Where to start! We drove into town late, our rooms were booked and we spent ages driving around the streets trying to access the motel as there were enormous road works being done for blocks along Rideau Street. We parked the car and immediately felt intimidated by the people who appeared to be casing us. We had booked two nights and there was nowhere else to go so we booked in. Our rooms were on the second floor and there were obvious signs of renovations being carried out but not completed. Externally the rooms had unpainted steel doors and frames and safety glass windows.
However, our beds were clean and comfortable, the bathroom was small but reasonably clean and the air conditioning was old and noisy but did inject some cool air into the room. The bathroom window did not open very far so we could leave it open overnight. Our friends found a brown mark on their sheets which scraped off, the imagination runs riot.
Breakfast was adequate. Reception staff were friendly and efficient. Some of the other customers were scary. The neighborhood was rundown, but we walked back to the motel from the city are with no problems.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Econo Lodge Downtown Ottawa The Econo Lodge(R) Downtown is in a prime location minutes from the University of Ottawa and close to many national capital attractions including Parliament Hill, the Royal Canadian Mint, the National Arts Centre and the National Gallery of Canada. The nearby Rideau Canal is perfect for canoeing, kayaking, skating in winter or simply strolling along the shore. Some of the area's best shopping facilities are nearby, including Rideau Centre mall, ByWard Market and the Sparks Street Mall. A variety of restaurants and cocktail lounges are located in the surrounding area. All spacious guest rooms at the Econo Lodge hotel are air-conditioned and have cable television. Some rooms come equipped with refrigerators, microwaves and whirlpool bathtubs. Non-smoking rooms are available. Guests of this Ottawa hotel enjoy many amenities, including free continental breakfast, free coffee, free local calls, free parking and wireless Internet access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Econo Lodge Downtown Hotel Ottawa
- Econolodge Hotel Downtown
- Econo Lodge Ottawa
- Ottawa Econo Lodge