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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

Book more than 2 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.

*Some services may be temporarily interrupted due to the pandemic. We apologize for the inconvenience!*

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 to plan, skype, book, check-in, post or tweet;
- 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;
- Enjoy our great outdoor patio in the summer;
- 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.

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Overview

If you're searching for an off-the-wall travel experience, book into the 150-year-old HI Ottawa Jail Hostel. You can sleep in a real-life solitary confinement cell (converted for comfort, of course!) – how's that for original? We go easy on your budget too. You'll get to eat free breakfasts with your fellow inmates (sorry, the other guests!) every morning and you'll get a tour of the place for no extra charge
– including Death Row. When it's time to relax, head to our awesome outdoor patio to catch some sunny rays and meet other travellers.

Location

We're in the middle of downtown Ottawa, a 7-minute walk from ByWard Market – a hotspot for Canadian delicacies like local cheese and maple-spiked chocolate. From Ottawa International Airport, get on bus 97 to the Rideau Shopping Centre, then jump off at the MacKenzie King Bridge stop after about half an hour. Walk east towards the stairs and you'll find our hostel at the base. From Ottawa Train Station, you'll need to grab bus 95 and follow the same walking directions as from the airport.

Rooms and Dorms

We've got private rooms or, for a more authentic prison experience, sleep alongside others in one of our mixed, male- or female-only dorms. You'll have your linen and towels included, and there's air con to keep you cool. Each bunk's got its own reading light, so you can stay up late with a book from the library.

Extras and activities

Join one of our movie nights (Shawshank Redemption, anyone?) in the TV lounge or come and have a drink or two at our regular parties. You can head off on one of our pub crawls if you're into the nightlife scene. There's a games room for downtime and we have 24-hour security to keep you and your stuff safe. You'll be able to use the free Wi-Fi (your Instagram notifications will start buzzing the moment you check into our unique location!) and make your own home-cooked meals in the kitchen.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.8

  • Security 9.2

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 8.4

  • Cleanliness 8.7

  • Facilities 8.3


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    17 Aug 2020
    Awesome adventure and a highlight of our trip! Met some great people. The tour after check out was really well done and I would highly recommend. We will definitely stay here again!!!
    Canada, Female, 41+
  • 9.7

    Superb

    26 Sep 2020
    I found staying at the hostel jail to be a unique experience. The staff were warm and the jail was clean. Could do with an extra toilet on the floor but otherwise excellent facilities. Handled all the Covid protocols well.
    Canada, Mixed Group, 41+
  • 9.4

    Superb

    26 Sep 2020
    While the cells (rooms) are tiny staying in this property is something unique. In fact they offer a tour every day for guests about the history of the place. An excellent within walking distance of Parliament and the market. Breakfast is included which we enjoyed using one of the picnic tables out front. For dinners head to the market or even better the food court in the Rideau Centre across the street and bring your meal back and sit at the picnic table or the second floor dining area.
    Canada, Male, 31-40
  • 9.4

    Superb

    26 Sep 2020
    I enjoyed the uniqueness and historical nature of the jail hostel in Ottawa. The facility was generally clean. It would be an improvement if there was more privacy in the washrooms.
    Canada, Male, 41+
  • 9.1

    Superb

    12 Mar 2020
    Super cool hostel that feels really like a jail. Place itself is awesome with lots of info and daily tours of the prison. Each room tells you a story about the prisoner that stayed in there before and what crime they did. Buffet breakfast and great location in the centre
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    17 Aug 2020
    Location is great.
    Pakistan, Male, 31-40
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    03 Jul 2020
    I was happy to see that the hostel was open during these weird COVID times. The place was very quiet as 95% of its client base is prevented from coming to Canada. Clean place, very cool layout with sleeping in the cells. Would recommend.
    Canada, Female, 41+
  • 8.0

    Fabulous

    25 Sep 2020
    Special thanks to Ryan at the reception, for his kindness and help !
    France, Female, 18-24
  • 4.6

    Rating

    01 Aug 2020
    Some of the staff were very lazy and apathetic. The showers and bathrooms should receive more attention in regards to cleanliness and features. The hooks in the shower aren't long enough to hold anything, there are none on the bathroom stall doors, and the doors themself don't lock because of the cheap hardware. There was no respect or support from the staff in regards to consideration for an atmosphere of silence during the night. Room doors were difficult to open and loud waking others up.
    Canada, Male, 18-24
  • 2.0

    Rating

    09 Mar 2020
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    Canada, All Male Group, 18-24
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
General
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Washing Machine
Services
  • 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
Entertainment
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Games Room
  • Nightclub


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