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HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel

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

84.1% Overall Rating

374 out of 433 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (31/08/2014)

Linda Gutri thinks…

"Everything we needed was available. The rooms are small but the value for the money is unbeatable. The whole stay for two people for two days with breakfast was totally affordable."

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Currency Exchange
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines

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

Group booking?

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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Shared Rooms Help! A shared room (typically a dorm) is a bedroom which you share with other people from the property. The number of beds in a room is shown in the room name, e.g. ‘5 Bed Dorm’, and you can book as many as you need. Some properties have male only dorms and female only dorms.

4 Bed Dorm - Male only (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included

4 Bed Dorm - Female only (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included

4 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included, Complimentary drink on arrival
Private Rooms Help! A private room is a room that is not shared with other people from the property – in other words, you book and pay for all the beds in the room. If you are traveling alone, for example, but want to book a double room, you must pay for two people in order to book the whole room.

2 person (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included

Double (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

Single (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included

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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