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ByWard Blue Inn
Ranked #16 of 67 Hotels in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Orillia, Ontario
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Love the Place!”
Reviewed September 26, 2011

Our Choral group(25-30 members) have stayed at this great B & B for 4 years! Angjelo and his team are more than accommodating. For the price, the rooms are adequate, beds are comfortable(the main thing), have fridges and microwaves and coffee maker and kitchen utensils. Close to the Byward market, bars, restaurants. Close to most downtown attractions. The only negative we have is there are no clocks in the rooms and requested wake up calls that didn't happen. This is a B&B, like a hotel but with nicer touches. We have stayed at a few of the downtown hotels and will continue to stay at the Byward as long as they will have us.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

The best part about this hotel is the location. The smallish yet well-appointed inn is situated a stone's throw from the Byward Market and a myriad of shops, restaurants, and key attractions (Parliament Hill; Rideau Canal etc.) without being surrounded by noise. (There was some street construction while we were there but that was not the fault of the hotel.)

The staff was friendly and informative and the amenities and services offered (in-room fridge; microwave; dishes; hot/cold breakfast and afternoon tea; free wi-fi and use of a laptop) were a nice touch.

The room was clean and bright and we had the good fortune to be upgraded to a balcony room at no charge.

The washroom is also an important feature and theirs was clean and well-maintained (though not as new-looking as the room).

There is also secure, underground parking on a first come, first served basis (at a nominal charge).

All in all, the Byward Blue Inn served us as an ideal base from which to launch our tour of the city. Compared to the larger chains which weren't that better situated, this Inn is a great deal.

Room Tip: A room not facing the street is probably better. We were on the top floor (sixth) and that is probab...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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aluminium
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22 reviews
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

With a few small improvements, this could be a 5 star review. The Byward Blue Inn is a decent value for the price.

Positives:
- Front desk staff are very nice, helpful, and professional
- Location is very good
- Views are good from some rooms on upper floors
- Rooms have small fridge and microwave
- Rooms were clean
- Free wifi internet

Negatives
- Shower was low quality low flow head (water pressure from tub tap was exceptionally good, but no pressure through shower head). If you're going to use low flow shower heads, get ones that work.
- Shower head height is too low. If you're taller than 6'0" you'll be crouching to wash your hair
- There are no views to be had from many rooms (many rooms have a view into an urban courtyard area)
- Rooms are cooled via window air con unit
- Some cigarette smoke could be detected inside room from smokers in courtyard area (even though window and door were closed). I'd prefer no smoking in courtyard area.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed September 13, 2011

Sorry for those who liked it but but our experience was really bad. Well first when we arrived we were told that the parking lot was full and we had to pay for public parking (15$). The person at the front desk was really rude and act like he didn't care, another employee came to open the front door cause it was lock. The room was clean but it was so bright in the morning that we couln't sleep, and the mattress was not comfortable.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2011

The location is where you want to be as your home base while visiting Ottawa- just off the Byward market with easy access for cars and bicycles. Just enough removed from the late night noise but close to all amenities and attractions and a view of the parliament buildings! The front line staff were great- helpful, courteous and efficient. The terrasse, in-suite fridge and kitchen really added to the room experience- great for chilling , eating, watching sunsets/sunrises and smoking!

Now a few misses: snacks and breakfast were very basic - think price chopper on the run; A couple of power outages when the a/c and hair dryer were on at the same time. Also, you can sometimes hear people in adjacent rooms , so not as private/quiet as a full suite hotel -- (hint for you couples and parents with small children)... all in all , we would recommend to stay here if your active ( mostly out of the room) and want a decent, clean, centrally located room with amenities that some large hotels don't offer at a good price point

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2011

My fiancé and I decided to go to Ottawa for the weekend knowing that we wanted to be in the market area. We found this hotel and couldn't believe the great location and price. The room was beautiful and had a nice balcony over looking the street. The only downside is that there is no parking however you can park in the city parking garage next door.


Next time we go to Ottawa we will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2011

Great location, right by the Byward market, walking distance to the National Gallery. Rooms were clean and nice. I commented to my husband that the room had a very European feel to it. The ed was comfortable, but the pillows were like rocks.

However, the big disappointment was the food service. Stale cookies and crackers with fruit and cheese in the afternoon. Breakfast was equally dismal. Poor selection of tea (no green tea), with yogurt, cereal and toast offered as the free breakfast. The full breakfast was at an additional cost ($5). Any European B&B would not have put on such a pitiful spread. If I stay there again, I'll pass on the food service!

Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: ByWard Blue Inn
Address: 157 Clarence St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5P7, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Ottawa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — ByWard Blue Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ByWard Blue Inn is the only hotel in Ottawa`s favorite gathering place for cafes, galleries, museums, restaurants, shopping and the ByWard Market. This charming Inn offers to business or pleasure travelers great room rates in a fantastic location. Queen or Twin Bed rooms feature private balconies, ensuite bathrooms, climate control, Internet, Cable TV and complimentary breakfast. All major attractions are within a 5 -15 minute walk. ... more   less 
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