About this listing
HERITAGE APT w MODERN AMENITIES - own washer/dryer/dishwasher. Full kitchen with dishes, pots/pans, knives, barware, etc. Huge windows. Hardwood floors. HDTV, PS3, WIFI, HEAT/HYDRO - EVERYTHING INCLUDED!
Washer and dryer (full size) in the apartment for your exclusive use.
Free unlimited hi-speed WI-FI or wired Internet.
Free full HDTV cable package with wall-mounted flat screen TV
ALL utilities included
4 major bus routes (though this condo is downtown already)
Steps from shops, 24-hour grocery stores (2), banks, pharmacies, restaurants
Well-stocked kitchen amenities
This unique and super clean condo is on the second (and upper) floor of a converted and modernized 1871 mansion.
Original hardwood floors and mouldings, tall 6 foot high windows, and a large eat-in kitchen with its own 6 foot window, makes this condo feel like a house.
Parking is optional. A parking spot is a 1/2 block away (30 second walk) and is $10 plus HST ($11.30) per night per vehicle with in/out privileges. No reservation required.
You will have the entire condo to yourself.
Interaction with Guests
This would be your own apartment and as such, you will be given your privacy. Most communication would be by text. In the unlikely event that there is a repair required, we react quickly and work around your schedule.
This is a diverse, and active neighbourhood. It is a comfortable walk to the Byward market, the Rideau Centre, Ottawa Conference Centre, Parliament Hill, U.S. embassy, Russian embassy, University of Ottawa, shops, 24-hour grocery stores, public transit, liquor and beer stores, movie theatre, live theatre, banks, restaurants, etc.
Public transit is steps from the front door and includes 4 major bus routes. Flagging a cab is convenient. Walking through the downtown is easy. A car is not required though optional long term parking available 1/2 block from the condo for $75 a month or $10 for 24 hours.
Other Things to Note
There is a park steps away, and a community centre with an indoor year-round pool 2 blocks away.
Check-in is anytime after 3 pm. Check out is anytime up to 11 am. Regretfully, due to lack of space, we are not able to store luggage.
The condo is not for parties, get-togethers, stags, bachelor/ette gatherings, prom nights, a dinner/cocktail party, etc. The number of people in the condo should not exceed the maximum number allowed to stay.
We ask that our guests be respectful of our home, the furnishings and supplies, and also respectful of our fellow condo owners. Excessive noise will not be tolerated.
Smoking is limited to outside the building.
Pets, though we love them, are not able to stay in our heritage building.
I stayed there for 3 nights with 3 other people. There are pros and cons to this place.
The best thing about this rental is the location. It was mostly clean and neat.
However, as many guests have said in their reviews it's way too hot in the apartment and though I read reviews extensively before booking I was reassured by the various reasons Catherine has responded with for it being too hot.
In actuality the A/C is not large enough/powerful enough for the apartment. The living room (where the semi portable A/C unit is) is the only place that is cooled by it. The kitchen and bedroom are VERY hot, so of course one would want the window open to let in the cool night air, thus allowing in the loud traffic of buses. The ceiling fan in the bedroom provides little to no relief. Nor does the upright fan that is provided offer much reprive. It was unusually hot the days we stayed (temperatures between 30-35°C) but even a regular summer day would have been quite uncomfortable in the bedroom and kitchen.
Another issue is that the A/C is intensly loud. When watching the Jays games (and other programs) we had to have the TV up full blast in order to hear what was happening. I was concerned for the neighbours comfort as well as my own hearing. It's a lot of white noise, and a couple times we all agreed to turn the A/C off for 10 or 15 minutes just to give our ears a rest.
Since there were four of us (max capacity) two of us slept on the pull out couch which was moderately comfortable. However, since the A/C unit is partly in the window, one shutter needs to be left wide open alowing the street lamp to blast into the window at night. There is a curtain to pull over, but it is quite flimsy and only mutes the light slightly.
If the A/C were replaced with one better suited to the apartment I would consider returning, but definitely not before.
The guest is right. The A/C can be improved upon and I am grateful she told me in this review. I am taking care of adding more right away .... Since the installation of the new A/C in June, the feedback has been positive .... the system, however, was not being overtaxed previously because this guest's stay happened during the first (and only) heat wave of the summer so far ..... I encourage all my guests 3-4 times during our pre-check-in communications to please email, text or call me anytime day or night if you need anything once you check in. I also say, "I can only help you while you are here, once you check out it is too late, so please contact me if you need anything" ... This guest never mentioned the A/C, before her arrival or during her 3-night stay. She on;y expressed to me that they all loved the apartment, in the two brief texts we exchanged during their stay. If she had told me at anytime during her stay that they were hot I would have resolved the problem swiftly and to their satisfaction. That is what I am known for and what the majority of my reviews will reflect. I have thousands of reviews online and they are quite positive overall. I have many repeat guests too and I believe it is because my motto is, "to always strive for perfection".
