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University of Ottawa Residences
2.5 of 5 Hostel   |   90 University Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada   |  
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Ranked #10 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Ottawa
Calgary, Canada
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“Not a Hotel”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We just spent two nights at 90 University, the tower containing 20 floors of so-called "apartments" (a misnomer: what it really is is two rooms connected by a small common space that functions as a pseudo-kitchen (no stove, no cooking, only fridge and microwave) with two chairs and a table. The bathroom contains a shower, toilet and a small sink. No iron, hair dryer (had to leave my driver's licence to borrow one from the main office), no kettle, no mirror except in the bathroom. No couch or easy chairs to relax in. The two bedrooms are mirror images: two lamps, very dingy lighting, the bedspread looks like something from the local thrift shop, very old, pilled, and not sure if clean, mattresses are used, with a sag in the middle, so the whole night I was trying not to roll into it. Hard to do without feeling aches the next day. The towels are a combination of old and new ones. They all feel like sandpaper on the skin, obviously the housekeeping uses iron-wash to harden the towels and have never heard of fabric softener. The lino floors in the kitchen and bathrooms have not been cleaned since the last visitors; sticky, and groaty, so we all wore our shoes or slippers. Two old TVs, one in each room, and a phone in each room. Free WIFI. The staff were not too welcoming. When we left, no one asked if we had a good time. There is a taxi stand right in front of the building, so convenient to get to the airport. There were busloads of kids (about 13 to 16) when we arrived, so attendant noise levels too. We were charged for the third person, an extra $15 per night, so the price was similar to a cheaper hotel room outside the downtown core. For $235 for two nights, this was not a good experience for the money. Go elsewhere. We were there when the vacancy rate was really low, so we stayed but not ever again.

Room Tip: No pool, no fitness centre, no hot tub. In room, no iron, hair dryer. Cheap shampoo. Very basic, ver...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Elgin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013 via mobile

Actually my small private dorm room in Marchand Residence hall was a tad less than US$200/week which includes the 13% provincial taxes. This is my second time staying here on campus and both times have been like being back in college minus the debauchery and drunken parties (lol). the room is small and is for one guest.

It's a college dorm room; there is no valet parking, room service, a great view, a fireplace or a fluffy pillow or bedspread. It is located almost in downtown Ottawa, close to transportation, with friendly staff and cheap.

Additionally they have suites that accommodate more people and of course cost more per night.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Location is great, walking distance from lots of attractions. However the rooms leave a bit to be desired. Utilitarian is the best word. The most basic of needs are met but that's about it. We stayed in a room with two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a "kitchenette" (c/w fridge, microwave, and sink... nothing else! Not even a bowl and a spoon). Beds are queen and very hammock-like without a box spring. A/C worked just fine. House keeping is minimal, stayed 5 nights and only one bed was made even though two were used every day! Internet was EXCELLENT (wifi), and common-rooms on each floor are great if you're staying with a group. Parking was $16/night in a parkade 2 blocks away.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Toronto, Canada
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13 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

I've been staying at 90 University with a "family" of 50 elementary school students for quite a few years now and we wouldn't stay anywhere else! This accommodation is very comfortable (two rooms sharing a kitchenette with fridge and microwave, plus washroom), clean, and within the walking distance to the heart of Ottawa. Perfect for a school trip! The reason I would NOT stay there on my own is that large groups make a lot of noise and I sure would not want to be on the floor with a bunch of students running around. It appears that "regular people" are interspersed among group rooms and I can't see how that can be a peaceful stay. In spite of the curfew and a guard, there are always rooms that continue making noise and I would not want to take that chance. The last two weeks of May and June are particularly full but I don't know what happens during the summer months. If you don't care about the noise and possible commotion, then by all means, enjoy the deal! Otherwise, inquire whether there is a large group on your floor and bring earplugs! Note: Suites for people with disabilities have larger rooms and an appropriate bathroom (I think there is one per floor).

