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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

75 Nicholas Street, Ontario , Ottawa, Canada

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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. Get 10% on your stay with your HI membership card.

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.

HI members get a 10% discount at check-in upon presentation of their card!

Online group bookings not accepted, you must contact the hostel directly if you would like to make a group booking

Check Availability

Sat 23 Jun 2018 - Tue 26 Jun 2018 Change
Selling out fast!

Room Summary

Sat 23rd June 2018 - Tue 26th June 2018

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.0

  • Security 9.4

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.0

  • Atmosphere 8.1

  • Cleanliness 8.1

  • Facilities 8.0

Latest Reviews

  • 9.4


    17 Jun 2018
    I really enjoyed my stay here - while the rooms were small, it added to the overall charm of the place. Excellent wifi, clean sheets and towels, and the good breakfast. My only criticism is the quality of the bathrooms - a little outdated and could use improvement.
    Australia, All Male Group, 31-40
  • 9.4


    09 Jun 2018
    Great hostel and amazing location, it's located right near the big market and a lot of attractions. Such a cool hotel. Things are clean, breakfast is alright.
    Vietnam, Male, 25-30
  • 8.9


    14 Jun 2018
    1st night I sayed in the mixed bedrooms, the bedroom was ok, but the bathroom on that floor was a bit disgusting (old tub with plastic dirty shower curtain, old linoleum floor). The other day I stayed in a single person cell and I absolutely loved it! It was really cozy and relaxing, the bathroom on this floor was clean (new shower cabins with ceramic floors and a big showerhead, the water pression was great -You can take a satisfiyng shower!) I think I will return this summer! Great Experience!
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3


    14 Jun 2018
    The hostel itself has so much history to it, the tour they do is worth doing which they have daily at 11am from reception. Breakfast was ok, the rooms were clean could have been better, you have to share 1 bathroom between 3 rooms of 8 people per room so you had to time it right to jump into the bathroom. Overall good, and would say definitely stay to be able to see the history behind the building itself
    England, Female, 25-30
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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
  • Steam Room
  • 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


  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Taxes Not Included

Things to Note

1. **All guests with reservations made AFTER JANUARY 28TH, 2018 are entitled to a 10% discount upon presentation of their Hostelling International Membership Card.**

**Please note that any reservations made BEFORE JANUARY 28th, 2018, were made at the HI-Membership Rate. If you are not a member of Hostelling International, there will be an additional charge of $5.00 per person/per night.**

2. The mandatory provincial and federal taxes (17%) will be applied at check-in.

Online group bookings not accepted, you must contact the hostel directly if you would like to make a group booking

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