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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014
jross1966 Quebec City, 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
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Rooms : The rooms are ok, but really minimal. I suggest you bring your own bedding because all you get is a too small white sheet to cover the mattress. If you move a little during the night, you will find yourself on the plastic mattress (and I'm sure they don't clean it at all...) The smell. I think there's... More

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

Dear vieillechaussette, Thanks for the review. All feedback is important to help us improve our products and services for guests. I am sorry that your stay with us did not meet your expectations. My staff on duty should have offered to put you in a different room and found solutions for the other issues you raised, as they have been... More

Quebec City, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I liked my experience on this hostel. The continental breakfast is served every morning, it's clean and near of all the sites. The staff is very correct. On little bit noise but I recommand because the price is nice. The single room is small but it's OK. I return in Ottawa in the few weeks and my reservation is done... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We went to Ottawa with the main intention of experiencing the Rideau skate-way and stayed at the Jail Hostel for 2 nights. We had a fantastic stay. The hostel is perfectly located for accessing the skate-way, it was great to be so near and not have to walk too far in below freezing temperatures. The hostel itself is great. The... More

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

Dear LydsHughes: Thanks for your comment. We appreciate all customer feedback as it helps us to improve ourselves and the services we offer to guests. Yes, we are ideally located in the heart of downtown and we are working on finding solutions for the noise on the cell floors, but it is a tricky thing, we need to balance the... More

Pickering, Ontario, Canada
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for 3 nights during Winterlude! I have to say I was a little skeptical at first, but our stay was good! I would stay here again? The bonus is location. HI-Ottawa is right in the centre of downtown within walking distance of everything! No car necessary! We skated, shopped, dined, walked, saw almost everything we wanted, all within... More

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Was a bit tricky trying to find the hostel, but when I did I was greeted nicely. I stayed at Ottawa for 2 nights. Centrally located, it was easy to walk to all major sights of the city. Building was interesting of course, being an old jail. But on the other hand there are stairs to walk with your luggage.... More

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Sao Goncalo, RJ
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3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

It is a really nice place to stay! The jail is really exciting. It is a mysterious place to sleep. I had no problem with the place, It is cheap and comfortable. There are some events and it is amazing. I approve it!

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Sydney, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Thought we'd try this place based purely on novelty factor, which was ok to begin with but sometimes it resembled a jail a little too much. Great location in Ottawa and the staff were helpful. Little things like the showers and dodgy wifi make this place not worth the money, probably wouldn't stay more than a couple of nights.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

Seems like a great idea and thought it would be cool and interesting. Spent hr trying to find it, nearly dies dragging my case up all the stairs and then literally could not believe my eyes when I got to where I was meant to be spending the night. May seem like stating th obvious but it really is literally... More

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Kennewick, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

I stayed here years ago..in 1997. I wanted to go to Ottawa for a few days and found this hostel. At the time, prices were a lot cheaper and I loved that it was so close to everything. ( I think it was $15-20 Canadian) Not having a car, this was must. I must admit I was a little creeped... More

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Toronto, Canada
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12 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Stayed here one night, December 2013. It's so creepy being in an old building. Pros: The staff are really helpful and friendly. The lounge is cool, had a DJ and good beer. Breakfast the next morning consisted of boiled eggs, cereal, fruit and OJ. Pretty decent. The room is pretty standard for a hostel, 8 bed dorm style. Bed was... More

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Additional Information about HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

Also Known As:
Hi Ottawa Jail Hotel
Hi Ottawa Jail Hotel Ottawa
Address: 75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 14 Specialty lodging in Ottawa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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