A trip to Canada’s capital doesn’t have to break the bank. Ottawa offers loads of cheap hotels, hostels and other forms of accommodations for budget travellers, or for those who would simply prefer to spend their money elsewhere (we suggest one of these amazing new restaurants). Here, we present the eight best affordable places to stay in Ottawa.
OTTAWA JAIL HOSTEL
The one-of-a-kind Ottawa Jail Hostel, a former prison, is located in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Rated by Lonely Planet as one of the spookiest buildings in the world, the hostel offers a relaxing, friendly atmosphere with free wi-fi, linen, towels and a complimentary continental breakfast. The cleverly named Mugshots bar is a favourite among guests.
• Ottawa Jail Hostel, 75 Nicholas St., 613-235-2595, website
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SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY RESIDENCES
Located on the Saint Paul University campus, these residence suites feature kitchenettes equipped with microwaves and refrigerators. Along with a convenient location, the residences boast a fitness centre, BBQ facilities and a 24-hour front desk.
• Saint Paul University Residences, 210 Main St., 613-236-3131, stayrcc.com
ALGONQUIN COLLEGE RESIDENCE
These functional apartments are furnished with a dining area and a work desk. Free wi-fi and cable TV are provided in each suite, and guests can make use of the fitness centre, BBQ facilities, games room and free parking. Available mid-May to mid-August.
• Algonquin College Residence, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., 613-727-769, website
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA RESIDENCES
Studio-style guest rooms are available year-round, and from May to August, travellers can stay in two-bedroom suite-style units and conventional-style rooms.
• University of Ottawa Residences, 90 University St., 888-564-4545, ottawaresidences.com
BEST WESTERN PLUS MACIES HOTEL
This is a clean, comfortable and cheap Ottawa hotel with a caring staff. The Best Western Plus Machies is an award-winning hotel and has been family-run for over 70 years. The staff is committed to providing the best customer service at the best value. Free outdoor parking is a bonus.
• Best Western Plus Machies Hotel, 1724 Carling Ave., 613-728-1951, bestwestern.com
OTTAWA BACKPACKERS INN
With rates starting at just $27 a night, this quirky hostel is ideal for the budget-conscious vacationer. Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, Ottawa Backpackers Inn has an array of rooms for every need—dormitory-style for up to 10 people; private rooms for individuals, couples and groups; and apartments. The Inn is within walking distance of several key tourist attractions, including Parliament Hill, the National Gallery and the Rideau Canal—not to mention the dozens of pubs, bars and restaurants found nearby in the Byward Market. Free coffee and Internet access are an added perk.
• Ottawa Backpackers Inn, 203 York St., 613-241-3402, ottawahostel.com
AUSTRALIS GUEST HOUSE
This bed and breakfast has been an Ottawa institution for more than a century. Less than three blocks from the Rideau Centre, the Australis Guest House features bright rooms, accompanied with a balcony and sofa. Free Wi-Fi and a library of books are available along with a fabulous homemade breakfast prepared by an award-winning cook.
• Australis Guest House, 89 Goulburn Ave., 613-235-8461, australisguesthouse.com
AVALON BED AND BREAKFAST
The Avalon offers travellers a warm and inviting atmosphere in a central, quiet neighbourhood. Close to local parks and bike paths, the turn-of-the-century home is a mix of traditional and modern furnishings. Parking is included and a full breakfast tailored to each guest’s dietary needs is provided.
• Avalon Bed and Breakfast, 539 Besserer St., 613-241-6403, avalonbedandbreakfast.com