LOCATION: I visited this hostel earlier this month for a night. This hostel is in a very excellent location where you can access to various landmarks including the paliament house, Ottawa University, marketplace, etc in walking distance.
ENTERTAINMENT: Great Tour!! Excellent way to explore the history of the jail. The haunting tour provided by the staff was informative and thorough. Don't miss it! It is open to public and guests of this hostel will get a discount rate (3 or 4 dollars less / ticket).
ROOM : I stayed in a double room with built-in window A/C and in-room sink and mirror. I did not see the mini-refrige as it was listed on the room description. The night I stayed there was hot, I could not leave the A/C overnight however as it was super noisy when it was on. The room was not well cleaned before I checked in. I saw dirts here and there on the floor and the garbage bin was halfway full of garbage. The room condition is general ok - still acceptable. I was glad that I did not stay in their Cell room. They do not have built in A/C on the cell-room floors. In summer time, it coudl be quite stuffy to stay in the room when the temperature was high, I would definitely go back to this hostel and try their Cell room in Winter though when I go to Ottawa for visiting again,
RATE: I reviewed other travelers' comment before I booked this hostel. I have known that the price showed on the booking website was hostel member price. As a non-members, I did pay additional $10 on top of the price listed on my confirmation document. Compared to other hostels, I think the price of this hostel was a little bit high but still quite acceptable.
STAFF; Very helpful abnd friendly. They provided me a lot of useful information re: transportation and direction around the areas.
TRANSPORTATION: Not in a walking distance from the train station. It took me around 5-8 minutes on public transit from the train station to the Hostel and return. It costs only CD$3.3/trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in downtown Ottawa, the HI Ottawa Jail 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
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- Also Known As:
- Hi Ottawa Jail Hotel Ottawa