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Cairo, Egypt
Reviewed 15 November 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed our stay at the hostel. We had booked a single room on booking.com but the room we had booked wasn't available due to a miscommunication between the hostel and the website. They were so accommodating and instead let us stay by ourselves in a six-person dorm room for the same price as our original booking. The museum...

1Thank Hannah T
Reviewed 24 October 2015 via mobile

This is a really good place to stay in Ottawa! It was made into a hostel just a year after the jail was closed, so really does have many elements of the old prison. If you stay in a jail cell it is cramped and claustrophobic, just as it would have been. It can also be loud, as you're staying...

1Thank bexlefort
Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 23 October 2015

i had reservations to stay at this hostel,as i always stay at a hi hostel when travelling when there is one in my city of destination. i believe HI are to hostels as four seasons are to hotels. very high standards from staff to cleanliness and everything in between. I arrived around 07:00 in the morning. i had been to...

Thank John M
Reviewed 18 October 2015 via mobile

Staff were friendly, great locations and interesting building. I wouldn't stay here if you get freaked out by ghost stories though but other than that and the absolute lack of wifi throughout the building (due to the thick cement walls) it was an enjoyable stay. Close to the centre and parliament - would recommend staying here for no more than...

Thank Camilla-Annie S
Reviewed 18 October 2015

The HI Ottawa Jail Hostel offers an interesting lodging experience! The location is proximal to many of Ottawa's attractions. While, admittedly, the beds are not particularly comfortable, the unique experience is well worth it.

Thank sunandstarlight
Reviewed 17 October 2015

Great hostel - antique and cosy. It was eerie but it is safe and sound. The room and toilet are clean. The staff are friendly and helpful. It is near to all the tourist sites, within minutes of walk away. They even give a daily morning tour of the hostel, explaining the history when it was used as a jail....

1Thank Chua H
Stourbridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 October 2015

We were travelling around Canada and stayed here for one night while in Ottawa. The hostel is basic but that is reflected in the price. One of our group stayed in an old cell which was just big enough for a bed (no room around it!) and the rest in a 4 person room (two bunk beds). Found the separate...

Thank Dan_H0pkins
Reviewed 12 October 2015 via mobile

We stayed here on a three month trip and thought it would be 'different' . but this is basically just a hostel. With less space than a normal hostel! Quirky experience.... For an hour..... Then the basic /dirty/ noisy environment starts to get to you. We booked 4 nights. Stayed 1 then left ! Avoid and choose a nice hotel...

Thank JLL85
Mississauga, Canada
Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

We spent one terrified night in the single person cells! Coupling a stay here with a haunted tour of the jail made it all the more spooky! The tour gave a lot of history and factual stories about jail, including stories from previous hostellers. I absolutely could not get those stories out of my mind all night! My wife, in...

Thank and_heartz
Newcastle, Australia
Reviewed 9 October 2015

I do not believe in Ghosts, Nor does the friend i was travelling with. However at 1am in the morning my friend woke up screaming "let me go" and said she felt like someone was holding her arm. And i wasn't anywhere near her... and there was no-one else in the room. Let me tell you, you can't fake that...

1Thank AussieTraveller365

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
  • 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 K1N 7B9, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
Price Range: $33 - $111 (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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