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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

2.0 of 5
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75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I slept in a 1-person cell for a week. The bed was comfortable, but impossible to make properly because the mattress was flush with the wall on both sides. The doors are old and creaky, so bring earplugs to sleep through the opening and closing of doors all night long. Earplugs are also needed for the north side rooms, as... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ended up checking in alot later then expected at the time. Great check in and sleep. Pretty quiet at night and very comfy double room. Would recommend it to anyone looking to stay in Ottawa. The doors could be more cordoned off I believe though, Even for a jail id like to have my full privacy if paying for a... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Building is impressive and the lobby is well done, it looks like a manor. Parking spot really close and not really expensive (12$/day). The jail tour at 11am is interesting but also sordid... And then you discover your room or real cell. That's even worse than actual prisoners in 2015. We think they use the "old jail" to attract people... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The location of this hostel was so ideal for me. You're about a ten/fifteen minute walk from Parliament Hill, literally across the street from Rideau Centre (the large shopping mall) and about a ten minute walk from Byward Market. I found all the good museums within walking distance as well, though it takes about forty minutes (War Museum and Museum... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hostel is in an old jail. The single rooms are old jail cells and are cool to stay in but really small...they barely fit a cot. The breakfast is great and filling. The jail tour is a must do but you may want to leave it till your last day if you are sensitive. My teens loved staying here.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two teens and parents trip. Booked a four bed back packers cell. Ambience was awesome. Breakfast was good. Bathrooms and showers nice and clean, extra towels available with no issues. Desk staff super helpful and friendly. Free tour every day, added to the enjoyment, hoping to see ghosts!!☺☺☺ Great central location.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here 2 nights, first night was a pub crawl arranged by the hostel and it was incredible! Met people from all over the world who i spent the rest of my time with. My room was big, clean and had air con. I saw some of the jail private rooms and they looked scary! I recommend sharing! Common room... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location was very central and was the best aspect of this hostel. I stayed there for a night (double private cell) with my partner and we were a bit shocked. The experience of sleeping in a cell for a night was pretty cool, but we arrived into a room with dirty sheets on the bed, dirty towels on the... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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... More 

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