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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We've stayed at the Jail Hostel in Ottawa for 3 nights while road tripping Canada and we've booked the hostel in advance because we thought it would be a nice attraction. And it indeed was. We've had a cell for 4 people which was very cool since we were 4 and therefore didn't have to share with anyone else. The... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Aweesome experience! Great location! Stayed at a private room but went through the cell halls for the complete experience. Good breakfast included! Room felt dusty, but I understand it is an old building. Overall, we enjoyed our stay!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed at this hostel for four nights, and had as many room changes as it, on the first night, turned out there were bedbugs in the room. Changing rooms took two hours, as the hostel was "overbooked", and wanted us to sleep in the hallways. All during which loud music played in the bar outside. The room itself was... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Once the novelty wears off - I mean, it's pretty cool that it is a jail - some major flaws are revealed... because it's a jail. Because it's a jail, there is really no common area - a space that I find so crucial in what makes a hostel fun and conducive to social experiences in new cities. While I... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I should have read the reviews here: there's a loud orchestra playing until 2:30 AM every other night, making it impossible to sleep. They should be stripped of their HI designation. The lightbulb was broken in the men's shower and wasn't fixed, 48 hours after I notified management. Only good thing was the breakfast.

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

Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry that we were not able to give you a great experience in jail. The events in Mugshots are designed for hostellers first and foremost and many of our guests participate in them. We do have a wide variety of cells and room types that are far away from the noise associated with... More

Helsinki, Finland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We stayed in this hostel for two nights in July, and to be honest our experience was absolutely terrible. Everything seemed quite ok at first: the staff was nice and polite and our 4-bed dorm cell was clean - and I must admit that the surroundings in the hostel are really cool in general, with all these old iron bars... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We didn't really know what we were in for when we decided to stay at the old gaol... But wow! What an experience!! The rooms are converted jail cells and obviously quite small - but it didn't matter at all because they are fantastic homey rooms. We took a tour of the hostel with an outside ghosts company and were... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Stayed in a 4 bed female dorm. Room was not clean and not a prison cell. The hostel is pretty grubby all over and could seriously do with a luck of paint especially if they are charging approx $35 a night. It is however situated in a perfect place for walking into town. Location gets a 10/10

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

Hello Rebecca: Thanks for your comment. I am sorry your stay was not what you expected. You stayed in the front part of the hostel, where we have the more traditional rooms. I am unsure why your room was not cleaned, but we have three full-time cleaners and they have a very detailed process for cleaning everyday. I will look... More

Chichester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a great idea and a novelty. The staff are nice, the bed was OK and it was all clean though 2 showers for all the girls is not enough! Breakfast was tasty and the visit interesting. There is wifi but it's slow. The huge BUT is that there's loud music till 3am and they don't tell you that... More

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

Hello Bridget: Thanks for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed our breakfast and our staff. They all work hard to provide a good service. Sorry about the bar keeping you awake. We do try and let all our guests know about it in advance of booking and at check-in. Mugshots is designed primarily for hostel guests and they get... More

Ronneby, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This place is like an attraction itself more then a hostel. It is different experience to sleep in an old cell where the doors are in thick steal and the corridors is long and sad. The rooms doesn't have a lot of space, and the beds might not be the best, but there is at least a locker for each... More

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Address: 75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
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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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