Are you tired of staying at cookie-cutter hotels with no personality? You’ve been to the Westins. Done the Hiltons. Tired of the Sheridans. We get it. Sometimes you want a little bit more than just a comfortable bed and a continental breakfast. Sometimes you want a little personality, a little extra spark to make your stay something special.
We’ve polled our local experts to help you find that hidden gem that will make your stay in Ottawa something to remember. Check out this list to find some of the most unique and interesting lodging options that Ottawa has to offer. Ranging from budget-friendly hostels to luxurious hotels to rural lodges, this list has something for everyone.
Photo credit: Angela’s Bed & Breakfast
Angela’s Bed & Breakfast is something special. Housed in a large, rambling, old family home built in 1898, this homey and adorable Bed & Breakfast is anything but “the usual.” Angela’s is focused on supporting a more healthy and sustainable lifestyle and does so through aiming to be the smallest carbon footprint B&B in Ottawa. If you want to stay at Angela’s, you’ll be fully committing to the green and sustainable lifestyle with shared bathrooms, a large communal table where guests meet to share breakfast and stories, and an large garden out back where B&B staff grow organic fruits and vegetables. Spend a night at Angela’s and you might stumble into a local concert or jam fest in the backyard, poetry nights, or even fundraising events for local nonprofits.
Photo credit: HI Ottawa Jail Hostel
Ever spent a night in jail? (It’s ok, you don’t have to answer that.) At the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, you can experience the thrill of a night in the slammer will all the creature comforts of a high-end hostel. This hostel offers a truly unique experience: a night (or two!) spent inside a 150-year-old former jail that some say is haunted. Hunker down among stone walls and iron doors, or even sleep in your own solitary confinement cell. Of course, unlike a real jail, you’re free to leave when you want, and with the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel’s amazing location, the Parliament Buildings, Byward Market and National Gallery of Canada are all within walking distance.
Photo credit: Calabogie Lodge & Resort
Experience all that beautiful, natural Ottawa has to offer at Calabogie Lodge & Resort. This gorgeous and expansive resort is open all year round, giving you the opportunity to see every season from the shores of Calabogie Lake. At Calabogie, you’ll feel like you’re right at home. Get comfortable in one of the lake-side villas and enjoy complete privacy as you lounge on the porch and enjoy stunning views of the foothills and clear waters of the lake. This undiscovered gem is sure to become popular soon, so enjoy a quiet retreat away from the busy city life before this tranquil and relaxing resort is on the top of every “Best of Ottawa” list.
Photo credit: Labrador Lodge
Labrador Lodge will soon be your new favorite home away from home. Get comfortable and settle in for an extended stay at this beautiful lake-side chalet. With space for up to 16 people, Labrador Lodge isn’t suited for just a couple’s weekend, but it might become your first choice for family reunions, girl’s weekends, or retreats. Located on a 3-acre property about 30 minutes outside of Ottawa, Labrador Lodge offers the utmost in privacy in which to enjoy the beautiful natural setting. With almost 700 feet of water frontage on Chip Lake, this comfortable and homey lodge offers amazing views that can be enjoyed from any room in the house, ideal for enjoying an evening with family and friends. Settle in, you won’t want to be leaving anytime soon.
Photo credit: Le Germain Hotel Ottawa
Le Germain has officially lifted hospitality to an art. The Le Germain Hotel Ottawa, located in the middle of downtown Ottawa, is the perfect mixture of art, luxury, and perfectly catered hotel experience. The exceptional service and world-class comforts of Le Germain Ottawa make this hotel an unforgettable experience. Far from the cookie-cutter experience, you’ll find at many larger hotel chains, the Le Germain brand customizes each location to the unique flavor of the city. If you are looking for a hospitality experience that marries high-class luxury and the genuine beauty of Ottawa while staying conveniently located near all the best that Ottawa has to offer, this is the option for you.
Photo credit: Ottawa Backpackers Inn
Ever wished you could visit Ottawa and just crash at a friend’s place, but unfortunately, none of your friends actually live in Ottawa? Well fear not, the Ottawa Backpackers Inn has got you covered. Routinely voted the friendliest hostel in Ottawa, the Ottawa Backpackers Inn is completely staffed by young and outgoing travelers who will make you feel just like you’re staying at a friend’s place. In fact, the staff actually live in the hostel, so the moment you make a new friend in one of the staff members, you actually are staying with a friend! Not only is this cozy hostel one of the friendliest lodging options in Ottawa, it’s also one of the most convenient, located right in the heart of Ottawa near all the sites and attractions.
Hospitality doesn’t have to mean beige walls and tastefully un-offensive artwork. Hospitality can be an experience in and of itself. When you stay in Ottawa you can experience something unique and fun at every point during your day – from the moment you wake up to the moment you lay down your head. Take a risk and try something new when you spend a night in Ottawa at any of these six unique and off-the-beaten-path lodging options.