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Old May 18th, 2011, 07:32 AM
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Need Suggestions for Hotels in Ottawa

Hello,
My husband & I will be spending 3 nights in Ottawa in July. Would like to stay in the downtown area so we can be within walking distance of most attractions. Trip Advisor gave places like Radisson & Embassy Suites mixed reviews. Courtyard Ottawa Downtown got good reviews; however, sites like Travelocity have non-refundable rates of $152 USD per night; non-refundable seems unheard of to me. Am I correct about this? The price jumps to $173 per night for refundable reservations. Would like to spend no more than $150 USD per night.

Another poster suggested the Sandy Hill neighborhood, & I found McGee's Inn, which seems nice and reasonable, & we do like B&B's. Is Sandy Hill walkable to the main attractions, such as Parliament, Byward Market, etc.?
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Old May 18th, 2011, 07:48 AM
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The part of Sandy Hill where McGee's is located is certainly walkable to the places you want to visit. Sandy Hill is a very nice neighbourhood, full of Victorian-era houses and terraces, many embassies/chanceries as well as some medium-rise more modern apertment buildings. It is also studenty, with the University of Ottawa adjacent. Good walking around area.

Summer hotel rates probably remain pretty high in Ottawa in summer - prime tourist season and the string of music festivals.

I find that non-refundable hotel rates are becoming more prevalent everywhere I travel. Probably in part a response to the kind of people that make a half dozen different reservations for a city, then cancel all but one of them at the last minute.
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Even hotel websites themselves now sometimes offer "advance purchase" i.e. non-refundable rates these days which usually save some money over the regular rate.

I usually stay in a Suite hotel in Ottawa of which there are a number. The Albert at Bay offers condo-like rooms which are usually a pretty good value. It is a little farther walk than some other hotels but we don't mind it - maybe 10 minute walk to Parliament Buildings and 20 minute walk to Byward Market district. The Residence Inn by Marriott is a bit closer to these and is OK and includes breakfast.
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Ron,
Thanks for your detailed & helpful response. I'll contact McGee's about availability & research more B&B's in Sandy Hill. We prefer those over the big, chain hotels, anyways, but I initially wanted to stay in downtown. But knowing that Sandy Hill is walkable to the places we want to visit is very helpful & may be our first choice.
How far in advance should we book our accommodations? We will be in Ottawa most likely from July 26 through July 29.
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Old May 18th, 2011, 08:06 AM
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Mat, thanks for your info, too. I'll check out the places you mention. We don't mind a 10-20 minute walk.
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Old May 18th, 2011, 09:38 AM
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I would book as soon as you can. Ottawa does get busy in the summer. I used to walk past McGee's regularly going to work; their car park always seemed full in the mornings in the summer. I should add that Sandy Hill is fairly large, and a B&B on the eastern edge near the Russian Embassy and Strathcona Park, would be a longer walk, perhaps 20 minutes. (Would a nicer walk, tho, than from say, the Albert & Bay.

The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival is on during your stay, as is the new Rideau Canal Festival. http://www.chamberfest.com/ and http://www.rideaucanalfestival.ca/
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I meant to add, if you were to stay in Sandy Hill, it would very handy to the outdoor theatre performances in Strathcona Park, http://www.odysseytheatre.ca/index.p...der-the-stars/
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In Sept.2008 we stayed at the Capital hill hotel +suites and payed 258 CAD for two nights.(including the parking charge).The hotel is perfect for visiting the town.Paul
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