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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Reviewed 5 August 2015

This hostel is unique, I mean, it is a former jail! I stayed in a cell and the experience was not unpleasant, however, I don't now if I would do it again. The breakfast was included in the price and it was avarage.

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Banff, Canada
Reviewed 2 August 2015

I stayed in this hostel for three nights in one bed cell on 8th floor. The cells certainly don´t look like on the picture (at least not on 8th floor). But it was nice to have a bit of privacy on my travels. The cell has only bed, light switch, plug and few hangers. The bed was comfy. You can...

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Ste-Thérèse, Qc
Reviewed 30 July 2015

That was fun to sleep in an old cell! It is very tiny and only with the basics, but it is a good experience, a bit pricy, though!! The guided tour is very interesting (whould be awesome if it could be in French too) Where the experience turned bad, it was at breakfast time!! It was only 9h00 AM (and...

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

Hello Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear that we did not exceed your expectations. We have recently noticed some issues in the breakfast area and made several adjustments to improve the service including preparing more food and additional staff to ensure there is plenty put out for guests. Our breakfast now includes not only fresh local...

Annandale, New Jersey
Reviewed 21 July 2015

If you want a once in a lifetime experience you must stay here if you are in the area. Staying in a real jail cell was surprisingly fun and comfortable. I only booked one night but should have stayed there for my entire stay in Ottawa. Loved the hostel environment as well. Bathrooms were semi-clean. Mugshots was cool too. Breakfast...

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

Thanks for the feedback. We love the Jail too. Greg - the GM

Reviewed 17 July 2015

The downtown location is really the best thing about the place. Staff is friendly. Room with kitchenette has no frill furniture. It was clean but a bit stuffy. Not many parking spots available but price is very affordable for downtown Ottawa. Wi-fi did not work at all on the upper floor where we stayed (this can be very frustrating), due...

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Winnipeg, Canada
Reviewed 15 July 2015

We stayed there for one night. The idea was interesting, the building is somehow interesting but honestly I wouldn't stay there again. The beds were good, clean, the bathroom (shared) was okay but there was something about that place that did not feel right to me. The rooms (or cells) are tiny - as one would expect. That was an...

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Winnipeg, Canada
Reviewed 9 July 2015

This hostel has many great features. The downtown location is extremely convenient and adds to the overall vibe. The free breakfast is excellent : bagels, fruit, cereal, and hard-boiled eggs. The unique and historic building is fantastic and with the daily tour, you can learn a lot about the building and its history. The staff were friendly but I had...

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

Hi Thanks for the feedback. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and I am sorry for any hiccups with your reservation. Sometimes we have to move people form their original reservation, but when it does have to happen, we usually try and upgrade the customer, so I am a little disappointed with my staff that they...

Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

Fantastic atmosphere, comfy beds, great service. Parking is a bit pricey but what can you expect downtown. Will definitely be coming back to this hostel. So much character!! Very clean and warm aura. Watch out for those pesky ghosts though ;)

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Reviewed 7 July 2015 via mobile

Had a great time at the Jail hostel. We highly recommend booking the tour, not for the light hearted!!! Nice clean place, friendly staff, decent restaurant and clean showers, bring your own lock, they have good lockers downstairs. The hostel's superb location is unbeatable.

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San Antonio, Texas
Reviewed 4 July 2015

Central location and can walk to town. Tourist businesses very close, the 3 day hop on and hop pff passes are the best way to get orientated to the city and visit places. The staff was very nice and helpful, many things to do in house daily, tours and bar Mugshots with good bands. Excellent visit would return. Huge shopping...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
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: $30 - $99 (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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“Single rooms are very, very cramped”
 of 5 bubbles BeckyJ736, 25 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Always bring earplugs”
 of 5 bubbles JoeCuisine, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The wifi doesn't reach top floors!”
 of 5 bubbles 391eliseb, 28 Sep 2016 | Read review
“The single cells were very tiny - if you are claustrophobic opt to share with people in a dorm for more space!”
 of 5 bubbles 438laurenh, 27 Sep 2016 | Read review
“The jail cell floors carry noise due to the design of the building, but the front desk has free earplugs if you're a light sleeper!”
 of 5 bubbles walkingwordsmith, 3 Aug 2016 | Read review
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