About This Listing
I have a cozy little room perfect for one guest who wants an affordable space in downtown Ottawa. Perfume/scent free. With adorable dog! Close to the canal it's perfect for a pedestrian! Street parking only. Elgin is GREAT locale for foodies!
I have a great little room for a single visitor. The bed is a cot with a surprisingly comfortable IKEA mattress cut to fit the frame! My apartment is right downtown Ottawa and is half a block from all the entertainment Elgin street offers! I'm walking distance to Parliament, the market, the canal and more! I am a people person who enjoys hosting guests and hearing tales of travel. I have a dog (and this is his apartment too) so you must like the canine persuasion...he likes everyone! He's a cockapoo, so "low" allergen and no shedding! This is not a "I hope you don't mind dogs, or can tolerate dogs" listing...this is a YOU MUST LOVE DOGS listing. I've had a recent experience where the guest was clearly uncomfortable with the presence of the dog and the dog let us both know he was having none of the shunning and expressed himself in a way I'd rather not encounter again! So, if you don't really like dogs, I'd rather you book with someone else. If you DO really like dogs and might like to pet my dog and give him the occasional treat, then this is the perfect spot to stay! It's great for someone on a budget who wants to leave Ottawa with a lasting positive impression of the hospitality available in this city! (Warning, I'm a Maritimer at heart)
I've been told the room is warm and cozy with a very nice energy! I keep the energy in my house on the positive side with regular cleansing! I'm not a flaky as that sounds!!
My fridge is attractively slimmer than most and usually well stocked, so its hard to say we can "share" it (as it's prime real estate)..but I will share any and all food I have with you!
The shower has great water pressure, the tub is too small for a bath if you're over the age of ten.
I think everyone will immediately like this place. It feels like a cottage in the middle of a city. Everything is on a small scale, but it's absolutely perfect. If you're over 6'2" you may find it too small...but I'm only 5'3" so I love it!
Guests can use the kitchen and other spaces out side of the guest room. I have a TV and DVD player. If it makes sense to watch something together, we very well might! (Anyone can use either when I'm not around!) I have a strong wifi signal.
Interaction with Guests
I like people and am pretty chatty...but if the person wants to be left alone, that's ok. I'm not usually one to choose that option! I have been known to cook for guests, drink a little wine...hang out. I have had great experiences with my guests...so maybe if you're the "stay alone in your room type" you may like another place better! Of course it all depends on timing and work load etc. (of both parties).
This neighbourhood is known as the golden triangle. It is really beautiful with old houses and trees! The canal is two blocks away so close to skating in the winter and cycling or running in the summer. Rama Lotus yoga is just one of many studios within walking distance, and Elgin Street offers many distractions of the entertainment variety! I can give you a whittled down list of recommendations when I better know what you're looking for!
OC Transpo stops are close by going in all directions. Nothing is too far. But being right downtown, walking is my preferred choice of transport.
Other Things to Note
We share the building with three other apartments. I just expect general respect for the neighbours. No guests/friends over before asking me. No smoking inside or beside building...must go out to street.
I recommend Karen's house!!!!she made me so comfortable like my home!!!Further, she helped me to know famous tourist attractions such as Canadian museum of history..and gave me tons of information!That is, she took care of detail things!!It's useful!!what I like mostly is to have breakfast and dinner together!!! Karen is cool and funny, so I am sure you can enjoy Ottawa trip as well!!!
I love, love, love Karen and Sandy. She (and Sandy) warmly welcomed me when I arrived at their place. The room was exactly as advertised, it is small and cozy (but I did not have any problem fitting in =) and I totally enjoyed Karen taking me around as we walked Sandy. I also enjoyed getting to meet some of Karen's friends as she took me to some interesting places nearby for dinner and/or drinks. The location is just amazing, right off Elgin street, where many restaurants, pubs, and stores are located. I totally recommend Karen's place when visiting Ottawa (although you have to love dogs, as Sandy is one FRIENDLY dog. =)
Karen is a very kind and friendly host, and I felt safe and comfortable while I was staying at her place. The neighborhood is really nice too. It's a quiet family neighborhood, and you can walk to pretty much everywhere if you don't mind walking. It's a only 5-minute walk to the kid-friendly Museum of Nature!
A very cosy and quite place, with a very inviting little kitchen and access to a common living room equipped with a vintage turn table and a collection of excellent rock and folk LPs from the 60's and up.
Very nice and welcoming, with a hint of India in the decoration, meditative and located in a very convenient area of town close to Banks, good restaurants and great clubs. A must.
Karen is very friendly, responsive and a lovely person. Karen has made a very warm and familiar environment for me. Thanks Karen !!! I hope to see you soon !!!
About the Host, Karen
First and foremost, I'm a people person! I love to experience different places and cultures. Love to cook and enjoy "breaking bread" with others...the best way to get to know people! I come from a fairly large family (for these times) and find it easy to share my space with others. I have lived away (Belize, India, Ecuador) and traveled to quite a few other places too. I think we're lucky to be born in Canada, to be able to travel with ease and to have access to so many entertaining things to do on any given night!! I love radio...community radio or CBC in particular. If you're here, you'll be offered food and probably given suggestions on something (or some band) to see! (Suggestions can be taken or ignored...not a problem!)
Great addition to the hood! A gourmet pizza place...thin crust deliciousness!
Great wings/brunch/meeting place. Huge pub with 5 different bars with something for everyone. Good place to watch the game!
24 hour diner with breakfast anytime! They know what they do, and do it well. Slogan is My Canada includes Poutine!
Super hip 5 star taco joint (and more) with free pinball machine. Take out window Mon-Fri lunch. They'll txt you when your table is ready! (Always a line up!!)
Walking distance to wine store! Yummy!
pharmacy if you need one!
Tons of different types of yoga at all times of day! From Kundalini to Bikram and everything in between.
Great health food store walking distance from my pad.
Excellent musician owned and operated music store! Buy and sell new and used equipment!