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Where to stay in Ottawa – a guide to your accommodation options

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Ottawa hotels reflect the local marriage of cosmopolitan city offerings with a practical sensibility and economical pricing you might expect from a much smaller burg. One boon to cost-conscious families on holiday are the many hotels that offer suite-style rooms, perhaps a result of the city’s business travelers. Plus, rare for a major city, you’ll find plenty of individually owned bed and breakfasts, many of them in historic homes.

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Luxury Options


In Downtown Ottawa, you’ll find many of the city’s most illustrious hotels. Among them, Chateau Laurier is a stand-out choice for excellent city views and overall opulence. A local landmark, the hotel has served to Ottawa’s most illustrious visitors, including visiting heads of state and royalty, since its 1912 opening. For more contemporary aesthetics, The Arc, a luxury boutique hotel, combines an unbeatable downtown location with sleek style. The décor features a mix of bold colours and earthy tones, balancing relaxing suites with a lively lounge.


Moderately Priced and Central


For a room that’s close to ByWard Market’s lively scene, opt for The Courtyard Marriott, the only hotel right inside the market. The location also puts you in walking distance of Parliament Hill and the National Arts Centre, as well as lively nightlife and numerous restaurants and cafes. The Westin Ottawa is ideal if you want views of Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal at your doorstep. The hotel also features an exceptionally well-outfitted fitness center, complete with organized morning runs and personal training sessions.


Suites / Economical


If you’re travelling with children or require a little more space to spread out, opt for one of Ottawa’s many suite-style hotels. The Embassy Hotel & Suites Ottawa features a range of suite-style rooms right downtown, as well as options for extended stays. Suites of all sizes are available, up to 1000 square feet. For many hockey fans, heading out of town to the Holiday Inn and Suites in Kanata puts you close to the Ottawa Senators’ home rink, as well as the Kanata Centrum Shopping Center.


For Local Colour


For one-of-a-kind lodgings, the Swiss Hotel 89 Daly Ave Ottawa is undoubtedly Ottawa’s most unusual option. Funky décor and reasonably priced rooms make it a popular option for the out-of-towner with individualistic streak. Note that the property is adults only, so families with children under 12 should look elsewhere. The Hotel Indigo is another downtown option with no shortage of pizzazz. The rooms feature unusual floor-to-ceiling murals and amenities include an indoor pool and an on-site day spa.