A friend and I stayed here for 4 nights. We booked a double room and when we got there we realized that we had no room whatsoever: it was a double bed located in an unfinished basement with a tacky curtain, which was a poor attempt to make it more private. There are very very very FEW bathrooms bearing in mind the amount of people staying at the hostel and generally speaking the hostel is not the cleanest place I have stayed in.
Anyways, location-wise it is OK since it is at a walking distance from downtown Ottawa, the Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal and all the other attractions of the city plus Ottawa U. The staff was quite friendly and the atmosphere at the hostel was nice, so it kinda made up for the cons. It is a hostel after all, and it is cheap.
I recommend it for a 1-2 night stay, but try to get a better room than us. The hostel gets packed since it is probably one of the very few budget places in Ottawa, so try to arrange something ahead: it was impossible for us to change the room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ottawa Backpackers Inn is the cheapest hostel accommodation in Ottawa. Our hostel does not charge an extra $5 membership fee on arrival. We're also the friendliest hostel in Ottawa. We pride ourselves on offering a laid back service for short term travellers at a great location in the city. We're located Downtown, only 2 minutes away from Byward Market, a supermarket and the liquor store. The Parliament, US Embassy and the Art Gallery are all an easy stroll away. We have all the facilities you would expect from a hostel plus some nice, little extras.> Spacious dorm rooms with safe, secure lockers> friendly staff who can answer most, if not all, your queries> regular night time activities including cake night and movie nights> a common room to chill out in> great kitchen facilities including gas stove, microwave and electric whisks> free bedding with the option to hire towels> free hi-speed wifi> free tea and coffee> luggage storage> parking> laundry> a cat, well not a facility, but a nice extra Reception is open from 8am - 12am. CANCELLATION POLICY: We do not charge for cancellations which are received more than 24 hours before you are due to arrive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ottawa Backpackers Hotel Ottawa