This was our second stay at the Residence & Conference Centre ( also known as St Paul's University Residence ) The location is the best thing about this hotel. Price is cheap, so I guess you get what you paid for. Although we had a very nasty surprise upon arrival. We checked in , we're given our key card - and when we went into the room, it was already occupied ! Luckily the guests were not in their room - imagine if they had been ! And the front desk gave some lame excuse about ' them not checking out when supposed to '. But all I could worry about was how often does this happen ! We were given a new room - which had no shower curtain. The poor house cleaner ( the only one for the whole residence ) finally found one , but it was stinky , so we complained and did finally get a new one.
The whole room had a smell to it - sour . and was not too clean. And even though we stayed 3 nights, house cleaning only came in once. The towels are thread bare and linty - watch out if you like to wear black . The shower stall is super tiny and be prepared for a watery bathroom floor after. The rooms are suites, so there is a small kitchen with microwave and fridge. Plus two bedrooms if your traveling with kids or friends.
It is a residence that is used by students for most of the year, but I think they need to step up the cleaning and maintenance of the building. Everything is getting a bit dated.
That being said, their is a free breakfast - usual fare . And a small fitness room.
The location is terrific. Right off of Bank St. Leave the car at the residence ( free parking ) and take the 20 walk along the canal to downtown Ottawa.
I still recommend this hotel for anyone on a budget and not too fussy about cleanliness.
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- Residence and Conference Centre - Ottawa Downtown is located in Canada's Capital Ottawa, Ontario and is your alternative to the less affordable downtown Ottawa hotels. At Residence & Conference Centre - Ottawa Downtown, we offer you great value for your money while still providing the amenities you have come to expect from other Ottawa hotels. Our spacious suites with kitchenettes offer comfortable accommodations for those looking for extend stay hotels. Guests of Residence & Conference Centre - Ottawa Downtown will enjoy amenities such as air conditioning, high speed internet access, refrigerator, free local telephone calls and cable television are standard in each suite. ... more less
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