We stayed one night at this inn perfectly located in the heart of Ottawa's gay village. The host, Richard, offered a very warm welcome and provided us with a surprise upgrade to room 7, which was most thoughtful. The room has a fireplace, ensuite bathroom, and access to a large deck. Unfortunately, the view from the deck is an ugly apartment building so we did not take advantage of it. The room was clean and Richard provided us with the local LGBT publications, which was most helpful. Bathroom was large and spotless, however it only had pump soap. We were surprised to find no shampoo nor conditioners. This inn is a perfect specimen of late Victorian architecture, which means it has a lot of dark colours, heavy wood, and is a touch dour and gloomy. The furniture was a bit dated for my taste but the inn was very clean. The location, just a few steps from Ottawa's lively Bank St to the west and Elgin St to the east means you are right in the middle of Ottawa's most interesting nightlife. For LGBT travellers this location is perfect as you are close to Ottawa's tiny gay village. I would have rated this property above-average but it earned a "very good" largely due to our host, Richard. He certainly made up for any perceived deficiencies, with a lovely breakfast in the morning and a genial and warm personality. The breakfast room is lovely and bright and the fact that the inn has first-come-first-served free parking is another plus. The Inn on Somerset is probably one of the better Ottawa inns, but this is a city with surprisingly few high-end inns, especially when compared with much smaller Kingston.
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- Inn On Somerset Ottawa, Ontario