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

Best for

  • Sightseeing
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Culture
  • Socialising

Green rating



Jugendherberge am noch zumutbaren Niveau (dem alten Gebäude geschuldet) : wer micht auf den letzten EURO schaut sollte vielleicht für etwas mehr eher ein Hotel suchen Frühstück für Jugendherbege absolut i.O. Mitarbeiter sehr freundlich und mit guten Ratschlägen bei Fragen bzw. Touren Ggf. im Vorfelds Kontakt mit dem Hostel aufnehmen da sie Vergünstigungen bzw. Rabatte bei einigen Partner anbieten (Eishockey Ottawa Senators, VIA Rail, ...) Sehr gute Lage direkt im Zentrum


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Mon 17 Nov 2014

No lockers and wifi didn't work in the rooms, but overall fine.


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Fri 14 Nov 2014

Travel tips...

Where next?

Colline parlementaire, se promener dans Ottawa.

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Mon 12 May 2014

Budget meal tip

L'auberge est au coeur de la ville. Vous trouverez des restaurants, fast food à moins de 10-15 minutes de marche. Sinon, le Metro est un magasin ouvert 24/7. Vous aurez les ustensiles de cuisine à l'auberge.

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Mon 12 May 2014