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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.

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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 8.4

  • Security 9.1

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.0

  • Atmosphere 8.3

  • Cleanliness 8.3

  • Facilities 8.1


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    20 Dec 2019
    Amazing staff and very clean for a jail.
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7

    Superb

    19 Jan 2020
    A completely unique experience that I would completely recommend to anyone thinking of staying in Ottawa. Book at this hostel and you won't regret it! Make sure you do the tour to understand the history of the place. The free breakfast was great. Facilities were fine. Atmosphere was lovely.
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7

    Superb

    08 Jan 2020
    We stayed in a double bed private room for 2 nights. We had a bed, a night stand, a stool and a shelf / hooks. Shared bathroom / shower that was cleaned daily. The location is amazing! Walking distance to everything. The tour was very interesting and the guide was awesome. Overall, I would stay here again and it is well worth the experience.
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4

    Superb

    12 Nov 2019
    The prison aspect is definitely the draw, and colors the whole experience. Has everything you'd expect from a hostel, well located, well kept. I stay here often.
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1

    Superb

    31 Dec 2019
    Everything was really good except for the fact that exactly every day at 10:30pm they would use a speaker for the entire building to announce that the friggin' jail house tour would start at 11am, I mean who cares. That was absolutely obnoxious to hear every single morning same hour, I thought it was something going on in the build.
    Mexico, Male, 31-40
  • 9.1

    Superb

    28 Nov 2019
    Cool experience, great location and after the first night of freaking out, it’s actually quite comfortable! The breakfast was quite impressive with lots of fruit which is nice! The staff are really friendly and the place is clean. Communal showers and bathrooms on each level, as most rooms don’t have a private bathroom - just wish there was shelving or something to put clothes and toiletries while in the shower. Pretty cool, would recommend. Make sure to do the free jail tour as well!
    New Zealand, Female, 25-30
  • 8.9

    Fabulous

    02 Dec 2019
    Cool hostel in an refurbished jail. Breakfast was great
    Ireland, Couple, 18-24
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    18 Nov 2019
    I love the location, it's ideal! maybe I was there off season but I didn't find people who were interactive. The staff was friendly and pretty helpful.
    India, Female, 25-30
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    31 Jan 2020
    More historic than comfortable. Facilities are older and not in the greatest of shape. Beds are EXTREMELY uncomfortable and dorms can be quite smelly. Location was okay, but nothing to write home about. Breakfast was decent and free, so that's nice. It's cool to experience a night in a jail, but don't expect to have the greatest sleep!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 6.3

    Good

    30 Dec 2019
    Stayed here for 2 nights. Fun for the novelty of staying in a jail cell but the atmosphere of previous HI hostels I’ve stayed in was significantly lacking which has always been the main reason I stay with HI when I’m in North America. The showers need updating as well as the lights in the corridors.
    England, Female, 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
  • 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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