy access to public transit.

Each of the residence's two-bedroom suites comes equipped with free wired Internet, cable TV, a desk, a kitchenette, a dining area and a private bathroom. Rooms with a sitting area and a sofabed are also available, as are smoking and non-smoking rooms. The residence is wheelchair accessible.

Amenities include free Wi-Fi in the lobby, a fitness centre, guest laundry, a common kitchen and lounge, meeting space, vending machines, a business centre, free parking and a free continental breakfast. Pets are permitted upon request at no extra charge (please contact the hotel for details).

The University of Ottawa is roughly a 5-minute drive away, while Rideau Centre offers shopping 15 minutes away via public transit. Parliament Hill is about a 7-minute drive from the hotel and Ottawa International Airport (YOW) is 15 minutes away by car. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Summer-only, free wired Internet, free parking, pets free upon request, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: February 23, 2014)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the staff, rooms and location.

The staff were the source of numerous compliments by reviewers. They were characterized as friendly, professional and helpful with suggestions and directions.

Many guests were pleased with their accommodations. They described their rooms as clean, quiet, well maintained, well equipped and spacious, with comfortable beds. A few patrons were disappointed with aspects of their lodgings, however (see below).

Several travellers enjoyed the location, finding it close to public transit, downtown Ottawa, the Rideau Canal, restaurants and highway access. One lodger remarked, "The location was amazing. The residence is in a lovely residential area of Ottawa. Plus you are a very short distance from downtown. At the most a 10 minute ride to Parliment Hill. Could not be situated more perfectly". A few guests did find it a little far from downtown on foot, however.
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the rooms and finding the building.

Although the majority of reviewers were pleased with their spacious and well-maintained rooms, a few guests had complaints about their accommodations. They reported no in-room Wi-Fi (only wired), inefficient or broken air conditioning, a lack of cooking utensils, uncomfortable beds and a few cleaning issues.

A few lodgers had difficulty locating the building. They reported poor signage and being unable to find the hotel's address in their GPS units.
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Sources
Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4.2 out of 5 with a 97% recommendation rate from 565 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8 out of 10 from 248 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #20 of 54 Ottawa B&B and Inns with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 63 reviews.

The author called the hotel on February 23, 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.
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