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Fridge, microwave
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Basic Shared Dormitory, Multiple Beds (3 Twin Bunk Beds) | In-room safe, free WiFi, bed sheets
In-room safe, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of BackpackersHQ


1.0 star property
Adults-only hostel in shopping district in Centretown

6.0/10 Good

16 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
250 Lisgar St, Ottawa, ON, K2P 0C8

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Centretown
  • Parliament Hill - 6 min drive
  • University of Ottawa - 5 min drive
  • Byward Market Square - 8 min drive
  • Rideau Canal - 7 min drive
  • Carleton University - 9 min drive
  • Casino du Lac Leamy - 16 min drive
  • Nordik Spa-Nature - 22 min drive

Getting around

  • Ottawa International Airport (YOW) - 14 min drive
  • Ottawa, ON (XDS-Ottawa Train Station) - 9 min drive
  • Ottawa Station - 9 min drive
  • Ottawa Fallowfield Station - 22 min drive


  • Genji Japanese Restaurant - 3 min walk
  • Johnny Farina's - 3 min walk
  • Mamma Teresa - 4 min walk
  • Grounded Kitchen - 4 min walk
  • Tosca - 4 min walk

About this property


When visiting Ottawa, BackpackersHQ is a great choice to consider.



At a glance

Hotel size

  • 8 rooms


  • Check-in time from 1:00 PM until midnight
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - midnight
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after midnight please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum guest age is 12
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets stay for free (dogs and cats only)
  • Specific rooms only*


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • On-site self-parking (CAD 10 per day; includes in/out privileges)

Other information

  • Designated smoking area (fines apply)
  • Caters to adults only

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • BBQs
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Luggage storage


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas


  • English

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Window screens

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Electrical adapters/chargers


  • Weekly housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Local maps

Fees & policies


  • Self-parking costs CAD 10 per day with in/out privileges


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
<p>Long-term renters welcome. </p><p>Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit on site.</p> <p>The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.</p><p>This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.</p>

Also known as

BackpackersHQ Ottawa
BackpackersHQ Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
BackpackersHQ Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Ottawa

Frequently asked questions

Are pets allowed at BackpackersHQ?
Yes, cats and dogs stay free.
Is parking offered on site at BackpackersHQ?
Yes. Self-parking costs CAD 10 per day.
What are the check-in and check-out times at BackpackersHQ?
You can check in from 1:00 PM - midnight. Check-out time is noon.
Is there an on-site casino at BackpackersHQ?
No, this hostel doesn't have a casino, but Casino du Lac Leamy (16-min drive) and Rideau Carleton Raceway (18-min drive) are both nearby.
Are there restaurants at or near BackpackersHQ?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Johnny Farina's (3-min walk), Mamma Teresa (4-min walk) and Grounded Kitchen (4-min walk).
What's the area around BackpackersHQ like?
BackpackersHQ is in Centretown, a short 12-minute walk from University of Ottawa and 18 minutes' walk from Byward Market Square.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities


10/10 Exceptional

Good Stay
Brandon, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

4/10 Fair

First of all, bed bug bites after every night. Owner in denial, keeps saying "it's a new room!" I asked for a discount last day, (3), because of bugs...he says.."it's clean"..even though I showed him the bites. Apart from that, it is a beautiful old house, spacious rooms on two floors.apparently third floor not so good. Clean , comfy mattress. Small kitchen. Always Cold. Kind of unprofessional.
2-night trip
Verified guest review

2/10 Poor

Please do not book here! The hostel is disgusting, and they are scammers who attempted to extort more money out of us. On arrival, we were greeted by a member of staff with no record of our booking. After being shown our booking confirmation he took us upstairs to a room containing building materials. There were further ladders and building materials in the corridor outside, which were almost impossible to get past without tripping. The room had no lock. The room was dirty, as was the bathroom and toilet. The whole hostel smelt of BO. Around ten minutes later this member of staff returned to our room to tell us that we needed to pay again the amount we had already paid. He said this was because I had only booked for one person. On being shown that the booking confirmation was for 2, he said it was because I had only booked 1 night. On being shown that the confirmation said 2 nights, he said it must be a problem with the currency conversion (as the confirmation showed pounds not dollars). He then agreed that we could stay for the price booked. We went out for the evening. On our return, shortly before midnight, we were met by a man who I assume was the manager. He said we could not stay for our booking unless we paid a second amount. We argued for sometime but he refused to abide by the price we had booked and paid. He lied several times, and refused to let us stay for the nights we had booked unless we paid extra.
2-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

2/10 Poor

So I book for 6 night for 3 persons and I already pay it for 1 person. With that money, so we make a deal for 3 persons for 2 nights and he say it's okay. After we check out, he told us to pay 600 dollars more.
Gregorius, 1-night family trip
Verified guest review

2/10 Poor

2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

moshood abiola, 1-night trip with friends
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

SHUNKI, 3-night trip
Verified guest review

6/10 Good

Pros Location is great. Quiet neighborhood. Staff is very friendly. Cons The property is very run down. The rooms are too small to fit 3 bunk beds. Extremely hot inside the room. Only one bathroom for the entire hostel, not very clean.
2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

3-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review