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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Ranked #6 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Ottawa
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very nice themed hostel. It is exactly what the title says; a jail. The atmosphere is nice for young people; I would not recommend this for older more adult people. The food is basic breakfast stuff; which is fine because of the price that you pay. All and all a decent place located in the heart of Ottawa and breakfast.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

First, The staff are awful!! No courtesy and poor costumer service... They need intense training and help... Second, It stinks... From the bed sheets, to the cells and bathrooms.. Third, Good location. Average value, i stayed in a hostel in NewYork with same price but cleaner, nicer, and friendlier staff...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The cells as rooms were very cosy and you could immediately make friends with your roommates. In the night it was very loud, because the cells are not fully closed and you could hear everything going on on the corridor. But apart from that I spent a very nice time. Everything in walkable distance from the hostel.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good location, 1 minute walk to ByWard market, 5 minutes to Parliament Hill etc. Breakfast was do it yourself consisting of bagels, fruit, cereal & coffee/juice. Free tour of the jail at 11am daily was good, saw the gallows and heard about the history of the place. Spent first night in 8 bed dorm, very roomy, at the front of... More

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Quebec City, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Here was you should expect: The good: The location is great. It's a walking distance from the heart of the city. The experience is quite out of the ordinary. I mean....you're sleeping in a jail!! The hostel is clean and nice looking. The bar is nice and there's live music. If you want to party, this is great. There's also... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've stayed at the Jail Hostel in Ottawa for 3 nights while road tripping Canada and we've booked the hostel in advance because we thought it would be a nice attraction. And it indeed was. We've had a cell for 4 people which was very cool since we were 4 and therefore didn't have to share with anyone else. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Aweesome experience! Great location! Stayed at a private room but went through the cell halls for the complete experience. Good breakfast included! Room felt dusty, but I understand it is an old building. Overall, we enjoyed our stay!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at this hostel for four nights, and had as many room changes as it, on the first night, turned out there were bedbugs in the room. Changing rooms took two hours, as the hostel was "overbooked", and wanted us to sleep in the hallways. All during which loud music played in the bar outside. The room itself was... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Once the novelty wears off - I mean, it's pretty cool that it is a jail - some major flaws are revealed... because it's a jail. Because it's a jail, there is really no common area - a space that I find so crucial in what makes a hostel fun and conducive to social experiences in new cities. While I... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I should have read the reviews here: there's a loud orchestra playing until 2:30 AM every other night, making it impossible to sleep. They should be stripped of their HI designation. The lightbulb was broken in the men's shower and wasn't fixed, 48 hours after I notified management. Only good thing was the breakfast.

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

Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry that we were not able to give you a great experience in jail. The events in Mugshots are designed for hostellers first and foremost and many of our guests participate in them. We do have a wide variety of cells and room types that are far away from the noise associated with... More

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Address: 75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
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Number of rooms: 29
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