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Barefoot Hostel

455 Cumberland Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N7J8, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am very glad that I could get a bed at this hostel when the other hostels were already full for Canada Day. The hostel is located inside a converted house and it has a cozy atmosphere and it's usually quiet during most of the day. The bunk beds are very comfortable with a super warm and comforting duvet. I... More 

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New Brunswick, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2016

Second time staying here in two years - excellent in every way - quiet, close to Byward Market, US Embassy, canal, Parliament Hill and other attractions, extremely clean and well- managed by owners of Swiss Hotel around the corner, highly recommended, huge bathroom and a well-equipped kitchen, nice lounge with TV and WiFi - hard to find anything wrong with... More 

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Freiburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

I've stayed at Barefoot twice now during cross-country trips. The facilities feel like staying in a fastidiously clean relative's house -- great kitchen and comfortable living area and incredibly clean and comfortable bedrooms. I left my camera at the hostel and the staff held it for a couple weeks and helped box it up and get it shipped back to... More 

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Burnie, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Barefoot is a smaller scale hostel, it seems to be a converted house so can inhabit less guests than most. This translates to a familiarity amongst guests and a friendly atmosphere, where it is not uncommon for guests to grab a drink together or all watch a movie. The bathrooms are very up to date but with only 2 showers... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Chambres et salles de bain très propres. Rooms and bathrooms are very clean Décoré avec style. Decorated with style. Seul point négatif: il n'y a pas de poêle électrique. The only negative point is that there is not electric stove for cooking. Salon très confortable et bien équipé. Spacious living room, well outfitted (DVD + flatscreen, tables, internet + computers)

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Stayed here for one night after staying for a night in the HI-Jail Hostel in a four bed room. Very clean, close to the market. This Hostel is so comfy it feels like home! There is a small kitchen area that has a microwave/coffee/tea but no oven or cooking facilities so don't expect to cook here (although we managed with... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Great little place that is close to everything. Walk to Rideau Centre, Old Town, Transitway station in a few minutes. Parliament Hill is just another few minutes away. This is not the usual big hostel: 4 rooms with 16 beds in total. It wasn't full during Easter weekend when I stayed, so it was more like sharing a house with... More 

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Banff National Park, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We stayed here for 1 night in October 2014 in a 4 bed dorm. It was really clean with a great shared bathroom - like a bathroom at home, not like a hostel bathroom. Amazing and clean shower. The highlight was the linens - the best duvet ever! We didn't use any communal facilities but from memory there wasn't much... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Stayed for two nights, wish it could have been longer. As other reviewers have said feels much more like a home share than a hostel, which if like me you have been staying in hostels for any length of time then Barefoot is a much welcome break. Clean, comfy beds, fairly spacious rooms, incredible shower, really good location, decent kitchen... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

Barefoot is probably one of the cleanest hostels I've been to in a long time. Super cute little hostel, that is close to Byward Market. The bed was actually pretty comfy and it's not too crowded in each room. There are only 4 rooms with 2 bunk beds in each. Definitely feels very cozy and homey in there. I would... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located downtown, Barefoot Hostel is a small, independently-owned, 16-bed backpackers' haven. Newly renovated, with a modern decor and 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. We keep a backyard patio in the summer with a BBQ for our guests. We are within walking distance of all major tourist attractions and conventions, including the Rideau Canal and the Byward Market. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Barefoot Hostel

Address: 455 Cumberland Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N7J8, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
Price Range: $31 - $67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Barefoot Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 4
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