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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

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75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Windsor, Canada
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27 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location. 15 minutes or less walking time to most attractions. Close to the market, and centre for shopping and food. WiFi can be nearly impossible to at next to at times. I had a single room. It is literally just a bed that touches both walls. There is about 2 feet between the end of the bed and door... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed our stay here, we met some really cool people from all over North America and Europe! The tour was super fun and the bagels in the morning were FRIGGING AMAZING. The staff was awesome and we can't wait to go back again this year! Minutes from the canal if you want to go skating this winter!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very good location all the mayor sights of Ottawa are in walking distance, spacious rooms and bathrooms (I was in an 8 bed cell), only the breakfast could need some improvement, a bit more variety would be great. The staff was friendly and efficient. Would stay here again.

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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

PRO: It's a unique experience. It's not in every city that you can sleep in a jail cell. OK breakfast. CON: The rooms/cells were tiny. There was barely enough room to stand up or even sit on the side of the bed. It was so cramped and dark in the cells so people would hang out in the hallways but... More 

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Florianopolis, SC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The rooms were nice and clean. The staff was very helpful to explain to me and my friend the map of the town and the good places to go. There was a bar inside the hotel that was very nice, a little alternative.

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

Thank you Julia. We try hard to make a unique experience here in the heart of the city. More 

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Hi-Ottawa jail hostel is an experience to say the very least. The room was very small, but I suppose this is to be expected when staying in a converted jail cell. The beds were by no means the comfiest. The location of the hostel is great, very close to the centre and the shopping centre. The staff were also... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Stayed here for 4 nights in a dorm room not a cell and the heater in the room was noisy every night. Sounded like a construction site. The noise came and went but sometimes could be very loud and woke me up several times. Told the staff about this and they said the heater in my room (Solitary) is the... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

Let's start with the good things: staff were great - friendly, accommodating and helpful. It was nice having free breakfast every morning and you had three hours within which to have breakfast, which is quite generous (7.30-10.30). The history of the building is fascinating and I would highly recommend the tour of the building, which is conducted at 11am every... More 

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

Hi Thanks for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed parts of your stay. I will pass on the comments about the boiler system. This seems to be a new problem that has cropped up from time to time this winter. We are working with our HVAC suppliers to correct the problem. Thanks again, Sincerely More 

Collingwood, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Great staff and fun, clean rooms! Super downtown location and walking distance to Parliament. We found it quiet for most part...brought ear-plugs just in case. Worth it for the experience! Breakfast was included which is always a nice bonus! We found wi-fi good in our room and in the hall and if not, there is a nice lounge in reception... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

It was an interesting experience in this hostel. I can't say I particularly enjoyed my stay though. The WiFi was incredibly bad. In the rooms, in the lounge, just everywhere. The rooms were very noisy as well and the cells only had a bed, not even room to stand. Which was unique but not very great to live in. Also... More 

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

Thanks for the feedback. We are working really hard with our internet supplier (Bell) wi-fi and hopefully the solution is around the corner. I see from your comments about the bed you stayed in one of our "Authentic Single Jail Cells". You are correct, it is small (3' x 9'), but it is unique and also very affordable. Where else... More 

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