7 of the Best Bed and Breakfasts in Ottawa For a Good Time in O-Town

Discover our selection of cosy B&Bs in the capital, perfect for exploring Ottawa's myriad of attractions and the ideal base for further afield explorations such as the Gatineau Park and the Ottawa Valley.

Oh Canada! We all know about the snow, moose and maple syrup, but this great northern country also has cities young enough to be hip and trendy, yet old enough to offer rich histories worth diving into. And there’s no better example of this than Ottawa. The country’s capital has an easy cosmopolitan vibe, a super friendly atmosphere and culture on every corner. You’ll find photo-worthy monuments, world-famous festivals and even the world’s largest ice-skating rink on the Rideau Canal in winter. Even with all that urban buzz, you’re still right on the edge of nature, what with the thundering Ottawa river and nature parks just a skip away in Quebec.

You could be visiting for a weekend, taking a break from your 9-5 or showing a special someone around; either way, when it comes to resting your head in Ottawa, a bed and breakfast is the way to go. Think sweet red-brick homes nestled on quiet tree-lined streets, but still only steps from the beat of downtown. That means waking in snuggly, home-dressed beds, padding downstairs to a breakfast made just for you and chatting with friendly hosts (and sometimes even the family pup) for tips and tricks before you head out to explore the Canadian capital.

Treat Yourself to a Luxurious Bed and Breakfast in Ottawa


Verdant ivy hugs the Victorian red-brick exterior of Auberge King Edward, a downright princely bed and breakfast in Ottawa’s historical downtown neighborhood of Sandy Hill. Drop your bags in the stately lounge, where you’ll be in the company of an elegant palm tree and plush period furniture. As for where to lay your head, go for the Tower Room for that king-of-your-own-castle feeling, as you’ll get a balcony and ensuite all to yourself. You can also opt for the wooden tones of either the Burgundy Room—it too has a private balcony—or the Green Room, and sink into queen-size beds to ready yourself for the next day’s explorations. After a great night’s sleep, you’ll find a full breakfast and fresh coffee in the guest lounge.

You’ll be walking distance to all the major attractions in Ottawa here, so you can easily stroll past the sweeping green and Gothic Revival facades of Parliament Hill, then on to lively pedestrian Sparks Street for a chilled jug of fruity sangria. Byward Market is an easy 15-minute walk away, where you’ll find over 600 market stalls and local businesses selling farm-fresh goods and handmade wares. Pick up a beaver tail (don’t be scared, it’s sweet fried dough topped with cinnamon and sugar,) or some decadent maple-infused chocolate to nibble on for the walk back. On your return to the B&B, curl up with a mug of tea while Sandy, the friendly Goldendoodle, plays at your feet.

Auberge King Edward Bed and Breakfast

9.4 Excellent (83 reviews)

Nosh on Full Irish Breakfasts at this Bed and Breakfast in Ottawa


In the heart of the Glebe neighbourhood lies Glencree House, a welcoming B&B in a handy position for exploring Ottawa on foot. Several urban landmarks—chief among them the Rideau Canal—lie just a few steps beyond your front door, though you’ll hardly want to leave after you check in. It’s not just the traditional Irish hospitality or the homey building trimmed in a white balcony—it’s the 100% cotton sheets that you’ll lounge in from your queen-size bed in the Avoca or Corib Rooms. It’s the soft hug of a fluffy bathrobe as you step out of your ensuite bathroom in the cushy Errigal Suite. It’s the sweet aroma of meal you’ve prepared yourself in the kitchenette of your very own Killybegs Suite.

Start by fuelling yourself for a long day out with a full Irish breakfast, complete with homemade currant scones still warm from the oven. If you’re feeling peckish throughout the day, your hosts will be happy to provide complimentary tea, coffee and light snacks. There’s always a place to relax here, either sitting by the crackling fireside in the winter or turning the pages of a good book in the private garden during the warmer months. You might even catch a glimpse of one of Ottawa’s resident peregrine falcons.

Glencree House B&B


Step into a Dream at a Historic Bed and Breakfast in Ottawa


Don’t you just love a grand, historic building? The Century House Bed and Breakfast Ottawa is like Ottawa itself, a delightful blend of old and new, comfort and sophistication. You couldn’t be more in the centre of town if you tried: here you’re just steps away from Ottawa’s Byward Market—best known for its trendy restaurants, shops and nightclubs—as well as Parliament Hill, Ottawa University, and museums galore. You’ll have four rooms to choose from, each one every bit as comfortable as the others. After a bustling day shopping at the market, you’ll be happy to find your room ready and waiting, your queen-size bed freshly made with plump pillows and a luxurious duvet.

Make your plans for the day over a relaxed gourmet breakfast served in the common dining room at 8 o’clock every morning. Breakfast at The Century House includes such treats as homemade bread and waffles with a selection of fresh fruits and juices. If you’ve any dietary restrictions, just inform your hosts in advance and they’ll do their best to accommodate you.

