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HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel

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A one-of-a-kind jail hostel located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, steps away from Byward Market, Parliament Hill, Rideau Centre, University of Ottawa, pubs and restaurants.

Rated one of the top 10 spookiest buildings around the world by Lonely Planet!

Here's what you may do while staying with us :

- Have a drink, eat a meal, listen to live performances and meet other travelers at our bar MUGSHOTS - Ottawa's only jail bar!

- Use our free wireless internet or free internet terminals to plan, skype, book, check-in, post or tweet;

- Enjoy our FREE continental breakfast every morning;

- Join us on a FREE hostel orientation tour (offered daily to hostel guests only)

- Sleep in former jail cells that have been completely renovated and adapted to suit your comfort needs;

- Join us for a pub crawl, a movie night, a dance party and much more;

- Enjoy our great outdoor patio in the summer;

- Use our communal kitchen to show off your cooking skills;

- Ask our wonderful staff for suggestions of things to do in Ottawa;

- Visit death row and the gallows on the 8th floor with Ottawa's Haunted Walks tours.

We hope to see you soon - and remember - you don't have to commit a crime to do the time!

Please note : If you do not hold an HI membership card there will be an additional charge of $5 per night in shared room and $10 per night in a private room. All prices are subject to local sales tax of 13%.

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Highlights

  • Free Breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • 24 Hour Check-In
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • Bar
  • Linen Included

Important Information

Please note: If you do not hold an HI membership card there will be an additional charge of $5 per person per night.
All prices are subject to local sales tax. Local taxes charged at check-in. The front desk is open 24 hours
Children are not allowed in mixed shared dorms

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Very good 79%

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

I really like the place, the experience of staying there was very nice and exiting as well. It looks like a jail and the kept the place in perfect conditions.

There were just one bathroom for women and two for man, maybe this could be all the way round as ladies take longer.

People who work there were very nice as well.

the only thing is that Internet was not working on my room, but I believe that this is because walls are very thick so WiFi signals could not get in.

Overall a very good place to stay and also completly different to any other hostel.

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2
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3

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

excellent vibe, nice staff, good breakfast, something is going on at their bar every night, not haunted at all:)) would recommend it to anyone!

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5
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5
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5
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5
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5

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Overall
3
Location
5
Cleanliness
2
Value
4
Facilities
3
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3

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

very good hostel with jail-decoration as its speciality. nice and friendly roomates and stuff with very helpful as well as valuble travel information.

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5
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5
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5
Value
5
Facilities
4
Service
5

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

Overall an interesting experience. The location is really great since it's just near the bus terminal smack downtown. The room was clean but the shower stalls could do with improvemement since there was mildew in corners. As far as value is concerned, I figure I could have found a bed and breakfast at close to the $100 I paid and it would have probably been nice and quiet since one could hear all sorts of vehicles through the night plus the bunk beds squeaked when one moved and that was funny if you happen to be having sex. In addition, there were mosquitoes and it felt like an oven without any fan with a temp of 26 C plus humidex feeling like +30! Breakfast was a downer with no egg option and cheap cereal from some discount store - Here again a bed and breakfast would have won out. Had a nice tour in the morning of historic sites downtown, pleasant staff except for one who said it would be a lovely day but it started pouring. When I said hey! I thought you said no rain he smirked and thought it was funny. Otherwise staff was courteous.

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3
Location
5
Cleanliness
3
Value
2
Facilities
2
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3

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

Centrally located and very convenient. Can be quite noisy sometimes.

Overall
3
Location
5
Cleanliness
3
Value
3
Facilities
3
Service
4

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Hotel Amenities

  • 24 hour reception
  • ATM
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Bar
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Included
  • Café
  • Common Room
  • DVD's
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Games room
  • Hairdryers
  • Hairdryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Kitchen
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Nightclub
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels Included
  • Vending Machines

general

  • 24 Hour Security
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Towels for Hire

laundry

  • Washing Machine

communications

  • Card Phones
  • Fax Service
  • Postal Service

parking

  • Bicycle Parking

entertainment

  • Board Games

inroom facilities

  • Reading Light
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities

sport& leisure

  • Cable TV

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