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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well, the experience of going to jail is... special. The building is very old and the cells are small, but this turns the experience more real. The breakfast is ok, on the average of the other hostels I've been. The location is excellent, and I didn't take any bus to see the main points of the city, I made everything... More

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well actually I went to this hostel one year before (Accurate day is 2-4/1/2014),I went to Ottawa for 3 days alone, it is easy to get there, it just need to take around 10 minutes bus from the Ottawa downtown VIA station, when I saw this hostel, I felt really surprise because it is a hostel that changes from a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent only one night in this hostel in May this year, but I will never forget it! The cost of a bed in a dorm is a bit costly compared with other hostels in Canada, but the quality is definitely better, and it's worth! If you like the atmosphere of a famous old building with a lot of history... More

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Kingston, Canada
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's not often you get to spend the night in jail without it going on your record. This was by far one of the coolest hostels I have stayed at in my travels. The rooms were all jail cells with comfortable bunks. (Claustrophobics may not enjoy the room with no windows other than the cell door) The place was clean.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't expect a hotel - this is an international hostel and an ex-jail! Lots of signs about keeping the noise down - but we didnt find this a problem. Has been said before - but rooms are very small - but again - this was a jail. Ours was slightly larger - 3 cells knocked into one - but even... More

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I stayed at Jail Hostel for one night with two friends in a 4 bed room. The hostel was relatively clean, neat and intuitive. The rooms are VERY basic and small. It was worth staying for the experience but not recommended for those who are claustrophobic or cannot tolerate absence of window and ventilation. There is no air conditioning but... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

It was a nice place to stay and experience the sleeping in an old jail. The room is not totaly close so if there's noisy peopleat night you will hear everything. Beds are ok, shower quite ok, but not to "intimate" Breakfest is not the bestI had in HI but you won't starve ! Wifi has problems sometimes, it disconnects.... More

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

Hello Thanks for your feedback. Yes the Authentic Single Jail Cells are tiny. They are only 1 meter by 3 meters (3 feet by 9 feet), but that is the jail experience. We have upgraded them by adding electrical so you can see in your room at night, read a book in bed and charge your equipment, hooks for hanging... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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 September 18, 2014

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 September 17, 2014

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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Address: 75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
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Hotel Class:2 star — HI Ottawa Jail Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 29
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