There are many campgrounds in and around Ottawa. They cost 25-35 per night. Visit Mountain Equipment Coop Store for excellent supplies. You can rent a tent from them if you'd like. Get a sub-zero sleeping bag for camping in May or towards the end of August.
Across the bridge you are in Hull. Now you are in the province of Quebec. Hotels and B&B's charge less here than in Ontario. I guarantee that if you do a homestay in a B&B you will have an excellent breakfast that you will not find anywhere else.
You can purchase maple syrup in Quebec for less than anywhere else
ie. $10.00 per litre vs $18.00-25 elsewhere.
$40 per Litre in Japan
To understand my horror when visiting the Delta Ottawa Hotel and Suites, here's what my room was like:
- old, stained, wall paper peeling from walls throughout unit
- extremely dirty conditions throughout (light switch filthy, air vent blocked with dirt, throw-up or something similar on wall in bathroom, etc.)
- leakage stains directly above bed on ceiling (by the fire detector), which is a joy to look at just before going to sleep ;)
- the iron was old and dirty so I couldn’t use it properly to quickly touch-up a shirt for the next day – ironic to be staying at a supposed “4-star” hotel and yet being forced to spend the following day in meetings with packing crease in the front of my shirt :(
- OVERALL, massive neglect
Delta Ottawa rooms smell moldy... possibly explaining why the wall paper is peeling from walls.
Stayed here one night in July of 2007, got the room on Hotwire for a nice price. The hotel is completely acceptable - no real complaints, and nothing that blew us away. The location is good (right near outdoor mall area, close to Parliament), staff was friendly and rooms were nice.
Not my first choice for my next trip to Ottawa (I'd prefer the Westin or the Courtyard depending on price), but I would have no issues with staying here again.
The location was good (near downtown: could walk), the room was quite nice, but it had a funny smell to it that made our experience less than perfect. There was reading material provided, tea kettle, cable television, nice bathroom, just that old smell! Hosts were really nice and informative, suggesting where to visit, where to eat, etc. Breakfast was decent, enjoyed the fresh fruit and granola, but the eggs weren't very good. All in all, it was a decent experience, but I would look elsewhere first next time.
House is really old, with pretty church-style stained glass windows.
Awesome place! Spent one night here last year with a friend (who worked at Delta)... getting a free suite rocked :) Everything was top notch and the service was great.
Views, Location, downstairs bar/lounge, umm what else.. oh on the top floor there is an executive lounge. Very cool, you can just walk in with your keycard and chill out. Lots of couches and a nice tv. Great for meetings and or parties ... just dont make too much noise!
I stayed at the Delta Ottawa in the spring of 2004 on a short business trip for a training course.
I stayed three nights and found the property unremarkable. That's actually good, because don't usually hesitate to remark upon a property's shortcomings. It didn't really have anything extraordinary that made it stand out, but on the other hand it was a good place to stay.
As previously stated, I didn't find this property to have any outstanding characteristics. The service was good, the room was good and clean and the amenities were adequate.
The Delta Ottawa is in a very good location (along with several others in a bit of a clump) It is very close to Parliament Hill as well as the core business district. It's also walking distance to the Byward Market, National Gallery, and several other attractions. The War Museum is only a short drive away as well.
I stayed at the Crown Plaza on one occassion for a few days during the winter.
This is a nice clean hotel, I drank a fair share of red wine at this place in the bar downstairs.
It is nice and it is right in the heart of downtown, so basically everything is within walking distance.
I would stay here again for sure.
We were lucky enough to crash with VT Icon LouBess. Well, she crashed on the kitchen floor and was too gracious in letting us take her bed. Thank Lou.
Cool and colorfull house with one LouBess residing there. Need I say more?
As you can appreciate on the picture, this hostel is into a former prison. Most of the cells are still like those years when criminals slept on them, except the locks have been removed and walls painted. Actually, it is not the more confortable hostel I've visited, but complies with the stantdards and, what the hell!, when are you gonna sleep on a prison and be permited to get in and out at your own!?
The usual services on a hostel (kitchen, amenities, travel assistance, TV room, dinning room, lockers, washing machines... and a definitive look and feel!
When I first moved to Ottawa, my company put me up for a month in the Aristocrat Suite Hotel on Cooper street.. It's a fancy place, and instead of renting out rooms, then rent out furnished apartments.. I had my own kitchen, bathroom, large bedroom, and a full living room. It was really quite posh.. I think it ran around $2000 a month though, so only stay here if someone else is footing the bill..
Great location (one block to a good bar), and nice, friendly service!
I have recommended the Delta Hotel because I have a picture of it and it is in a great location, the rooms are big and food is good there. It is right downtown and you can basically walk to everything from here.
But I also have seen the http://www.albertatbay.com/ and the Marriott and stayed at the Crown Plaza all within the same couple of blocks, these are all great choices from which to explore the rest of the city!!!
Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello --- a Luxurious breakaway for those on Corporate accounts aka tax write offs
The central log château, dream of Swiss-American Harold Saddlemire used 10 000 giant ceadr logs, photo of the central atrium is 3 storeys hight with it's 2 sided fireplace
All guest rooms include the following features:
Two separate telephone/modem lines,
Queen or king size beds,
Private 4-piece bathroom.
All guest rooms, except the loft rooms, are wheelchair accessible and serviced by an elevator.
Any hotel there that we were at was nice. Big rooms and nicely done. Another good thing is that when you turn on the TV, the shows are in english. Woooo Hoooo.
We went in a group, so it was cheaper to get two rooms and share. I have no idea what I spent.
You could open the windows.
Summer residence at The University of Ottawa. Price: 25 $ CAN for a single room.
The university offers affordable accomodation in an interesting university setting. You get in contact with other individual visitors and international students. Moreover you get a feeling for the student life in Ottawa.
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