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Ottawa Backpackers Inn

203 York St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5T7 Canada
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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.
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Ken P wrote a review Jul 2023
Coimbra, Portugal345 contributions63 helpful votes
Actually I was there in the summer of 2022. I had a single room on the 1st floor. It was fine. I liked the available coffee ... No issues for me, but perhaps because I am 65+ and had a single room. I also liked the free parking in bzck. Because of this ed experience I am renting a sin gh li bedroom in mid-August 2023 with the same parking too. Don't expect any "issues" this visit, either.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: Single rooms are good - but don't expect a hotel room- just "bare bones" room, small and no night...
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Chris G wrote a review Nov 2022
London, United Kingdom3 contributions
I’ve stayed in a many a hostel in many a country in my time as a solo traveller, I have yet to experience the anything close to the experience I had here, shoes stolen on CCTV at 2am seemingly brushed under the carpet even though the culprit was identified! My closest shower had mold on the ceiling, wasn’t sure if the bar of soap was provided for guests or if it was made up of the dead skin cells of the racist long term guests that congregate in the living area to seemly discuss the issues of the day and to return to their seats indented with there exact figure due to over use. The smell of cannabis was potent at the front and rear of the building and was almost unbearable to times. I never used the common area’s with the aging populous as it constantly felt I was living in a real life faulty towers. The staff on the other hand were fabulous, couldn’t do enough for us guests, hats of to you, you can only work within you’re means. I had been made aware to keep all belongings within eyesight at all times, I was told by fellow travelers in OTHER hostels outside of Ottawa. This really does need addressing and I’m sorry I’ve had to be the one to do it. A lick of paint is only the start of fixing the issues, I’m not even sure Alex Polizzi could fix this without a huge financial backing.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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dylan23 wrote a review Aug 2022
England, United Kingdom38 contributions8 helpful votes
This was a quirky little place that I actually liked. The staff working were incredibly warm and welcoming to the of us that stayed here together. It wasnt too far from the centre of ottawa so theres plenty around you. Unfortunately the aircon in our room seemed to be broken which meant for a very hot nice sleep. Its very reaaonably priced with a cozy atmosphere.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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T L wrote a review Jul 2022
London49 contributions48 helpful votes
Dirty, smelly dorm rooms. - air conditioning is a complete joke (a small unit in a window that would stuggle to keep a small room cool not at all suitable for dorm with 10 people!) Constant smoking front and back porch - whole place stank of canabis. Long term residents dominated and were a little creepy at times - Issues with cleaning Lack of bathrooms Security issues - people just wonder in and out (whats the point of only one of the door's being locked?) lack of sufficient lockers Dishonest pricing Area is very sketchy ... nearby shelters and many drug and homlessless issues . There is free tea and coffee and wifi - other than that I cannot find much positive to say.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Tom R wrote a review Sept 2019
Toronto, Canada4 contributions1 helpful vote
Ottawa Backpackers Inn is getting this one-star review because they "lost" our booking and because of how they handled the issue (or, rather, didn't handle it) after it came to light. My partner and I booked a private room at the hostel over a summer long weekend (from Friday to Monday) directly on their website. We received an e-mail confirmation for the booking. However, when we arrived on the Friday, we were informed that our booking was only for the one night. Initially, the staff member on the desk blamed us for the issue, saying that we had changed the booking after we had initially made it (we had not) or had booked the wrong nights (we did not). At our insistence, he checked their online reservation system and confirmed that we were correct - we had booked for all three nights with no changes. He had no explanation for why our correct three-night booking was not showing up in their bed scheduling system. However, because of this, we had only been scheduled to be in the room for one night, and someone else had been able to book the room for the rest of the weekend. All of the other private rooms were fully booked. He reluctantly offered us beds in one of their large dorms - however, this was not a practical alternative for us (we were travelling with multiple bags/suitcases, including laptops, because we had planned for the private room we had booked). At no point did he offer any sort of discount or even an apology, saying only that he “felt bad”. In the end, after we spent a portion of the Friday calling around, we were fortunate enough to get a hold of a friend before they left town for the weekend and were able to stay at their place for the remaining two nights of our trip. If we had not had that as a resource, we would have been put in a bind - because it was a summer long weekend, a lot of the other options were fully booked or quite expensive. The hostel itself was fine - a bit run down and pricey for what it was, but consistent with other hostels in Canada. However, because of our experience, we will not be staying with them again and will be cautioning others not to do so either.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Ignazioecf wrote a review Jul 2019
New York City, New York79 contributions298 helpful votes
Very well located in the Byward Market area, and within walking distance to Ottawa's main attractions. The place is ok, clean, comfortable and with A/C in the rooms. Beds could use an upgrade though. Service was nothing special but was alright for a hostel. Recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Anaël wrote a review May 2019
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Very welcoming place with a staff available from 8 am to 12pm. There a shared common room with board games and a TV with netflix. Also they can host events on the weekend, for instance on Saturday evening a girl came and casually sang a few songs! This place is idea if you wanna stay a couple of days. However we are a bit packed there, the shower water is freezing cold and you can encounter... anyone. From the freakiest freak to the snoring nightmare! Hopefully the staff is ready to help you if you have any concern. For instance I had a trouble with another guest and I had my room changed, as simple as that.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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gnkrb4u wrote a review Sept 2018
Toowoomba, Australia84 contributions2 helpful votes
Good place to stay for walking to city center attractions. Well maintained rooms, clean hostel, friendly staff to assist in luggage storage. Met friendly people who stayed at hostel and would like to again.
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Date of stay: October 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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abertholm wrote a review Sept 2018
Chilliwack, Canada1 contribution
While (obviously) not as fancy or sophisticated as a chain hotel, the hostel offered a very reasonable room and facilities for the price it charged. It allowed me (a university student) to explore Ottawa whilst not worrying too much about my budget. Would definitely stay again!
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Culture186825 wrote a review Sept 2018
Munich, Germany1 contribution
Smal cute and clean l and cute hostel. We met many nice People there.Staff is very friendly.Location near Byward Market is perfect for visiting the city by walking. Supermarket and „Fench bakeryshop are nearby.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ottawa Backpackers Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Ottawa Backpackers Inn?
Nearby attractions include Jigsaw Escape Rooms (0.3 miles), ByWard Market (0.2 miles), and Amaze Ottawa Escape Game (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Ottawa Backpackers Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, laundry service, and self serve laundry.
Is parking available at Ottawa Backpackers Inn?
Yes, paid public parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ottawa Backpackers Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Bottega Nicastro, Cumberland Pizza, and BeaverTails.
Is Ottawa Backpackers Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the centre of Ottawa.
Are any cleaning services offered at Ottawa Backpackers Inn?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Ottawa Backpackers Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Parliament Hill and Buildings (0.7 miles), Rideau Hall (1.0 miles), and Laurier House National Historic Site (0.5 miles).