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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
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Odense, Denmark
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Lennoxville, Canada
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11 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We checked in sometime in the evening and went to bed maybe after 11pm. A feq minutes after turning off the lights I could not sleep, I was just feeling itchy around my neck. I started scratching and this went on for about 2hrs until I grabbed something and turned on the light to see what it was. I discovered... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spent 2 nights here during a trip to Ottawa; knowing people in the city I chose to stay here anyway for the experience and I was not disappointed! I stayed in a 6 bed cell and whilst there wasn't room to swing a cat once everyone had arrived with their luggage, I still enjoyed the 'jail' atmosphere- the heavy... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting concept but not interesting enough to overcome the over-used, smelly ladies room and the bedbug bites I found on my arms the next day... Staff were pleasant. I was amused by the signs asking guests to save water by turning off taps while brushing teeth etc after witnessing a staff member run the kitchen faucets full blast for ten... More 

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
14 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I read reviews that said it was noisy & to be honest it was but you find out that its not loud guests & the way it was built. The cells were a great experience, slept really well on the 1st night but after the hotel tour I was a bit freaked (wimp). Hostel is in a great location, building... More 

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The pictures are not true!!!!!! not EVEN photoshop. I booked one double room with window, bath, kitchenette and ended up in a real jail no window, no bath, nothing. They wanted to charge more for the room they offered. the receptionists were not friendly at all and did not help. Never stay here. The kitchen was crap too.

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HIOttawa, Manager at HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, responded to this review

We truly apologize for the experience that you had staying at our hostel. We always ensure that we provide excellent and friendly customer service to all our guests, and there is no excuse as to why you didn't receive the same treatment. We've attempted to find your reservation to see what the problem was when you arrived at our hostel,... More 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I stayed here earlier in the year and got one of the rooms with a double bed, a chair, a small nightstand, and a place to hang some clothes. This time, I went with the 3x9 foot cell. Yes, you read that right. I had to move my suitcase up on the bed when changing or else there wouldn't have... More 

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

First off, thank you for choosing to stay with us again this past September. It's always nice to see familiar faces here at the hostel. We understand that you may have felt a bit cramped in the Authentic Single Cell, and we have since taken many measures to ensure guests of what the room actually consists of. A couple of... More 

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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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