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Ottawa Backpackers Inn

2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   203 York Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5T7, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

Yep, Bed Bugs. Got to our 10 bed dorm thinking "oh great this dorm is almost empty!!, so much space". Then night 2 we it found the bed bugs running across my pillow and the nest in the wall. I told staff and her reaction was such that she was annoyed that there were still bugs there, apparently they washed... More

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martinjones99, Owner at Ottawa Backpackers Inn, responded to this review

We really do appreciate customer comments so we're extremely glad that you told us about the bed bugs. The people that you saw going into the room in the morning were actually guests that we were moving to another room. We act quickly when it comes to bed bugs (and wash more than just the rugs) if this issue ever... More

Montevideo, Uruguay
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I stayed for a couple of night with my friend and we didnt use the facilities eg. kitchen, etc. We sleep and shower there and it was ok. Its fun to leave the shoes at the front door in canada. The rooms have keys and lockers so security is fine. Our beds were clean and tidy. A good overall experience.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Dirty, rundown, overpriced, unfriendly, poor facilities.. I could go on. I only had one night in Ottawa, so I don't know if there are better alternatives, but if you want to see what a real hostel should be like, go to Montreal instead and stay in the M Hostel for the same price. The only good thing here was a... More

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martinjones99, Owner at Ottawa Backpackers Inn, responded to this review

We agree that M Hostel is very well priced, however it is not possible to compare the prices in Montreal and Ottawa as they are two very different markets. Ottawa Backpackers Inn is the cheapest hostel in Ottawa and we believe that we are very fairly priced - the rooms are secure (with lockers in them) and spacious and the... More

Montcuq, France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I spent one night in this hostel and it was enough! We had reserved a room with my boyfriend and at our arrival we were suprised that they gave us the room in the basement. The semi finished room was very dark and unappealing, moreover the room was very noisy because it was located under the kitchen and next to... More

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Wodonga, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

I can't really say much about this place, I expected a lot as the hostel seemed so nice from it's pictures! It's location is pretty sweet and the staff were really helpful, I liked the people in my room and they seemed to wanna party, other than that nothing to spectacular to report here....

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

I stayed one week in early October 2013 in a 5 -bunkbed room at the top floor and it does get crowded when it is full as 10 adults are sleeping in the same room. Good points : great location in the central Byward Market where shops,bars and restaurants and coffee places abound in a stone's throw; good wi-fi internet,... More

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Tirgu Mures, Romania
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27 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

I stayed here for 3 nights in August and it was a decent experience. It is located in Bytown, near the market, and a stone's throw away from the Canadian Parliament. The rooms are named after continents and the bunks are named for different landmarks on that respective continent - a nice touch! The staff here are very friendly but... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

This is pretty much a typical hostel - all the usual stuff applies. The rooms on the 2nd floor can get really hot, so be prepared for that. Sometimes they put fans in the rooms... There is a porch you can sit on, but be prepared for smoke from others. It is close to the Byward Market, so that is... More

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Iqaluit, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

This is a nice, friendly and generally welcoming hostel. Upon arrival, however, it isn't obvious where the office is and I found myself standing in the doorway feeling quite confused. However, once I walked further into the building I was greeted by a very helpful guy at reception. The staff didn't hesitate to answer my questions and get me set... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

this hostel is the worst i have seen and i travelled in canada, europe and south america. the bathroom carpet was disgusting and the sheets dirty. it is located in a bad neighborhood according to the cab driver.

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Also Known As:
Ottawa Backpackers Hotel Ottawa
Ottawa Backpackers Hotel
Address: 203 York Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5T7, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 14 Specialty lodging in Ottawa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Ottawa Backpackers Inn 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ottawa Backpackers Inn is the cheapest hostel accommodation in Ottawa. OUR HOSTEL DOES NOT CHARGE AN EXTRA $5 MEMBERSHIP FEE ON ARRIVAL. We're also the friendliest hostel in Ottawa. We pride ourselves on offering a laid back service for short term travellers at a great location in the city. We're located Downtown, only 2 minutes away from Byward Market, a supermarket and the liquor store. The Parliament, US Embassy and the Art Gallery are all an easy stroll away. We have all the facilities you would expect from a hostel plus some nice, little extras.> Spacious dorm rooms with safe, secure lockers> friendly staff who can answer most, if not all, your queries> regular night time activities including cake night and movie nights> a common room to chill out in> great kitchen facilities including gas stove, microwave and electric whisks> free bedding with the option to hire towels> free hi-speed wifi> free tea and coffee> luggage storage> parking> laundry> a cat, well not a facility, but a nice extra Reception is open from 8am - 12am. CANCELLATION POLICY: We do not charge for cancellations which are received more than 24 hours before you are due to arrive. ... more   less 
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