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Barefoot Hostel in Downtown Ottawa is a small, independently-owned, women's-only 15-bed backpackers' haven. With a modern decor and white bedding only (duvet and duvet cover), our affordable hostel offers one of the best experiences for a visit to Ottawa on a budget with free internet computer use and free WiFi. We keep a backyard patio in the summer with a BBQ for our guests. We are within walking distance of all major tourist attractions, including the Byward Market, Parliament Hill, Rideau Canal, Rideau Centre, Shaw Centre. Our hostel is a popular landing spot for women traveling to Ottawa, whether they are solo travelers, young business professionals, undergrads, masters and PhD students, US Visa applicants. Larger groups can rent the whole house (16 beds) to enjoy complete privacy. Whether you are traveling for business or leisure, you can’t go wrong with how close we are to the heart of the city!
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Having spent many a night in hostels around the world, the cosy comfort, cleanliness and ambience of the Barefoot Hostel was more than a pleasant surprise. The location was great - close to grocery stores, the Byward Market and public transportation as well as within walkable
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Response from Sabina S, Owner at Barefoot Hostel
Responded 30 Apr 2018
We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and the company you had during your visit at Barefoot Hostel! We look forward to welcoming you back when your travels being you to Ottawa once again! Thank you so very much for leaving your thoughts on your stay with us and our location!
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Stayed mid-end sept (unseasonable warm). The bottom half of the place with the living room and kitchen and entrance had aircon(a/c), but the upper level where all the rooms were was incredibly HOT it was like sleeping in a sauna. They had fan machines in the rooms but they
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Response from Sabina S, Owner at Barefoot Hostel
Responded 28 Sep 2017
The city certainly struggled with heat this summer until very late in the season! Thankfully, this morning the cooler autumn weather seems to have arrived in earnest. We do not have A/C on the second floor, and will be discussing amongst ourselves what the best course of action is for next summer, but we are very sorry for our guests who were affected by this. Thank you for staying with us.
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The Barefoot Hostel was full of pleasant surprises. The employees are friendly and kind, the beds clean and comfy with a good pillow and nice duvet. Lots of space to lounge and a kitchen to use if you dont want to eat out at the the great restaurants near this great
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Response from Sabina S, Owner at Barefoot Hostel
Responded 26 Sep 2017
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We are so very happy you enjoyed your stay with us, but would like to say that although the breakfast at Swiss Hotel is excellent, we do not offer it as a general rule to the Barefoot Hostel, as our space is limited. We are certainly excellently located, and there are many food options for our guests in the immediate vicinity! Thank you again for staying with us.
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After weeks of staying in busy and crowded hostels, this was a really nice break. The hostel only sleeps 16 people, so it was nice and calm most of the time. The rooms were very nice and colourful, and the bathroom was super nice too. There isn't anywhere to cook food but there
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Response from Sabina S, Owner at Barefoot Hostel
Responded 15 Aug 2017
We are very happy that you found your stay with us relaxing amidst your travels! Thank you so much for taking the time to write us this review!
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The hostel is very clean. The bedding and towels are fantastic. There's a wait for the bathrooms during g peak times, and the rooms can get a little too warm. There's also a lack of space to put bags and stuff. I'm here for almost two weeks, and I wish there was laundry
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Response from Sabina S, Owner at Barefoot Hostel
Responded 11 Aug 2017
Thank you for leaving us the review! We do not offer laundry facilities, but there are some local ones that aren't too far away (Market Cleaners is right on Dalhousie, a few blocks away). We certainly hope to see you again!
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I did not see any lockers. I stored my stuff on a chair beside the bed. It's not a state of the art hostel with lockers and curtained beds or anything. It is nice though and I felt reasonably safe.
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Hello! We share parking with our sister business, Swiss Hotel, on a first-come, first-served basis (12$+tax/night, no in/out privileges). There is free evening and weekend parking on the street in the neighbourhood, and paid parking nearby as well!
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"Would be warm in winter, based off my experience in summer!"
"Rooms NOT air conditioned"
"quiet, clean"
"All bunk rooms are more or less equal, but groups of 4 might ask for their own room together."
"Check-in is strictly at 3pm so it's best to arrive after that time."
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PRICE RANGE
US$ 34 - US$ 102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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CanadaOntarioOttawa
NUMBER OF ROOMS
4
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