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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

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“free tour”(17 reviews)
“death row”(15 reviews)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So myself and friend arrived to be told that the original price we had found online was now $10 more as we were not members, then it was $12 more for the car, ok so that took us to $118 for a private room. So...More

Thank Alisia C
Response from Jeff D, Manager at HI Ottawa Jail HostelResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Alisia, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. All of the feedback we receive helps us to target the areas where we need improvement. I wanted to let you know that the difference in price, although listed on all of our...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here for a weekend while I was living in Montreal. Very interesting place, the tour was very informative and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Location was not the greatest, but there aren't really any great locations in ottawa.

Thank Jerry S
Reviewed December 15, 2017

This hostel is a former prison in Ottawa. The building itself is quite cool and again is pretty close to the heart of the action in Ottawa. Definitely recommend this location for spring/summer/fall when walking around the city is easy. It has some parking if...More

Thank Lee A
Response from Jeff D, Manager at HI Ottawa Jail HostelResponded 5 weeks ago

Hello Lee, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! I'm glad to hear that you were able to get a great night sleep (even in jail!). Come back soon!

Reviewed December 8, 2017 via mobile

I definitely loved the experience. Staff are enthusiastic and helpful. The establishment itself is unique and we enjoyed every part of it. Especially the tour. However, we found that the price quite exceeded rhe level of comfort provided. The room was cold, the double bed...More

Thank Rosa A
Response from Jeff D, Manager at HI Ottawa Jail HostelResponded December 12, 2017

Hello Rosa, I hear you loud and clear! Although it is after your stay, I wanted to let you know that this month we will be purchasing all new beds (mattresses and frames) for a lot of our rooms. Many of the frames have to...More

Reviewed December 1, 2017

I absolutely love staying at the jail. I have been there twice. The experience is unique, the complimentary breakfast is substantial, the free tour is very intriguing and the staff are personable and fun. Parliament Hill, Byward Market and shopping malls are easily within walking...More

Thank D9537EYmartham
Response from Jeff D, Manager at HI Ottawa Jail HostelResponded December 4, 2017

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! The unique jail experience is something we are definitely aiming for- so I'm glad you felt that way. I'll also pass the message along to the staff that you thought they were personable and fun. I feel...More

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Breakfast included
Multilingual Staff
Self-Serve Laundry
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$36 - $101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Non-Smoking Rooms
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$36 - $101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Fran_dany_2014
July 30, 2017|
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Response from Elie V | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They are in the same room, but separate cubicles, with curtains or doors... even if you like your privacy, you should be fine I think.
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June 30, 2016|
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Yes. Had no problem parking at the hostel. But the parking área os not that big, Maybe no more than 20 cars or so.
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"Just depends on what a person is looking for. Most rooms are shared so you cannot be too modest."
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"Call hotel and ask for room away from slamming washroom door. It is loud! We were lucky to get rooms on..."
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"Private cell - well worth the experience! Room for bag, great for solo, young traveler!"
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"just dont go there"
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