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HI - Ottawa Jail

75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, K1N 7B9, Canada

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Overall Rating 87%

From 31 Reviews

Hostel rating (31)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 90%
Cleanliness 83%
Location 95%
Security 89%
Service 88%
Comfort 74%
Green rating 80%

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 €18.65
  • Private
    From €24.18
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Ottawa Hostel

Hostel Ottawa

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

Certainly an authentic Jail experience. Would have been nice to have better ventilation in my cell.

73%

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Jeremy,

Mon 02 May 2016

Wifi could be better

83%

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Perry,

Sat 16 Apr 2016

Hostel was good. We had an issue booking in as our booking wasn't showing but they found a room for us anyway. We also had an issue with one person in our 4 man cell and requested to move. The staff were so helpful and friendly. It's a real novelty staying here but you probably don't want to stay in a cell anymore than 3 nights. Highly recommend the jail tour, it's awesome!

80%

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Georgia,

Mon 11 Apr 2016

I LEFT A WRITTEN LETTER AT THE CHECK IN DESK ( 30,02,2016 )TO BE GIVIN TO THE MANAGER OF THE HOSTEL.I HAD NO CHOICE,BUT TO GIVE THE LETTER TO THE SAME ARAB WOMAN ( OR A TWIN )WHO HAD TOLD THE OTTAWA POLICE A LIE AND HAD THEM TELL ME TO LEAVE SOMETIME AFTER 11 P.M.ON 25,02,2016.THE LETTER CONTAINS MY EXACT COMPLAINT.IF THE MANAGER DID NOT RECIEVE THE LETTER OR THE REAL LETTER,HE OR SHE CAN SEND ME A EMAIL AND I WILL SEND A COPY.I LOOK FORWARD TO STAYING THERE SOMETIME AGAIN.

83%

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james,

Sun 21 Feb 2016

Ein einzigartiges Erlebnis, sehr gemütlich bei - 20 grad C!

100%

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Stefan,

Sun 24 Jan 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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