Centrally-located amidst three noteworthy neighborhoods: the Glebe, Little Italy and China Town on the East, West and North respectively, as well as, within a walking distance from Carleton University on the South. Conveniently, also 5 minutes away from Dow’s Lake Pavilion - an end point for the Rideau Canal Skate way in the winter - where kayaks are available to rent in the summer. Number 4 bus, in front of the building, is the way to downtown Ottawa in 10 minutes. The Greyhound bus terminal is one bus stop away on the same line.
The room itself is the maximum for minimalism: a double-sized mattress over box base, two pillows, linen in white, five available hangers and yours truly, a night lamp.
Everything else like, an iron, ironing board or a hair-dryer is to be shared with the host.
Both, the kitchen and the bathroom, are also along the lines of minimalism - petite, pure and practical. And available to make use of in the best way one enjoys. The host hopes the guests would carry the free spirits to make themselves at home.
Mon copain et moi avons passé deux jours chez Marina : elle a été très accueillante ! Elle a pris soin de nous indiquer les meilleurs endroits où déambuler à Ottawa, en précisant les meilleurs pubs où s'arrêter prendre un verre et les meilleurs restaurants qui valent le détour. Elle connaît très bien Ottawa, ses quartiers et même sa politique municipale -- vous aurez des discussions enrichissantes avec elle ! Marina se déplace en autobus et en vélo, elle sera donc en mesure de vous conseiller les meilleurs moyens de vous rendre à votre destination en utilisant le transport en commun ou le transport actif. Son appartement est petit mais très, très propre. C'est apaisant de passer du temps dans un logement décoré avec minimalisme ! Nous avons dormi dans la chambre principale, et Marina, dans le salon adjacent qu'elle a pris soin de fermer avec des portes amovibles. Malgré la proximité, nous avons eu toute l'intimité que nous souhaitions avoir. Marina a été parfaite : elle nous a mis à l'aise, dès le départ ! Elle nous a offert à déjeuner (avec un café manière bulgare !) et nous gardons d'excellents souvenirs des discussions que nous avons eues avec cette grande voyageuse qui aime apprendre à connaître ses invités.
This is my third stay with Marina, and she continues to be the consummate host. The ad accurately describes a simple, no-frills, but very warm and friendly space. She is also a stickler for cleanliness, which is always appreciated. But the best part is sitting with Marina over a tea or dinner and having a wonderful conversation. My stays are always very homey and comfortable, thanks to Marina :-)
Marina is great host, very gracious and welcoming to her apartment. Location is close to central Ottawa, very quiet area. It is minimalist, but everything that you need, and as described.
Marina was lovely, as was her place. She made me feel very welcome, everything was spotless and comfortable, the building was quiet and secure, and she even made me breakfast! We had a great conversation, she took lots of time to help me learn my way around the neighbourhood and recommend coffee shops and restaurants. Her place was very convenient for getting to and from Carleton, Chinatown, Little Italy, the Glebe and downtown. I would definitely stay here again! Thank you Marina!
This was my second stay with Marina, and it was even better than the first! She has always been a kind and thoughtful host, but she goes the extra mile to find just what will make each guest feel most welcome. She really listens and is very helpful when it comes to getting around downtown Ottawa.
The ad described the space accurately: a clean, simple and comfortable space - basically, all you need!
The neighbourhood is quiet, but close to public transportation and walking distance to Little Italy and the Glebe. I found the location quite convenient.
Everything was great at Marina's place. She offered us tea on arrival and explained all of the things we could do in Ottawa.
The room is simple like on the photos and very clean. Close to Little Italy for some good restaurants but a bit of a walk to downtown ( especially in the snow!)
Nice, simple place; not far from downtown; Marina is a great host and took the time to explain what there's to do in Ottawa.
I treasure experiences collected over years and thousands of miles. Love tulips, tomatoes, tents and trains, but, before anything else - each and every day - a timely-brewed tin of coffee!!! In line with trying to live life with less, I bring home books, movies, music and magazines from the library. I've a plane ticket to visit Bulgaria in May and am saving for one to visit Brazil in December. Am always curious and up to hear what others love, save and crave for!