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8 Stylish Ottawa Airbnbs to Book in 2021

by Megan Honan
Updated July 31, 2021

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Often passed over for more popular metropolis cities like Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver, Ottawa remains a hidden gem within the Great White North.

Visit Canada’s capital city to step back in time and explore the country’s historical past while visiting Parliament Hill, the Neo-Gothic home of Canada’s legislature. There’s no shortage of spots for museum lovers to while away the afternoon, from the National Gallery of Canada to the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian War Museum, and the Canadian Museum of Nature. They’re all within a few block radius.

Or perhaps you’d rather stroll along Rideau Canal, where you’ll spot plenty of locals enjoying time out on the water regardless of season. They may be ice skating during the winter or cruising on by during boating season.

More of a foodie? Ottawa is home to some of the top chefs in Canada, with restaurants ranging from Asian European cuisine at Next to farm-to-table Canadian at Supply & Demand to modern French at Allium.

Complimenting the food is Ottawa’s incredible local craft beer scene, with endless options and combinations to try. Currently home to over four dozen independent breweries, travelers are taking note and coming from across the globe to try noted spots like Dominion CityBeau’s Brewing Co., and Kichesippi Beer Co.

With a city so full of history and charm, you’ll want to pass on the chain hotels and find a special Ottawa airbnb to lay your head at night.

From spacious, downtown lofts to elegant homes along the Rideau Canal to an ultra modern chalet, there’s no shortage of choices when it comes to selecting the perfect Ottawa airbnb for your next Canadian adventure. All rates are listed in U.S. dollars.

Related read: 50 Coolest Airbnbs in the U.S. for a Great American Adventure

1. Urban Penthouse Loft

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Why you should stay: Modern accommodation in the heart of the city.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 5 nights
  • Rates from: $199/night

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Rideau Canal and the bustle of the downtown core, this urban penthouse loft offers unparalleled views of the city. Gaze out the bright and airy windows to look out over a pleasant park below or kick back on the private outdoor terrace with a glass of Champagne to kick off your stay.

Featuring exposed brick walls and a modern color pallet, the style is akin to a hip warehouse, while the bathroom oozes luxury with a freestanding tub and huge walk-in shower. Snuggle up to the gas fireplace for a night in, then rest your head in the plush, hotel-quality bed for a good night’s sleep.

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2. Ultra Modern Chalet

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Why you should stay: An ultra-modern retreat in the woods west of Ottawa.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $219/night

Tucked away in a pine and ash forest, you’ll find a unique, passive solar house in the woods just a quick jaunt from the Kanata Business Park and downtown Ottawa. Gaze out at the peaceful setting through the 14-foot-high wall of windows while cozied up in front of the Scandinavian-style fireplace.

While most think of Ottawa as an urban vacation, there are plenty of places to enjoy nature just outside the city, from peaceful walking trails to extreme mountain biking paths to some of the best white-water rafting in the world. Discover the wild side at this Ottawa airbnb, all while enjoying the ultra-modern chalet’s luxurious comfort.

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3. Trendy Westboro Home

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Why you should stay: Uber-modern condo for half a dozen in Westboro Village.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $298/night

If you’re looking for modern luxury, this trendy Westboro home is the spot for you. Just a quick 15-minute drive to top attractions like Parliament Hill or the ByWard Market, this space offers a respite from the downtown core without sacrificing convenience. Its in Ottawa’s nearby Westboro Village, which has its own share of walkable restaurants, bars, and shops in case you prefer to explore on foot closer to home.

Featuring high-end furnishings and spa-like bathrooms, you’ll feel like you’re staying at a swanky hotel with the amenities all to yourself.

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4. Peloton House

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Why you should stay: A lovingly renovated 1867 building full of period charm.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $166/night

Nestled in the central, old-world Heritage Conservation District of New Edinburgh is where you’ll find this classic home dating back to the 1800’s. Updated for modern living, the Peloton House provides the modern comfort of gas fireplaces, a fully stocked kitchen, and heated floors in the bathrooms while still retaining its heritage and charm.

From the second-floor balcony you’ll have great views and a breath of fresh air first thing in the morning. Outside, there’s a private jacuzzi for soaking tired feet after a long day out and about. But perhaps the best part is that the home features a collection of Canadian artwork on the 10-foot-high walls that’s available for purchase – it’s like sleeping in a mini-art gallery.

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5. Private Parliament Condo

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Why you should stay: Affordable, upscale condo in a cool part of town.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $117/night

While technically located just across the river in Gatineau, this luxurious spot is just steps from the Champlain Bridge and is surrounded by mature trees for the utmost privacy. Gatineau is where you’ll find the Canadian Museum of History and parks ranging from manicured to mostly wild. The spacious home can host up to eight people, making it a comfortable home base for a getaway exploring Ottawa with family or a large group of friends.

Off-property, you can hike on the the area trails or quickly cross the bridge to sample some of the best restaurants with wide-ranging menus over on Wellington St. West.

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6.Greenhouse Oasis

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Why you should stay: A picturesque tiny house akin to sleeping in a dreamy treehouse.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $61/night

In the beloved Old Aylmer neighborhood, discover the most charming greenhouse oasis just a quick walk from all the quaint shops, restaurants, and bars in the area. Nearby, there’s a bike path leading to Ottawa, Hull, the Gatineau Park, and the beautiful Aylmer Marina, making it easy to cruise on two wheels for the day.

Closer to a glamping experience, this delightful little space is home to a clawfoot tub, lush greenery, and bohemian hanging swings perfect for late-night chats. Guests also have access to a private English garden, patio, and fire pit for a cozy evening sipping on craft beer from a nearby brewery. It’s possibly the most affordable airbnb in Ottawa for four people.

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7. Groovy Glebe

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Why you should stay: Step back in time to revel in the groovy 1970’s decor.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $215/night

Tucked away in the heart of Ottawa’s Glebe neighborhood is this far out 1970s pad. Decked out in authentic mid-century modern furniture, psychedelic wallpaper, and cozy shag rugs, this spot is for those looking to embrace their inner hippie without sacrificing a single creature comfort.

Browse the outstanding collection of records spanning across multiple decades and spin a disk or two. While the space may look like it’s from time gone past, the house comes with a fully stocked kitchen, high-speed internet and a smart 4K TV for psychedelic movie nights in.

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8. Elegant Home on the Canal

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Why you should stay: An elegant home just steps from the famed Rideau Canal.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $193/night

Perfect for a weekend getaway, this picturesque, historical home offers room in spades for a family or a couples retreat. The heart of the home is the funky tiled fireplace, accompanied by a notable coffee table book collection prepped for some late-night reading. Unwind in the luxurious bathroom or gather around the outdoor patio table to enjoy an evening drink and game of cards.

The nearby Rideau Canal is a great place to spend the day. The UNESCO World Heritage Site has a five-mile trail perfect for year-round adventure. You’ll see hikers and bikers in the summer and even ice skaters and snowshoers in the winter months. It’s a good spot for a morning walk with kids or mobility-impaired guests not up for longer hikes.

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