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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

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75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel
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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
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    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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is awesome. Staying in the jail is unique and glad I stayed here. You're in an old cell, although it's a little on the small side, it was still comfortable for 4 people in my room. Great facilities and staff were nice. Location was absolutely brilliant. 3 minute walk to Byward Market. Couldn't ask for better in that... More 

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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not too bad location as its next to shopping centre so you can get here easily by bus, good facility, and quite clean. Rooms were pretty small, no social atmosphere, pretty dead to be honest. Maybe need more lighting during the night along the corridors

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I stayed in this hostel last week for 3 nights. We were greeted by a very friendly and helpful guy at reception and he advised our 8 bed mixed dorm was on the 9th floor! It was split levels but still the 9th floor! On this floor there is 4 dorms and one bathroom, yes ONE BATHROOM!... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I stayed here for 3 nights whilst doing a mini tour of eastern Canada and can honestly say it was the best night sleep I had, I stayed in a single cell room so I dont know what that says about me! Yes the room is small but I had only a ruck sack which fitted underneath the bed and... More 

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Simcoe, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a cool place to try out. It has a really neat history and its a decent price. I have read some warnings about bed bugs, but I did not experience this while I was here. The bed was warm, comfortable and clean. So were the bathrooms. The staff is great, there is a free breakfast, I had no... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

I've never stayed in a hostel before so this was a great first experience. Really cool to be able to say I've now spent a night in jail (without doing anything bad!). We stayed in the double bed jail sell it was small but really gave you the full experience, clean and simply furnished. The shared washrooms were clean and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Loved staying here for a night! The old jail building gives a nice atmosphere. The hostel is not very luxurious, but that is not what I am looking for in hostels anyway. The breakfast is simple, but nice. Staff is very friendly and always willing to help you out. Really a cool group of people. The bar "Mugshot" is located... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This isn't a glamorous hostel with modern features but it is somewhere to sleep thats close to the centre of town. Although staying in a jail is a novelty it did prove to be a noisy place with lots of light (even if the room lights were off the gaps into the corridor at the top of the doors left... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

We stayed in the 6 bedroom female dormitory in Feb 2015. Firstly based on other recent reviews I can say that there were no bed bugs during our stay. The rooms are standard but extremely small. The rooms are jail cells, most 3 by 9 feet in the single/private rooms or 6 by 9 feet in the case of our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The first thing I'd like to say is that this is not a Ritz Carlton, it is a jail, literally...well it used to be anyway. So please do not expect 5 star service or suite-like rooms. This is a hostel, period. Stayed in the Patrick dorm on the highest floor. It was quiet and we had a good night's sleep.... More 

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