Rideau Inn

Rideau Inn

177 Frank St Downtown, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0X4 Canada
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4.5
#2 of 3 inns in Ottawa
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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Rideau Inn, A charming Edwardian home, circa 1916, in the heart of the capital, has operated since late 90's last century providing comfortable, clean and economical accommodations in elegant surroundings at a superb location close to all downtown Ottawa has to offer. We are situated in the leafy residential neighbourhood known as the "Golden Triangle" bound by lively Elgin Street. And a bend in the Rideau Canal. It's just a short walk from the numerous fine restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs found on nearby Elgin Street. Museum of Nature is in a few minutes walk away. Parliament Hill, National Gallery, National Arts Centre, Rideau Centre shopping Mall, Byward market, Ottawa University and many more exciting hot spots in walking distance. Returning guests may happy to see the changes and upgrades that have been done recently.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
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Express check-in / check-out
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Laundry service
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Sun terrace
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3.0 of 5 stars
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Centrally Located
Mid-range

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177 Frank St Downtown, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0X4 Canada
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Somewhat walkable
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Marie L wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My fiance and I wanted to visit ottawa and found this place last minute. The location was near a skate rental shop, the canal rideau, the nature museum and near plenty of dining options and bars. The house is a heritage home so it's definitely old, but in an authentic way. The check-in process was very efficient and the host was informative and very nice! (Lindsay was her name) our room was clean. The washrooms are shared but kept VERY tidy. The kitchen downstairs was awesome - stocked with breakfast items, coffee, tea, juice, etc. I think that for the money, this is a good deal. Only thing.... the noise from the creaking wood floors. Bring headphones or earbuds and you will be just fine.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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George Sand wrote a review Jun 2023
5 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Awesome BnB. Wonderful staff. Great communication, very welcoming check in. I was allowed to check-in at 1pm - that's rare in hospitality, and it's fantastic!!! If you have a small vehicle the $10 parking is worth it (small tight parking lot, so be mentally prepared to take it slow and carefully as you park). The location is outstanding. Walking distance to bars, restaurants, cafes, shops, and all sorts of other attractions. It's in a really nice and safe neighbourhood. The value is great. Some rooms have ensuite bathroom, others don't, so be sure to pick the room that suits your style. The common areas are really nice. Note: the fridge is in the common area. Extremely clean and well maintained. I visit Ottawa about twice a year, this is going to be my go-to overnight accommodation from now on. This is an official bed and breakfast, not a "shady ghost airbnb hotel" that takes away housing stock from Ottawa locals. I encourage you to support this hard working and genuine small business!
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Date of stay: June 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Caroline Allen wrote a review Sep 2022
Athabasca, Canada6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I loved my quaint and spacious room and the location of Rideau Inn, right next to the hotspots on Elgin Street and only a 20-minute walk from Parliament Hill!
The bathroom was not located in the room I stayed in, but out in the hallway, which didn't bother me in the slightest.
Some rooms do come with private bathrooms located inside the room, but I got a hidden gem with a larger room that had a ton of character.
The bathroom wasn't huge, but it had everything a bathroom needs with great water pressure and heat.
The bed was made daily, thanks to Lucie and the bathroom stocked with fresh towels.
There is also a fresh breakfast available every morning for only $2.
If you want a modern facility, then this is not the right place for you... but if you like old world charm and character... like I do... then you will enjoy the Rideau Inn.
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: The Quebec room was spacious and charming.
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Fredrecko wrote a review Jun 2023
St. Albert, Canada82 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We really enjoyed our stay at the Rideau Inn. Lucie, our host was very attentive and accomondating to our needs and wants! We stayed in both the one bedroom w/ bathroom and a one bedroom with a bathroom/shower down the hall. Both worked fine. Generally the neighbourhood was very quiet, and lots of eating establishments close by. The location was very good, with easy walking to Parliament (20 min.). The continental breakfast was just perfect to start the day. Would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: June 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Deb W wrote a review Nov 2014
Gananoque, Canada17 contributions19 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I was in this area of Ottawa recently taking a course for a week. OMGosh what a treat! Yes, an old building BUT very comfortable and absolutely clean. I am a single woman. I felt totally safe and loved the neighbourhood and proximity to restaurants, shopping, transit and sites. Lucie is the absolute best! Goes out of her way to make you feel at home. It was quiet so I could study at night and sleep - no issues, on a very comfortable bed. My car was parked safely behind the building all week so i could walk. Loved it!
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Date of stay: October 2014Trip type: Travelled on business
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Gino A wrote a review Oct 2016
Lima, Peru1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Rideau Inn is a perfect place to stay in Ottawa, I was there with my wife and everything was great!. The breakfast is very good and the friendliness of Lucie was amazing. Our travel in Ottawa was awesome and a big part of that is thanks for the Rideau inn. We will return!. Thanks for all.
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Date of stay: September 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: suite with bathroom
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Janys H wrote a review Sep 2016
Welland, Canada114 contributions49 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The Rideau Inn B&B, located just a few doors off of Elgin Street, is the perfect central location for your visit to Canada's beautiful capital city. Easy 20 minute walk to Parliament Hill, the Byward Market and many other tourist sights and destinations. The Inn is an old, converted home offering both guestrooms with a private bathroom and guestrooms with shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. The Inn does have onsite parking, extremely limited number of spaces, additional charge is $9.00 per day. If you do not pre-request an onsite spot when you make your reservation, you will have to park in a paid parking lot, closest one is about 4 or 5 minute walk. Lucie, the owner manager, is lovely, she is very pleasant, helpful and accommodating. The Inn provides a self-serve continental breakfast that is much more than the typical hotel version of a continental breakfast. There is a selection of boxed cereal, breads and spreads, croissants, buns or muffins, yogurt, boiled eggs, fresh fruit, juice, milk, tea and coffee. Lucie also has a beverage station for tea or coffee after hours. The rooms are not particularly large, but they are clean and comfortable. Our room was at the rear of the house and was very quiet. If you are planning a trip to Ottawa, the Rideau Inn is a great choice.
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Date of stay: September 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Reserve a room with a private bath. Also, if you need parking, reserve a spot when you book your...
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Adriana wrote a review May 2016
Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Canada11 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent location, clean, quiet and very hospitable hostess. My daughter and I spent the long weekend in Ottawa and stayed 2 nights in the Newfoundland room. Did not hear a sound from the other guests! Breakfast was ready each morning with hot coffee and had plenty to choose from. We parked the car at City Hall (15 minute walk away) upon arrival and walked the rest of the weekend. Total parking cost $10-amazing for 3 days...Lots of places to eat along Elgin Street, and quiet park right across the road. We give a thumbs up to the Rideau Inn and our hostess Lucy.
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Date of stay: May 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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ylc25 wrote a review May 2019
Markham, Canada956 contributions326 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed 2 nights here. Had room with bathroom in room which is worth it. Paid for parking in back, very tight to get between houses but I have SUV and it fit. Bed was comfortable, room pretty spacious. Everything is clean. Breakfast is self serve. Hard boiled eggs for protein, rest is carbs...toast, muffins, croissants, cereals. There is yogurt and almond milk. Location is walking distance to everything.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled on business
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DRDawson wrote a review Feb 2018
235 contributions134 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The location of this B&B is perfect! A 15-minute walk to the Parliament buildings, a 10-minute walk to the Rideau Canal, a 10-minute walk to the City Hall. There are good restaurants within walking distance up and down Elgin street.

