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HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel

Hostel | 75 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 7B9

83.5% Overall Rating

378 out of 438 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (12/05/2015)

Philip Alexander Orlick thinks…

"It was fun staying in what had been an actual jail. (Also was good to know we weren`t locked in there!)"

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Bicycle hire
  • ATM / cash machine
  • Bar(s)
  • Communal kitchen

What's Included

  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

Hostelling International is a Membership organization. Rates quoted are member rate, non-members will be charged a surcharge of approximately $5 per person per night. All prices are subject to local sales tax of 13%.

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Tax Policy (payable to property)

Other Tax 13.00%

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 13:00
Latest Check-out: 11:00

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Group of 15 or more traveling to Ottawa?

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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 Centro, University of Ottawa, pubs and restaurants. Delicious complimentary breakfast served every morning (bagels, eggs, fresh fruits, coffee, tea, juice and more!)Rated one of the top 10 spookiest buildings around the world by Lonely Planet! Plus, we operate Mugshots - Ottawa's only jail bar! - which hosts Open Mic and dance parties in the hostel's beautiful courtyard. Read more

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About HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel

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 to plan, Skype, book, check-in, post or tweet;
- Enjoy our FREE continental breakfast every morning;
- 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%.

Location Information

You can visit Parliament Hill, National Gallery of Canada, all embassies, The Rideau Centre, the Byward Market tourist area, National Museum of Nature, Museum of Civilization, the Rideau Canal the National Arts Centre, Ottawa University, Voyageur (Greyhound) bus station, National War Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilzation, the Canadian Postal Museum, the Canadian Children's Museum all located within walking distance of the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel.

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