The Century House Bed and Breakfast Ottawa

9.2 Excellent (93 reviews)

Get Some Peace and Quiet in this Adults-only Bed and Breakfast in Ottawa


If peace is paramount to you even when away in the buzzing capital, you’ll want to check out Benner’s Bed & Breakfast. You’ll find this sweet brick rowhouse in a quiet, tree-lined residential neighbourhood, smack-dab in the middle of Ottawa and right next to the Rideau River. Benner’s caters exclusively to adults (sorry kids), so park your car out front, remove your shoes after you enter and head on to your room—one of just three in the original building or four in the building next door. Freshen up after your drive in your sparklingly clean en-suite, and if you like to stretch out in something bigger than the standard queen-size bed, go for the aptly named King Loft to feel like visiting royalty.

When it’s time to set out, stop by the dining room for Benner’s North American-style gourmet breakfast, enough to satisfy the appetites of even the most ravenous travellers. Benner’s will also accommodate any special dietary concerns, and if you’re in a rush to get out and sight-see, you can take a packaged breakfast of a muffin, fruit and juice to go.

Benners Bed & Breakfast

Top rated
8.5 Excellent (16 reviews)

Experience Charm and Comfort in your Bed and Breakfast near Ottawa


Just on the other side of the Ottawa river in charmingly French Quebec, Le 227 Laurier B&B is just a stone’s throw from everything: the History Museum in Gatineau, Jacques Cartier Park and the Canadian Museum of History are only a few minutes away, as are Byward Market Square and Parliament Hill. If sports and nature are what you’re after, you’ll find options year round. Lace up your hiking boots to traverse the region’s verdant trails (spectacular when the leaves change in autumn), or in winter bundle up for a bit of cross-country skiing—you’ll find ample trails all within a 10-kilometre radius. Parking is a breeze as well, as the house has its own self-parking spot in the back, plus bicycle storage.

The view from Le 227 towards the river and Ottawa is second to none, as you’ll see as soon as you walk into your room. Stride across wood floors that pair with soft yellow and soothing green hues, creating a warm, cozy setting for you to unwind in when you’re done with the day’s adventures. You’ll have a nap-inducing double bed or a room with with twin beds if you’ve come with a friend, and either way you can enjoy hot showers in your private bathroom. Before stepping out, make use of the free Wi-Fi to look up your next location to visit, or just ask your friendly hosts.

Le-The 227 Laurier B&B


Book a Room With a View in this near-Ottawa Bed and Breakfast


The serene À La Villa Rivermead is ideal for a few romantic nights way with a significant other, but it’s only five minutes by car from Ottawa so you get the best of both worlds. Tucked into the greener parts of Gatineau, this bed and breakfast boasts captivating views of the Laurentian Mountains to the north. Settle in with a glass of something special after your trip to breathe in the closeness with nature while knowing you’re not far from the urban action.

Each of the five guest rooms here are unique, but they all share one common trait: that super homey vibe. Nothing feels better than flopping on top of a double bed after a full day touring the capital. Take a few minutes to relax with a glass of Ontario wine in stylish leather armchairs or out on the terrace—a great spot to watch the moon rise into inky skies. For the skiers and cyclists out there, the B&B provides both ski and bicycle storage, so you’ll be fully set up for exhilarating days out on the nearby trails.

In the morning, let the aromas of pancakes hot on the griddle and freshly brewed coffee lure you downstairs to the lounge. Grab a place by the fireside and tuck into your decadent complimentary breakfast—it wouldn’t be a B&B without breakfast, and it wouldn’t be breakfast without fluffy pancakes and maple syrup!

A La Villa Rivermead

8.0 Very good (7 reviews)

Unwind in Style at this Bed & Breakfast near Ottawa with a Hot Tub


Windsong Manor Bed & Breakfast is a family-run B&B that feels like a home-away-from-home, making it a quiet spot to serve as your base camp when visiting Ottawa. The city itself is only 30 minutes away, so if you’ve come by car you can easily hop to the hub of all activity.

After you step through the tasteful white portico, you’ll choose from three unique guest rooms. Check into the Maestro Suite to fill your ensuite’s soaker tub for a luxurious bubble bath. Or, the Sundowner Room will draw you in with its queen-size bed and a warm, bright palette reminiscent of the California coast. If you’ve come with furry friends in tow, the Chinook Room allows pets!

Browse the internet while sipping a steaming coffee in the lounge downstairs, or play a bit of pool in the games area. If it’s sunny out, you’ll want to grab a good book and head out to the rear terrace. Make sure to bring your swimsuit, too – there’s a hot tub open year round, so you can take in glorious summer sunsets or watch the snow fall while you stay toasty warm in the hot water. If you need sightseeing or dining tips, your hosts Debbie and Peter Bernhardt are always glad to help.

Windsong Manor Bed & Breakfast