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HI Ottawa Jail

75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, K1N 7B9, Canada

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Overall Rating 87%

From 13 Reviews

Hostel rating (13)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 91%
Cleanliness 83%
Location 95%
Security 85%
Service 88%
Comfort 80%
Green rating 85%

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 $27.07
  • Private
    From $77.34
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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

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 members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • 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 - 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:
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

Good breakfast Female 6 bed 702 was great! Female bed 701 someone used my assigned bed! The front desk staff said: move the person out of my bed. No offer to strip and make the bed. Or give me clean sheets! Or give me the clean top bunk in 701. I said give me any bed, even a cell. I was given a top bunk in female 4 bed tiny room 905. The door did not close. It only touched the door way. I told the staff member when i checked out. i didn't need a key as the door doesn't close. She was confused.

80%

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Jeanne,

Sat 15 Sep 2018

Clean, comfortable friendly.Hot,spacious showers. Comfy beds,Great breakfast.Well equipped,clean kitchens.Friendly,helpful staff. Loved historical additions to hostel; e.g photos of old jail,new hostel, info boards about the old jail. Fun activities,e.g. pasta night, film night,tours of the jail, pub crawls for young ones! Suggestions to add to the activities;invest in a boxed set of TV series “Porridge” for guests. Add porridge to the breakfast menu.

100%

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Sue,

Tue 07 Aug 2018

It was an amazing experience. I would recommend doing the hostel tour whi h is daily and free to get to know the hishisthishistohishisthishistorhishisthishistohishisthishistory of the jail. The common area is very comfortable and they have really cool board games, netflix and loads of events going on. Another bonus: plenty of fruit for breakfast, which honestly is a rarity in hostels. It was totally worth it. However not very disabled friendly.

100%

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Ioana Emilia,

Mon 06 Aug 2018

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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