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“Nice and Quiet BnB”

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Shirley Samantha's Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #17 of 54 Ottawa B&B and Inns
Fort McMurray
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
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“Nice and Quiet BnB”
Reviewed 5 March 2011

We decided to have a stop over in Ottawa on our way home to Nova Scotia for our wedding anniversary. We found this BnB listed in a recommended brochure on Ottawa and decided to give it a try.

This is a charming, tucked away place. We did not have a rental and walking to the heart of Ottawa only took us 15-20 mins. The rooms were very well maintained and serviced daily. The breakfast had a European Style to it, very different. Our hostess Cynthia was very helpful, in giving us directions, places to see and do and took pride in her BnB, and you can absolutely see that in how very spotless this BnB was.
There is a park with a walking path across the street that was great for our last morning stroll before heading to the airport.

The bedroom that we had was very light, and spacious, it also came with its own a 3 piece bathroom : Shower, Basin and toilet, the other bedroom had a separate washroom.The beds although very comfortable were too soft and the room a little too hot. I kept a window slightly open to get a nice breeze.

There was a room on the side that was available to the guests with a wide verity of books to read as well as a stocked mini bar fridge with soda pop and water. And cookie snacks. You could set up your laptop here or use the phone.

Otherwise, this is a nice BnB to stay at. As it only has 2 rooms available, booking in advance is a good idea.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 August 2010

After reading the reviews on this site we decided to give this B&B a try on our trip to Ottawa. I must admit that we were not disappointed at all, Shirley Samantha's lived up to our expectations. The room was very clean, nicely decorated, and had everything we could want. The breakfasts were yummy, not to mention an artful delight. It's easy to see that Cynthia loves her job!
The only drawback was that the bed was much too soft, but this is a stricly personal preferance and would not deter me from recommending this B&B.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled solo
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taunton
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Reviewed 6 October 2009

We stayed at Shirley Samantha's for two days and were very impressed by the standard of the B&B.
Cynthia and Paul made us feel very welcome and they went out of their way to accomodate our 18 month old son. The room was very large, en suite with lots of little extra touches like books to read,music, access to a study with more books, boardgames, a phone for reasonable guest use. I was especially impreesed with the stocked fridge of soft drinks and homemade cookies that we could help ourselves to.
Upon our arrival Cynthia made many apologies for the fact the hot water had broken down which to be honest did not pose us any problems. She was constantly boiling water on the stove for our use and it was working the second day fine.

Perhaps the best thing was the incredible breakfasts that were served for us. Amazing Rhubarb Muffins and Blueberry pancakes amongst the delights on offer.
This B&B made our stay in what was a very picturesque and interesting city. A trip to Gatineua park is a must, entrance just minutes away and if you only can do an hour drive around it, it is well worth it.

B&B was great value and one the very best we stayed in among the 9 we stayed on our trip.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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Canada
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Reviewed 8 March 2009

As is written on the title of this review, it was the best B&B I've stayed so far, and I've done many travelling within Canada and throughout the world. The owners were very friendly and accomodating, that I almost felt like staying at a family's place. The room was cozy and charming, with a window facing the quiet street, and the private bathroom was very clean and well equipped. Across from the hall, there's a room with a fridge with drinks and waters, as well as home-baked cherry cookies and oatmeal cookies!!! You can also get plenty of information about the city by going through the travel guides and maps they provided in this room, or directly ask Cynthia and Paul.
The breakfast was absolutely fantastic: coffee, grapefruit juice, yougurt with rasberry, muffin, scone, peace chutney, and a very fancy plate which I forgot the name (Oops.)
The location is actually very convenient, right off the Cummingroad bridge, which is maybe 10 mins bus ride from Rideau Centre. The bus runs very frequently, and it's in a very safe neighborhood. I walked from the bus stop at around 22H45, and felt totally safe.
I've decided to return to the same B&B during the Tulip Festival, and I look forward to it. It's an excellent place, for a weekend get away from your hometown. I would highly recommend this place to anyone travelling there. Thank you Cynthia and Paul for your wonderful hospitality!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled solo
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Devon.
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Reviewed 22 June 2008

The perfect home from home. This is an absolutely fab bed and breakfast. The beds are extremely comfortable and the Maple room is gorgeous. Paul and Cynthia make you feel really welcome and helped us from the moment we booked. As mentioned in other reviews thae baking is amazing. I'm sure the smell is piped through the air conditioning. A wonderful smell to wake up to. We would definately recommend it.
K and M, Devon UK

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  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Alberta
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Reviewed 8 June 2008

We highly recommend this B&B
The hosts Cynthia and Paul where very gracious. "Gotta love the homemade cookies in the Study". A wonderful collection of art.. A very delicious breakfast, with elk sausage and maple syrup. Thanks for tracking down Len, after he forgot his shaving kit. Imagine finding us at Montana's. That's why we like to stay in B&Bs, they go the extra mile. Thank you Len & Sandy, Alberta

Stayed May 2008
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Calgary, Alberta
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Reviewed 14 October 2007

Cynthia and Paul have a lovely home that they keep scrupulously clean and comfortable. Cynthia puts on lovely and interesting breakfasts, is full of good advice and bends over backwards to help with all the things that a visitor to Ottawa might need. There are all kinds of little surprises and treats in store too (even a home made cookie jar if you need a late night snack).

A real gem of a B&B at a bargain price.

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  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Shirley Samantha's Bed & Breakfast
Address: 28 Carlotta Ave, Ottawa, Ontario K1L 6S6, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
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Ranked #17 of 54 B&Bs / Inns in Ottawa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You will be warmly welcomed to our traditional home, furnished with a mix of antique and contemporary pieces, accented with the work of Canadian artists and artisans. We are located on a quiet street, within walking distance of downtown, close to public transportation and half a block from the Rideau River Cycling Path. Delicious breakfasts featuring local produce and home baking are served in the formal dining room or on the deck, under the maple tree. ... more   less 

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