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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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