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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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New York City, New York
16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a nice place to stay and experience the sleeping in an old jail. The room is not totaly close so if there's noisy peopleat night you will hear everything. Beds are ok, shower quite ok, but not to "intimate" Breakfest is not the bestI had in HI but you won't starve ! Wifi has problems sometimes, it disconnects.... More

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

Hello Thanks for your feedback. Yes the Authentic Single Jail Cells are tiny. They are only 1 meter by 3 meters (3 feet by 9 feet), but that is the jail experience. We have upgraded them by adding electrical so you can see in your room at night, read a book in bed and charge your equipment, hooks for hanging... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice themed hostel. It is exactly what the title says; a jail. The atmosphere is nice for young people; I would not recommend this for older more adult people. The food is basic breakfast stuff; which is fine because of the price that you pay. All and all a decent place located in the heart of Ottawa and breakfast.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First, The staff are awful!! No courtesy and poor costumer service... They need intense training and help... Second, It stinks... From the bed sheets, to the cells and bathrooms.. Third, Good location. Average value, i stayed in a hostel in NewYork with same price but cleaner, nicer, and friendlier staff...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The cells as rooms were very cosy and you could immediately make friends with your roommates. In the night it was very loud, because the cells are not fully closed and you could hear everything going on on the corridor. But apart from that I spent a very nice time. Everything in walkable distance from the hostel.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Good location, 1 minute walk to ByWard market, 5 minutes to Parliament Hill etc. Breakfast was do it yourself consisting of bagels, fruit, cereal & coffee/juice. Free tour of the jail at 11am daily was good, saw the gallows and heard about the history of the place. Spent first night in 8 bed dorm, very roomy, at the front of... More

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Quebec City, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Here was you should expect: The good: The location is great. It's a walking distance from the heart of the city. The experience is quite out of the ordinary. I mean....you're sleeping in a jail!! The hostel is clean and nice looking. The bar is nice and there's live music. If you want to party, this is great. There's also... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

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 August 28, 2014

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 August 28, 2014

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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Address: 75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
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Number of rooms: 29
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