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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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Ranked #6 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Annandale, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want a once in a lifetime experience you must stay here if you are in the area. Staying in a real jail cell was surprisingly fun and comfortable. I only booked one night but should have stayed there for my entire stay in Ottawa. Loved the hostel environment as well. Bathrooms were semi-clean. Mugshots was cool too. Breakfast... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The downtown location is really the best thing about the place. Staff is friendly. Room with kitchenette has no frill furniture. It was clean but a bit stuffy. Not many parking spots available but price is very affordable for downtown Ottawa. Wi-fi did not work at all on the upper floor where we stayed (this can be very frustrating), due... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed there for one night. The idea was interesting, the building is somehow interesting but honestly I wouldn't stay there again. The beds were good, clean, the bathroom (shared) was okay but there was something about that place that did not feel right to me. The rooms (or cells) are tiny - as one would expect. That was an... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hostel has many great features. The downtown location is extremely convenient and adds to the overall vibe. The free breakfast is excellent : bagels, fruit, cereal, and hard-boiled eggs. The unique and historic building is fantastic and with the daily tour, you can learn a lot about the building and its history. The staff were friendly but I had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic atmosphere, comfy beds, great service. Parking is a bit pricey but what can you expect downtown. Will definitely be coming back to this hostel. So much character!! Very clean and warm aura. Watch out for those pesky ghosts though ;)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a great time at the Jail hostel. We highly recommend booking the tour, not for the light hearted!!! Nice clean place, friendly staff, decent restaurant and clean showers, bring your own lock, they have good lockers downstairs. The hostel's superb location is unbeatable.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Central location and can walk to town. Tourist businesses very close, the 3 day hop on and hop pff passes are the best way to get orientated to the city and visit places. The staff was very nice and helpful, many things to do in house daily, tours and bar Mugshots with good bands. Excellent visit would return. Huge shopping... More 

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London, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In Jail in Ottawa on Canada Day!! We stayed at an International youth hostel located in the old jail right in Downtown Ottawa. The building is over 150 years old and the rooms were in actual jail cells. As a family of four (two teenagers aged 13&14) we got a family room in an old officers quarters so it was... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend recommended this hostel to me for its location. It's within walking distance to U of Ottawa, Parliament Hill, and ...hmm... Rideau Hall. U of Ottawa is literally just across street. Walking to Rideau Hall is... hmm... doable. This hostel was operated as a gaol before it was opened again as a hostel. It provides a free tour every... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed in this hostel/jail for just the one night last month. Unfortunately, it was a Friday night, and due to being unable to close any windows - the noise from the downstairs bar was unbearable and lasted way past 2am. The 'cells' were tiny, no room to dump your bag or clothes. The communal areas seemed nice though, and... More 

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