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Cheap Hotels, Accommodations and Places to Stay in Ottawa

Ottawa is one of the most visited cities in Canada but as a budget-conscious traveller you can still find cheap hotel accommodations. Here are a few suggestions for cheap places to stay.


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Affordable Hotels in Downtown Ottawa

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Business Inn & Suites
TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Winner

Here are a few of the most budget-friendly Ottawa hotels in the downtown core.

Don’t let the name full you, the Business Inn & Suites is a great spot for vacationers too.

A TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice winner, this affordable hotel is within walking distance of many of Ottawa’s attractions. Clean, comfortable and with all the amenities of a small apartment so you can make some of your own meals too, if you want.

Another good value hotel located centrally in Ottawa is the Albert at Bay Suite Hotel.

A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, it too is situated a stones-throw away from top tourist destinations. Clean, spacious and elegantly decorated rooms—and the suites are especially large. Beds are comfortable beds with crisp linens. Visitors to this hotel rave about how extremely helpful staff are.

Just under 2 kilometres from the Parliament Buildings you’ll find the Best Western Plus Victoria Park Suites which is also a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner.

Located right near the Canadian Museum of Nature, stay here and you’ll enjoy a clean, modern room, a kitchenette and a free breakfast with lots of fresh selections.

The Novotel Ottawa is rated 4 out of 5 on TripAdvisor and is just steps away from major attractions such as the Rideau Canal, Byward Market and Parliament Hill. Many of the rooms have recently been renovated. Need to hit the mall? The Rideau Centre is right across the street.

Cheap Ottawa Hotels Outside the Core

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Hampton Inn by Hilton Ottawa
TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Winner

If you have your own set of wheels and don’t mind driving or busing in to the downtown Ottawa area for your sightseeing, then it’s even easier to find an affordable Ottawa hotel.

The Hampton Inn by Hilton Ottawa makes a thrifty choice.

About a 10-minute drive from downtown, it’s a TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice winner. The rooms and bathrooms are very spacious and there’s a kitchenette if you want to prepare some of your own meals.

Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and a dip in the pool. If you’re visiting in winter, you’ll appreciate the underground parking.

The Best Western Plus Ottawa City Centre is another option.

This TripAdvisor Award of Exellence winner is conveniently located near the 417 highway and across from a mall in case you want to get in a shopping fix during your vacation. The hotel itself has large, clean, comfortable rooms with windows that open. There’s also a pool if you want to go for a splash.

If you feel like giving your kids a treat, you should consider the Travelodge Hotel Ottawa. It’s located a short drive from downtown Ottawa and the city’s major attractions.

This affordable place to stay is a little tired and due for a refresh but your kids won’t care because it’s also home to Ottawa’s largest hotel water park which includes a wave pool, water slide, kids’ pool and hot tub.

Affordable and Awesome Ottawa B&B

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Australis Guest House B&B
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner

Prefer the quaintness of a bed & breakfast place for your stay?

The Australis Guest House is a favourite of many.

In fact it has a 97% approval rating on TripAdvisor.

Comfortable and cosy, it’s just a short walk to must-see attractions like Parliament Hill and the By-market.

A scrumptious, home-made breakfast is included of course and they’ll even accommodate special dietary needs if required.

Excellent Ottawa Hostels–including a Jail!

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Ottawa Jail Hostel
Rated 3.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor

How about staying in a former prison? And did we mention most people consider it haunted too?

We’re talking about the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel.

This former prison is considered one of the 10 spookiest buildings around the world by Lonely Planet, but these cheap accommodations are anything but scary.

This place is comfortable and bright. There’s free wifi and a complimentary continental breakfast too. Shared rooms start at $27 and private rooms start at $36.

The Barefoot Hostel is another popular, affordable option.

It has a 95% approval rating on TripAdvisor and an overwhelming number of positive comments about it–everything from how nice the rooms are, to the location and sightseeing advice.

No doubt this place fills fast but Ottawa has other hostel options worth checking out too.

Stay on an Ottawa Campus and Save

Visiting Ottawa during the summer?

Between mid-May and mid-August the Algonquin College Residence offers up cheap accommodations.

How cheap?

A thrifty $60 a night.

You’ll get a two-bedroom suite which includes two double beds, kitchenette, full cooking facilities on each floor, cable television, local calls, wired internet access, laundry facilities and a continental breakfast in the morning.

Don’t forget to Check Groupon for Ottawa Hotel Deals

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One great way to save on Ottawa hotel accommodations is to peruse Groupon, the money-saving website that features local discounts in 150 cities.

Visit the Ottawa “Hotels” Groupon page and you’ll find savings of up to 50% on places to stay.

The Groupon Ottawa “Hotels” page is a smart place to start when you’re first planning your trip and even when you’re in the middle of your Ottawa visit because new deals get added weekly and even daily many times.

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Be thrifty and practical! This information was accurate when published, but can change without notice. We recommend you confirm all details with the provider in question before planning your excursion.

Photo Credit: Best Western Plus Victoria Park Suites, TripAdvisor and Travelodge.