The house was clean and wifi and basic cable TV are included. It was a little noisy, though, with the creaking floors plus the noise in the kitchen early in the morning.

The shower was waaay too tight even for a small person like me. There was very good water pressure, though.

The breakfast is self-serve and includes hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, simple carbs (basic store breads, oatmeal, croissants), sugary stuff (Costco muffins, Nutella, Kraft peanut butter), teas and Maxwell House drip coffee. There’s also “cheese” (Kraft singles).

The property has 3 tight parking spaces in the back for an extra $9+tax/night. You need to reserve a spot. If you don’t get one, you could park for free on the street between 7pm and 7am. Outside these hours, you have to park at an Indigo lot ($20 during the day until 8pm). Paid street parking is available during the day but is limited to 1 or 2 hours depending on the street.

Some people stay in B&Bs to be served a nice meal in the morning plus a chance to have a good chat with the homeowner — a chance to ask a local for advice on where to go, what to do, what the city is like, etc. This was not the case, though, with us. The B&B was automated and we never met the homeowner.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Andre M asked a question Feb 2017
Oshawa, Canada7 contributions
Does each room have its own shower and toilet?
Answer from Lucie L
The Northern, New Brunswick and Newfoundland rooms have private bathrooms, the remaining guest rooms share 3 bathrooms in the corridors. The Canada Suite is a 2-bed-room suite including Manitoba room and Saskatchewan room on the lower level.
Answer from Lucie L
Coffee and tea is free. WiFi is free.
Norman H asked a question Jun 2015
Rome, New York1 contribution
What is the phone number of the Rideau Inn (B&B)?
Answer from Lucie L
613-688-2753
yankeegirl54 wrote a tip May 2023
Hinesburg, Vermont27 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Invest in the $10/night off street parking. It's a good deal!"
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Caroline Allen wrote a tip Sep 2022
Athabasca, Canada6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Quebec room was spacious and charming."
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AlanP00le wrote a tip Jun 2019
Cricklade, United Kingdom392 contributions145 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"I gather that not all rooms have en suite bathrooms - check if this is needed for you"
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valletham wrote a tip Sep 2018
Barrie, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Remember, this is a century home. It will creak and crackle and have tight corners. All part of the charm!"
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Dan C wrote a tip Aug 2018
Vancouver, Canada16 contributions9 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Some floors have shared bathrooms. If you're on the second floor or below, you will hear everyone move around all the time."
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PRICE RANGE
C$229 - C$243 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rideau Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Rideau Inn?
Nearby attractions include Canadian Museum of Nature (0.3 km), Yuk Yuk's (0.2 km), and Minto Park (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rideau Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Rideau Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Rideau Inn?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rideau Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Town, Pure Kitchen Elgin, and Elgin Street Diner.
Are there any historical sites close to Rideau Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Parliament Hill and Buildings (1.4 km), Rideau Hall (3.2 km), and Laurier House National Historic Site (1.5 km).
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