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Ottawa Backpackers Inn Reviews

203 York Street, Ottawa, Canada

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763 Total Reviews
  • 76%Value For Money
  • 82%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 74%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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The hostel did not honour the 10% payment I made through hostel world and had to pay the whole amount again. The staff were more interested in organising their social lives than helping guests which was disappointing. However, the location is excellent and good facilities (kitchen, common room, etc.). The rooms were quite hot but there was a fan so was able to sleep comfortably.


All in all a very pleasant experience. It was a quiet hostel, which was great as I was coming up to the end of my trip.


We were in the second house on the side. The three bed private was perfect for our traveling trio. Facilities nice and clean and a nice location close to the night life.


The staff is awesome, bc most of them are travellers too! This is more like a home away than a place u stay at on route. Its the seconde time ive stayed there and if i come back to ottawa, this is the place ill stay at again.


The best thing about this hostel is the location, being less than 10 minutes from the Byward Market and an additional 5 from the Parliament buildings makes it a breeze to walk around. Aside from that, it performs all the functions that a hostel should. Worked out great for my buddy and I during the Canada Day festivities!


Dont stay here in summer. 2nd flr only had a window open and a fan in room during a 30 degree C heat wave. I lay there sweating for hours trying to sleep. Staff shrug shoulders at my discomfort. When I wanted to cancel my remaining day of a two day stay they say they couldnt refund me the day-I didnt give enough advance notice.I cancelled because no air condit. You dismiss me and dont give me a refund. Later find out everyone on 3rd floor checked out due to heat. I spent $200 on hotel just 4 A/C


By far the single best hostel I have ever had the pleasure to visit. It was a party, a philosophical mind trip, a feast, an introspective and meditative temple and I have never ever made more friends anywhere than in that happy glorious house.


It is a nice hostel. I would recommend staying there.


There were 2 plug sockets, a light and a shelf next to every bed in the dorm i stayed in which was brilliant. There were small lockers in the room, big enough to keep your valuables in. Also hooks on the walls and back of door good for hanging wet towels. Ceiling fans bit noisy at night but needed to keep room cool. The hostel common area / living room was very cosy and comfortable and a good place to relax. Free breakfast would be nice. Bit far from bus station but walking distance to sights.


A nice hostel right on the edge of the main attractions of downtown Ottawa. If you plan to park which i doubt is very common it is an extra charge (not advertised). Kitchen seemed well stocked (i did not use it) and the bathrooms were clean and the showers good. Enjoy.


There's fans in the rooms, but unfortunately it didn't cool off in the room during the day. Nice cozy atmosphere. I'd definitely consider staying again. Location is PERFECT.


I loved the atmosphere in this hostel, 100% holidayfeeling


A fine Welcome to Canada's Capital. Very recommendable.

  • 13th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


Everything was good. The location is perfect and the house is welcoming (and they have a cat!). The only two things I wasn't satisfy about is that they didn't have a computer, just wi-fi, and I asked to be in a in female room and they put me in a mixed one.


Much improved from last year!


The location is wonderful, the place is both very clean and safe, the staff are helpful and nice. Maybe the most comfortable hostel I've ever been in. Perfect place to stay at in Ottawa.


very expensive they gave wrong change because they didn't have coins


I love the Hostel! It's the best one where I stayed so far, and I'm a long time in canada now ;)

  • 3rd Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


A very thick and bad humored lady wanted to know if I paid or not at the time of check out, and I had already paid, as with any normal hotel, hostel needed a bit more care but is not a bad hostel.

  • 12th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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At the time of your stay we were moving to a new booking system and were still getting used to it, including the payments part. This has all settled down now. Sorry if your process was not as smooth as it normally is!

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