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HI - Ottawa Jail

75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, K1N 7B9, Canada

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Overall Rating 87%

From 27 Reviews

Hostel rating (27)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 90%
Cleanliness 84%
Location 96%
Security 88%
Service 88%
Comfort 76%
Green rating 83%

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

  • Dorm
    From €20.58
  • Private
    From €27.44
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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, 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.

Prices

Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night

Beds

Private - Per room per night

Rooms

Important info

  • 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 members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Additional tax is payable at check-in.
  • 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 - Free
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

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

Opening times

Open all year

Reception:
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

Because of a booking mistake we even got our private room, and didn't have to pay more. Very friendly persona. Nice activities. It's a cool experience to sleep in an old jail. Ottawa it self is dirty and not really special

87%

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Katjuschka,

Wed 27 Jul 2016

Ich fand es schade, dass es im Zimmer keine Schließfächer und keine Lampen am Bett gab. Im Treppenhaus riecht es recht "muffig". Meiner Meinung nach gibt es zu wenig Duschen für Frauen. Das Frühstück fand ich sehr gut und natürlich die Atmosphäre vom Hostel. Auch die Hosteltour fand ich gut.

87%

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Jana,

Fri 22 Jul 2016

I thought the entire building was renovated -- no mention of no elevator and NINE floors! There should be some mention that this place is NOT suitable for any disabled person. I ended up having to pay for room on 9th floor because I could not climb those steps with my disability NEVER have booked if known had to pay so gave the room away. stayed at expensive hotel at ll:30 pm at night, Really very disgusted. past great experiences with renovated HI places so thought this would be too. WRONG.

47%

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,

Fri 22 Jul 2016

Super Unterkunft, einzigartiges Erlebnis, tolle Lage

100%

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Sabrina,

Fri 01 Jul 2016

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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