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15 Best Hotels in Ottawa

Written by Bryan Dearsley
May 8, 2019

Canada's capital makes for an excellent weekend break (or longer), with some of the best hotel deals in Ottawa being found in the downtown area. Here, you can find everything from some of the best luxury hotels in Canada to excellent affordable hotels and motels—most with pools—that offer quality stays in comfortable rooms and suites.

If you're looking for a great downtown location within easy walking distance of the top attractions in Ottawa, by far the best area would be "Byward Market hotels." In fact, many of our top choices include hotels in or very close to this area, popular for its pedestrian-friendly streets and excellent dining and shopping options, as well as its endless list of fun things to do. A stay here also means you're within easy striking distance of the Rideau Canal, a special treat in winter, when this body of water freezes over and becomes the world's longest skating rink.

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Best Luxury Hotels in Ottawa

1. Fairmont Chateau Laurier

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Few luxury hotels in Canada offer quite the same experience as the iconic Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Built in 1912, this downtown landmark continues to attract the well-heeled and the famous, as well as those able to make the occasional luxury splurge. Named for its European chateau styling, this stunning building boasts a variety of elegant rooms and suites, each wonderfully appointed and featuring high-end furnishings. Whatever size you opt for (there is of course a penthouse suite), you'll enjoy such standard features as large bathrooms with plush robes, deluxe bedding and hypoallergenic pillows, kettles, coffee makers, and great city views.

The amenities are also posh. In addition to its chic lounges, there are a variety of on-site dining options, a large heated indoor swimming pool, and a fitness area. Concierge services are also available.

Address: 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Accommodation: Fairmont Chateau Laurier

2. The Westin Ottawa

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Operated by another great name in luxury hotels, The Westin Ottawa's central location in the downtown core should see it included on your list of prospects. Steps away from Byward Market and the Parliament area, this 5-star hotel features a variety of first-rate, world-class amenities, including a business center, full-service spa, well-equipped fitness center, and a good-sized indoor swimming pool. The on-site fine-dining restaurant offers 24-hour, in-room dining, and the hotel's concierge desk can assist with restaurant reservations.

This posh hotel's rooms are equally luxurious. While standard features include spacious marble bathrooms and deluxe mattresses, an upgrade to a bright corner Executive Suite will spoil you with huge floor-to-ceiling windows boasting views over Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill, along with larger living areas with a sofa and chairs and a writing desk. A number of pet-friendly units are also available.

Address: 11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, Ontario

Accommodation: The Westin Ottawa

3. Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market

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Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, this modern hotel has much to commend it. For many, the clincher when booking the 4-star Andaz Ottawa Byward Market is the excellent rooftop patio and al fresco dining experience, which comes with superb views over such Ottawa points of interest as the Ottawa River and the Parliament buildings. There are also plenty of great shopping opportunities nearby—including at the famous Byward farmers market—as well as both fine and casual dining.

As you'd expect from a new hotel, the same contemporary styling has been carried over into the accommodations. Rooms come in a choice of king or queen beds, and are all bright with chic décor, large bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Room service and concierge services are also available.

Address: 325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Accommodation: Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market

4. Lord Elgin Hotel

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If the Lord Elgin Hotel sounds posh... well, that's because it is posh! Recently extensively renovated throughout, this popular downtown Ottawa luxury hotel is probably the most romantic spot for couples seeking an intimate weekend getaway. The rooms are each elegantly decorated, with high-end décor and furnishings, ensuring a soothing ambience and relaxing sleep, something aided further by the extremely comfortable beds, with luxurious mattresses and linens. Whether you book a standard hotel unit or the larger suites, you'll enjoy great city views from the large windows, too.

The feeling you're somewhere special also extends to the common areas. Highlights include the large lobby, which offers a number of quiet spots for couples to relax together, a favorite being in front of the large (and real) fireplace. Other amenities you'll want to make the most of include an on-site restaurant, a fitness center, and a lap pool with a hot tub nearby.

