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“Great time for 2012 Ottawa Marathon” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel
Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great time for 2012 Ottawa Marathon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012

For those who run Ottawa Marathon, and/or want to bring your friends and family along for something different, this is the place. I've never seen a historic jail put to such good use, one, as accommodations, and two, as a place to learn about what being locked up must've felt like many generations ago. This is a very comfortable, clean facility - the day before the marathon (26 May) was quite warm, but cool in the hostel. The Jail Hostel is literally steps from the start/finish area - anyone who has completed a marathon knows how comforting it is to see your accommodations from the finish line - no searching for a car, no traffic, no lines!
Great, helpful staff as well.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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85 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2012

Nothing to hate there,
Had a nice open-mic night with great atmosphere, well arranged.

The concept of staying and sleeping in real jail cells is funny and was ok.

Go there if price is good for u.
And know that rooms are not noise/light proof... Might be a problem for some of u.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Nanaimo, Canada
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

I would definitely recommend this hostel to anybody who wanted a very unique stay while visiting the capital. It's basically a 200 year old jail converted in to a hostel when it was deemed "inhuman" by the city. They offer nighttime jail tours of locked parts of the hostel including the old Solitary Confinement rooms, Death Row and the Gallows. The hostel is also only a short walking distance away from the city core. However, the parking was ridiculous as they did not have nearly enough parking spaces for every guest, so I would recommend finding a good space at about 5:00 PM, visiting some local stores and then going for something to eat. Since the hostel is surrounded by numerous different restaurants there is no need to drive there unless you have a specific restaurant in mind. Also breakfast is generally not that great and even if it is included, I would suggest eating at a local breakfast restaurant.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Garden River, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

We recently took the haunted walk tour at the jail, i thought it was great, very informative, got to take pictures, and the staff was very friendly, i would definately recommend this tour for visitors going to ottawa....

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2012

We stayed in a twin cell which was clean and had enough space for our bags etc with bunk beds, a small desk with chair and a cupboard.

The cells have been renovated to incorporate 3 cells to make 1 room but maintained the prison style - including bars onto the corridors and arched ceilings meaning that you can hear what's going on in any room on the corridor. This wasn't a problem whilst we were there as everyone was quiet after 11pm as requested by the hostel staff, but it was strange to have to whisper even when you're in a private room not a dorm!

One problem we had was that we were quoted one price on hostelbookers, but when we arrived, we were told this didn't include taxes and that the % we had paid to hostelbookers was in fact an additional fee not part payment (this is not usual with hostelbookers and so think it is the hostel's issue that they need to sort).

The bathrooms were clean and well lit. The kitchen is fantastic. The breakfast was tasty and included warm hard boiled eggs.

The location of the hostel is great, only a couple of minutes walk to the main street and a few minutes more to the parliament buildings. It's also easy to get to the train station on the 95 bus whish stops outside the shopping mall which is opposite the hostel.

All in all a good stay, though we wouldn't have wanted to spend more than one night in the cell...it was just a bit too cell-like for us, but that is the idea!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank KSud
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Additional Information about HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

Property: HI Ottawa Jail Hostel
Address: 75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B9, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Ottawa
Price range (per night): ₹ 1,501 - ₹ 5,388
Hotel Class:2 star — HI Ottawa Jail Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 29
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 
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