There’s plenty of options available when it comes to staying at Ottawa International Airport. From mid-range hotels, budget-friendly motels, to serene stays by the water, our capital city boasts a variety of hotel types for everyone.
About Ottawa International Airport
Ottawa International Airport (YOW), also known as Ottawa MacDonald Cartier International Airport, is Ontario’s second-busiest airport after Toronto Pearson International. It serves Canada’s busiest air corridor between Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto. Air Canada, Porter and WestJet all fly out of YOW, as well as Air Transat, Sunwing and a number of U.S. airlines. The airport is also the main base for First Air, which flies to Canada’s remote Northwest Territory via Iqaluit. For flights and the best hotels near Ottawa, simply search Skyscanner for the best deals.
Here are the best options for hotels near Ottawa Airport if you’re looking for something affordable, family-friendly, pet-friendly or more upscale. And if you’re planning to spend a few days exploring the capital region, read on for some of the best hotels in downtown Ottawa.
Best Mid-Range Hotels near Ottawa Airport
Best for: Mid-range hotel very close to the Ottawa Airport
Rates: Rooms at this mid-range hotel start around $167 per night
If you’re looking for hotels near Ottawa Airport, the Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport is the closest. The hotel operates a complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle and is equipped with an indoor pool and fitness centre. Rooms are large with high ceilings and contemporary furnishings. Amenities include free WiFi, microwave, fridge and coffeemaker. Self-parking is available, but the hotel does not offer long term parking. A hot breakfast is served daily and the Garden Grille & Bar, and the lounge area is a great place to relax in the evening.
Best for: Parking options, shuttle service and free breakfast
Rates: Start from around $135 per night
This well appointed, mid-range hotel is a good choice for visitors looking for extended parking, with rates at $5 per day. Their free and prompt airport shuttle runs daily from 4 a.m. to midnight and the hotel is a five-minute drive from Ottawa Airport. Rooms include free continental breakfast, bottled water, newspaper and WiFi. The hotel has an indoor pool and a Keg restaurant next door. Parking is free during your hotel stay.
Best for: Something affordable and close to the city centre
Rates: Prices for this hotel start at $139 per night. There’s an additional charge for their pet-friendly rooms.
Situated on the banks of the serene Rideau River, this hotel only a 10-minute drive from Ottawa Airport. Ramada by Wyndham Ottawa On The Rideau offers a free shuttle service to YOW on Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and weekends from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Your stay includes free WiFi, a free continental breakfast, and free parking. The hotel has an outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna, as well as an outdoor ice rink in the winter.
Best Budget Hotels near Ottawa Airport
Best for: Clean and convenient budget hotel with Park and Fly options
Rates: Single queen rooms start from as little as $99 per night, making it one of the most affordable hotels near Ottawa Airport.
Adam’s Airport Inn is a budget hotel close to the Ottawa Internation Airport. Rooms in the family-operated motel are basic but perks include a mini fridge and high-speed internet, as well as a free continental breakfast and free parking. The hotel offers Park and Fly for two weeks, with a minimum one-night stay. It doesn’t provide an airport shuttle, but the staff will happily arrange a taxi.
Best for: Modern hotel with amenities
Rates: Guest rooms available from $126 per night
This hotel is a great base for travellers arriving or departing from Ottawa Airport. Their modern guest rooms include WiFi, flat-screen TV, ergonomic desk, coffee maker and mini-fridge. Guests can take advantage of a free hot breakfast and complimentary self-parking at this airport hotel. The hotel also offers a free shuttle service to YOW from Monday to Friday 5 a.m. – 11 p.m. and weekends from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. Hotel amenities include a 24-hour fitness centre, heated saltwater pool and business centre.
Best Hotels in Downtown Ottawa
The capital region is home to world-class museums, popular outdoor activities like skating on the Rideau Canal and lots of shopping and dining options in and around the city’s beloved ByWard Market. Stay in the lap of luxury at one of Canada’s most iconic and picturesque hotels, the Chateau Laurier, or spend your vacation at a cozy bed and breakfast. Whatever you’re looking for, these Ottawa hotels have something for you.
