Best Ottawa hotels to book in 2021

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With so many of the city's main attractions, eateries and hotels centred around the tranquil Ottawa River, you'll have no problem finding somewhere central to rest your head in Canada's capital city.

If you choose to stay in one of the flashy downtown hotels you'll be within walking distance of the iconic Parliament Hill, fascinating National Gallery and trendy ByWard Market. And, while centrally located hotels aren't exclusive to high-end brands, you'll find a better selection of affordable accommodation if you head a little further out of the city.

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How did we pick these Ottawa hotels?

Our editorial team selected the Ottawa hotels on this list based on price, location and real customer feedback from hotel booking sites and review platforms. Where applicable, we used our own personal experiences to make recommendations.

Where are the best places to stay in Ottawa?

Best downtown Ottawa hotels

Downtown Ottawa is full of big-name hotel brands such as Marriott, Sheraton and Hilton with deluxe double rooms costing around $200 a night. Most have been awarded 4-stars or above, so you can expect beautiful river views, in-house spa facilities and even an on-site golf course.

Our top picks for downtown Ottawa hotels: Ottawa Marriott Hotel, Best Western Plus Ottawa Downtown Suites and Fairmont Chateau Laurier

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Best cheap Ottawa hotels

Despite being the capital city, accommodation in Ottawa is surprisingly affordable with a bed in a dorm room going for as little as $30, and a basic double room coming in at around $60. Though not located right in downtown Ottawa, most are within walking distance of the city's main attractions.

Our top picks for cheap Ottawa hotels: Hi Ottawa Jail Hostel, A Voyageur's Guest House, and Avalon Bed and Breakfast.

Best for rock bottom prices: A Voyageur's Guest House by Elevate Rooms
Best for rock bottom prices: A Voyageur's Guest House by Elevate Rooms

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Best boutique hotels in Ottawa

Ottawa's boutique hotel scene has been slowly growing in recent years, and while it is not yet in its prime, the city still offers up a handful of chic rooms if you're in the market for something a little different.

Our top picks for boutique hotels in Ottawa: Le Germain Hotel Ottawa, Arc The Hotel and Lord Elgin Hotel.

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Alternate Ottawa accommodation options

You'll find hundreds of properties on both Airbnb and Stayz that offer guests a choice of self-catered accommodation in Ottawa. Here, personal touches will give you more of that home-sweet-home feeling after a long day exploring the city.

For the adventurous road trippers out there, there are plenty of campgrounds to choose from within a half hour drive of the city centre. The closest, Rideau Heights Campground, is set along the Rideau River and offers a peaceful spot while still being within reach of Ottawa.

Frequently asked questions about Ottawa hotels

Which hotels are near Ottawa Airport?

The Hilton Garden Inn and Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott are both a kilometre away from the airport, with the more affordable Mac B&B around three kilometres away. Ottawa Airport is just a 15-minute drive south of the city centre, so staying at your accommodation in the city before your flight may save you the hassle of moving.

Which Ottawa hotels are near Parliament Hill?

The iconic Parliament Hills proudly sits on Ottawa's Southbank with Fairmont Chateau Laurier, The Westin Ottawa and Capital Hill Hotel and Suites all offering easy access.

Which Ottawa hotels are near TD Place?

If you're hoping to catch the Ottawa Redblacks at TD Place Stadium, you'll want to stay in The Glebe neighbourhood. Angela's Bed and Breakfast or the Ashbury House B&B will have you minutes away from the action.

Which hotels are near Ottawa General hospital?

Consider booking a room at Courtyard Ottawa East, Holiday Inn Ottawa East or WelcomINNS Ottawa to be within a 10-minute drive of the Ottawa General Hospital.

Which sites let me book Ottawa accommodation with free cancellation?

These sites let you make a refundable booking for your trip to Ottawa, so there's less risk of losing the cost of your stay or deposit. Some sites only offer free cancellation on select Ottawa hotels or at a slightly higher rate, so it's best to check the terms on your booking before confirming your stay.

Most sites, like Wotif or Expedia, will clearly state whether each Ottawa hotel is non-refundable.

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Which sites let me use a coupon code to book Ottawa accommodation?

Using one of our coupon codes at these sites will save you money on your Ottawa stay. Some may ask you to pay for your stay upfront rather than on arrival in order to apply the code to your Ottawa booking, but the same cancellation policy does apply so if you are able to cancel, you'll be able to get refunded.

Which sites let me book Ottawa accommodation without a credit card?

If you don't have a credit card to make your Ottawa booking, but would like to reap the rewards of one, compare credit cards that offer hotel rewards here.

Which Ottawa hotel booking sites have rewards programs?

Get access to cheaper prices, collect points toward free stays and get extra perks like Wi-Fi or breakfast if you book your Ottawa accommodation on sites like these:

  • Wotif: Part of the same family, Wotif lets you access the same benefits as the Expedia Rewards program. You'll get access to lower rates and earn points, which can be used toward discounted stays in the future. Depending on how often you make bookings, you'll be able to get bigger discounts and earn more perks like breakfast.
  • Agoda: PointsMAX lets you earn up to 6,000 points for your stay that you can put toward a preferred loyalty or frequent flyer program, including KrisFlyer and Velocity.
  • Trip Coins is's rewards program where you can earn $1 for every 100 Trip Coins. It's free to join the program. Membership tiers from Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond have different perks to enjoy.
  • Collect one stamp for every night's stay. Once you stay for 10 nights, you'll be able to redeem one free night up to the average value of your previous 10 nights.
  • Access lower rates as a member and earn Expedia points on bookings, which can be used toward discounted stays in the future. Different levels of membership get you access to deeper discounts and perks, such as free breakfasts.
  • Marriott: The Marriott Bonvoy Benefits program lets you earn points towards free nights, access special member rates, get free Wi-Fi with your stay and check into your room via the mobile app. There are different status levels depending on how often you stay, starting with Silver Elite (10 nights per year).

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