Formerly the Carleton County Gaol jail, Ottawa Jail Hostel is a historic landmark that offers you the unique opportunity sleep in a former jail cell. This downtown hostel has bags of character and charm and makes a great base to explore Canada's capital.

HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel offers a unique blend of shared and private jail cells as well as traditional shared and private hostel style rooms. There’s free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, a large fully equipped kitchen and an onsite bar called ‘Mugshots’. There are also areas that are still set up as they were when prisoners occupied the jail, including death row and the gallows.

Museums, galleries, festivals, national historic sites, bustling city activities and scenic recreational paths all are located close to the hostel, and your HI membership will get you discounts at many local restaurants and businesses designed to enhance your experience.

What travellers think...

Green rating

72.0%

Reviews

I got there expecting a $55 bill. All told it was $87. Other than that it was very good. All you can eat breakfast in the morning. Score.

90%

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Steven,

Mon 24 Feb 2014

El encargado de la recepción fue bastante poco amable. En mi pieza no cerraba la ventana correctamente y considerando los -20 grados que hacían afuera, no fue nada bueno. La pieza estaba demasiado fría y el viento congelado entraba por la cabeza de la cama. Finalmente decidí irme, ya que el lugar era excesivamente frío, poco acogedor y el ambiente no era para nada bueno. Claro está que quien estaba en recepción no le importó en lo absoluto que hubiese pagado lo que pagué por la pieza (y perdí) y su actitud fue siempre pesada y de mal carácter. No recomendaría este hostal a nadie.

53%

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Matilde,

Sun 12 Jan 2014

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Montreal

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