A few weeks ago Jenn and I had the chance to have our very own little staycation here in Ottawa. We picked out a hotel and a couple of things to check out and overall had a great time. The hotel we selected was the Novotel in Ottawa on Nicholas Street.
The Low Down
Cost per night: $200 CAD + $23/Night parking.
Address: 33 Nicholas Street Ottawa, Ontario Canada
We were given room 441 to stay in which is a single king sized bed. The bed was large and comfortable and we easily fell asleep in it.
Shower at a distance.
Shower close up.
View from the windows.
The room overall felt really cramped and small for $200 a night.
Overall the room was nice and the location was prime, but we’ve stayed in much nicer hotels for much less money in downtown Toronto.
The Studio 6 Hotel in downtown Toronto is within 2 km of just about everything in Toronto. It’s a fantastic location located close to the intersection of Queen Street West and Augusta Ave.
The reason for my trip to Toronto was to meet up with some friends and to take part in Toronto Fan Expo. If you’ve never been, I would highly recommend you attend at least once in your life. It’s a fantastic convention and they seem to have worked out all of the kinks from previous years aside from navigating between the two buildings at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.
I was taking the train into town so I wanted a hotel that was relatively close to the train station and the Metro Toronto Convention Center. This weekend is a long weekend, so a lot of the hotels have jacked up their rates to profit as much as possible.
How I booked it
I booked this hotel using Hotels.com which secured me a rate of $156 a night taxes and fees included. Most other hotels this weekend were sitting around $250 per night or more not including taxes.
When I rolled up on the hotel, it was late at night (about 11:00 PM) and this was the best photo I could get at the time.
From the outside this hotel didn’t look like much. It looked a little beat down and even the inside hallways and whatnot show that this was a converted apartment complex.
It was at this point I was starting to worry about the kind of room I booked, but before we look at the room, lets talk amenities.
The room I booked came with two twin beds as I was expecting to have a friend stay with me for the weekend, however he had other plans. So for my last night, I asked if I could swap to a queen room, and the staff happily moved me. Which was nice of them as I booked through a service and not through them directly.
The room also has a kitchenette type set up with a fridge, a sink, pots and pans, plates and cutlery and everything you could need to cook up your own meals! There is also a Loblaw’s grocery store within walking distance of the hotel that is open until 11PM most nights.
The hotel also has on site laundry on each floor, however I’m not sure of the cost or anything as I didn’t use it. I would assume it is coin operated as the hotel is a converted apartment building.
Here’s a few photos I snapped of the room. Pardon the mess.
As you can see from the photos, the room looked quite nice and was fairly clean.
The paint in the bathroom was starting to peel off the wall, but I can look past that. The bed was pretty comfortable, and the kitchenette made this room even better because you could prep your own meals.
Each room also had a Keurig coffee machine which I thought was pretty nice too. It was a single cup machine, and I was easily able to obtain some coffee pods from the nearby Loblaw’s.
If you’re looking for a hotel on a budget and want to be close to downtown Toronto without paying insane downtown rates, this is a great budget choice.
That being said, if you are driving in, there is no on site parking. The closest outdoor lot is about a block away.
All things considered, this was perfect for my purposes but may not be for yours.