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Quebec
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

I stayed at the University of Ottawa residence located at 90 University for a conference taking place at the university. There are different accommodations. I stayed in a room with two bedrooms, a kitchenette, and bathroom. It had AC. Some other rooms are tiny, have no bathroom, no kitchenette, and no private bathroom.

My room was $100 plus tax (a special price for the conference). Parking is underground in the Perez building, one block away, and costs $16 per day.

The bed linens were clean. The pillows are tiny plastic institutional pillows. Shampoo and towels are provided in the bathroom.

The kitchenette has a refrigerator with freezer and microwave but no oven. There are no dishes, no glasses, no kitchen towels, and no cutlery.

While I was there, there were hundreds of high school students on a school trip. They ran yelling through the halls at night and one pulled the fire alarm at 1:37 a.m.

It was obvious that my room had been cleaned before I arrived but no one had emptied two garbage cans full of old food, beer bottles, and feminine hygiene products.

The room had not been completely cleaned after the university students had left (sticky chairs, Scotch tape on the walls and ceiling) and the TV remote batteries were dead.

If you plan to ask for a wake-up call, make sure you have a back-up because at least two of us never got our calls.

The front desk staff was excellent when I checked in but when I complained about not getting a wake-up call, the young woman simply said that it wasn’t the job of her shift (instead of reporting it to the manager or inquiring about the reason).

I would stay there again for a conference, but not on vacation.

Room Tip: Do not stay in one of the tiny no-frills rooms in summer. They are stifling hot.
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Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Halifax, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

We stayed in a double dorm room in the Stanton building in May 2012. The room was $65 for 2 single beds. There is a $16 charge for overnight parking in the Perez underground lot which is 1 block away. You can make reservations by internet or 1-800 phone line. Reservations cancelled within 48 hours require 1 night’s payment. The desk is very busy but the staff is genuinely interested and helpful.


The Stanton (double) dorm room has: 2 single beds, with sheets, and a thermal blanket, pillow, large towel, face cloth, soap and shampoo sample, plastic cup, 2 bureaus/dressers, 2 desks, 2 chairs, 2 garbage cans. That is it. There is a telephone but it has no cord to it. There is no television. There is internet access but you have to bring an Ethernet cord. Each floor has a male and female washroom. The woman’s washroom has 3 steel sinks, one toilet, and 2 showers. Bring your flip flops as the floors were dirty (this was very disappointing) and for the communal showers. Bring your housecoat for wearing to the washroom in the night. Ask for a room close to the bathrooms if you have a child with you. There was a kitchenette on our floor. It had a full size fridge and a microwave, sink and table/chairs.

Driving in was an issue due to construction on campus within the GPS’s recommended route. Drive in Laurier East Av, and then turn on Cumberland St and turn right to get to the 15 min parking while you check in, then go back and move your car to underground parking.. Easy walk to the canal which takes you straight to the Chateau Laurier Hotel and Parliament Hill (about 1.5 km). Location is amazing.

Next time, I want to check out the 2 bedroom suites as I think the bathroom access might be easier when travelling with children. Check in is 4 pm and check out is 10h30 am, which makes having to pay the $16 parking fee a bit pricey.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Ontario, Canada
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

I stayed at the residence of the University of Ottawa during a summer trip 20 years ago as a student on a a budget. I remembered the location was unbelievable and the price was right. That time I stayed in the dorm-style building.

This time, I was organizing a trip for a sports team and their families to Ottawa and needed a place for all of us that was not going to break the bank. We stayed at 90 University, which is the apartment style building. This building has two bedroom "suites" with a kitchenette and bathroom. The bedrooms have a double bed, desk and tv. Each floor has a lounge. It was perfect for us! We each had a fridge and could have some privacy but could also meet in the lounge for our pot-luck suppers.

Everything was spotless. The location is on the Rideau Canal and only a 5-10 minute walk to Parliament and the Byward Market. There is a Subway restaurant and Second Cup coffee shop minutes from the front door.

A great alternative to a traditional hotel.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Address: 90 University Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
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Ranked #10 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Ottawa
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