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HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel Reviews

75 Nicholas Street, Ontario, Ottawa, Canada

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1031 Total Reviews
  • 75%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 78%Staff
  • 76%Atmosphere
  • 76%Cleanliness
  • 73%Facilities

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Great experience, even greater breakfast and really friendly staff! Not always informed about all the announced activities (like the tour to the supreme court that does not exist in winter) but always helpful and easy to get everything such as skates for very good value to go ice skating on the canal. Can definitely be recommended!


The location is awesome. I just needed a place to sleep so the cell room was ok for me. It was clean and cozy… at least, I didn’t see spiders in the corners of the cell or had problems with bedbugs, which was my most fearful concern. Well, these comments are based on my personal experience and from a specific period of time, which was in the middle of a winter season, where few people travel. I can’t imagine how this place may be during summer season and, particularly, during Canada Day.


I had a great time! I really enjoyed the breakfast and talking to the staff. The location was also better than expected. Only thing: a picture of the single bed room should be on the webside, so that people can see how small that "room" is.

  • 30th Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


I would recommend this hostel however I booked a single room online not realising it was an old single jail cell with very little room (no room next to bed). Although the staff were very accomodating and allowed me to change rooms, i think this should be made more clear when booking (ie pictures) as it may not be so easy to change rooms in high tourism season. Also it was not ideal that the bathrooms and toilets were located on a different floor, down a daark hallway at night.

  • 30th Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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