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.

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  • Culture
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Il faudrait préciser que "chambre simple" = "cellule"! L'espace est très confiné! La largeur est celle d'1 matelas 1 place et 1 fois la valise rentrée, il reste 40cm² pour bouger! Mais une fois le choc passé, la valise sous le lit et les sacs accrochés en hauteur, c'est plutôt rigolo!! Ne pas oublier de demander un ventilateur et ne pas hésiter à faire la visite de la prison à 11h. Enfin, le staff est aux petits soins.


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Sun 26 Jul 2015

This hostel offers a unique experience to sleep in a private jail cell. My first nights sleep was great, after an awesome pub crawl with the hostel staff. However, after taking the Haunted Ottawa Ghosts and Gallows tour on my second night, I had trouble falling asleep. This was likely due at first to the band playing in the courtyard, but then my imagination got the best of me. I would stay here again, but would choose a more traditional hostel room over the jail cell.


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Sat 18 Jul 2015

Travel tips...

Attraction tip

Prenez une carte à l'entrée de l'auberge.

Avatar for Kevin


Mon 12 May 2014

Where next?

Colline parlementaire, se promener dans Ottawa.

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Mon 12 May 2014