We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

Hotel website
Hotel packages
75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Special Offer
Call Direct To Book!
Book on TripAdvisor
in partnership with
Trusted partner. We work with Cancelon to make your booking as easy as possible.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Book on
or compare prices from up to 200 sites including:
Professional photos
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers","shims"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))","shims":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'shims'))"}},"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

366 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 250: English reviews
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
35 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's a different hostel! It was a jail, than they turn into a hostel! The propose is good! The only issue that I found it, was that in the room that I stayed was just me, and A LOT of thing from another person (I guess) and I never met this person! It was a lot of mess inside this... More 

Thank Maria Natália A
Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
83 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

WOW!! Well this place is an experience for sure!! The building is so unique and filled with character, you can't find anything else like it. Staff were super friendly and very helpful with directions, and carrying my mother's heavy luggage. :) Everything was very clean and we were given linens and a towel upon arrival, pillow and blanket were provided... More 

Thank jmacp14
Delft, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
261 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

(+) The hostel is located in a unique building that was a prison before. All rooms in the hostel are renovated prison cells with preserved bar doors. The guys organize free tour through the building and tell the history of the prison (11 a.m.) Breakfast is okay but nothing special. The location is good, not far away from the center.... More 

Thank Shimnik
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So... this place is amazing. The real deal, and the genuine article. Full on cells, the only thing they changed was the beds (still bunks, but new modern mattresses) Super fun atmosphere, cool little bar, wash and dry downstairs, and fantastic tours by a fantastic staff. CANNOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THE STAFF. They are amazing. You'll never want to leave.... More 

Thank ℜoberto S
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed here for a night as we thought it would be a novelty for us. It's a really well run hostel, the employees are really nice. I woukd say the hostel is ok for one night only as it's very noisy and it's very very hot inside the cells. You have a ceiling fan and thats it. Wish we could... More 

Thank Kenny B
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The reason behind me booking this hostel was I remembered it from when I was a kid and wanted to stay so badly. So I went ahead and booked it for 3 nights for the real jail experience, well we got that, bugs and all. Our first night was fine, no problems besides the extremely old beds and dark hot... More 

Thank Taylor W

Travelers are raving about these Ottawa hotels

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
26 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we arrived at this hostel we were told there was an issue with our booking- so they put us in a different type of room and we got the 2 night stay for free! We were very grateful for this gesture and not expecting it at all! The room was clean but very hot. There were cupboards in our... More 

Thank AAB520
Level Contributor
90 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at the hostel for one night in a double on fourth floor and basically enjoyed our stay. The place is really interesting, the staff are friendly, it's centrally located and there's a lot of activities offered. The tour through the hostel was nice. However, it was too noisy from outside the hostel as there is an aircon of... More 

Thank monsieur_touriste
Raleigh, NC
Level Contributor
25 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you've ever thought about staying at a hostel but don't want to pay a fortune for a single room, this may just be the place. What a value! Great location and friendly service. Oh, just one thing... that single room may be a tad small - as in... a jail cell! Spending time taking selfies in the jail that... More 

Thank Alzarian
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

First off, I am a Canadian, born and raised and fiercely proud. I married an Indian woman two years ago, relocated there, and this, our first trip back home was severely darkened by an experience at this hostel. We stayed here June 5, 2016 after booking from India with the assistance of trip adviser, who we trust explicitly. I was... More 

Thank Outlaw_heynow
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

212 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All Traveler Photos (203)
Hotel & Grounds (50)
Room/Suite (38)
View from Room (7)
Dining (6)
Bathroom (1)
Other (101)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All Management Photos (9)
Hotel & Grounds (3)
Room/Suite (1)
Other (5)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Ottawa hotels
Byward Market Area
The Westin Ottawa
The Westin Ottawa
#5 of 69 in Ottawa
4.5 of 5 stars 1,760 reviews
Byward Market Area
Novotel Ottawa
Novotel Ottawa
#26 of 69 in Ottawa
4.0 of 5 stars 1,156 reviews
Byward Market Area
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Byward Market Area
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Lord Elgin
#13 of 69 in Ottawa
4.0 of 5 stars 2,183 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question


  • Free Breakfast
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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 

Additional Information about HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

Address: 75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
Price Range: $49 - $73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — HI Ottawa Jail Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 29
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Orbitz, Hotwire, Booking.com, Travelocity, HostelWorld, Odigeo, Priceline and Hotels.com so you can book your HI Ottawa Jail Hostel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Hi Ottawa Jail Hotel Ottawa
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay