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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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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...

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London
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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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Malaysia
Reviewed 16 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....

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • 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: $31 - $113 (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 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
“The single cells were very tiny - if you are claustrophobic opt to share with people in a dorm for more space!”
 of 5 bubbles 438laurenh, 27 Sep 2016 | Read review
“The jail cell floors carry noise due to the design of the building, but the front desk has free earplugs if you're a light sleeper!”
 of 5 bubbles walkingwordsmith, 3 Aug 2016 | Read review
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