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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

When you arrive you notice the unique character of the building. It was only in the 1970s when the building stopped being a jail and was bought by Hostelling International. The company did such a great job of keeping the original layout of the jail when converting it to the hostel as most the rooms are in the original jail cells. Every morning at 11:30, the staff hosts a tour of the old jail and shares the history of the building that housed theives and murderers and was the site of Canada's last public execution. The staff there are really great, super outgoing and friendly. Location is ideal for those who want to take in the sights and sounds of Ottawa. Right behind Rideau Centre Mall, two blocks away from Byward Market, and a 10 minute walk from Parliament Hill. If you want to rent a bike, the hostel also rents them out for $20 for a day rental.

Room Tip: Spend the extra $15 and book a private room.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Very cool experience, great location as you can walk to everything.
Good breakfast, super friendly staff and advice on what to do, great activities on offer and breakfast is included as well.
For sure go down to the mugshot bar to just be one of the crowd and have fun.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

I booked a stay in this accommodation for me and my friend, mainly due to the central location and also because of a because of the lack of alternative cheap accommodation in central Ottawa.

The staff were very friendly, pleasant to converse with and professional throughout our stay. The room we stayed in was very basic but we expected it to be, considering the place is a converted jailhouse. However the room was clean and the beds were comfortable, although my friend did not sleep as well as me due to the squeaky mattress on his bunk.

The hostel itself has a great atmosphere and is unlike anywhere I have previously stayed. The free breakfast was nice although there could have been a bit more choice. Me and my friend hired bikes from the hostel for a couple of hours, which was a great way to see the more rural Southern areas of the city. Finally the free wifi which the hostel provides is of a decent quality and was rather useful.

Overall, considering the price we paid, the hostel was good and I would consider staying in the hostel was I ever to visit Ottawa again, which I certainly hope to as the city is beautiful!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Antony802
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

The people working at this hostel were unbelievably kind, friendly and accomodating. I could go into detail explaining how they helped me on more than one occassion, but, I'll just leave it at this. If you're looking for gorgeous views, fancy showers and luxury, this is a jail. You are sleeping in a nice prison. It is a very very cool place to rest ones head.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank Jordan B
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Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

Love it. A hostel with great character and a few ghost stories behind it. I stayed in a cell for the first night and then one of the suits for the second. The jail cells are a bit small but what do you expect it's a jail cell. The only downside is it can get a little noisy in the hallways because you don't really have a proper door. It's more of a half boarded up prison door. It does keep the charm and original features of the cell though. The suite room was spacious and with your own private shower it is a nice extra. We were on the road side so it was a little noisy especially with single glazed windows. The free breakfast is good with a choice of fresh fruit, bagels, cereal, coffee and tea. You can easily walk to all the main attractions and sights. Ottawa is a beautiful city with a mix of classic and modern architecture. All in all a good stay...

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