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Poole, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

The best part about this hostel is the building. It's an old jail with minimal restorations and is really cool to stay in. There's a free tour every morning that is really interesting. It's supposedly haunted too. But I found this hostel really anti social. The staff were lovely and friendly, but no one seemed up for doing anything social....

Thank Becky J
Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a great stay at Jail hostel. Staying there is an experience on its own if you have never been in a real Jail :) It's an old Jail where you can actually stay in real individual cells. The staff is nice, the breakfast decent and bar pretty good to hang out and socialise

Thank jamious0
Belfast, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed here for a night in a 6 bed female dorm- no complaints, decent value for money in a central location and handy for parking (12$ for the night/day - in fact, they'll let you stay til 3pm the next day). The jail tour is well worth taking (it's free) and lends a novel atmosphere to the visit. If...

Thank Emil7793
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hello, I stayed at Hi-Ottawa in May 2011 and just like a jail the lights are always on. If you go and rent a cell, the bed is comfortable but you'll need ear plugs and an eye mask. You can hear everyone on the same floor if you don't wear earplugs. Other than that it is a comfortable stay.

Thank JoeCuisine
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

We stayed for three nights in April and loved it. Not the greatest beds, but that's just my thing. Staff were pleasant enough and out tour guide if the old Gaol was incredibly knowledgable and enthusiastic about the ghost stories! Highly recommend staying and doing the Gaol tour. Very noisy at night, as the rooms and corridors are designed to...

Thank JustJack95
Winnipeg, Canada
Reviewed 25 October 2016

The location of the hostel was great and the staff very accommodating but not worth the expense of having to deal with the BED BUG infestation. I stayed there one night and was planning on staying 5. Bugs were found half way through the first night and resulted in many itchy bites. Not pleased with this at all and resulted...

Thank vict0riacanada
traveller315, General Manager at HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback regarding your stay in Jail. It helps us improve the services we offer to our guests. I am terribly sorry to hear what happened to you. I wanted to assure you that we take these situations seriously and that we also have a very comprehensive plan for dealing with all manner of pests, including the...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

So cool sleeping in old jail cells! If one was claustrophobic might be an issue, especially in single bed cells. Double bed rooms had enough space, breakfast was basic, but get in early to not miss out on bagels. Free jail tour was aweasome. Hostel was in a perfect location to walk everywhere. Parking on site which is a small...

Thank CanadianPip
Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The Ottawa jail hostel is extremely spooky! If your looking for an exciting and interesting place to spend a few nights in Ottawa this is the place ! All the amenities are well off just don't expect much room for your self your beds are in actual cells

Thank mattrocksfya
Reviewed 29 September 2016

The staff at the hostel were the nicest, and the location was perfect for me. The price was really good too! But the cleanliness- not good. I found a woman's fingernail (like not a fake stick-on one- a real full fingernail) in my bed when I was making it, and when I accidentally dropped my sheet on the floor, where...

Thank Elise B
traveller315, General Manager at HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback regarding your stay in Jail. It helps us improve the services we offer to our guests. I am terribly sorry to hear what happened to you. I wanted to assure you that we take these situations seriously and that we also have a very comprehensive plan for dealing with all manner of pests, including the...

Hamilton, Canada
Reviewed 27 September 2016

The jail is located within walking distance to the market, parliament hill, and the rideau centre. Staying this central is typically quite pricey, so the hostel makes experiencing downtown Ottawa more accessible. That being said, you are literally sleeping in a 19th century jail. The walls are brick/cement and the windows have bars on them. The dorms/cells do not even...

Thank Lauren H

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  • Free Breakfast
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located in downtown Ottawa, the HI-Ottawa Hostel is within easy walking distance of Parliament Hill, the Byward Market and all the major downtown attractions. We offer a relaxing, friendly atmosphere, heaps of on-site parking, free wi-fi, linen and towels. A great place to hang! ... more   less 

Additional Information about HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

Address: 75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B9, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
Price Range: ₹ 1,567 - ₹ 5,108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — HI Ottawa Jail Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 29
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“Single rooms are very, very cramped”
 of 5 bubbles BeckyJ736, 25 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Always bring earplugs”
 of 5 bubbles JoeCuisine, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The wifi doesn't reach top floors!”
 of 5 bubbles 391eliseb, 28 Sep 2016 | Read review
“The single cells were very tiny - if you are claustrophobic opt to share with people in a dorm for more space!”
 of 5 bubbles 438laurenh, 27 Sep 2016 | Read review
“The jail cell floors carry noise due to the design of the building, but the front desk has free earplugs if you're a light sleeper!”
 of 5 bubbles walkingwordsmith, 3 Aug 2016 | Read review
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