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 Sunroom, aka Musée de Stas - 98 sq. ft.
South-facing windows and a radiator spanning the entire wall. This bedroom is decorated with interesting pieces and oddities - by its previous inhabitant - that will keep your wandering eye occupied for hours. Small desk & chair also included. This room gets real warm, so don't pack your flannels!
Want a third person? There's sufficient space on the floor.
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.
Wi-Fi (up to 60Mbps down/10Mbps up)
Parking for one car may be available (there is free street parking on evenings 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 $6 at multiple places - I recommend Chez Barbe.
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
Philip is a cool and very easygoing host. He has not only prepared the room and flat very well, but as well provided us with lots of suggestions where to go and eat. Very professional! I can highly recommend to stay in his apartment.
I liked my host Philip and the place. He kindly show me around to the grocery store, provided me green shopping bag (attention to detail).
I was surprised that he prepared everything in the house for use, e.g., full set of cooking facilities, including chopsticks. As a result, I didn't go out to eat during the stay. I felt comfy and pleasant there.
We didn't stay very long at Philips apartment but everything was just great! The room is sweet and cosy, the bed was comfortable and all utilities have been in a brilliant shape. We've chosen the apartment also because of the proximity to Ottawa Downtown and we were glad that we only had to walk 20 minutes to get there. Unfortunately I haven't got the chance to meet Philip but communicating with him was easy and he did all he could to make our stay as pleasant as possible! He provided handwritten information about Gatineau and Ottawa with his recommendations for restaurants etc. Please do not hesitate to book the room, you will be proud of your decision!
The apartment was clean, big and cozy. We didn't meet Philip, but we could communicate well via the Airbnb messages and he gave us many tips what to do in Ottawa. The location is perfect if you are travelling by car because there is a parking lot available. We would definitly recommend Philips place :-)
This was my second stay with Philip and I would definitively come again. The appartment is spacious, tidy, and clean. Even in early December the heating kept the room nice and warm.
From the place, it's only a short bus ride to downtown Ottawa and busses leave every couple of minutes. Shops, restaurants, and pubs are all within a five minute walk and the nearest depaneur is just a few houses down the street.
Philip is a great host; friendly and very helpful. It was really a pleasure staying with him.
Although he could not be here, Philip gave us all useful instructions to come in. The room was nice, comfortable everything we needed was already prepared (sheets, towels).
Note that the neighbour considered us suspiciously.
Ottawa city center is close by (by bus), so it is very convenient. definitely recommend this room.
Due to the attacks occurred on Oct. 22nd in Ottawa, we weren't able to get to Philip's house nor spend the night there. However, during our travel to Ottawa, Philip gave us frequents updates on the situations and the traffic. That was really kind of him, he also offered another accomodation when it was clear that we couldn't reach Ottawa. On our next trip to Canada, he will certantly be our first choice!
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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.