Address: 100 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Accommodation: Lord Elgin Hotel

5. Les Suites Hotel Ottawa

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Handily located in the downtown core just steps away from attractions, including Byward Market and the Ottawa River, the Les Suites Hotel Ottawa is a great option for those traveling with families or who simply prefer larger accommodations. These spacious condo-style units come in one- or two-bedroom variants, capable of sleeping up to six guests, each with such great features as separate sleeping and living areas, work desks, full kitchens large enough to feed a family, as well as laundry facilities. Large, furnished private balconies with stunning city views are also standard.

Les Suites also offers a variety of handy concierge services, including in-room dining and restaurant reservations, to name but two. Be sure to also make use of the on-site restaurant, the full-service spa (in-room treatments are available), the large heated indoor swimming pool (plus hot tub), and well-equipped fitness center.

Address: 130 Besserer Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Accommodation: Les Suites Hotel Ottawa

6. Le Germain Hotel Ottawa

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Another great and very modern hotel to add to your list of top capital hotels is Le Germain Hotel Ottawa. This first-rate, Canadian-owned chain of high-end hotels have gone all out with their Ottawa location, offering guests a high degree of luxury in their rooms and suites. Boasting elegant décor and classy furnishings and original artworks, the hotel's bright and airy rooms come with a choice of king or queen beds with high-end bedding, spacious bathrooms, coffee machines, and great city views.

Notable amenities include a modern, well-equipped fitness center, meeting and function space, an around-town shuttle service, concierge desk, and a restaurant that serves a great complimentary breakfast. Valet parking is also available.

Address: 30 Daly Ave, Ottawa, Ontario

Accommodation: Le Germain Hotel Ottawa

7. ARC THE.HOTEL

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One of the newest boutique hotels to have opened in the nation's capital, the trendy ARC THE.HOTEL is a great choice for those wanting a classy stay in Ottawa. In addition to featuring original local art in its public spaces, each of the hotel's 112 chic rooms and suites also feature interesting artworks, along with bright décor throughout. When booking, check into the availability of one of the larger suites, which offer extra living space to stretch out and relax in, and larger bathrooms.

Whatever size room you choose, you'll enjoy standard features such as HDTVs, safes, Keurig coffee and tea machines, mini-fridges, work desks, plus comfy bathrobes and slippers. (Some pet-friendly units can be booked.)

In addition to a great spa (in-room services are also available), the hotel features plenty of meeting space, a large lobby area with an authentic fireplace, a restaurant (in-room dining is also available), a fitness center, business center, and concierge services. Nice added touches include free fruit snacks and drinks, as well as valet parking.

Address: 140 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Accommodation: ARC THE.HOTEL

8. Ottawa Marriott Hotel

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Featuring the kind of quality and comfort you might expect from one of the world's leading luxury hotel brands, the centrally located Ottawa Marriott Hotel offers a variety of standard rooms and suite-style accommodations. Whatever you choose, expect to enjoy free high-speed Wi-Fi, comfy pillow-top bedding, large bathrooms, as well as Keurig coffee machines.

The rooms are bright, thanks to their floor-to-ceiling windows, and feature modern décor and quality furnishings. A number of larger suites come with full-kitchens and are great for those traveling with kids (a variety of kids' programs are available, including free use of water toys at the pool).

On-site amenities include a Starbucks, a great casual restaurant, large indoor swimming pool, and a well-equipped fitness center. Also available for guest use are a business center plus meeting/function space.

Address: 100 Kent Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Accommodation: Ottawa Marriott Hotel

9. The Albert at Bay Suite Hotel

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The Albert at Bay Suite Hotel is a great choice for those who like plenty of space when traveling. This downtown all-suites hotel offers everything you'd expect to find in a classy hotel, including business services and meeting space, laundry facilities and services, a handy convenience store, valet parking (optional), plus a good-sized indoor swimming pool. A fitness center is also located on-site.

The suites are modern and feature contemporary décor and furnishings and plenty of living space, including a dining area and a fully-equipped kitchen. A choice of one- or two-bedroom units is available, and you can expect to find plush bathrobes waiting for you in your spacious bathrooms, as well as balconies with great city views.

Address: 435 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Accommodation: The Albert at Bay Suite Hotel

10. Hilton Lac-Leamy

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As you'd expect from this luxury brand, the Hilton Lac-Leamy offers guests a high-level of comfort. The hotel is located in Gatineau, Quebec, on the shores of Leamy Lake, just a few minutes' drive from downtown Ottawa and an easy 20-minute drive from Ottawa International Airport.

