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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B9 Canada
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 20-06-22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20-06-22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#3 of 49 Speciality lodging in Ottawa
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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Paid private parking on-site
Free internet
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Self-serve laundry
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Outdoor furniture
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
ATM on site
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Non-smoking rooms
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Quirky Hotels
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, German
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beyondsalsa wrote a review Nov. 2020
Ottawa, Canada215 contributions6 helpful votes
A great historical place to spend a night or a few. Thank you staff for a room/cell upgrade. We had celebrated my boyfriend's bday there this time and it was definitely a memorable one :) Clean, affordable and definitely interesting place that makes you want to come back and learn more about it
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Carlo F wrote a review Nov. 2020
Toronto, Canada377 contributions108 helpful votes
Staying overnight in a jail cell was such a unique experience. We stayed in a cell with bunk beds and it was surprisingly spacious for two people. The location is centrally located close to Byward Market, Parliament, and the shopping mall. The hostel also offers historical tours of the jail (join a walking haunted tour company if you'd like to learn about the ghost stories). Definitely would recommend staying here for the experience. Parking is an additional $12 cost. The hostel will be closed from November 1 to December 31 due to COVID.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Room Tip: 4th floor has exposed brick walls, while the 6th floor has painted white walls.
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Mychelle M wrote a review Aug. 2020
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My friend and I stayed two nights. The bunks in the cell we’re comfortable and clean, and had an outlet! The staff have been so welcoming, and the tour was really cool. Big shout out to Sean, working the front desk at night, he was super friendly and accommodating!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
glensburkholder wrote a review Jul. 2020
kitchener50 contributions50 helpful votes
I would never suggest for everyone, but I travelled with my two children (13 and 15) and was looking for a new experience that they would find amusing. This just fit the bill. We booked three individual single cells. 3ft x 9ft with a washroom at the end of the hall and showers at the other end. Just recently reopened due to covid situation, the kitchen and breakfast rooms and common rooms were not available at this time. They were doing some work around the hotel and you could see they were getting the property back up to snuff but it absolutely did not distract from the experience. The staff was wonderful and we did have a tour that they just started again - very interesting. Good location and close to most of what you would want to see.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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beyondsalsa wrote a review Jul. 2020
Ottawa, Canada215 contributions6 helpful votes
Had been planning to stay at this place out for a while now and we finally made it. Enjoyed it very much! Beautiful piece of history that is kept in a great original shape. Amazing staff! We even decided to stay a second night. We had a room with a private bathroom on the first one and had booked a bunk cell for second night which unfortunately was under renovations so we stayed at the historic double cell which was just wonderful as well. The most amazing part was to be able to freely wonder around the place to explore it, read all the information everywhere and just get "the feeling" of it. We went multiple times a day and a few times at night to see different spots. The place is 100% haunted. The uneasy feeling and the presence of something is definite. All in all it was a wonderful experience. We will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: July 2020
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US$37 - US$109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about HI Ottawa Jail Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to HI Ottawa Jail Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Rideau Centre (0.2 km), Ottawa Art Gallery (0.07 km), and The Highlander Pub (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at HI Ottawa Jail Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, breakfast buffet, and free internet access.
What food & drink options are available at HI Ottawa Jail Hostel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at HI Ottawa Jail Hostel?
Yes, paid private parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to HI Ottawa Jail Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Bottega, BeaverTails, and 1 Elgin.
Is HI Ottawa Jail Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Ottawa.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at HI Ottawa Jail Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and German.
Are there any historical sites close to HI Ottawa Jail Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Parliament Hill and Buildings (0.8 km), Rideau Hall (2.1 km), and Laurier House National Historic Site (0.9 km).