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HI Ottawa Jail

75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, K1N 7B9, Canada

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Overall Rating 85%

From 15 Reviews

Hostel rating (15)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 89%
Cleanliness 77%
Location 97%
Security 87%
Service 89%
Comfort 72%
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 $26.36
  • Private
    From $67.78
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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

C'est une place unique avec une atmosphere calme et relaxant.

100%

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Corrado,

Sun 10 Jun 2018

Plus de vélo disponible à la location à 9h15 il ne restait qu’un vélo et nous étions 3 .....dommage

87%

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sophie,

Tue 05 Jun 2018

Worst Ive ever been.Rooms no air ventilation, 18C outside,suffocating at night, Inside was 30C.Did not sleep at night, too hot with, no air conditioner, very few space for 4 people in a room, in one corner a tiny prison window.Beds really bad. Got the bed at the top, and just barely moving,it causes noise,and bothering my friend bed bellow.No lookers, no reachable power plugs.1 bathroom for a single person, for just the hole floor.Lights: mine was broken.Breakfast: not good ,2 stars.

53%

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Pablo,

Thu 31 May 2018

Our stay at the HI Jail Ottawa was superb! Certainly a different experience and wouldn't have missed it. Loved the authenticity of the jail and the staff were absolutely brilliant.

97%

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Christina,

Fri 09 Mar 2018

Only complaint I have about this hostel was the lack of anywhere to lock valuables away - most other hostels had a small locker in the rooms for use with your own padlock. However, other than that, I only have good things to say about this hostel. Great, central location, friendly staff. Not the most sociable hostel, but I was there mid-week so maybe that could account for it - also, very cool to stay in such a historic building.

80%

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Alison,

Mon 19 Feb 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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