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All-suite property with full kitchens, located in the downtown business district

  • Many guests found their rooms clean and spacious
  • Several reviewers described the staff as friendly and attentive
  • Several reviewers found the location convenient for accessing nearby amenities
  • A few guests complimented the hotel for having free bike rentals
  • A few guests complained about unpleasant odours in their rooms
  • A few reviewers found the parking fees expensive
  • A couple of guests reported cleanliness inconsistencies
Editor's Review
Updated May 24, 2012
The Minto Suite Hotel is located on Lyon Street North, in the heart of the downtown Ottawa business district. This hotel is a 4 minute drive (or a 14 minute walk) to the Parliament buildings.

This all-suite hotel has 417 suites and offers both smoking and non-smoking accommodations. All suites offer wireless Internet ($9.95 per 24 hours), kitchenettes or full kitchens, sofa beds, in-room safes, individual climate control, irons and ironing boards, flat screen televisions with on-demand movies, and washers and dryers (in select units). This hotel does not allow pets. On-site underground parking is available for $19 per day during the week, and $9 per day on the weekend. The hotel also provides free bike rentals.

On-site amenities include a 24-hour business centre, fitness centre, and a pool (adult-only time from 9:00pm - 11:00pm).

The on-site restaurant, Prime 360, is a steakhouse and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and brunch (on the weekends). Monday - Friday the restaurant is open from 7:00am - 1:00am, on Saturday the hours are 8:00am - 1:00am and on Sundays, 8:00am - 11:00pm.

This hotel is located in downtown Ottawa, however, it may not be ideal for tourists looking to explore the city on-foot.  The closest tourist attraction is the Parliament buildings. Other attractions such as the Byward Market (all-season farmer's market, boutiques, and restaurants), Rideau Centre, and Rideau Canal are about a 20 minute walk away from the hotel, while the National Art Gallery and Canadian Mint are about 25 minutes away on-foot. The Ottawa International Airport (YOW) is about a 20 minute drive from this hotel (walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps).
The Good
Guests seemed most impressed with the size of their suites at this hotel. Many reviewers described being surprised with how spacious their units were, while one guest said she was "wowed". 

A couple of guest reviewers specifically mentioned enjoying the configuration of the suites and how the kitchen was separated from other living spaces. In-suite amenities such as the microwaves, coffee makers, washers and dryers, were mentioned as added value features by a few guests. Reviews frequently described the suites as clean, well appointed, and comfortable.

The customer service at this hotel was also praised by several guests who described the staff as friendly and efficient. One reviewer said the staff "made her stay" when they sent a card and a bottle of wine to her room on her birthday.

A few guests were impressed that the hotel offered free bike rentals for touring around Ottawa. Many reviewers found that the neighbourhood immediately surrounding the hotel provided many added conveniences, such as restaurants and grocery stores.
The Bad
Of the reviews used for this analysis, there were only a few common concerns.

A few guests complained of smelling cigarette smoke in their rooms. One guest, who had requested a non-smoking room, suspected that her assigned room had previously been a smoking room.

A couple of reviewers described the underground parking facility as confusing, while a few other guests found the parking fees expensive.

Cleanliness inconsistencies were a concern for a few guests. A couple of reviewers described finding items and garbage left in their rooms by previous guests, while one couple who stayed at this hotel said, "it was evident to us that the cleaning staff had cut corners." Another guest complained that her room was not adequately stocked with towels.
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Sources ranked this hotel #11 out of 62 properties in Ottawa, from 395 reviews. gave this hotel an average score of 4.4 out of 5.0, based on 328 guest reviews. gave this hotel an average score of 4.5 out 5.0, with 95% of 349 guests recommending the property.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
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Map Marker Minto Suite Hotel
185 Lyon Street North, Ottawa, ON