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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

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75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week ago

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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Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Odense, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks 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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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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Lennoxville, Canada
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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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

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 February 8, 2015 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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