Hip Rental Apartments in Ottawa You’ll Want to Call Home

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Debra Smith

The capital of Canada, in Ontario, is easy to love. Walkable downtown is filled with heritage homes and museums, while Parliament Hill ebbs and flows with tourists, especially on July 1, Canada Day. A short stay hardly gives you time to see everything – how to choose between walking the Rideau Canal or exploring the Notre-Dame Cathedral? – so book one of these trendy Ottawa holiday apartments for a longer break in the Canadian capital.

1. SoHo Residences Champagne


Double room at SoHo Residences Champagne
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Fresh and modern, this SoHo Residences on Champagne Avenue South is a bright base for your Ottawa adventures. Suites have floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies, full kitchens and walk-in marble showers, while the decor is contemporary yet comfortable. There’s also a collection of welcome facilities including underground heated parking, in-house screening rooms, a well-equipped gym and free coffee in the lounge. Walk to Little Italy for dinner or pick up groceries from the supermarket nearby.

2. SoHo Residences Lisgar


Double room at SoHo Residences Lisgar
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Stay at this SoHo Residences on Lisgar Street for a stylish condo apartment with a few special extras. Enjoy free coffee and pastries each morning in the business lounge, take laps in the pool (or chill in the adjacent hot tub) and gather the gang around the barbecue grill for an al fresco dinner. Surrounded by restaurants and close to museums and Parliament Hill, the apartments also make a great base for exploring the city.

3. Simply Luxury Stays


Double room at Simply Luxury Stays
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A foodie’s delight, this centrally located apartment condo has all the makings of a wonderful stay. Find your fresh fix at ByWard Market (a 10-minute drive away), before throwing together some magic in the kitchen. Then toast your fine work with a glass of wine while taking advantage of the free in-house Netflix. Separate bedrooms have large windows, comfy beds and Google assistants.

4. Les Suites Hotel Ottawa


Living room with pale rust-colored couch and armchair, four-person dining table, dark wood furniture, desk and plush tan carpeting at Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
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If you need options when looking for Ottawa holiday apartments, Les Suites has a variety of apartment sizes, from a one-bedroom to a family suite that holds up to six comfortably. Separate living rooms have space to spare, plus a work desk for when that email just can’t wait. Runners will appreciate the nearby Rideau Canal pathways, while the Rideau Centre is a shopper’s delight.

5. Residences at Kanata Lakes


Building exterior at Residences at Kanata Lakes
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The 105 rental suites at this low-rise building in Kanata Lakes offer a serene getaway 20 minutes’ drive from downtown Ottawa. Each has a kitchen with an island bar and upscale European cabinetry, while furnishings are modern throughout. Nearby you’ll discover parks and trails, while the neighborhood has a wave pool and leisure center.

6. Cartier Place Suite Hotel

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Family room at Cartier Place Suite Hotel
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Enjoy the view of downtown Ottawa from a one- or two-bedroom suite in the dedicated residential tower of Cartier Place. This pet- and family-friendly hotel is close to the Rideau Canal, perfect for dog-walking all year and skating in the winter. Families will appreciate the indoor and outdoor children’s play area and back garden. Suites are clean and homely with sturdy furnishings.

7. Duvernay Studios and Suites


Double room at Duvernay Studios and Suites
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Bienvenue to the Duvernay, located in Gatineau, Quebec, just across the Ottawa River from downtown Ottawa. Suites have kitchenettes and include all the basic necessities. Enjoy the full Canadian bilingual experience in this primarily French-speaking part of town. This is where government civil servants come to play and stay up late, so you’ll find excellent restaurants and a lively bar scene in the area.

8. Abbott Road Suites


Double room at Abbott Road Suites
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Dreaming of a home in the country? Abbott Road Suites, a 40-minute drive from Ottawa, fits the bill. Each self-contained suite at this rural property has home-like conveniences – think island kitchens, fireplaces and free Netflix. The flower-filled grounds are photo-worthy, especially in the fall when the leaves turn brilliant colors. In the evening, pull up a chair by the fire pit and ease your way into the night.

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