My friends and I stayed at this apartment while we attended a conference at the University of Ottawa. We loved how well laid-out and organized everything was as Catherine included a booklet with any information you could ever need for getting around the city, restaurant recommendations, tourist attractions, etc. We have a lovely experience staying here and would gladly stay here again if we ever came back to the city! Thanks, Catherine!
Apartment has lots of character, and the location was fairly convenient to Byward Market and downtown (about 1.5 mile walk). The street noise inside the apartment was loud, so it was difficult to sleep. Bus stops right outside the apartment, which is convenient but also encourages congregating on the front steps and noise.
This was a rare exception that we had a heat wave for one night in May and in the past 10 years we have never had a need for air conditioning this early in the season. It was very hot during this one day but it cooled down at night. That is why this guest had her windows wide open. Usually, my guests do not complain about outside noise because the A/C is on and the windows are new and quite thick.
We felt very welcomed and accomodated by Catherine. The place was clean and easy to access. The apartment was well appointed and easy to use. The only issue was the heat was blasting and no way to turn it down.
I am so glad that Joy and her family enjoyed their stay so much. Joy also mentioned to me that it was a great walking location to the canal for skating and shopping. Regarding the heating, yes, you can turn it down! We have instructions in the manual as well as throughout the condo. It is usually simple, however, if any of our guests find it not to be, we are always a quick text, email or phone call away. It is rare that you cannot reach us immediately no matter what time of the day it is. We are willing to help with any issues our guests may encounter. We also offer arguably the best manual around! We clearly list every possible thing s guest would need to know (and always updating) in an easy-to-understand format. We know how difficult it can be to go somewhere on vacation and find you spend most of your time trying to figure things out than enjoying and relaxing. We try to take out that part of traveling to allow you to concentrate on the fun! Regards, Catherine
We had a wonderful time At Catherine's place. The house is amazing. The location is perfect. You can feel you're at home. We would like to come back!
Hosts made us feel very welcome, were quite attentive to small details and were around to correct small problems.
Place is well-equipped and quite central; excellent access to buses; a short walk to U Ottawa.
One complaint is that the apartment is on a busy and fairly loud street. Closing windows reduces the noise, but this is not easy in warm weather.
I thank you, Larry, for your wonderful comments about our apartment, our willingness to assist our guests, and the convenient location. We have found, through hosting thousands of guests over the years, that what everyone puts at the top of their list is cleanliness, comfortableness, convenience to the sites, university, government offices o the business district and you have agreed that our apartment is strategically located. It sure helps that there are also 4 major bus routes a few steps from the front door.
With regards to noise, during the warm months we provide air conditioning so no need to open the windows and the same applies during the cooler or cold months when we heat the building to a comfortable level.
We want our guests to know that when they stay at our apartment they are enjoying the downtown experience..and that includes street noise (though our windows are triple-glazed so they block out the majority of noise and this has been confirmed by many of our previous guests). We are not in the suburbs. But, there are many benefits to being so close to everything...convenience of having shops and grocery stores within walking distance and open 24 hours, the closeness of buses and taxis, the vibrancy of being in an active area, and the having a true downtown experience.
The apartment is great: clean, comfy and is within walking distance of the city. We spent a really good time there. Denis was friendly and responsive.
We will definitly come back someday.
Thanks for your kind words. I am glad that you found the apartment great and comfy. My wife works very hard decorating the apartment and is constantly replacing things as they get used a lot by our guests. Just recently she bought a huge amount of games because some of our old ones looked like pieces were missing.
I know you enjoyed spending time visiting the tourist sites and eating at the restaurants in the neighbourhood. Didn't I tell you that the restaurant one block away has the best hummus you will ever eat!
I am glad you found talking to me easy and I do stress to all our guests that we are available to help with anything day or night, seven days a week. When you are on vacation you do not want any problems, and we will do our best to make sure your stay is great.
I look forward to hosting you again. You mentioned you may be back this winter. Since Ottawa is so popular with tourists during the snow season I recommend you book early if you can.
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About the Host, Catherine
Karma is everything. How we treat strangers is a true reflection of who we are.
I offer unique, super clean, and well equipped rental properties in Ottawa and I take my responsibilities seriously.
When I travel and stay in private homes I expect to have all the basics available (like spices, coffee, teas, sugar, bathroom tissue, laundry soap) as well as finding the kitchen to have an abundance of pots/pans, knives, serving bowls, baking sheets, casserole dishes, etc.
Since I have found this is not always the case, I understand how disappointing that can be, so I tend to go overboard and offer everything I can think of.
I am a retired interior designer and a Cordon Bleu grand diplome chef. I have taken my training and experience from these two fields and applied it to offering the best accommodations for my guests, including a well-stocked kitchen! :-))