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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Ranked #4 of 16 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
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    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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Chichester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great idea and a novelty. The staff are nice, the bed was OK and it was all clean though 2 showers for all the girls is not enough! Breakfast was tasty and the visit interesting. There is wifi but it's slow. The huge BUT is that there's loud music till 3am and they don't tell you that... More

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Ronneby, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is like an attraction itself more then a hostel. It is different experience to sleep in an old cell where the doors are in thick steal and the corridors is long and sad. The rooms doesn't have a lot of space, and the beds might not be the best, but there is at least a locker for each... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Turned up to be given keys to a room that already had occupants in, then given a cheaper room than that we paid for with twin bunks instead of a double bed and told at this was the only option they had left despite booking two months in advance! Rooms are so small there is not even room to put... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the best experience of travel that I never had! The breakfast is free, the staff is amazing (they know everything), you are REALLY in a cell (I took a one person cell at floor 8) and it's really clean. It's also not expensive at all. I came there for trying to live in a cell and... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The idea is great but badly and carelessly reviesed. The rooms are noisy because of ventilation but its still hot. In the night loud music from the hostel bar disturbes your dreams far after midnight. The bathrooms and showers are beyond acceptable standarts: bad smell, rusty doors and dirty. Staff was at least nice.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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9 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our first visit to Ottawa after 30 hours of flight. When we saw there's an old jail turned into a hostel we booked it in excitement. The room was as expected for a hostel, but we found it a bit confusing to find the numbers (management should really change the room numbers) even the staff said it's a... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Should have listened to the reviews rather than trying it for myself first. Poor decision since it is everything the reviews say. We arrived to receive a room on the 5th floor and I tell you the smell was bad even while we were waiting outside to check in. I saw the reviews said that its an old jail but... More

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

Thank you for your review of the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel. We take all feedback very seriously as it identifies where we have to improve our guest experiences. I am sorry we did not meet your expectations. We try very hard to identify to all guests that the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel is a 152 year old heritage building and it has... More

Chicago, Illinois
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15 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very special hostel experience, unreproducible! Clean stay, nice breakfast, robust wifi coverage even in jail unit. Price a little bit too high though, still good for very short stay in Ottawa, with walking distance to most attractions

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Ottawa, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having just completed a long travel from BC, we were looking forward to our private room. Upon arrival, we were informed that there was no private available. Now, we understand that mix ups happen, but not once did the staff apologize. They barely looked at us once we had said that we were not interested in staying in a dorm... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The concept of staying in a jail is quite unique and for this reason the HI Ottawa Jail is a great place to stay for a few nights. You literally do sleep in a cell. The free breakfast of bagels is good and they have a great kitchen downstairs (much nicer than any other hostel kitchen I have seen). However... More

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Address: 75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
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Located in downtown Ottawa, the HI-Ottawa Hostel is within easy walking distance of Parliament Hill, the Byward Market and all the major downtown attractions. We offer a relaxing, friendly atmosphere, heaps of on-site parking, free wi-fi, linen and towels. A great place to hang! ... more   less 
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