Extended stay motel sites in Ottawa to reopen by end of year

Ottawa is expected to reopen more than 30 of its hotel properties in the coming weeks as extended stay motel operators begin to open their doors for the first time in nearly a year.

The city said Friday that its extended stay motel operators will reopen in the city by the end of the year.

It was not immediately clear when the properties will reopen.

The number of hotels and motels operating in Ottawa has shrunk to about 4,400 from more than 8,400 at the height of the opioid crisis in the spring of 2017.

More than 3,000 hotels and motel rooms have been lost in the crisis, leaving more than 11,000 beds vacant.