About this listing
Stay here for proximity to everything; the Québecoise neighbourhood; breweries & restos; walk to festivals, the sites, park & rivers; cycling trails; VISA runs; non-stop public transit & the night life! A cute flat inside the ugly duckling building.
THE ROOM - 71 sq ft
It's great for short stays as it's small, yet just right.
Northeast-facing window; down duvet, all the sheets & pillows you'll need; towels included; one electrical outlet; radiator in the room (old skool but so awesome & clean, radiant heat). More than two? There's two couches in the living room/beach!
This second-floor, one-hundred year old, 975 sq ft (91m sq) apartment is getting some love and attention. The outside needs a helping hand and hopefully we'll have fun outdoor space ready to go next summer!
3 bedrooms, one bathroom, kitchen, living room and sun/dining room.
If you need parking, please inquire - I'll see if there's anything available for free.
Wi-Fi (up to 60Mbps down/10Mbps up)
Ask if there's free parking available. (There is free street parking during the evening and weekends, plenty of paid-lots too)
The kitchen is equipped with a stovetop, oven, fridge, and small appliances like a panini grill, rice cooker, coffee bean grinder, and kettle
Not into cooking? There's lots of restaurants around here. AND, a hot Québecoise breakfast is served for about $5 at multiple places - I recommend Chez Barbe.
PORTABLE Wi-Fi! Wander around the city with a hot spot in your pocket!
$5/day | $10 for 3 days | $25/week
Interaction with Guests
I speak English, et un peu de français et espagnol. I've got a degree in business & politics; working in marketing, tourism & hospitality; and I like to have fun, of course!
I'm happy to host, and if I can make the time I'd love to show you around, share a meal, or at least a drink! Let me know ahead of time if you'd like to hang out; I know this city and have grown to love this city.
A short walk from Canada's most-visited museum - the Museum of History - this apartment is nestled in the oldest non-indigeneous settlement of the national capital region. Vieux-Hull has countless restaurants, bars, dated & cheap taverns; dépanneurs (alcohol-loaded corner stores); urban parks with sports fields, ice sheets, courts, and pools; a paved trail network over 100km long; BIXI bikes only four blocks away (warm months only); a handful of grocers within a few blocks; and we're situated between two rivers and a canal easily accessible within minutes from the front door. Oh ya! There's also the casino, a small underground mall two blocks away, indoor sports fields & courts, and the War Museum at LeBreton Flats are a 15min walk, and at least three micro-brew pubs just around the corner!
Originally settled by English immigrants in 1800, today Vieux-Hull is 80% francophone. Although nearly everyone is bilingual, especially in the service sector, anglophone visitors will get a bit more of a cultural experience on this side of the Ottawa River.
Everything fun seems to be open later in Vieux-Hull and welcomes more people into their establishments than in Ontario - 18 is considered an adult, bottoms up! There's one resto-bar around the corner that does not close its kitchen before 1am! :-) And bars are generally open until 3am.
OTTAWA, THE NATION'S CAPITAL
Only a 20min walk across one of the bridges, or a quick zip with the BIXI bikeshare or a taxi cab, you will find all the major tourist attractions within a 10-35 minute walk.
There's A LOT going on in the national capital region all year round, here's a list of our favourites. Also, Thursday nights from 5-8pm, most nationally-accredited museums and galleries offer free entrance and discounted rates for special/travelling exhibitions.
March - Irish Festival, Home & Garden Show
April - Farmers markets and BIXI bikes return
May - Tulip Festival, Ottawa Race Weekend, FestiBiere (Beer Fest)
June - Franco-Ontarien Festival, Westfest, Italian Week, Dragonboat Fest, Summer Solstice, Aboriginal International Arts Festival, Festival L'Outaouais en fête, Fringe Fest, Jazz Fest, Ottawa Explosion, Rib Fest
July - Canada Day, Light Shows, Fireworks, Jazz Fest, HOPE Volleyball Tournament Festival
August - Blues Fest, Hot Air Balloon Festival
September - Writers Festival, Nuit Blanche, Taste of Wellington, Animation Festival, Imagine Eddy, festival culturel de Gatineau
October - Oktoberfest, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Parliament returns
November - Support Local Month, Food/Wine Show, Poutinefest, Santa Claus Parade, Christmas Farmers Markets
December - Festival of Lights, holiday choral concerts, Boxing Day
January - New Years, outdoor ice rinks return, Festi Beer
February - Winterlude Festival, Festibière, Winter Brewed Fest, Gatineau Loppet, Fashion Week, Sexapolooza, Lunar New Year
Public transit is extremely convienent with multiple lines in all directions into Ottawa, the airports, the universities and colleges, Gatineau Park, or west to Aylmer and east to les banlieus (suburbs) - the transit systems operate 24/7, but most service ends at about 1am.
