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Cartier Place Suite Hotel 3.0

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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  • Apartment-style accommodations close to downtown
  • A short walk or drive to top attractions
  • Guest rooms have full kitchens, balconies, and sleeper sofas
  • Full-service Italian restaurant with a bar and outdoor seating
  • Well-equipped fitness center with cardio and weight machines
  • Heated indoor pool, whirlpool, and sauna
  • Desktop computer and printer that's free to use
  • On-site laundry facility 
  • Children’s play areas and a game room for teens
  • On-site parking in an underground garage
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Pet-friendly (at an extra charge)


  • The decor in units is a bit dated 
  • No free breakfast, and it isn't offered on weekends
  • Wi-Fi can be slow and spotty
  • On-site parking is expensive
  • The laundry room only has one washer/dryer

Bottom Line

The three-pearl Cartier Place Suite Hotel is an attractive option for anyone who wants affordable, residence-style accommodations in downtown Ottawa. The family owned and operated hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of restaurants and most of Ottawa’s top attractions. The 250 suites have dated decor, but they're comfortable and have full kitchens, sleeper sofas, and private balconies. Highlight features include an on-site Italian restaurant, a fitness center, an indoor pool, a sauna, and game rooms. Parking is on-site, but it’s expensive, and Wi-Fi is free, but it can be spotty. Travelers looking for a similar property that offers free breakfast can check out the Best Western Plus Ottawa Downtown Suites.

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A homey, family-owned property that hosts a diverse mix of guests

Family owned and operated since 1974, this hotel has a friendly and homey vibe. Given its residence-style suites and downtown location, it attracts a diverse mix of guests, from business professionals and government workers on extended stays to vacationing families who need the extra space and kitchen facilities. The modest lobby is a bit dated but pleasant, with tan marble floors and a cluster of brown leather furniture next to a gas fireplace. Café Mezzaluna is just off the lobby, and it's busy throughout the day. But the hotel is mostly quiet and relaxed, and the fitness center and indoor pool aren't crowded. The hotel is attached to a senior living center, and residents come and go in the property's public spaces. 


Within walking distance of Elgin Street, and a short walk or drive to top attractions

Cartier Place is located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, a one-minute walk from the shops and restaurants on Elgin Street. A Sobeys Urban Fresh grocery store is five minutes on foot, and it’s a six-minute walk to Ottawa City Hall. Confederation Park and Rideau Canal are about seven-minute walks, and Parliament Hill, Rideau Centre, and the Shaw Centre (formerly the Ottawa Convention Centre) are 14 minutes on foot. Depending on traffic, it takes approximately 20 minutes by car to reach Ottawa International Airport and the Canadian Tire Centre, home of pro hockey’s Ottawa Senators.


Fully-equipped kitchens, sleeper sofas, and balconies, but units could use a refresh

There’s no denying that the decor is dated, but units are clean and well-equipped for a comfortable stay. Expect synthetic bedspreads with mauve dust ruffles, industrial-grade carpeting, aged furniture, and cookie-cutter prints on walls. But kitchens are packed with amenities, including full-size fridges, ovens with cooktops, microwaves, dishwashers, coffeemakers, tea kettles, and utensils. Small dining tables with at least four chairs are included, as are desks, and separate living rooms have sleeper sofas. Flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and private balconies with city views are standard amenities. Bathrooms are also dated -- many have pink marble vanities -- and there are older fixtures, wall-mounted soap dispensers, and hardly any toiletries, but they're generally tidy, and have shower/tub combos and hairdryers. 

One- and Two-Bedroom Suites are available, and VIP Suites come with whirlpool tubs. The Penthouse Hospitality Suite is much larger than the other suites and has a separate whirlpool tub and small walk-in shower. 


Italian restaurant, fitness center, indoor pool/whirlpool, sauna, and game room, but slow Wi-Fi 

Cartier Place features something that many extended-stay properties do not -- a full-service restaurant. Café Mezzaluna features Italian cuisine with bar service for lunch and dinner. It’s also open for breakfast on weekdays.  

Fitness and relaxation are a focus here, and there's a well-equipped gym, and a heated indoor pool, whirlpool, and sauna. The family-friendly property includes a game room for teens and adults and an indoor play area for smaller children with slides and toys. A small outdoor playground also is part of a lovely courtyard with nice landscaping and covered tables and chairs. 

There's a guest laundry room, but it only has one washer/dryer. There's a computer and printer that serve as the business center, and meeting space for up to 195 people. Parking is available in the hotel’s underground garage, but it’s a bit expensive. Pets are welcome with a surcharge, and Wi-Fi is free, but many past guests have said that it's slow and spotty.

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