This may not be the cheapest hostel in Ottawa, but it is certainly the best value, and most comfort for your money.
After a recent extended stay, there is much I can say about this place. First is Sabina, the owner, and receptionist. She is wonderful! Polite and professional, she was always full of lots of useful tips for helping me find my way, and learn how to get around the city.
Second, the hostel itself is beautiful, boarding on luxurious! The common living room, with it`s huge sofa and large flat screen TV is both modern and cozy. The bathrooms show a touch of thoughtfulness, with designer sinks and shower fixtures. The bedrooms are smaller-occupancy (mine was a four-bed dorm), so you`re not sharing your personal space with tonnes of people. Most-importantly for me though, the beds are super-comfy, and don`t shuffle or squeak, even when there`s someone asleep on the top bunk. Superb!
Other commenters will note the lack of a stove-top or proper oven in the kitchen (really kichenette), but to me it was no problem at all. There`s not one, but two 24hr grocery stores, located just a few blocks away. I lived off of salads, sandwiches, pre-cooked roasted chickens, and microwave dinners, with no difficulty at all. Plus there are tonnes of quality and affordable restaurants close by. Plus Sabina says she`ll buy a new BBQ grill for the backyard during the summer months. Hard to complain about that!
So, all in all, after a few weeks of stay, I have only positive things to say about this hostel. It is so very clean, and very well maintained. If there is such a thing as a “luxury” or “designer” hostel, this is it. You could stay elsewhere for less money, but for the few dollars you save, you won`t get the same comfort, pizzaz, cleanliness, attention to detail, and friendly service as you will here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located downtown, Barefoot Hostel youth hotel is a small, independently-owned, 16-bed backpackers’ haven. Newly renovated, modern European decor with white bedding only (duvet and duvet cover), our affordable hostel offers the best hostel experience in Ottawa with free internet computer use and free WiFi. Lovely backyard patio in summer. Walk to all major tourist attractions and conventions. ... more less
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