Ottawa-Gatineau Travel Accommodation: Choosing a Hotel or Motel
There are a number of considerations in selecting accommodations that can make the difference between an enjoyable stay and a major headache, whether your trip to Ottawa is for business or pleasure. You can select a hotel based on its name, features, price range, or its location.
Most of the major hotel chains have properties in the Ottawa marketplace. If you are familiar with and happy with a chain, or just want its frequent flyer miles, then you will like their hotel in Ottawa.
Some chains focus on business travellers, in the upper-middle price range. In Ottawa you'll find: Crowne Plaza, Delta, Fairmont, Gouverneur, Holiday Inn, Hilton, Marriott, Novotel, Ramada, Sheraton, several other chains. Some chains target families and budget conscious business travellers. These chains include: Best Western, Chimo, Days Inn, Econolodge, and Howard Johnson, Travelodge.
Ottawa has several fine hotels and motels that do not belong to a chain. These hotels include fine establishments like Minto Place, ARC the Hotel, Les Suites, the Lord Elgin, and Embassy West. There are many smaller and affordable independent hospitality establishments in the National Capital area.
A traveller may need to rely on a specific feature in a hotel. It may be a hotel-wide capability like airport shuttle or business centre, it may be an in-room feature like Internet access or a whirlpool bath (and vary from room to room), it may relate to fitness to stay in shape on the road or to entertain the children, or you may require special suites. We have tried to catalogue them all in the FoundLocally database.
Very popular these days are "suite hotels", where your suite also has a meeting area, separate from the one or 2 bedrooms, and a complete kitchen. The range of features will vary from hotel to hotel, and sometimes from room to room. If there is a feature that is critical to your stay (ie wheelchair access or coach parking) request it in the Hotel Search screen, to display only to those establishments. Be sure to request this feature when making your room reservation.
Some commonly sought features are:
There is accommodation in Ottawa to suit any budget. You can stay at the local Hostel for only dollars a day, or you can stay in hotel suites that are good enough for visiting heads of state. The hotel considered most top-of-the-line is the Chateau Laurier, right beside Parliament Hill.
Pricing is seasonal. Summer is high season in the Ottawa area. Area hotels are also more expensive over holidays and long weekends. Fall and Winter (September to March), with the exception of during Wnterlude, are definitely the less expensive times to visit. Spring starts getting more expensive as the number of events and festivals increases. Each hotel's dates for high, low, and shoulder seasons differ a bit so watch your timing or your hotel.
Our pricing guidelines (exclusive of taxes) are as follows:
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The desired location of the hotel depends on the purpose of your visit. We have grouped the hotels by "Area" to assist you with selecting appropriate accommodation. The Area is in most cases, the city in which a hotel is located. Inside the city of Ottawa, we also list the part of town (or the former municipality).
If you are in Ottawa on business, you would want a hotel in the Downtown core. These hotels can either be closer to the Byward market (east of the Canal) or the business centre (west of the canal), with both areas within a mile of each other, These hotels are within walking distance (or a $4 to $8 cab ride) of all downtown shopping and restaurants. These hotels are also relatively close ($20 taxi) to the airport. There are some value-concious hotels (and some chains) in the Downtown area. These tend to be further south from the downtown core or further east along Rideau Street, but still close to the other downtown hotels.If you are doing business in Hull, or wishing to visit the Casino de Hull. there are number of properties in the heart of that city.
There are also a number of hotels scattered in the different parts of the city. If you are doing business in the West End or in Kanata, consider the hotels along Carling Avenue, in Bells Corners, and in Kanata. In the East End, the hotels tend to be located along Montreal Rd. Unlike most cities, there are not a large number of hotels close to the airport.
If you are travelling across Canada on the Trans-Canada Highway (#417 here, the "Queensway"), there are several hotels that are most suitable, with a minimum driving distance from the highway. Some of our recommendations include the Chimo Inn (at St Laurent Blvd in the east) and the Embassy West (on Carling to the west). If you are coming in on Highway 7, you will enter the city at either Bell's Corners or on highway 417 and may find the west end hotels most convenient.