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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 8.6

  • Security 9.3

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.2

  • Atmosphere 8.7

  • Cleanliness 8.3

  • Facilities 8.5

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    10 Apr 2019
    Amazing hostel! Great location, friendly staff proficient in both English and French. Great atmosphere in this historic building, although I imagine if might be a bit creepy for home. The single cells are amazing if you're not claustrophobic, and it's definitely worth the money. The hostel has a great breakfast, and the included tour is great with lots of information about the jail.
    Canada, Male, 18-24
  • 9.7


    20 Apr 2019
    Location is the best, walking distance to Rideau canal, Parliament hill, Byward Market and most attractions. I did my whole tour by walking with no problems. It was fun experience. There are lots of infos at front desk like when is the free admission to museums. Very useful. The staff are very friendly. Cell and bedding are very clean. The only reason I gave 4 star to facilities is because there is only one washroom on each floor for women or men, feels weird to walk during night.
    China, Female, 31-40
  • 9.7


    19 Apr 2019
    Great location, funny concept, would stay in a jail cell again.
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    04 Apr 2019
    Slept in a single cell. Was afraid I maybe would suffer from claustrophobia but was one of the best nights I had during my trip from Québec to Niagara Falls. Just remember that the 'doors' although they have blinds in the middle (nobody could watch you sleep or something) are open at the bottom and the top. enough space for your backpack under the bed. Don't miss the tour but I would recommend to do this on your last day ;)
    Germany, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    02 Apr 2019
    All I needed in Ottawa was a place to sleep and leave my stuff during the day. This exceeded my expectations, very friendly and helpful staff, breakfast was good. I would definitely recommend this place!
    Canada, Male, 41+
  • 9.4


    18 Apr 2019
    Not my first visit, and I keep going back because their great location and the super friendly staff!
    Mexico, Male, 25-30
  • 8.9


    30 Mar 2019
    Make sure to get the earplugs or you will not sleep well. They should be way more prominently advertised.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 8.6


    18 Apr 2019
    A place where stay itself is an experience!!! I stayed in the mixed dorm during early spring 2019. Location, staff, cleanliness are second to none. They also provide decent varieties for breakfast and it's been frequently replenished to meet the needs. Security lock is exempted from the fee but I highly suggest to include them for free. All in all, good value for your buck..
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 8.6


    12 Apr 2019
    Guests required a code to get from the reception into the main area (great security). My room mates and I had difficulty opening our door, but the room was large and clean. They need to fix the lights at each bunk as not all of them worked. One shower could use a caddy as there was no where to place shower products. The location was very close to Parliament Hill, Rideau shopping center was a stones throw away, Byward market and University of Ottawa. Overall a good experience.
    Canada, Female, 41+
  • 8.3


    13 Mar 2019
    One of the big things needed in the room I stayed in (a private cell in the Ottawa Jail Hostel) was a hook for my coat and a place to put my bag other than the floor. The bed basically took up the whole room so when I went to sleep I had to put all my stuff on the floor.
    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