Welcome to your detailed guide for Ottawa hostels. We share all the juicy information you need to know to discover safe, fun and memorable hostels! All that's left for you to do is choose your favourite hostel in Ottawa, Canada. Compare prices for Ottawa hostels in one easy click - simple. Add your travel dates and watch as all hostel booking sites, including Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com, highlight their best price and room availability during your stay.
Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Ottawa, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Party hostels in Ottawa
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Ottawa? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Ottawa alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Ottawa. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Ottawa. To help you make friends with Ottawa before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Ottawa is the capital of Canada and it can be a very rewarding destination. If you cannot stand politics, then you have come to the wrong city. Parliament Hill is unmissable both as a landmark and photo opportunity. If you want to go inside, it is open for tours, climbing the Peace Tower, and observing Question Period in the House of Commons. Other national institutions like the Royal Canadian Mint also run tours. There are enough museums to fill a week. The Canadian War Museum is probably the most well known. The Canadian Museum of Civilization, across the river in Hull-Gatineau, Quebec, should also be high up on your list. Culture lovers should stop at the National Gallery and check to see if any concerts are on at the National Arts Centre.
While there are not too many Ottawa hostels to choose from, those that exist provide a wide range of possibilities -- there are some major differences in size, atmosphere, and clientele. Be sure to compare the hostels in Ottawa, so that you find the best fit for you. Location is another important factor, especially if you visit during the cold winter. It is much more comfortable to stay close to the places you want to see.
Whichever Ottawa hostel you end up staying at, ask for advice to help you see beyond the monumental city and check out the everyday urban life. A typical place to start is Byward Market. The city and surroundings are great for cycling and walking. One good place to do this is the river path system, from where there are ever changing views of the centre. Get out of town and visit Gatineau Park for a more natural experience. A good thing about winter is the chance to skate on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Written by local enthusiast for Ottawa hostels Jonathan A
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Ottawa. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Ottawa. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
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Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Ottawa. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Ottawa. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!
There are plenty of fun things to do in Ottawa, regardless of the time of year (though it's a little chilly for those who are used to warmer weather -- make sure to bundle up if you visit in the winter!). The ByWard Market has a lot of nice restaurants. The clothing shops in the Market are pretty expensive, so I'd suggest heading to the Glebe for shopping. Bank St. has a lot of great stores. There are some great used book stores as well -- the Book Market in ByWard Market and the Book Bazaar on Bank St. The street vendors in the Market sell real wool hats, and alpaca wool hats as well! The National Gallery is worth a visit, as well as the Notre Dame across from it.
Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Ottawa and Canada.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.