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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 8.4

  • Security 9.1

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 8.6

  • Cleanliness 8.3

  • Facilities 8.2

Latest Reviews

  • 9.7


    27 Aug 2019
    Place was fantastic! Worth the experience for the overnighted! Breakfast had excellent variety! Just a really cool experience overall. The staff were friendly and sincere. The place was well kept and the atmosphere was authentic. Would stay again.
    Canada, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    26 Aug 2019
    I loved my time at this hostel. I will definitely plan to visit again.
    India, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4


    13 Sep 2019
    Very good hostel: Perfect location, very good activities (like a city tour and a jail tour), not perfectly clean but it was okay, very nice staff, rooms can get kinda hot (turn on the AC for a long time)
    Germany, Male, 18-24
  • 8.9


    08 Sep 2019
    Great hostel , good location, amazing breakfast, it being an old jail was soo cool - tour is a must, need more social activities but would recommend!
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 8.6


    30 Aug 2019
    Great location everything close by, really cool staying here. Loved Ottawa, only downfall was the amount of stairs , wouldn't recommend bringing a HUGE since you might have to carry it up 7 flights of stairs if you end up being on level 7 or above. But other than having to pack lighter next time, would definitely come back here and recommend! Staff are lovely, beds are comfy! Come to Jail !
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 8.3


    17 Sep 2019
    It's definitely worth staying there for the unique experience and is close to many attractions.
    Australia, Female, 41+
  • 8.3


    17 Sep 2019
    Just behind of Rideau Centre, a different concept of a hostel. Close to the metro station. Sadly no bar at the hostel, but they are some pubs nearby
    Costa Rica, Male, 31-40
  • 8.0


    03 Sep 2019
    Very hot in the rooms, even with the window AC on. Bathrooms not cleaned often enough (this may be due to guests, rather than staff). Staff are very friendly and helpful. Be warned, there are NINE floors and no elevator - not great if you have heavy bags!!!! Location is very good - right beside CF Rideau mall.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    17 Sep 2019
    I stayed in a 4-bed dorm up on the 9th floor (despite what other reviews say, this really isn’t a big walk - reception is on 3 anyway). The room was spacious with a sink in. The hostel definitely needs some renovations in certain places, locks on toilets were broken and room keys wouldn’t work too well on my room. These were very small negatives though. Breakfast in the morning is good for a free breakfast. I’ve stayed in lots of hostels worldwide and this is a good one. Would stay again!
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 6.9


    01 Sep 2019
    PROS: - Solid breakfast! Clean beds, great location, Netflix & games available CONS: - Fan nor light worked in room (902)! WTH. Fan didn't work in 2nd room either (7th fl) -_- Was damn hot - No elevator, way too many stairs for a NINE floor building - Not enough washrooms - Beds were crazy squeaky - Too expensive for a hostel Suggestions to owner: - Train your staff - took 20min to check in. They had no idea about extended checkout, nor how to apply my deposit to the full price
    Canada, Male, 31-40
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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