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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 8.7

  • Security 9.2

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 8.7

  • Cleanliness 8.3

  • Facilities 8.5

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    26 Apr 2019
    I had a fantastic time and would definitely choose this location to stay at if I ever find myself in the city again.
    Canada, Female, 31-40
  • 9.7


    03 May 2019
    Really cool place. Would go back again for sure. Tours everyday and a pub crawl every Friday night. Breakfast every morning. Lots of cool artifacts around the jail hostel and a lot of cool history. I lived in Ottawa for years and always thought about staying at this place. Would do it again if I’m ever in town. Only downfalls about the place is the rooms r extremely hot. Woke up multiple times sweating like crazy.
    Canada, Male, 31-40
  • 9.4


    15 May 2019
    Loved staying here! I basically just needed a bed to sleep in for two nights and this was perfect. I got a cheap place to stay and a really cool story to tell! The single cell is small but if you're not too claustrophobic you're good. Sound carries at night but I knew that coming into it and it wasn't much of a disruption at all. Highly recommend!
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    10 May 2019
    This was my second stay at the Ottawa Jail Hostel. Other than the renovation construction in the front of the building and the small confusion on how to find the entrance. It was a pretty nice stay. I like the convenience that the hostel is so close across the street from the Rideau shopping centre, the Ottawa bus stops and downtown area. It made my trip easier to know that I was so close from getting off the bus to staying at my room. I also like the complimentary breakfast too.
    Canada, Male, 41+
  • 9.4


    07 May 2019
    Really cool hostel! Clean, comfortable, good breakfast!
    Netherlands, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    14 May 2019
    I stayed in a dorm and the window was sealed shut. No A/C. The room was so hot and smelly, it was unpleasant to be in. The floor I was on only had one toilet and one shower stall (hot water, good pressure, no issues draining). Breakfast was good, free row provided, lockers were a decent size. The hostel tour was interesting and the location was pretty central to most things in the downtown area.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    22 Apr 2019
    The hostel is very interesting and special, the staff is helpful, the location is very central and convenient. However, there are not sufficient toilets and showers. I lived in the highest floor and there was only one toilet and one shower for all the people on the ninth floor which is pretty frustrating sometimes.
    China, Male, 18-24
  • 8.0


    25 Apr 2019
    Good enough, best location.
    South Korea, Male, 41+
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    10 May 2019
    I have booked a shared room and when I arrived they did not have space and gave me a single room. It was literally a cell and it was not pleasure at all. Is like I was paying literally to be in prision. The room is so small someone with a big luggage won’t fit! I was lucky I was only with a carry on. Breakfast is awesome!
    Argentina, Female, 18-24
  • 6.3


    10 May 2019
    The facilities should definitely be improved, the smell was horrible in the room, showers were dirty, the doors are loud and especially its distinctive when sleeping
    Ukraine, Male, 18-24
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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