Hotels and Travel

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All OIAF venues are within walking distance from each other in the downtown and Byward Market area.​ Ottawa hostels are a great option and the old jail hostel – Santlo is newly renovated! Insider tip: Any of the hotels close to the LRT (light rail) are a quick ride or Uber away from downtown. Avoid Kanata because that’s just too far but in a pinch even the airport hotels are serviced by bus. Need help or advice? Give us a call at (613) 232-8769 or email

International Travel

Flying into Toronto? Don’t forget that it’s a 5-hour drive to Ottawa. Flying into Montreal? It’s a 2 ½ hour drive to Ottawa. For those travelling overseas via Montreal’s Pierre Trudeau Airport (formerly Dorval), transportation to Ottawa should be arranged in advance.  Buses to and from Montreal run approximately 3 times a day and the average cost is $51.  VIA Rail trains run approximately 5 times a day, and prices vary. DON’T FORGET! If you are flying into Canada from abroad you may need a Visa or eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization). The cost of an eTA $7 CAD. You can check whether an eTA is required and apply for one here ( For current COVID-19 rules about travelling into Canada:  

Once you arrive

From the airport: The Ottawa city bus system, OC TRANSPO (, also offers frequent service with the 97 bus that travels from the Airport to downtown. The transit takes about 45 minutes depending upon your specific destination. Transit fares can be purchased from the ticket machine located on Level 1 at the airport, or paid in cash or Presto card onboard the bus. The fare is $3.75 CDN and exact change is required on the buses. More details on prices and fares can be found here ( A taxi ride from the airport to downtown Ottawa takes about 20 minutes and is approximately $40.00 CDN. From the train station: Once you get here, the train station is 15 minutes from the centre of the city. You can take the LRT Train on OC Transpo ( for $3.75 CDN (exact fare necessary) to get downtown, or take a cab that will cost roughly $20.00 CDN.

Partner Hotels

Sheraton Ottawa

Experience first-class service in Ottawa, Canada
Set in the heart of downtown Ottawa, Sheraton Ottawa Hotel welcomes you to Canada’s capital city with attentive service, dynamic amenities and updated guest rooms. Our prime downtown location places you steps from Parliament Hill and minutes from ByWard Market and Rideau Canal for easy explorations of Ottawa. After busy days, take a dip in our indoor saltwater pool or workout in our hotel fitness centre. Savour delicious cuisine or unwind with a cocktail at our on-site restaurants. Relax in our reimagined hotel rooms and suites featuring a flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, large work desk and free Wi-Fi. Your downtown adventure awaits at Sheraton Ottawa Hotel.

Address: 150 Albert St, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5G2
Telephone: 613-238-1502
Rate: $289
Reservation deadline: August 24, 2024
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Les Suites Hotel Ottawa

When you stay at Les Suites Hotel Ottawa, you have the best of everything — spacious comfort, a great location, and impeccable service. You can relax in a condominium-sized suite with separate living and sleeping areas, a fully equipped kitchen, a washer and dryer, and a private balcony.

Address: 130 Besserer Street, Ottawa, ON, K1N 9M9 (Next to the Arts Court – no more than 10 min from all other venues)
Telephone: 613-232-2000 Toll-free: 1-800-267-1989
Rates: Starting at $239
Reservation Deadline: September 24, 2024
Booking Link:
Reservations can also be made by calling the hotel direct: PLEASE QUOTE GROUP ID CODE: 58575 Reservations: (613) 232-2000 Toll-free: (800) 267-1989 By email:
Other information: 1 Bedroom Suite $239/night (1-4 person occupancy), 2 Bedroom Suite $359/night (1-6 person occupancy)
Cancellation: Individual cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to date of arrival

Arc The.Hotel. 

Arc The.Hotel is Ottawa’s premier boutique hotel. Located downtown you are always steps away from local tourist attractions and restaurants. We have 112 well-appointed guest rooms that cater to business and leisure travellers.

