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8.5
Fabulous 1,651 Total Reviews
  • Value For Money 8.1
  • Security 9.0
  • Location 9.5
  • Staff 9.1
  • Atmosphere 7.9
  • Cleanliness 8.2
  • Facilities 7.8
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8.5
Fabulous 1,651 Total Reviews
  • Value For Money 8.1
  • Security 9.0
  • Location 9.5
  • Staff 9.1
  • Atmosphere 7.9
  • Cleanliness 8.2
  • Facilities 7.8
HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel Located at 75 Nicholas Street, Ontario, Ottawa.
HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel
Canada
Ottawa ON K1N 7B9 75 Nicholas Street, Ontario
85% 1651
45.4249164 -75.6885480
HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel
    Rooms available

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  • Anonymous
  • Australia, Male, 25-30
  • Avid Traveller
  • 15 reviews
19th Sep 2016
6.9

BRING EAR PLUGS! The cells are not sound proof so if you want any chance of getting a good nights sleep then bring your ear plugs. The building itself is cool but the facilities need an overhaul. The kitchen is basic for hostel standards (not even a working can opener) and the bathroom doors didn't lock properly. Also the bar is only open on weekends! It's got great potential but needs a bit of attention from the staff. Good location though! Walking distance to all the sights

    • 6.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 6.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 6.0Cleanliness
13th Sep 2016
8.0

Spookyyy! Nice unique experience... but be aware that Internet is haunted, so if you need a fast and reliable connection, stay away!

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
10th Sep 2016
4.3

One of the worst hostels I've ever been. It seems that since it's opening in the 1970s nothing has really been modernized - rooms, bathrooms, common room - everything was really old and scruffy. I did not really feel the charm of the former prison but just disgust. Nowadays Wifi in the rooms and sockets for charging your phone and camera should not be luxury but the norm. The staff was really friendly and helpful - but this could not change the fact that this place is really disgusting.

    • 2.0Value For Money
    • 4.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 2.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 2.0Atmosphere
    • 4.0Cleanliness
  • Anonymous
  • USA, Female, 18-24
  • Novice Nomad
  • 1 review
9th Sep 2016
9.1

Great except for the showers could have been cleaner. Just bring some flip-flops and you should be fine. I really enjoyed myself on the pub crawl with Jim and the tour of the jail the next morning. It's a super unique experience!

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 6.0Cleanliness
  • Anonymous
  • South Korea, Female, 25-30
  • Novice Nomad
  • 1 review
8th Sep 2016
8.0

It was good overall, but the wifi didn't work well. Except that, everything was good.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • Anonymous
  • Australia, Male, 31-40
  • Novice Nomad
  • 2 reviews
7th Sep 2016
9.1

Staying in a jail cell is certainly unique. Buckle up if you're staying in a single room, because the spaces are small. If you don't care about that, everything else is excellent. Especially the location. The only thing you'll find - and there is probably no way around this for the staff, so it isn't really a criticism - is that the WiFi is busted. A prison is basically a bunch of steel and stone boxes, so getting the signal working in more than the common areas is probably impossible.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • Anonymous
  • Canada, Female, 25-30
  • Novice Nomad
  • 2 reviews
6th Sep 2016
9.7

Great experience and a unique stay. Staff was great and the breakfast was awesome. Only complaint is it's a noisy hostel- you can hear noise from the road easily and all the doors are heavy and when people are coming and going you can hear it from your bed. Otherwise definitely worth the stay- just recommend bringing ear plugs for the night

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • Anonymous
  • Belgium, Couple, 25-30
  • Avid Traveller
  • 18 reviews
6th Sep 2016
8.3

It was a nice hostel with a great Location, but it was rather expensive. The breakfast wa very good and the showers also. The rooms were a bit aged but we slept very good.

    • 6.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
5th Sep 2016
7.1

Good building. The single rooms were crazy small. The directions from the train station were wrong - buses 92 & 96 both take you to the hostel.

    • 4.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 6.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • wtravel
  • India, Male, 25-30
  • Novice Nomad
  • 1 review
4th Sep 2016
8.9

The overall experience was good, specially the jail tour.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 6.0Cleanliness

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