Who We Are

We are a small, independently-owned, 16-bed (and as of September 2016) women’s only landing spot in the nation’s capital. Newly renovated and with modern decor, our affordable hostel offers the best (and cleanest!) hostel experience in Ottawa. Here at the Barefoot, we want you to have the best possible time you can. Meet some of your fellow travelers in our amazing common room, pass along your suggestions and hear what others have to say about what to do while you’re in town.

The Barefoot is owned and operated by Swiss Hotel, our parent property at 89 Daly Ave., right next door! If you wish to book a private room, visit our parent property Swiss Hotel at

Our Rooms And Rates

The Barefoot has four women-only dorm-styled rooms (4 beds per room).  All rooms are on the second floor (no elevator), and all beds are bunk beds. We cannot guarantee a bottom bunk. You can book 24/7 with live confirmation through our web reservation page.


We have several amenities that will make your stay more relaxing at the end of a long day’s travel. Our newly renovated property offers the best in hostel accommodations.

NOTICE: Adults Only

For the security and tranquility of our guests, our hostel is adults only.  You need to be minimum 19 years of age to stay at the Barefoot.

Live 24/7 Reservations

Our live 24/7 reservation system offers the speed and convenience of one-stop availability checking and instant booking & confirmation

Non Smoking

All our rooms are NON SMOKING

A Designer’s Dream Bathroom

We have 2 spacious bathrooms… you haven’t seen a bathroom like this in a hostel yet

Reception Hours

We are open from 07:30 till 22:00. We cannot check you in after these hours, so ensure you arrive early!

Multiple Night Specials

Book for 3 or more nights and stay at a reduced rate!

We Require a Credit Card

We require a Credit Card and ID for all reservations and Walk-In/Check In (Visa, Mastercard, Amex)


Just Microwave – Tea, Coffee Maker, Fridge, Outdoor BBQ

Outdoor Patio

We have a great outdoor garden patio for chillin’ in the summer

Extended Stay

The longest stay we permit at the hostel is 2 weeks (14 days).

Free Wifi

Wi-Fi internet – here you are connected 24/7.

Free Use of Workstation

Computer desk with high-speed internet use for all guests.

Great Common Room Set-Up

We have spacious common room for all our guests to enjoy including a 50″ HD TV, book exchange, and board games.

Windows that Open

All too often you get to a hostel and discover your room has no window or worse, is in the basement… not at the Barefoot Hostel. All our rooms are bright and sunny, with windows that open so you don’t smell your neighbour.


Everybody has a locker in-room to store your valuables. Big enough to store a laptop, camera and other goodies.

Luxury Linens

Each bed is equipped with a European style duvet and cover, along with a towel. Lighten the load and leave your gear at home!

FREE Breakfast Drinks

We provide you with complimentary Coffee, Tea and Hot Chocolate

FREE Toiletries

We provide you with Shampoo and Bathgel

Reserve Direct

Here at the Barefoot, reservations are done directly through our Live Booking Page.

For any questions our website doesn’t answer please feel free to call us at 1-613-237-0336

Checking In

Check-In is located next door at The Swiss Hotel, our parent property. The entrance is located on 89 Daly Ave. Just pick up the phone in the entrance, and we’ll check you in!

The latest you can check in is 10pm! ENSURE YOU CHECK IN BEFORE THEN. Once you have the key you can come and go as you please.