Alongside its historic monuments and great tourist attractions, Ottawa is also home to a variety of accommodation options, ranging from boutique hotels to homely bed and breakfasts. Here’s our list of the 10 best places to stay in the capital.
If you want the ultimate in comfortable stays, opt for a suite at the Albert at Bay. This gorgeous upmarket hotel offers the largest suite style rooms you’ll find in the city, available with either one or two bedrooms and optional extras, like a fully-equipped dining area or full-sized business boardroom. The hotel itself enjoys a great central location in downtown Ottawa, making it perfect for exploring many of the nearby tourist attractions.
Newly renovated in a charming European-inspired style, the Swiss Hotel is a peaceful haven in the bustling downtown city. With 22 cosy rooms and an adults-only policy, the hotel has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, ideal for a relaxing stay for couples. Optional extras include free wifi and use of an iPad in every room, as well as a continuation of the hotel’s European theme with its Swiss-style breakfast buffet.
With an unbeatable location and historic character, the Lord Elgin is often described as an iconic hotel in Ottawa. Steps away from Confederation Hill, the current building was constructed back in the 1940s, using local Niagara limestone specially chosen by then Prime Minister Mackenzie King. Although it retains many of its original features, the hotel is now furnished in a luxurious modern fashion, with subtle hints towards its traditional art deco heritage.
A popular hotel that really does feel like a home away from home, Les Suites offers extremely spacious one and two bedroom suites. The hotel environment gives you access to all the amenities you could need, but with rooms much better suited to longer stays or family groups. The décor leans more towards the traditional and might be a little outdated, but the value for money and central location more than make up for this.
One of the most upmarket choices in the city, ARC The Hotel is a large, boutique-style hotel just a few blocks from Parliament Hill. The 112 guest rooms are all inspired by an ‘urban luxury’ theme, with decadent touches including huge Roman style bathtubs. The award-winning hotel restaurant, the ARC Lounge, is also a welcome addition, whether you’re looking for a quick evening drink or a romantic meal for two.
Offering a cut above your typical bed and breakfast experience, Auberge The King Edward offers all the amenities you would expect from a hotel, in a relaxed, homely setting. Set in an impressive Victorian home, the three spacious rooms are all decorated in an elegant style in keeping with the property’s period character. Owner Richard is an attentive host and, as well as serving a delicious home-cooked breakfast, is happy to provide guests with plenty of personal recommendations for things to do in the local area.
Located a little outside downtown Ottawa, in the city’s Kanata area, is the Brookstreet Hotel. The hotel itself is slightly overwhelming in size, but is especially convenient for business purposes or those looking to take advantage of the on-site fitness studio, golf course, saltwater pools or skating pond. The fantastic Perspectives Restaurant is also located on the ground floor, serving healthy and locally sourced food.
The final suite-style hotel in our list is the Cartier Place Hotel. This slightly more inexpensive option features fully-equipped apartment-like rooms, as well as extras like laundry facilities and indoor parking. Whatever the age range of your party, the hotel aims to cater to every need, with wheelchair accessible suites available, as well as complimentary cots, high chairs and a playroom for children.
For a more budget-friendly option right in the centre of the action, the ByWard Inn is a great choice. Located at the heart of Ottawa’s bustling ByWard Market, this place is perfect for exploring the local boutiques, bars and restaurants that dominate the area, whilst having the advantage of being down one of the area’s quieter residential streets. Rooms are comfortably decorated and feature helpful modern amenities like private kitchenettes, as well as specially commissioned artwork by the artist B.F. Wallace.
Family-owned and run, Southway Hotel is perfectly-located for those flying into Ottawa’s International Airport. The exterior is relatively unassuming and yet inside, every care has been taken to provide a comfortable guest environment. The guestrooms are simply decorated in a modern style and extra facilities like the pool and fitness centre are accompanied by a handy free airport shuttle service.