Address: 140 Slater Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5H6
Telephone: 613.238.2888
Discounted room rate:$199
Reservation deadline: 30 days prior to arrival
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Ottawa Marriott

Experience modern style and sincere service at Ottawa Marriott Hotel, set in the lively downtown district of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Located right by the new Lyon station, our hotel is two stops away from the Rideau shopping Centre, Shaw Centre and ByWard Market. Explore Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal and the National Gallery of Canada, all within walking distance from our hotel. For those on business in Ottawa, ON, we offer 26 elegant event venues, including a revolving Summit space and grand ballroom. Begin your day with a coffee at our on-site Starbucks® and end it with delicious American fare and a cocktail at “Spin” Kitchen & Bar. Additional hotel perks include our health club with an indoor pool and gym, as well as our family-friendly Kid’s Club and Game Room. Make yourself at home in our smartly designed rooms and suites, featuring complimentary Wi-Fi, plush bedding, a Keurig™ coffee maker and downtown Ottawa views. A refreshing stay awaits you at our hotel in Ottawa, ON.

Address: 100 Kent St., Ottawa ON, K1P 5R7
Telephone: 1-800-853-8463
Discounted room rate: Starting at $221
Reservation deadline: No Reservation Deadline
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Le Germain Hotel 

A boutique hotel in the heart of Ottawa’s business and entertainment district. Le Germain Ottawa is the boutique hotel for today’s global travellers who appreciate worldly style and sophistication, paired with local inspirations. A jewel of contemporary architecture, the decor at once understated and inviting will create a unique experience for your senses. Le Germain Hotel Ottawa is a true urban oasis.

Address: 30 Daly Ave., Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2 (connected internally to the OAG and Arts Court)
Telephone: 613-691-3230
Rates: $349
Reservation Deadline: August 13, 2024
Booking link:
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The Metcalfe

The perfect balance between modern design and historic architecture, full of light, local artwork and carefully curated furnishings. The Metcalfe Hotel embodies artful design and a spirit of welcoming conviviality, with staff dedicated to providing an elevated guest experience. Local Ottawan and international travellers alike will enjoy its luxurious amenities. Its location near Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill is ideal for business and leisure travellers. You can easily explore what Ottawa has the best to offer!

Address:123 Metcalfe St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5L9
Telephone: 613- 231-6555
Discounted room rate:20% off our Best Available Rate
Reservation deadline: 14 days prior to arrival
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Delta Hotels by Marriot Ottawa City Centre

Stay near Parliament Hill when you book a comfortable hotel accommodation at Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre, offering modern amenities in downtown Ottawa.

Address: 101 Lyon St. N, Ottawa, ON K1R 5T9
Telephone: 343-882-1697
Email for reservations:
Best way to make a reservation: Online Booking
Website: Delta Hotels by Marriot Ottawa City Centre
Rates: $259
Reservation Deadline: August 23, 2024
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Some other hotels we’d recommend that are close to OIAF venues and/or reasonably priced:

The Business Inn. (Curently around $175/night on expedia)

Holiday Inn Express on King Edward (Currently around $180/night on expedia) Hang out with OIAF filmmakers.  Comes w a complimentary breakfast.

Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa East (Currently around $200/night on expedia) Super nice new hotel right on the LRT or a 5min uber.

Comfort Inn East (Currently around $200/night on expedia) Right on the LRT next to the St. Laurent Mall.  5min uber ride.  Breakfast included.



Stay around downtown Ottawa on a budget with these friendly hostels!

Ottawa Backpackers Inn 

We are a fun backpackers hostel in an excellent downtown location in the Byward Market. We offer inexpensive, safe, clean, and friendly accommodation in dormitory and private rooms. Fast WiFi, kitchen access. Close to Festival venues.

Address: 203 York Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 5T7

Telephone: 613-241-3402


Rates: Starting at $34

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The Barefoot Hostel

The Barefoot Hostel is an intimate, clean and comfortable 4-bedroom hostel. Our rooms are private, with shared bathroom and living facilities. Guests can enjoy complimentary wireless internet throughout the property and a fun and comfortable living and dining area. The Barefoot Hostel is conveniently located in downtown Ottawa, only steps from the Byward Market.

Address: 455 Cumberland St., Ottawa, ON K1N 7J8

Telephone: 613-237-0336


Rates: Starting at $119

Book Online:

SaintLo Ottawa Jail Hostel

Address: 75 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B9
Telephone: (613) 235-2595 Website:
Rates: Starting at $35
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