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Inn on Somerset

9.0 | Excellent | #10 out of 60 hotels in Ottawa

Guests commented on the historic charm of this Victorian-era hotel

  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free breakfast
  • Guests commented on historic charm and ambience
  • Excellent customer service, according to guests
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to shopping, restaurants and attractions
  • Some guests thought parking was limited
  • A couple of guests complained of noise disturbances
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Review
Updated Mar 7, 2013
Built in 1895 and furnished throughout with period Victorian antiques, this hotel offers historic charm and ambience which may appeal to guests who favour a historical element in their accommodations. This hotel is scheduled tol be reopened as The Gilmour Inn in April 2013.

In all 11 rooms at this non-smoking hotel there is free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. Most rooms have a private bathroom, but some do have shared bathrooms. Rooms have either a queen or a double bed. Pets are not allowed at this hotel.

There is no on-site restaurant, but guests are offered a complimentary breakfast daily. There are also a wide selection of restaurants within a 5-minute walk. On-site amenities include guest laundry, free parking, and a fireplace in the lobby.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is just over a 5-minute walk south of the hotel.This hotel is just under a 15-minute walk to Parliament Hill. The Byward Market (boutique shops, restaurants, bars and cafes) is just under a 25-minute walk or just under a 10-minute drive away. Air travellers should plan for a 20-minute drive to travel between the hotel and MacDonald Cartier Airport (YOW). (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
The Good
Since this hotel is reopening in April 2013, it is important to note that the compliments listed here were collected from reviews prior to the reopening.

The bulk of reviews used for this analysis were favourable. Guests were most pleased with this hotel's ambience and with the customer service.

Guests praised the historic ambience of this hotel, and said that there was a welcoming, cozy atmosphere. Several guests commented on the charm of the Victorian building, which they said enhanced their stay.

Guests said that staff were focused on guest comfort and were consistently warm, pleasant and professional.

This hotel was in good proximity to Sparks Street Mall (10-minute walk), Parliament Hill (15-minute walk) and to a number of downtown restaurants. Guests liked the freedom of being able to access a wide number of shops, restaurants and attractions within a short (15 minutes or less) walk. 

Rooms were clean and comfortable, according to guests. Several guests liked the decor and commented on the antiques in the rooms.
The Bad
This section is comprised of guest reviews prior to the hotel reopening in April 2013.

The vast majority of reviews used for this analysis were positive and guest complaints were rare. There were a handful of criticisms that seemed to be isolated and not reflective of general guest experience.

Guests found on-site parking limited and said that the spaces were tight.

A handful of guests complained about thin walls and were disturbed by noise from adjacent rooms.
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Sources guest reviewers ranked this hotel #15 out of 44 Ottawa B&B and Inns based on 22 reviews. guest reviewers rated this hotel 5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews. guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.5 out of 5 based on 8 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
Rated by Guests
9.0 / out of 10
Ranked by Guests
10 / out of 60
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The average guest rating for Inn on Somerset is 9.0 out of 10 based on 27 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Inn on Somerset at #10 out of 60 hotels in Ottawa.

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Map Marker Inn on Somerset
282 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, ON