Whether you're seeking world-class shopping or simply want to immerse yourself in Canada's history and culture, Ottawa is the place to be. Hotels in Ottawa are spread throughout the capital city's neighborhoods, each encompassing distinctive shopping, dining, and nightlife experiences. Grab an Ottawa hotel room near the ByWard Market in the center of the city, a bustling farmers market and shopping district where the pubs and clubs come alive at night. You'll also be only a stone's throw away from Parliament Hill, the seat of Canadian government, the National Gallery of Canada—showcasing the country's national art collection—the Royal Canadian Mint, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
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Many Ottawa cheap hotels that don't skimp on creature comforts can be found in the city's eastern end along Sparks Street, where a glorious open-air promenade offering everything the serious shopper or browser could desire bustles with activity. Walk along Bank Street, especially on the southern end, where The Glebe offers a unique mix of local restaurants and retailers. Also, Westboro and Wellington villages, both west of downtown, offer chic boutiques and some of the city's finest cafes and coffee shops. And, if after a busy day of shopping, your stomach growls for some ethnic eats, head to Preston Street, the city's Little Italy, or Sommerset West, Ottawa's Chinatown, both southwest of downtown.
If your trip to Ottawa coincides with the winter season, book a hotel in Ottawa in the northern end of the city and take advantage of the Rideau Canal, which winds its way through the city and in winter becomes the world's largest naturally frozen skating rink. And if that's not enough to satisfy your winter wanderlust, head north from downtown to Gatineau Park just across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill, where 361 square meters of cross-country and downhill skiing are set amid a pristine wilderness. While in the park, check out the spectacular views at Champlain Lookout and visit the Mackenzie King Estate, the country home of Canada's 10th Prime Minister.