Walking - the major tourist attractions include Parliament, the National Art Gallery, the Notre Damme Cathedral, National Arts Centre, the Rideau Canal and Winterlude festivities, the War Museum & Bluesfest, the Museum of Civilization/Candian History, Gatineau Park, Casino Lac Leamy & International Fireworks Competition, Château Laurier, Rideau Centre Mall, Byward Market, Rideau Hall, Royal Canadian Mint, Sparks Street, Elgin Street, etc.
VeloGo (Vélopartage/Bikeshare) returns in June...hopefully!
Taxi cab - the Ottawa airport (YOW) is about $40, pay with cash and save a few dollars. There are four taxi lay-ups near our place depending on the time of day: daytime surrounding Promenades de Portage (the big government office buliding) on Laval, Hôtel-de-Ville and Portage, and evenings on Laval.
SMOKING - if you need to, we ask you do it outside and in the backyard.
DANCING - if you're going to have a dance party on a weeknight past 11pm, wear headphones :-) Quiet hours from 11pm-7am
From Sep 1 - Nov 30, 2015 the minimum stay is 2 nights.
the guest room: read up on Canada, Air Canada, and get a snap of you with that local, vintage camera
I didn't meet Philip in person, but I can say that he is a caring and friendly host. He wants his guests to enjoy their stay and even provides them with infos about various events in the city. His apartment is only a short walk away from the next bus stop. It takes 10 minutes by bus to go to the downtown of Ottawa. All in all, it was a very pleasant time in Gatineau / Ottawa.
Nous avons passé deux nuits super chez Philip, l'appartement est bien situé ( pas loin d'Ottawa à pied) et dans un quartier animé !
Nous n'avons pas eu la chance de le rencontrer mais ils nous a laissé toutes les informations nécessaire dans la chambre.
Seul petit point négatif : la voisine du bas qui est un peu intimidante mais nous étions prévenus
The best experience of all. If you're looking a place to stay in Ottawa or in Gatineau, don't think it twice and pick this choice.
Philip was a great host, very friendly and easy to get along with. He provided numerous suggestions of things to do and see, some of which I tried, and they were all great! His place is in a great location and is close to some great restaurants and bars. The room is cozy and the house had everything I needed. There was another guest staying at the house for part of my visit, and he was equally as friendly and pleasant to spend time with. Ottawa is a great city and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, and if/when I'm back staying at Philip's will be my first choice.
To start with, the place is really nice and has everything you need. The living room is nice to hang out, the bathroom is large and the kitchen is fully stocked. Only downside is that it gets rather warm in the apartment, although our bedroom was a bit cooler.
The city has lots of things to do and see, and we definitely recommend going to Byward Market for a drink and eat.
Philip is very quick in his communication, and although we did not meet him seems like a really nice guy. He provided lots of different tips to have a drink or eat, and he could probably provide even more if you ask. If we are in the area again, we would definitely consider staying here.
Le logement de Philip était très propre et très bien décoré ! Ne vous laissez donc pas décourager par l'apparence extérieure du bloc appartement :-) Il est aussi situé à près du centre-ville d'Ottawa -- environ 25 minutes de marche.
Philip est très bien organisé, et même si nous n'avons pas eu la chance de le rencontrer, les instructions qu'il nous a données pour accéder à son appartement étaient très claires. Il était aussi disponible pour nous par texto.
Toutefois, nous y sommes allés un vendredi soir, et le centre-ville de Hull est assez désert compte tenu que les fonctionnaires semblent tous quitter pour la maison après 17h. Le quartier n'est pas le plus charmant, et nous avons été tenus éveillés par quelques fêtards.
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About the Host, Philip
Salut! Je viens de la ville capitale du Canada mais j'ai été élevé sur la côte ouest de la belle Columbie-Britannique.
Traveling from the capital city of Canada and originating from the south coast of British Columbia, I seek mountains, forests, wildlife, inspiring views, warm sand, hot sun, waves, sunsets, the up north, architecture, art, great food, interesting people and society.
Traveling is a bit of a sport for me. I like extremes - I've slept alone in a hammock on an isolated Caribbean island beach for 5 days - catching fish and eating coconuts to survive; I also very much enjoy 5 stars of luxury ;-)
I'm a happy and friendly person, considerate, tidy, and always excited to meet new people. Here in Ottawa I go to all sorts of concerts, festivals, poetry readings, museums and galleries, restaurants, bars, chipwagons (poutine!); I dabble with art, play sports, jog, cycle, watch hockey and movies, read, party; I travel a lot and my families are from all over the world.