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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
11 helpful votes 11 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 

Toronto, Canada
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

It was really interesting to stay at a hostel that was a prison in the past. The rooms are real cells with steel doors. It is like living in a prison except that you are not imprisoned =). The staff were very friendly and the price was very reasonable. The hostel provides free wi-fi but you can only use it... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Well, the experience of going to jail is... special. The building is very old and the cells are small, but this turns the experience more real. The breakfast is ok, on the average of the other hostels I've been. The location is excellent, and I didn't take any bus to see the main points of the city, I made everything... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Well actually I went to this hostel one year before (Accurate day is 2-4/1/2014),I went to Ottawa for 3 days alone, it is easy to get there, it just need to take around 10 minutes bus from the Ottawa downtown VIA station, when I saw this hostel, I felt really surprise because it is a hostel that changes from a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We spent only one night in this hostel in May this year, but I will never forget it! The cost of a bed in a dorm is a bit costly compared with other hostels in Canada, but the quality is definitely better, and it's worth! If you like the atmosphere of a famous old building with a lot of history... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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23 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

It's not often you get to spend the night in jail without it going on your record. This was by far one of the coolest hostels I have stayed at in my travels. The rooms were all jail cells with comfortable bunks. (Claustrophobics may not enjoy the room with no windows other than the cell door) The place was clean.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Don't expect a hotel - this is an international hostel and an ex-jail! Lots of signs about keeping the noise down - but we didnt find this a problem. Has been said before - but rooms are very small - but again - this was a jail. Ours was slightly larger - 3 cells knocked into one - but even... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I stayed at Jail Hostel for one night with two friends in a 4 bed room. The hostel was relatively clean, neat and intuitive. The rooms are VERY basic and small. It was worth staying for the experience but not recommended for those who are claustrophobic or cannot tolerate absence of window and ventilation. There is no air conditioning but... 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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