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Rideau Inn
3.0 of 5 Inn   |   177 Frank St. | Downtown, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0X4, Canada   |  
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Ranked #21 of 59 Ottawa B&B and Inns
Toronto
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great value, cozy, would stay there again”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2007

We stayed at the Rideau Inn during Winterlude this year, and it was really nice. It was quite cheap, but still very cozy.

We chose one of the cheapest rooms (Saskatchewan) which turned out to be much better value than we expected - It's actually part of the Canadian Suite - its own little apartment in the basement, complete with living room and tv, small kitchen and table (the floor plans on their site don't show the kitchen, but the photos do). Anyone could have rented the other room (Manitoba) in the same basement apartment, but it was all ours, and even if they had, it was still great to have a kitchen nearby that we didn't have to share with the whole B&B. You can rent both for a great price (excellent value for a trip with a family or a few friends).

The place was really cute, with a standard self-serve breakfast (toast, cereal, fruit etc), and ice skates to borrow!

I wouldn't recommend the basement apartment for older people or anyone with mobility issues - the staircase is very narrow and there's no hand rail (photo on their site).

Also, despite the cuteness and the simple but warm design, the place was pretty dirty - not surface grime or anything to bothersome, but dust bunnies under the desk, spider webs around the window frame, grime on the back of the cupboard doors in the kitchen...it would only be noticed by people who are neat freaks and shouldn't affect the stay.

Overall, I would recommend it to anyone - the location is a cute older neighbourhood, it's really close to a tonne of great restaurants and cafes and its a nice walk to get to the central tourist area.

  • Liked — Value
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Charlotte, NC
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2007

Great location and nice room. Not much to the decorating though. Appreciated the fact that they are a "green" establishment. They do not provide shampoo, lotion, etc. Breakfast is do it yourself from the kitchen so if you want to be served you may want to consider going out. Small selection of movies available for TV in very comfortable sitting room. Friendly and helpful staff. Bed was better than home.

  • Liked — Location and sitting room watching the snow
  • Disliked — sparse decorating
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2007

I stayed in the Alberta room - the cheapest one I could get. The inn was clean, upkept well, the owner was really friendly and helpful, the bed was comfy, the view of the park was great (especially with the snow everywhere), it was well decorated for christmas, and overall i thoroughly enjoyed my stay! The help-yourself breakfast was quite good, with a good variety of things to pick from. Since I was there over a weekend and holiday period the main owner was only there the first day and the day I left and her assistant wasn't too good with the upkeep and such but I'm sure there are far far worse places. I highly recommend staying here for good value, comfort, and location.

  • Liked — The atmosphere
  • Disliked — The assistant to the owner
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2006

This place was highly rated - but didn't add up for us. The room was OK - but there was a shared bath and a window that looked into a sunporch from another room. A third floor deck was kind of nice. Location was great for downtown activities and the many restaurants on Elgin St. The woman who checked us in made clear that she would not be around for breakfast, though there was plenty of food to serve ourselves.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2006

We stopped in this Charming Perod guest House during September 2004.Execellent value for money, charming rooms and very helpfull hostess Laura Depper.It's location is ideal for restaurants etc and easy walking distance of all site seeing.

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Address: 177 Frank St. | Downtown, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0X4, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 59 B&Bs / Inns in Ottawa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Rideau Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rideau Inn, A charming Edwardian home, circa 1916, in the heart of the capital, has operated since late 90's last century providing comfortable, clean and economical accommodations in elegant surroundings at a superb location close to all downtown Ottawa has to offer. We are situated in the leafy residential neighbourhood known as the "Golden Triangle" bound by lively Elgin Street. And a bend in the Rideau Canal. It's just a short walk from the numerous fine restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs found on nearby Elgin Street. A little further is the Museum of Nature, National Gallery, National Arts Centre, Rideau Centre shopping Mall, Byward market and many more exciting hot spots in walking distance. ... more   less 
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