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Guests liked the waterslide at this downtown hotel

Pros
  • Free Wi FI
  • Convenient to shops, sights and restaurants, according to guests
  • Clean, comfortable rooms, according to guests
  • Guests thought the staff were friendly
Cons
  • Parking lot tight, according to a few guests
  • A few guests felt the decor was dated
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 4, 2012
Overview
Located on Queen Street, near the core of the downtown Ottawa area and business district, this hotel (formerly the Delta Ottawa Hotel and Suites), offers travellers accomodation within short walking distance (under 15 minutes) to a cluster of key Ottawa attractions, including Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal. On-site amenities include an indoor heated pool with a waterslide, a gym and a jacuzzi.

There are a few different room options for guests to choose from, including Standard rooms, more spacious Suites with either one or two bedrooms and kitchenettes, or Summit Studios & Suites. Guests in the Summit rooms have access to the Summit Club Lounge, where snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are served. Guests of all rooms will have WI FI, a coffeemaker, a hair dryer, and iron and an ironing board in their rooms. Guests can park their cars on site for $19.50/night, and are allowed to bring pets for $35/stay.

Guests will not have to wander far from this hotel to find a host of dining options, but if they choose to dine on site, there are a few restaurants located in this hotel. Mystique Cafe and Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch, and is open Monday-Friday from 6:30am-1:30pm and Saturday-Sunday from 6:30am-1:30pm. Sparks Lounge serves drinks, lunch and dinner, and is open Monday-Saturday from 11:00am-1:00am, Sunday from 11:00am-11:00pm. The Capital Dining Room serves lunch Tuesday-Friday from 12:00pm-2:00pm and dinner Tuesday-Saturday from 5:30pm-10:00pm.

Guests wanting to wander the city by foot have a few options within walking distance, including the Byward Market and the National Arts Centre, which are around a 20-25 minute walk away. The Musuem of Civilization is a 4 minute drive over the Portage Bridge into Gatineau, Quebec. Guests travelling to and from MacDonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) should expect about a 23 minute drive to travel the 14.7km between the two (distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps).

Check-in is at 3:00pm, while check-out is at 11:00am.

Confirmed with a front desk agent: WI FI and parking (call date: July 3, 2012).
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The Good
For guests who had a positive experience at this hotel, much of what enhanced their stay could be attributed to location and to high levels of customer service.

Guests generally received good service from staff. A few guests said that staff went out of their way to answer questions and to make suggestions. Guests used words like "friendly", "accomodating" and "responsive" to describe them.

Reviewers liked the location of this hotel, saying that is was conveniently located to a number of attractions, offices and restaurants. A number of guests said that they felt that they had received good value for the price paid, given that other hotels in a similar location were more expensive.

Several guests said that the rooms were well-equipped, clean and comfortable. Guests indicated that the common areas of the hotel were clean as well, particularly the gym and pool area.

There were a few peripheral comments on comfy beds and from guests who enjoyed the pool and the waterslide.
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The Bad
While many of the comments used for this analysis were positive, there were a few common threads among the complaints, including tired looking decor, and some issues surrounding parking.

Decor was ageing at this hotel, and several guests indicated that updates were in order. They referred specifically to furniture, to old TV's and to linens. One guest said the rooms were "drab".

A few guests had problems with the on site parking, saying that spaces were tight, and that the ceiling provided exceptionally low clearance. One guest could not clear the ceiling and had to use street parking, which he said was an expensive option. A few guests felt that the on-site parking fee was expensive. 

There were a few additional complaints centring on things like expensive room service and lack of some items in the kitchens that would have been useful (dishtowels, dish soap).
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Confirmed with a front desk agent: WI FI and parking (call date: July 3, 2012).

TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #33 out of 62 Ottawa hotels, based on 174 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 3.9 out of 5, or "good", based on 89 reviews.

Booking.com guest revierwers rated this hotel 8.2 out of 10, or "very good", based on 101 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
Driven by the sense that every person, place or thing has a story to tell and a skill for being in the wrong place at the right time, Heather is a well-traveled writer.
Guest Reviews
7.4
Good

Rated 7.4/10 based on 135 reviews

Ranked #43 out of 67 hotels in Ottawa

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8 out of 10 | Maria stayed August 13, 2006


2 out of 10 | Ivar stayed December 26, 2004


8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed October 27, 2004


10 out of 10 | Donald stayed December 29, 2003

Map Marker The National Hotel and Suites Ottawa
361 Queen Street, Ottawa, ON