Best for: Luxury, style and comfort in a world-class hotel
Rates: Rates at this four-star hotel can be found from starting at $249
The Fairmont Chateau Laurier is a historic landmark and one of the best luxury hotels in Ottawa. It resembles a French Renaissance castle, and its location along the picturesque Rideau Canal is straight out of a fairy tale. Being in the city centre means attractions like Parliament Hill, National Gallery of Canada, and the National Arts Centre are all a short walk away.
Amenities include a fitness centre and art-deco swimming pool, a lounge for afternoon tea and on-site restaurant. The hotel recently underwent a renovation and the redesigned guest suites are fresh, modern with HD TVs and WiFi. Their Fairmont Gold rooms include robes and slippers, Nespresso coffee maker and Chromecast streaming. Guests also have access to an exclusive lounge for a complimentary breakfast and afternoon canapés and desserts.
Best for: Luxury option near Ottawa’s ByWard Market
Rates: A queen room with balcony is priced around $235 per night
With its cafés, restaurants, museums and shopping, the ByWard Market in Ottawa is a popular stay with for visitors. ByWard Blue Inn is a charming 46-room boutique hotel, located on a quiet residential street. Guest rooms include a WiFi, a flat-screen TV, bottled water, and kitchenette that’s perfect for making a meal from fresh produce bought at the nearby ByWard Market. Some rooms also have a private balcony. Visitors also receive a complimentary hot and cold breakfast and afternoon tea.
Best for: A boutique adults-only hotel
Rates: Rooms start from around $150 per night
The Swiss Hotel is a lovely European-style boutique hotel in downtown Ottawa. It has 22 modern and colourful rooms featuring reclaimed hardwood floors and contemporary decor. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, free WiFi, air conditioning, a Nespresso coffee machine, and iPads. The hotel’s signature Swiss-style breakfast buffet includes items such as a traditional Bircher Muesli, French toast with maple syrup, salami, fresh fruit, croissants, and a variety of baked bread. In the warmer months, guests can enjoy the delightful Mediterranean Garden Terrace − a relaxing and tranquil garden courtyard.
Adults-only: Note, the hotel’s policy states that children 18 years old and younger are not permitted to stay at this property.
Best for: Bed and breakfast accommodation in downtown Ottawa
Rates: Rooms start at $95 per night and include complimentary parking for one car at a nearby lot.
Benner’s Bed and Breakfast is located in Sandy Hill and occupies two historic row-house buildings, not far from the Rideau River. For those with rented cars, parking is available at an open-air lot 200 metres away. This is a peaceful retreat for adults and children over the age of 10. There are seven comfortable rooms, each individually decorated. Rooms range from The Laurier with a cozy double bed up to The King Loft with a king-size bed, leather couch, coffee table, en-suite bathroom, and a kitchenette. Bookings include a hearty full-size North-American-style breakfast.
Parking at Ottawa Airport
There are two parking lots at the Ottawa Airport. The covered Parkade (P1) garage costs $24 per day and has charging stations for electronic vehicles. The long term parking lot (P4) costs $17 per day, $78 for up to seven days and $156 for a 30-day maximum stay.
The Park ‘N Fly is also available from the Self Park Airport parking. A Park’N Fly shuttle departs to and from the terminal every 15-20 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Getting to and from Downtown Ottawa
Downtown Ottawa is around 12 kilometres away from Ottawa Airport.
The OC Transpo is your cheapest option for getting to and from YOW. The route 97 public transit bus departs on Level 1 at YOW arrivals and takes you to downtown Ottawa. Bus fares can be paid in cash or with a Presto card.
Taxis and Rideshares are also available on Level 1 at arrivals. A taxi costs around $29 from the airport to downtown Ottawa. Uber is also available to and from the airport.
Ottawa’s abundance of natural beauty makes for a great outdoor adventure for an easy weekend escape. Check our out Ottawa city guide and find that there’s plenty to see and do in Ottawa year-round.
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