Hotels and Travel

Need help finding a hotel?  We are here to help.

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 – now Santlo has space (as of Sept 8)!

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.

Staff recommended hotels as of Sept 8  These are your best bets at a reasonable price:
Comfort Inn (right on LRT – short uber ride – by the St. Laurent Shopping mall).  Rooms available for the whole fest!  

Holiday Inn Ottawa East, WEEKENDS ONLY (right on LRT – short uber ride – by the St. Laurent Shopping mall). 
The Best Western Plus Gatineau-Ottawa Downtown  WEEKENDS ONLY
(right across the bridge from the market. It’s a pleasant walk or a really quick uber.)

There’s still lots of availability at airport hotels.  They are on bus routes or a $30 uber to downtown – which isn’t too bad when you factor in the lower price.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Ottawa Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport
Fairfield Inn & Suites Ottawa Airport

Need help or advice? Give us a call at (613) 232-8769 or email

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  1. The booking is to be made to the following city: Ottawa

  2. The travel period begins: 9/13/2023

  3. The travel period ends: 10/1/2023

  4. No discount will apply to Basic or Business class bookings.

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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 (

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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.

After OIAF, visit the NFB in Montreal
Sep 25, 2023 | 1:00 PM EDT
Îlot Balmoral (NFB)
1501, rue de Bleury, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0H3

Guided tour of the National Film Board animation studios offered to film industry professionals.

The NFB invites OIAF 2023 attendees to visit its Montreal studios the Monday following the festival,  September 25th from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Meet the filmmakers and producers from the French and English Animation Studios. Come discover the unique creative universes of Bogdan Anifrani, Alex Boya, Martine Frossard, Parissa Mohit, Véronique Paquette & Matea Radic.

There will also be a special VIP presentation in the Alanis Obomsawin Theatre.

RSVP no later than midnight on Sunday, September 24th, to

Coffee and snacks will be served at 1 p.m. and the tour will begin at 2 p.m. sharp. Latecomers will not be admitted but are welcome to attend the VIP presentation at 4 p.m.

Fairmont Château Laurier

Book at the Château to receive a discount on your TAC Pass.

The Fairmont Château Laurier is a historic landmark hotel in downtown Ottawa adjacent to Parliament Hill. The Animation Conference (TAC) attendees especially will find it convenient to stay in the hotel where the Conference takes place.

1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON, K1N 8S7
Telephone: 613-241-1414
Toll-free: 1-800-257-7544

Rates: Starting at $329
Reservation Deadline: August 21, 2023​
Booking link

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.

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 $249
Reservation Deadline: August 4, 2023
Booking Link:
Reservations can also be made by calling the hotel direct:
Reservations: (613) 232-2000
Toll-free: (800) 267-1989
By email:
Other information: 1 Bedroom Suite $249/night (1-4 person occupancy), 2 Bedroom Suite $369/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: August 21, 2023
Booking Link:
Email for reservations:

Ottawa Embassy Hotel & Suites
(AVAILABILITY AS OF AUG 31 – including rooms that fit 4-6 people!)

Centrally located full-service suite property, our spacious rooms include kitchenettes and balconies and complimentary Wifi.

Address: 25 Cartier St. Ottawa ON, K2P 1J2
Telephone: 1-800-661-5495 (best way to reserve)

Rates: $199
Reservation Deadline: August 10, 2023
Booking: or email at and ask for the OIAF block.

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: 10% off our Best Available Rate
Reservation deadline: No Reservation Deadline
Booking Link:


Novotel Ottawa offers modern design and cozy rooms, with a maximum comfort. Treat yourself to something special, you deserve it! 
Spacious rooms with one king bed or two doubles, complimentary Wi Fi, ergonomic work area , LCD TV, in room safe, mini cooler, hair dryer and tea/coffee machine. Access to the indoor pool as well as the fitness area also included. 

Address: 33 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON, K1N 9M7 (Next to the Arts Court – no more than 10 min from all other venues)
Telephone: 613-230-3033 (Toll-free: 1-855-677-3033)

Discounted room rate: Starting at $400-$500
Reservation deadline: August 21, 2023
Booking: Email: for reservations.
Reference Booking Code: 1176952 Ottawa Intl. Animation Festival OPEN BLOCK

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: $269
Reservation deadline: August 21, 2023
Booking Link
Email for Reservations:

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:15% off our Best Available Rate ($500+)
Reservation deadline: August 21, 2023
Booking Links: EN

The Westin


Rest assured with our Commitment to Clean experience at The Westin Ottawa hotel. Our modern hotel is located in the Ottawa business district across from the Rideau Canal, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our renowned Shore Club restaurant is a popular dining choice for hotel guests and Ottawa locals alike.

Address: 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 9H4
Telephone: 613-560-7000

Rates: $400-770
Reservation Deadline: August 25, 2023
Booking Link: Book your group rate for The Ottawa International Animation Festival 2023 Quote The Ottawa International Animation Festival 2023 group staying at The Westin Ottawa if booking by phone or email
Phone: 613-560-7000 – Press 0 for Group Reservations
Marriott Reservations at +1 888-236-2427


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: $430-$1000
Reservation Deadline: August 22, 2023
Booking link:
Email for reservations:


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
Book Online:

The Barefoot Hostel.   (FULL)

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

Rates: Starting at $35
Book Online: