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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

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Yaounde, Cameroon
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

The hostel is located in downtown Ottawa, just steps from uOttawa, the Rideau Centre and Byward market to name a few. I stayed in a 6 bed dorm with other female guests. The washroom is shared with the other rooms on the floor. Breakfast every morning was free and served at the time advertised. The kitchen can be used by...

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Koh Tao, Thailand
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I stayed in a twin cell and it was exactly as described online. It's very important to remember when you book that is is a jail cell! It's very basic and very small but for us it all added to the experience of staying in this incredible building. I can totally understand that it will not be...

Thank Hannah B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Clean - guests all friendly. Good for school trips. Most affordable lodging in Ottawa. Close to transportation and next door to the art gallery. Free WiFi. Television room in the basement also computer terminals for those without. Shared shower areas but very private. No noise. Guests typically, students or those on a budget. You can rent a private cell or...

Thank Mike J
Spruce Grove
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To begin, this is NOT going to be everyone's "cup of tea". I chose the "gaol (jail) cell" room, knowing I would have a space about 3 feet wide and 9 feet long with a high arched ceiling. The walls are rough bricks painted a lighter colour and the doors is the old iron door with a metal privacy plate...

Thank TravellingTwosome13
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just stayed one night here on a layover between flights. Easy to get to with bus 97 from the airport. Single cell is just as advertised- narrow with just a bit of shelf space. Washroom and toilets at the end of the corridor. Make your own bed up and then put sheets to be cleaned when you leave. I slept...

Thank Mark D
Oshawa, Canada
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This place is great - it is the perfect location to both downtown Ottawa as well as within walking distance of the Byward Market, Parliament, the Mint, Galleries and tons of interesting shops. It also includes free wifi and free breakfast. The jail bar is cute and the drinks are cheap. I also highly recommend going on the jail tour...

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Foz do Iguacu, PR
Reviewed 6 March 2017

The private room is unique of course, and this experience is amazing to know different perspective. The localization was really good to visit a lot of good touristic places in this interesting city. Te Jail tour is amazing way to know about the building and what was this kind of structure at the past century. This guys who work there...

Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

The rooms were very clean and nice. For my first experience in a hostel it was awesome! The tour was very interesting too and I loved the novelty of sleeping in an old jail cell. It's definitely worth staying at least once especially for the price and location.

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

Thanks, I am glad you enjoyed your stay!

Kitchener, Canada
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Rooms were clean the whole experience was great. The breakfast was well done, All the staff were very friendly. The tour was great informative, Will go back again and try a different jail cell. Loved the one we had maybe the next will be haunted.

Thank KathleenFowler
Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 16 February 2017

First of all, it's a converted gaol, or jail if you prefer the American slang spelling. That's the beginning and end of any review for it. If you have issues with small spaces, this place isn't for you. Funnily enough, it's not very different from other hostels, which makes me question the nature of hostels compared to jails. The mattress...

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

Thanks for the review. We've always tried to keep as much of the character and feel of the gaol as possible, and still provide some relatively modern amenities.

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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: $41 - $109 (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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“Rooms facing south had a degree of traffic noise.”
TravellingTwosome13, 6 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Check if you have claustrophobia, for a private room, because it is a historical building converted in hostel.”
CASBV, 6 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a real cell some are dorms,”
KathleenFowler, 28 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Single cell gives more privacy, but I doubt the group rooms are any more or less comfortable.”
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Anniexus, 16 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Single 'rooms' are jail cells, just wide enough for a single bed. Not for the claustrophobic. There are dorms and doubles as well.”
BilB892, 11 Feb 2017 | Read review
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