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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

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75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel
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London, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 3 days ago NEW

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 3 days ago NEW

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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Hamilton, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I stayed in one of the 'jail experience' cells with three other girls. After the first night, one of them found a bed bug under her sheets and brought it down to the front desk. They confirmed it was a bed bug and while they did let us change rooms at no charge and did provide coins for the dryers... More 

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I slept there one night and for one night it's ok. But it was not very clean and no space for our stuff. And it was noisy ! The breakfast was good : egg, toast, cream cheese, orange juice ... Also the location was good too.

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked a quad room with the "jail experience" with three other friends. The day following our arrival, one of the girls I was staying with found a bed bug. She captured it and brought it to the front desk. They immediately gave us coins to put our clothing in the dryers. They were pretty helpful in that regard. They... More 

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

Hello Thanks for your response. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the rest of your stay with us. We have a very comprehensive policy towards managing pests like the ones you experienced. We inspect all rooms every day during the cleaning process and our experienced maintenance staff inspect each room every week. We also use preventive maintenance to... More 

Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really cool hostel in an old jail right in the centre of Ottawa, we stayed in a 6 bed dorm which was in one of the old cells- cool and creepy! Room and bathrooms were clean, but because it's an old jail the outside noise and light came into the room, was fine to sleep though, just something to be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here for 1 night in an 8 bed dorm. The room was very spacious and had everything you needed. Great location for access to parliament hill and the market. Don't miss the 11am tour of the Jail, just to stop you sleeping that night you can discover where people were chained up and look at the gallows etc.... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback. My staff will be very happy to hear positive feedback about the tour. The breakfast is provided as a complimentary part of your stay and we do our best to provide the best possible breakfast we can. It should include fresh Montreal style bagels made in Ottawa and delivered almost every day, plenty of cut up... More 

Hamilton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The HI hostel in downtown Ottawa is unique because like the name says it really was a jail. It was creepy or cool (?) to stay there. The rooms, I mean, the cells were ok and had 4 to 6 bunks in each with washrooms down the hall. The self catering kitchen was recently renovated and had lots of room... More 

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Lelystad, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I stayed here for one night and before arrival I checked whether they had parking or not. The website said there was parking but didn't describe where (it's on the right side of the hostel and has a really small opening to get there). Because of that I ended up parking at the Novotel next door while checking in (I... More 

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