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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good38%
  • Average22%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible9%
Located in downtown Ottawa, the HI Ottawa Jail 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!
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Property amenities
Free Internet
Breakfast included
Multilingual Staff
Self-Serve Laundry
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Non-Smoking Rooms
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Quirky Hotels
Centrally Located
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All reviews free tour bed dorm cell door solitary confinement shared room bring earplugs byward market hard boiled eggs every morning light sleeper entire floor free breakfast parliament hill top floor location is amazing heating system stayed here for one night
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Situated opposite a big mall and close walking distance to most things, Room was not the warmest though had decent bedding that helped, only one light for the whole room, none for each bed, one shower for our floor meant somtimes having to wait, our...More

Thank 568cameronc
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

I'll try to keep this short cause I could go on for quite a while about the good, the bad and the ugly regarding this place. First, as you all know, THIS IS A JAIL!! The floors are concrete, the walls are concrete, the cell...More

Thank scott10619
Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

I stay in a cell & does not hear any snoring typically in a multi persons sharing dome. But the inner space is really small which I can not even stretch my arm. Breakfast provided is just so-so. Quite a remarkable experience but once is...More

Thank 220RichardF220
Response from traveller315, General Manager at HI Ottawa Jail HostelResponded 23 October 2018

Thanks Richard. I see you stayed in our authentic Jail cell. Yes they are small, only 1 metre by 3 metres, but they give an authentic feeling as to what others would have experienced. I am surprised about the breakfast, we provide three-five fruits, locally...More

Reviewed 6 October 2018

Helpful/friendly staff on-site to assist at all time, Walking distance to most main places in the area, Neat primacies and facilities, Good free breakfast, Solid Wi-fi signal/reception, and Great value for money, for an hotel in that location.

Thank NapOnz
Response from traveller315, General Manager at HI Ottawa Jail HostelResponded 23 October 2018

Thanks for the nice comments.

Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

An excellent hostel with a comfortable bed in my own cell. Excellent WiFi and the staff are friendly. I would have much rather stayed here than some bland hotel with no character about it, didn't get killed by ghosts either which is always a plus...More

Thank Kni90
Response from traveller315, General Manager at HI Ottawa Jail HostelResponded 23 October 2018

Thanks so much.

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Fran_dany_2014
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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1 July 2016|
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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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Lara H
6 May 2016|
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Room Tips
"No window(s) in the single room..as these are prison cells. Quite an experience."
NapOnz
6 Oct 2018
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"Ask if there's any private parties booked for while you're there - if there are, cancel and find..."
goyston
15 Aug 2018
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"Stay in a single cell for a more authentic jail experience."
cameronyee24
9 Aug 2018
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"If you're claustraphopic, don't chose a single room."
Kayk16
1 Aug 2018
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PRICE RANGE
US$ 32 - US$ 97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
29
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