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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

A one-of-a-kind jail hostel located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, steps away from Byward Market, Parliament Hill, Rideau Centre, University of Ottawa, pubs and restaurants.

Rated one of the top 10 spookiest buildings around the world by Lonely Planet!

Here's what you may do while staying with us :
- Use our FREE wireless internet or free internet terminals to plan, skype, book, check-in, post or tweet;
- Enjoy our FREE continental breakfast every morning;
- Join us on a FREE hostel orientation tour (offered daily to hostel guests only)
- Sleep in former jail cells that have been completely renovated and adapted to suit your comfort needs;
- Join us for a pub crawl, a movie night, a dance party and much more;
- Enjoy our great outdoor patio in the summer;
- Use our communal kitchen to show off your cooking skills;
- Ask our wonderful staff for suggestions of things to do in Ottawa;

We hope to see you soon - and remember - you don't have to commit a crime to do the time!

The hostel is part of Hostelling International (HI). Hostelling International is a not-for-profit organization on a mission to build a community of conscious travellers who share a greater understanding of people, places and cultures.

Please note that HI / YHA discounts are not available to members as part of this booking.

Online group bookings not accepted, you must contact the hostel directly if you would like to make a group booking View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.3

  • Security 9.1

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.2

  • Atmosphere 8.5

  • Cleanliness 8.3

  • Facilities 8.1

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    18 Oct 2019
    Being a refurbished jail, it has security and culture to spare. Staff are welcoming, location can't be beat (you are downtown), free breakfast plus fir the curious and the history buffs, they offer a free guided tour of the jail everyday.
    Canada, Male, 41+
  • 10.0


    13 Oct 2019
    Because guest kitchen is open 24 hours, but some guest forgot to close heat STOVE, it might or may be dangerous.
    Taiwan China, Couple, 41+
  • 9.4


    15 Oct 2019
    This hostel had a great vibe and the tour of the hostel was super informative and interesting!
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    30 Sep 2019
    - The coolest hostel building that you will stay in - go for the jail angle alone!!!!!!! - Clean. - In a good location. - There wasn't much of an atmosphere for solo travellers, but I thankfully had good roommates on that front. - Staff didn't ask if I wanted any suggestions about Ottawa on check-in which would have been nice as there were lots of tips and tricks which I learnt myself and passed on to others.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    15 Oct 2019
    I booked this hostel as it was the best priced and the only one available and while the staff were exceptionally friendly, security great, facilities excellent, room clean and breakfast top notch, staying in a cell was a really weird experience! I'm not normally one to get scared or think too much about these things, but the private cell is exactly that: a single bed in a cell with bars visible and a very small (1 foot wide) space at the bottom. I don't know what I expected, but this wasn't it!
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    06 Oct 2019
    It was certainly fascinating staying at a jail. I think my expectations were a little thrown off when I arrived. I didn't think they would actually still be literal jail cells (unfinished painted brick walls - small size, bars above the door and below, etc.). It was loud when people were in the hallway but given the experience of sleeping in an old jail, I thought it lived up to its name. It was clean and the staff were friendly. A unique experience.
    Canada, Male, 41+
  • 8.3


    05 Oct 2019
    I thought it was more gonna be haunted then that.....but overhaul it was a good experience the staff was ok and the atmosphere was ok for the price i paid! But I would go again.... they should had a tour more around a normal time not 1am!!!
    Canada, Female, 31-40
  • 8.0


    26 Oct 2019
    All in all, worth one night in one of the cells, but after that, the novelty wears off due to cramped quarters (not all rooms have shelves or even hangers) especially for the price; you can really hear everything. If you wanna stay multiple nights, book one night in a cell and the rest in a dorm and save yourself some money. Bathroom facilities are fine, not the best or the worst. Mostly clean, friendly and helpful staff and a great location. Locked door to the rooms + individual locks or locker
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 6.9


    17 Oct 2019
    The authentic jail experience has worn off for me. This was my second time and it is time to explore other options in Ottawa/Gatineau. The building is in need of some repair in terms of heat and light. Way too hot in most places. Way too dark in other places, notably the eating area. Always people checking in, so the place doesn't have to scrimp and save. On to other hostels/Gîtes in the NCR.
    Canada, Male, 41+
  • 5.7


    15 Oct 2019
    The sink was blocked ... And super dirty. No light on the whole floor when I arrived.... The only nice feature is the daily visit of the prison. Apart from that: no events, nothing special to do... Not a good place to meet people: the common area was almost empty the whole time. Also, the beds there make a lot of noise and you feel like you will wake everyone up when moving during the night. Only stairs and no elevator for 9 floors...
    France, Female, 25-30
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • ATM
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Fax Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Postal Service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Cafe
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Games Room
  • Nightclub