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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

2.0 of 5
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75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel
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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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Montreal, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent one night at the Ottawa Jail hostel as we were participating in the Ottawa marathon on Sunday, May 24th, 2015. It was the only place i could find that was 1/ minutes walk from the race start line; 2/ did not jack up the rate ridiculously because of the event; 3/ did not oblige you to book the... More 

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Bridgnorth
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed here for 3 nights whilst sightseeing the capital on my own. I picked the hostel as it's quirky. I had read the reviews before coming and was slightly concerned the noise from the bar below might be a problem at night. It is noisy so if you a light sleeper and are expecting hotel standards then perhaps go... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at jail cell on 8th floor and I’ll never want to stay in the cell ever again.. On 8th floor, there are only jail cells, the door for cell is typical bar jail door. They covered middle of the door but upper and bottom part of door was uncovered. So you're losing bit of privacy, protection from noise... More 

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Vancouver
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent two nights at the Ottawa Jail hostel and had a great time in this very unique hostel. We stayed in a private room which was not part of the actual cells. It had a comfortable double bed and plenty of storage. We did look at some of the cells and they look comfortable and I think would make... More 

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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

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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7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

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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Liverpool
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Waterloo, Canada
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7 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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