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Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed 15 January 2016

PRO: It's a unique experience. It's not in every city that you can sleep in a jail cell. OK breakfast. CON: The rooms/cells were tiny. There was barely enough room to stand up or even sit on the side of the bed. It was so cramped and dark in the cells so people would hang out in the hallways but...

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Florianopolis, SC
Reviewed 11 January 2016

The rooms were nice and clean. The staff was very helpful to explain to me and my friend the map of the town and the good places to go. There was a bar inside the hotel that was very nice, a little alternative.

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

Thank you Julia. We try hard to make a unique experience here in the heart of the city.

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 January 2016

The Hi-Ottawa jail hostel is an experience to say the very least. The room was very small, but I suppose this is to be expected when staying in a converted jail cell. The beds were by no means the comfiest. The location of the hostel is great, very close to the centre and the shopping centre. The staff were also...

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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 5 January 2016

Stayed here for 4 nights in a dorm room not a cell and the heater in the room was noisy every night. Sounded like a construction site. The noise came and went but sometimes could be very loud and woke me up several times. Told the staff about this and they said the heater in my room (Solitary) is the...

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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 5 January 2016 via mobile

Let's start with the good things: staff were great - friendly, accommodating and helpful. It was nice having free breakfast every morning and you had three hours within which to have breakfast, which is quite generous (7.30-10.30). The history of the building is fascinating and I would highly recommend the tour of the building, which is conducted at 11am every...

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

Hi Thanks for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed parts of your stay. I will pass on the comments about the boiler system. This seems to be a new problem that has cropped up from time to time this winter. We are working with our HVAC suppliers to correct the problem. Thanks again, Sincerely

Collingwood, Canada
Reviewed 4 January 2016

Great staff and fun, clean rooms! Super downtown location and walking distance to Parliament. We found it quiet for most part...brought ear-plugs just in case. Worth it for the experience! Breakfast was included which is always a nice bonus! We found wi-fi good in our room and in the hall and if not, there is a nice lounge in reception...

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Reviewed 31 December 2015 via mobile

It was an interesting experience in this hostel. I can't say I particularly enjoyed my stay though. The WiFi was incredibly bad. In the rooms, in the lounge, just everywhere. The rooms were very noisy as well and the cells only had a bed, not even room to stand. Which was unique but not very great to live in. Also...

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

Thanks for the feedback. We are working really hard with our internet supplier (Bell) wi-fi and hopefully the solution is around the corner. I see from your comments about the bed you stayed in one of our "Authentic Single Jail Cells". You are correct, it is small (3' x 9'), but it is unique and also very affordable. Where else...

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Reviewed 15 December 2015

Good bedrooms and clean bathrooms for a "jail" :). Nice ambiance and the breakfast is good. Sounds weird but I feel like home in this place. The only complain I have is that sometimes, depends the bedroom you are and specially if is close to the street, it's a little bit noisy during the night and early in the morning....

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

Thanks for the feedback. I am glad to hear that your experience was generally good. Sorry about the noise from the downtown areas. We are working on getting better windows installed, but it is a heritage building and everything we do here requires many layers of approvals. I have asked regional office for the funds to deal with these problems...

Plymouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 November 2015

I loved this hostel! I have stayed at a few 'HI' hostels, and this one was by far the best. It is so quirky, clean, and had modern twists. We stayed all the way up on the 9th floor, but we didn't mind because the showers on the 8th floor had been newly renovated. They were clean and spacious, and...

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Ontario
Reviewed 25 November 2015 via mobile

Such a unique hostel! I was super impressed, the staff were excellent. I had several questions about Ottawa attractions and the front desk nailed them all. And what a lovely crew running breakfast. Speaking of breakfast, it was basic but well stocked and hit the spot, very nice touch. The hostel even organizes a pub crawl Friday's and offers a...

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  • Breakfast included
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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 K1N 7B9, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
Price Range: $34 - $109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — HI Ottawa Jail Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 29
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“Single cell gives more privacy, but I doubt the group rooms are any more or less comfortable.”
  • Single Cell Room - inside from bed.
  • Shot of the outside of a single cell room
 of 5 bubbles Anniexus, 16 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Single 'rooms' are jail cells, just wide enough for a single bed. Not for the claustrophobic. There are dorms and doubles as well.”
 of 5 bubbles BilB892, 11 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Single rooms are very, very cramped”
 of 5 bubbles BeckyJ736, 25 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Always bring earplugs”
 of 5 bubbles JoeCuisine, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The wifi doesn't reach top floors!”
 of 5 bubbles 391eliseb, 28 Sep 2016 | Read review
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