Each of the hotel's recently renovated rooms come with plush bedding; large bathrooms; and fresh, bright décor. Other standard features include a sitting room with armchairs and a pullout couch, a work desk, HDTVs, whirlpool tubs, and separate showers. If available, ask about the larger suites, which come with access to the executive lounge with perks such as complimentary snacks and beverages.

The on-site amenities have also been updated. Highlights include a choice of five unique restaurants, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, ample meeting space, and a business center. Other amenities include a fitness center, babysitting service, concierge desk, a gift shop, full-service spa, and laundry facilities. For a bit of fun, inquire about the bike rentals.

Address: 3 Boulevard du Casino, Gatineau, Quebec

Accommodation: Hilton Lac-Leamy

Best Cheap Hotels in Ottawa

1. Days Inn by Wyndham Ottawa

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Just because you want to stay downtown doesn't mean you have to blow your budget. A great choice in cheap hotels is the Days Inn Ottawa. As pet-friendly as it is people-friendly, the hotel has a Byward Market location that alone makes a stay here worthwhile. Notable features of your comfortable room include bright décor, large bathrooms, free high-speed Wi-Fi, and comfortable beds and bedding. The on-site amenities are good for a hotel in this affordable category and include a business center, fitness center, and a good-sized heated indoor swimming pool.

Address: 319 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Accommodation: Days Inn by Wyndham Ottawa

2. ByWard Blue Inn

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Located, as its name suggests, close to the city's Byward Market, the ByWard Blue Inn is a great choice for those seeking reputable, affordable accommodations. In addition to the market, the property is close to other notable attractions, including the famous Rideau Canal.

While the clean hotel rooms offer the usual in-room features: HDTVs, free Wi-Fi, comfy beds, and en suite bathrooms, the amenities are better than your average budget hotel. Highlights include a well-equipped fitness center, full-service spa, and a good-sized indoor swimming pool. A complimentary breakfast is included with your room.

Address: 157 Clarence Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Accommodation: ByWard Blue Inn

3. Econo Lodge Downtown

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The Econo Lodge Downtown offers a great and affordable stay in the heart of Canada's capital, sandwiched between the Rideau Canal and popular Byward Market. Guests can expect to find their rooms clean, comfortable, and well-appointed upon arrival. Free Wi-Fi and a good breakfast are included with your stay.

If any are available, try to book into one of the larger studios, which come with additional living space, along with mini-fridges and microwaves. There's plenty of parking on-site, so leave the car behind and walk, or make use of Ottawa's excellent transit system.

Address: 475 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Accommodation: Econo Lodge Downtown

Best Hotels in Kanata

1. Brookstreet Hotel

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The Kanata neighborhood of Ottawa also provides a number of good accommodation options, especially for those wanting to be outside the downtown area of the city. The Brookstreet Hotel is a particularly good choice. Consisting of 276 rooms and suites, it's a large hotel, but one that offers plenty of privacy in your well-appointed accommodation.

Highlights of the luxurious two-room suites include upgraded bedding, a separate bedroom, a large living room with a dining table and pullout couch, spacious bathroom with plush bathrobes, and tall windows with excellent views over the Gatineau and Ottawa valleys.

Notable amenities include a full-service spa, on-site (and in-room) dining, a large indoor swimming pool, and a seasonal patio offering al fresco dining and plenty of seating.

Address: 525 Legget Drive, Kanata, Ontario

Accommodation: Brookstreet Hotel

2. TownePlace Suites by Marriott Ottawa Kanata

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TownePlace Suites by Marriott is another great choice for those wanting to enjoy an extended stay in Kanata. On-site amenities include an indoor swimming pool, fitness area, laundry facilities, a convenience store, plus a barbecue and picnic area. The rooms come in a variety of configurations, ranging in size from studios to one- and two-bedroom suites, each with full kitchens, work desks, and living rooms. A free buffet breakfast is included with your stay.

Address: 1251 Maritime Way, Kanata, Ontario

Accommodation: TownePlace Suites by Marriott Ottawa Kanata

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