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    HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

    75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B9, Canada
    1 (613) 235-2595
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    • Excellent22%
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    • Average23%
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    “free tour” (17 reviews)
    “death row” (15 reviews)
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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    This hostel is a former prison in Ottawa. The building itself is quite cool and again is pretty close to the heart of the action in Ottawa. Definitely recommend this location for spring/summer/fall when walking around the city is easy. It has some parking if...More

    Thank Lee A
    Response from Jeff D, Manager at HI Ottawa Jail HostelResponded yesterday

    Hello Lee, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! I'm glad to hear that you were able to get a great night sleep (even in jail!). Come back soon!

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    I definitely loved the experience. Staff are enthusiastic and helpful. The establishment itself is unique and we enjoyed every part of it. Especially the tour. However, we found that the price quite exceeded rhe level of comfort provided. The room was cold, the double bed...More

    Thank Rosa A
    Response from Jeff D, Manager at HI Ottawa Jail HostelResponded 5 days ago

    Hello Rosa, I hear you loud and clear! Although it is after your stay, I wanted to let you know that this month we will be purchasing all new beds (mattresses and frames) for a lot of our rooms. Many of the frames have to...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    I absolutely love staying at the jail. I have been there twice. The experience is unique, the complimentary breakfast is substantial, the free tour is very intriguing and the staff are personable and fun. Parliament Hill, Byward Market and shopping malls are easily within walking...More

    Thank D9537EYmartham
    Response from Jeff D, Manager at HI Ottawa Jail HostelResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you so much for the wonderful review! The unique jail experience is something we are definitely aiming for- so I'm glad you felt that way. I'll also pass the message along to the staff that you thought they were personable and fun. I feel...More

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    This place was incredible - even if you don’t stay here while in Ottawa I would HIGHLY recommend doing the jail tour at 11am every morning. As a hostel this place was great - an amazing free breakfast, good WiFi, lovely staff, excellent location, decent...More

    Thank 2efc2
    Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

    We perhaps should have checked this place out a little more before booking a night here. Or maybe the contrast of 3 previous days in a boutique hotel threw everything into (far too) sharp relief. Or in reality we’ve simply reached that point in life...More

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    30 July 2017|
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    Response from Elie V | Reviewed this property |
    Yes. They are in the same room, but separate cubicles, with curtains or doors... even if you like your privacy, you should be fine I think.
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    Response from viniciuspms | Reviewed this property |
    Yes. Had no problem parking at the hostel. But the parking área os not that big, Maybe no more than 20 cars or so.
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