We absolutely loved the location of the Byward Blue Inn. It was a short walk to the start line of the Ottawa Marathon and only steps away from the Byward Market and all that it has to offer. Parking in the city lot was inexpensive and only a few doors down from the inn. We were able to check in several hours before check-in which was greatly appreciated. The room offered a small refrigerator & microwave.
While we loved the location but we were disappointed with the inn overall. The inn is a very noisy place. It sounds as if the guests on the balcony below us were actually our room along with several of the guests on our floor. The room was clean however the inn lacks pride of ownership. The enamel in the bathtub was worn away in several spots (you really want to be able to take a warm bath after running 42 kilometres!). The ceramic tile was worn (it looked like there were handrails that were removed but the tile was never repaired). There were dishes in the room but several were chipped. There was an afternoon tea but when stopped by to check it out we were greeted with three leftover crackers, a bowl of cheese cubes, and a few lonely pieces of melon. Breakfast wasn't much better. We missed breakfast on the first morning of our stay since we left before 7a.m. for the marathon (it would have been nice if they had something prepared for those guests & their cheer leaders who were participating in the race weekend). Breakfast on the second day was delivered to our room: kraft cheese slices, cold toast, an 'omelette' that looked a lot like it had been microwaved amongst other things. It was disappointing to say the least.
As much as I loved the location I likely wouldn't stay at the Byward Blue Inn again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Byward Blue Hotel Ottawa