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HI Ottawa Jail

75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, K1N 7B9, Canada

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Overall Rating 87%

From 12 Reviews

Hostel rating (12)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 91%
Cleanliness 87%
Location 97%
Security 90%
Service 82%
Comfort 77%
Green rating 84%

Ottawa Jail Hostel offers a unique blend of shared and private jail cells as well as traditional shared and private hostel style rooms.

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Ottawa Hostel

Hostel Ottawa

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

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 and a large fully equipped kitchen. 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.

Prices

Prices are non-member prices

Sorry, there is no availability for the dates you have chosen or the hostel is closed. Please refer to the hostel information for contact details and opening dates.

Dorms - Per guest per night

Beds

Private - Per room per night

Rooms

Important info

  • Additional tax is payable at check-in.
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of are unable to be accommodated under all circumstances.
  • Children under the age of must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 5 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 5 stay free.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of CAD 10 per person per night is available to members on arrival.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout

Facilities

Facilities

Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • TV room
  • Terrace / patio

Accessibility

  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers
  • Computer Charges - Free
  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning Type - In selected areas
  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - At a cost
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available
  • Locker Type - In Room
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available during hostel reception times
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Reception:
Open 24 hours
Check-in:
Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-613-2352595

Fax. 1-613-2359202

ottawa.jail@hihostels.ca

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Parliment Hill (1 to 2km)
  • Rideau Canal (500m to 1km)
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization (3 to 5km)

See the full list of attractions

Reviews

Reviews

I will come back to this Hostel next time in Ottawa! Thank you for the great tips! Also REALLY GREAT: Jail tour! Was professional and good explained for the audience. I really enjoied the frighday PUB CRAWL! Brought me together with great folks I will meet again in my live and in my hometown! THX 4 being there!

77%

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Robin,

Thu 13 Feb 2020

Hi Robin, thanks for the awesome review! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and I hope we see you again some day soon! -Erin, A.G.M.

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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel,

Sat 15 Feb 2020

It is a pretty cool place, be aware of the noise and wear your earplugs!!!

93%

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Karina,

Mon 10 Feb 2020

Hi Karina, thanks for leaving a review! It is true that noise does tend to carry on the cell floors as the building used to be a functioning jail. We do however offer free earplugs to all guests in case you are looking for a slightly less authentic jail experience. -Erin, A.G.M.

Manager avatar

HI Ottawa Jail Hostel,

Wed 12 Feb 2020

Location

Location
Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (5 to 10km)
  • Cinema (2 to 3km)
  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Golf course (More than 10km)
  • Gym (Less than 500m)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (Less than 500m)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (500m - 1km)
  • Nightlife (At or next to the hostel)
  • Parks / Green Area (Less than 500m)
  • Restaurants (At or next to the hostel)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (500m - 1km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (At or next to the hostel)
  • Ski area (5 to 10km)
  • Swimming pool (1 to 2km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (1 to 2km)
  • Theatre (1 to 2km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (Less than 500m)
  • Water park (More than 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Airport
Bus #97 to Rideau Centre (MacKenzie King stop). Or take the Airport Shuttle to the Novotel Hotel.
Bus
Bus #1 or 7 (Downtown) from the corner of Bank and Catherine St. to the Rideau Centre.
Car
Parking at hostel (chargeable)
Rail
Bus #95 (Fallowfiled) to the Rideau Centre (MacKenzie King stop).

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