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Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

First of all, it's a converted gaol, or jail if you prefer the American slang spelling. That's the beginning and end of any review for it. If you have issues with small spaces, this place isn't for you. Funnily enough, it's not very different from other hostels, which makes me question the nature of hostels compared to jails. The mattress...

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York, Pennsylvania, United States
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Jail Hostel is not the Ritz, but rather, a hostel. So, don't expect a sauna, handball courts and a masseuse. It's a place to sleep, meet interesting people from all over the world and learn about the Jail's brutal history. And maybe meet a ghost or two. Supposedly one of the most haunted places in Canada, the jail is...

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Swansea Bay, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was such a cool place to stay in!! Good job it was only for one night though because I did get a little bit creeped out at one point ha ha. It is a really cool experience!! I would definitely stay there again.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was originally placed on the 8th floor in a mixed room but there was no wifi at all. I needed wifi as I was on call at work and the guy on the desk explained it was due to the thick walls and kindly moved me to the fifth floor where it was much better. Room was small and basic...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed here for a couple nights at the end of a work trip to save some money and was satisfied with my stay. Room presentation was exactly as depicted in the pictures, and the friendly staff were the best part. Would recommend to anyone travelling to Ottawa interested in saving money and having a good time with travellers. John

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'd say it will be interesting to stay there if you like history and architecture. I enjoyed the 2 nights I stayed there, but I could've stayed for just one night. There is a tour at 11am, and I learnt quite a bit from that. Now to the cons, the management definitely take advantage of their location and the history...

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I came to Ottawa for a weekend and stayed in the hostel's private cell that comes with a double bed. I think if you don't mind "roughing it" and aren't scared easily, it's a pretty cool experience sleeping there. However, once the novelty wears off the hostel isn't that great. Poor customer service-all the people working there were so grumpy....

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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Stayed here for one night with 6 friends. Had a great time. Staff where awesome, super friendly, easy going and very accomadating. You are able to go explore the hostel and wonder through death row which was great. Our tour guide was amazing, if you stay definitely do this tour! The bar was really cheap, had good music and great...

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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Stayed a night with 6 friends and had an amazing time, the staff are all really friendly and fun. A nice bar with greats prices aswell. I would recommend this place to everyone. Exploring death row late at night is as creepy as you could ever hope for!The tour is also a must do! I will definitely be back to...

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Tampa, Florida
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

This jail hostel was a unique experience and had most things you would look for in a decent hostel. The location was a fantastic place to be i. Ottawa. Very close to all the attractions. Just a short walk to Byward Market and to the museums and capital attractions. The hostel itself was good. The rooms were small but manageable....

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  • Breakfast included
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  • 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: $37 - $119 (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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