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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

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  • 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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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.


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 8.5

  • Security 9.1

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 8.7

  • Cleanliness 8.3

  • Facilities 8.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    17 Aug 2019
    My stay was great. I wish I could have stayed longer!
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    10 Aug 2019
    My stay at the Ottawa jail hostel was great, the staff was friendly , my six bed dorm room was very big, the breakfast was very nice. They had fresh fruit , cereal and bagels, that was great. The hostel is walking distance from parliament hill and downtown.
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    06 Aug 2019
    Amazing building and impressed with level of cleanliness too!
    England, All Male Group, 31-40
  • 9.7


    14 Aug 2019
    Great hostel with the cool factor of being in an old jail. Good selection of board games but is in a good location to go exploring so may not need them. Breakfast is good and recommend the pub crawl. Only thing I’d note is some of the bathroom doors need fixing with better locks.
    Australia, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    13 Aug 2019
    Nice and friendly staff, great breakfast, interesting jail tour, cool events: all in all unique experience! Would definitely come back! :)
    Hungary, Male, 18-24
  • 9.4


    09 Aug 2019
    Was really happy with my stay here! The hostel is a very cool historical building. Definitely more on the pricey side, but I had a good stay. Breakfast spread is good too. Only downside is that the bunks don't have shelves next to them.
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    05 Aug 2019
    I really enjoyed my time in the HI Jailhostel in Ottawa. The staff was super helpful and gave us local tips for the city. The room was really clean and the beds comfy. There were a lot of options at the breakfast, also fresh fruits. Would totally come again.
    Switzerland, Female, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    11 Aug 2019
    The jail hostel has a great location in downtown Ottawa and the building is really interesting. There is a nice garden to sit outside. I stayed in an 8 bed mixed-dorm and it was generally fine, but the air condition was pretty loud and could not be adjusted. The room had enough lockers for everyone and space to store the luggage. What bothered me is the lack of shelves and hangers where you could put your things in the bathroom while brushing your teeth etc, also it could have been cleaner.
    Germany, Female, 25-30
  • 6.6


    17 Aug 2019
    for the 170$ that I spent. I would have expected there to be a tv in the room. I was in general satisfied but never done a hostle before. It was ok but in the future I will spend the 170 on a motel
    Canada, Female, 41+
  • 5.4


    15 Aug 2019
    Not up to the normal HI cleanlynes standard, especially when you consider the cost. The dorms need a revamp! Not impressed!
    Australia, 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