Located right in the heart of downtown Ottawa is the Swiss Hotel, a European-style hotel with a modern flair that puts you close to everything - we are between Parliament Hill, the Byward Market, the Shaw Convention Centre, and the University of Ottawa. With reclaimed hardwood floors and an eye for design, our hotel is in a historic building built in 1872, and each of our 22 rooms has been freshly renovated with a private bathroom en suite, free wifi, A/C, an iPad, and a Nespresso coffee machine. Our space can be used for small meetings if you are planning an event. The hotel also has a courtyard garden patio for relaxation - a true oasis in the middle of the city. An optional Swiss buffet breakfast is offered for your convenience.
5 on December 03, 2013
We stayed at The Swiss for five days and loved it. The rooms are clean, modern and lovely. You get wi-fi and even your own i-pad. The beds are super and we slept like kings and queens. Remember to include breakfast, the owner cooks the eggs you want, French toast with maple syrup, wide selection of cheese, bread etc. Lovely and impressive. The owner is very friendly and such a warm and nice person.
4.0 on September 21, 2013
I visited the Swiss Hotel in August for a couple nights and loved it. The rooms are cozy and brightly decorated, the beds and pillows are comfortable, the European breakfast was delicious, and the owner was absolutely charming. I'd definitely stay again.
4.8 on August 16, 2013
Great Location within walking distance to most attractions, very clean rooms, best coffee in town, free WIFI, nice hosts, terrific breakfast ( you got to try the Muesli) . I'll be back
5 on February 05, 2011
This is an absolutely wonderful inn that will enhance your experience in Ottawa. There's nothing better than to be out all day touring Ottawa whether you want to skate on the Rideau Canal in the winter (which is within a very short walking distance) or shop the Byward Market; coming back to a place which is comfortable and homey is the ultimate experience. I've been coming here since Swiss Inn was called Gasthaus Switzerland. Same hosts Josef and Sabina are always most gracious and make you feel so very welcome. The rooms are extremely clean. The bed comfortable (they just renovated in 2010 so the rooms are new). I love the decor...modern but very warm and inviting. An optional breakfast is served in the morning with all sorts of healthy choices. Try the Swiss Muesli - delicious! All in all, I highly recommend staying here on your next trip to Ottawa. I assure you, you won't be disappointed.
4.0 on September 12, 2009
Sabina and Dominque are terrific hosts. The Gasthaus is clean with a ensuite bathroom, free internet, and a great serve yourself breakfast with homemade breads and muesli. I got up just to go down and have a cup of her coffee; it was exceptional. Parking is an extra charge adjacent to the property. The Gasthaus is close to the Byward Market, but get there by walking down Rideau Street. If you turn the street prior you will walk by the Salvation Army and the Homeless Shelter.
5 on July 01, 2009
Friendly innkeepers. The breakfast is terrific with lots of healthy choices. The outdoor patio is a nice extra. Great location, can walk to many Ottawa attractions. I'd stay there again.
5 on May 16, 2008
My husband and I booked a romantic getaway at this small, family run hotel, after a friend of ours recommended it. Location is terrific, so close to all amenities. The heritage building has tremendous charm. Rooms have a lot of character and they are very clean and superbly maintained. The owner displays a great sense of pride in her property and goes out of her way in many ways to accomodate her guests. There is a sense of warmth you get from staying at a small establishment that you cannot ever get from staying at a brand name hotel chain. We stayed at one of the suites and had a great time. Buffet breakfast was terrific, it will keep you going throughout the day and set you off to a great start. The breakfast in bed we received on one of the mornings was even better :). We felt truly pampered. Courtyard garden at the back of the Inn was very pleasant in the morning and afternoon. My husband was amazed at the business amenities available at the hotel (a large boardroom with full conference and technological amenities). He is considering organizing an upcoming business event at the hotel. We may have been fussy and demanding guests in some ways (we required additional towels, had problems setting up our wireless, needed access to fridge after hours), but Sabina and her staff exhibited exemplary patience and hospitality. We were very much impressed and will definitely stay at this B&B when we come to Ottawa again.
4.6 on May 16, 2008
My husband celebrated his birthday at this hotel. Sabina was wonderful in helping with my surprise - she recommended a terrific pastry shop just down the street for an amazing cake and helped me with selection. After we checked in, one of the staff brought it to our room, complete with lit up candles and chilled champagne. A friend recommended this place for a getaway, and now I understand why. I loved the heritage building in stone, the location, tastefully appointed rooms, luxurious bedding, the service we received from the owner and her staff. We had tickets to see a show and Sabina was very helpful with directions. She had many recommendations for restaurants and lounges and we were very pleased with the places she helped us select for dinner and drinks on both evenings. My husband is never completely offline with the kind of business he's in, so high speed wireless Internet in all rooms was a very nice touch. Breakfast is absolutely terrific, both in quantity and quality. I loved the bedsheets, they were very soft and silky. You rarely see that kind of quality linens in hotels nowadays. My husband was impressed with flat panel TV - all rooms have those. We loved lounging by the fireplace in the large conference room/dining room at the ground floor in the evening. Having our coffee and breakfast in the courtyard garden was a treat as well. I haven't tasted such great coffee since our vacation in Europe. The Swiss muesli offered with breakfast were out of this world. Next time we come we will book ourselves into one of Sabina's suites, which come complete with a large jacuzzi and a fireplace. Probably the only downside of this place is the fact there is no elevator, as hotel is in a heritage building. It wasn't an issue for us, but it may be an issue for people travelling with a lot of luggage or for elderly travellers.
Ottawa, ON, Canada (YOW) 10 miles
You may catch a taxi from the airport ($35-$40). By car, from YOW, the Airport Parkways becomes Bronson, turn right on Laurier (keep going until you cross the canal), turn left on Cumberland, we are at Cumberland/Daly. By car, from Queensway 417 (either direction) take the Nicholas Exit until Besserer St., turn right on Besserer, left on Cumberland, we are at Cumberland/Daly. By bus, catch the 97, get off at Laurier station, walk one block east to Cumberland, turn left, walk two blocks to Cumberland/Daly, our entrance is on 89 Daly Ave.
Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ottawa Convention Centre, Parliament Hill, Byward Market, National Gallery of Canada, Museum of Civilization, Performing Theater, Picnic area, River, Ski area, University
Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel
Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano , IPad in every room, Patio with garden
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet
Bircher - Muesli
"BIRCHER-MUESLI" THIS FAMOUS DISH WAS CREATED IN SWITZERLAND BY DR. BIRCHER IN 1887 AT HIS DIET CLINIC. IN 1924 IT WAS NAMED BIRCHER-MUESLI AND BECAME A SWISS NATIONAL TRADITION. RECIPE FOR 4-6 PEOPLE: 2 CUPS NATURAL YOGURT 2 CUPS ROLLED OATS 1 CUP MILK 3-4 TBSP SUGAR, STIR TOGETHER, THEN ADD 1/2 LEMON (SQUEEZED ONTO FRUIT) 2 CHOPPED APPLES, 2 BANANAS, 1 ORANGE, SOME GRAPES, STRAWBERRIES, OR ANY OTHER FRUIT SUCH AS PEARS, PINEAPPLE, BLUEBERRIES, RASPBERRY, OR KIWI.... COMBINE EVERYTHING TO YOUR TASTE. LEAVE OVERNIGHT . IF YOU LIKE, YOU CAN ADD NUTS, RAISINS OR WHIPPING CREAM! ENJOY!!!