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Well-liked Ottawa budget hotel near Hwy 417 with free breakfast and free parking

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Wi-Fi was rated as very good overall by online reviewers
  • Many guests enjoyed clean, quiet and comfortable rooms
  • Location was convenient to highway, restaurants, and shopping
  • Many appreciated the value of this hotel
  • Staff were friendly and helpful to guests
  • A few guests found the breakfast too basic and breakfast area cramped
  • Occasionally a guest said the hotel was a little far from downtown
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Dec 3, 2015
This hotel is located just off the Trans-Canada Highway (417) and a 5-minute walk from the St. Laurent Shopping Centre. It provides a comfortable budget stay about a 9-minute drive from downtown Ottawa.

The property is smoke free and all 109 rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a 27" or 32" LCD TV with cable, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a DVD player, a desk with ergonomic chair, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 1 queen bed or 1 king bed. Room extras include a sofabed, a microwave and a jetted tub. Accessible rooms are available.

Free parking is available on site. Pets under 25 lbs are welcomed for $25 per night.

A free continental breakfast with a waffle maker is offered from 6 am to 10 am, each day.

Other on-site amenities include a 24-hour fitness centre, 24-hour business centre, a guest laundry, dry cleaning, free newspapers, a guest BBQ, elevators and meeting rooms.

This hotel is about a 9-minute drive from the downtown area where guests will find the Parliament buildings, Rideau Centre (shopping mall) and the Byward Market (all-season farmers market, boutiques, restaurants). The downtown area can also be accessed in 30 minutes by taking the #94 bus from the St. Laurent Shopping Centre (includes a 10-minute walk). The Ottawa International Airport (YOW) is at least an 18-minute drive from the hotel.

Confirmed with the front desk on November 29, 2015: most but not all rooms have a microwave, a few queen bed rooms have a sofabed, breakfast hours, no pay-per-view movies and no shuttle to downtown is offered
Note** this hotel charges a 3% destination marketing fee which can be removed at the request of the guest
The Good
Guests found this hotel to provide a comfortable budget stay, with friendly staff. 

They often spoke of the property as renovated and well maintained, with comfortable beds in good-sized rooms. Some were pleased to have a mini-fridge and microwave provided and occasionally guests even mentioned pretty views from their rooms on the higher floors.

It's proximity to the highway was a big plus, and many mentioned having restaurants and a mall in walking distance. 

Guests found the staff friendly, efficient and honest. One guest received back an expensive pair of sandals which the hotel mailed to her, having searched for them for more than one day.

Although the free breakfast was quite basic, many guests said they were pleased to have something to start the day with, that was not an added cost.

Many guests seemed to agree that this hotel offered good value, appreciated the free parking, and found it nicer than other hotels in the area.
The Bad
There was some negative feedback offered by guests in reviews posted online.

Some guests described the hotel as dated and occasionally guests found something that needed a repair, or a noisy AC unit. A couple of guests complained of smelling smoke in non-smoking rooms.

A few guests found the breakfast area, that was in the lobby, a little cramped. Some complained that the breakfast was lacking good coffee, fresh fruit or had stale muffins.

Occasionally a guest would say that the location was a bit far from downtown, especially for those without cars.

And a few guests complained that microwaves and coffeemakers were placed in the bathroom instead of in the main bedroom area.

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TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #38 out of 68 properties in Ottawa, from 117 guest reviews.

Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.9 out of 5, with 93% of 740 guests recommending the property.

Booking.com rated this hotel 7.9 out of 10 from 75 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews

Rated 7.9/10 based on 1698 reviews

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Map Marker WelcomINNS Hotel Ottawa
1220 Michael Street, Ottawa, ON