My friend and I came to Ottawa to write our board exams. Overall, we felt that Hampton Inn was a great deal, especially compared to the expensive downtown hotels. We wanted a good quiet place to sleep, enough room so we wouldn't feel cramped, and a decent location.
ROOMS: This hotel is definitely a bit dated, but aging well. =) The standard room was incredibly spacious, plenty of space for luggage and tables that we could study at. It was big even by North American standard. A full bathroom complete with amenities, large enough to put a bed into. There was an additional sink outside and a minifridge underneath. Everything was clean and the bed was very comfortable, with a soft duvet and fluffy pillows. This room would easily be comfortable for a four person family.
SERVICE: The breakfast is included and plentiful! Of course, that also means an elbow to elbow meal because no one misses breakfast. Variety includes basic breads/cereals, yogurts/dairy, heartier sausages/eggs, or fresh made waffles! The breakfast area was freely used by my group as a gathering place to sit and chat. The staff were friendly and helpful.
LOCATION: The bonus is free parking in the basement...which brings me to the next point, that you need a car. There are few restaurants nearby, so if you want some options, you will need to drive. If you aren't driving, hailing a taxi is not a problem because there's always a couple parked in front. The taxi ride to downtown is quick, 10 minutes at most.
*** We did have a negative experience. I tried my best to be objective above. During our stay June 2011, it was extraordinarily hot in Ottawa. Something was wrong with the AC, and ours was not an isolated case. We walked into the room and found it was quite humid, enough to make our papers limp and the bedsheets damp. Turning up the AC seemed to make it worse. At night, we called for housekeeping to change our sheets before bed, then we could at least get a good night's sleep. We spoke with the staff but the issue wasn't sorted out when we left (3 days later). I think it was a one time malfunction, but something to double check if you are going during the summer heat.
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