Canada’s charming capital city is yours to explore when you book a room in our hotels in Ottawa. Absorb the stately towers and spires of the Parliament buildings or take a leisurely stroll or bike ride along the Rideau Canal.
Most of Ottawa's top sights are clustered downtown, a short trip—by foot or on the city's reliable bus system—from our Ottawa hotels. Start at the Peace Tower in front of Centre Block, where you can tour the House of Commons. From its observation deck, soak up the panoramic views of the Parliament buildings and the Ottawa River as it snakes between the city and neighboring Gatineau, Quebec. Buy a combination ticket to visit two of the city’s top national museums: the Canadian War Museum, designed by a former Japanese-Canadian internee, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization, whose grand entrance hall is lined with imposing totem poles.
For a quick and inexpensive meal near your Ottawa hotel, Ottawa’s street vendors hawk hot dogs, sausages and a local delicacy known as poutine (french fries covered with gravy and cheese curds). At Byward Market, stroll among the food and trinket vendors, and sink your teeth into a ‘Beaver Tail’, a deep-fried, doughy, cinnamon-sugary treat sold outside the market. Head back to your Ottawa hotel to rest up for an evening in the popular Elgin Street district and its many affordable ethnic restaurants.
Stay at our Holiday Inn Express® hotels in Ottawa to experience the city's vibrant outdoors in any season. When the weather is warm, you can unwind under a tree on Parliament Hill, or enjoy a picnic lunch in one of Ottawa's more than 800 city and capital parks. Strap on your skates in winter, when the Rideau Canal becomes the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world's largest skating rink.