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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

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Oshawa, Canada
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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

Thanks, I am glad you enjoyed your stay!

Kitchener, Canada
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...

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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.

York, Pennsylvania, United States
Reviewed 11 February 2017

The Jail Hostel is not the Ritz, but rather, a hostel. So, don't expect a sauna, handball courts and a masseuse. It's a place to sleep, meet interesting people from all over the world and learn about the Jail's brutal history. And maybe meet a ghost or two. Supposedly one of the most haunted places in Canada, the jail is...

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Swansea Bay, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 February 2017

This was such a cool place to stay in!! Good job it was only for one night though because I did get a little bit creeped out at one point ha ha. It is a really cool experience!! I would definitely stay there again.

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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Was originally placed on the 8th floor in a mixed room but there was no wifi at all. I needed wifi as I was on call at work and the guy on the desk explained it was due to the thick walls and kindly moved me to the fifth floor where it was much better. Room was small and basic...

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Reviewed 27 January 2017

I stayed here for a couple nights at the end of a work trip to save some money and was satisfied with my stay. Room presentation was exactly as depicted in the pictures, and the friendly staff were the best part. Would recommend to anyone travelling to Ottawa interested in saving money and having a good time with travellers. John

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Reviewed 25 January 2017

I'd say it will be interesting to stay there if you like history and architecture. I enjoyed the 2 nights I stayed there, but I could've stayed for just one night. There is a tour at 11am, and I learnt quite a bit from that. Now to the cons, the management definitely take advantage of their location and the history...

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  • Breakfast included
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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: RM124 - RM354 (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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“Check if you have claustrophobia, for a private room, because it is a historical building converted in hostel.”
 of 5 bubbles CASBV, 6 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a real cell some are dorms,”
 of 5 bubbles KathleenFowler, 28 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Single cell gives more privacy, but I doubt the group rooms are any more or less comfortable.”
  • Single Cell Room - inside from bed.
  • Shot of the outside of a single cell room
 of 5 bubbles 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.”
 of 5 bubbles BilB892, 11 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Single rooms are very, very cramped”
 of 5 bubbles BeckyJ736, 25 Nov 2016 | Read review
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