Hi Ottawa Jail Hostel

75 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada
+1 613 235 2595

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8,2

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Hi Ottawa Jail Hostel - Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Distance to city centre 1,2 km
Location rating 9,3

Rooms

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Double rooms

R967+

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R967 per night

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  • Good
    Oct 2019
    7,5

    They have breakfast and kitchen to cook.

    The lamp in my bed didn't work. The lightings at the hostel(in the room and common area) are dim, had to use my phone's flashlight to read.

  • Okay
    Oct 2019
    6,0

    The location is excellent and there is parking onsite if you get there early enough. The breakfast is quite adequate for a continental breakfast - dried cranberries for the oatmeal! - and the coffee is good. I stayed in a single cell and it's thoughtfully arranged - hooks and a shelf right at the door to store your gear, lightswitch and plug also. You crawl up the bed to get to the pillow as there's no room on either side, which is fine - no issues with that. It has a light and plug over the pillow end of the bed. Bed is comfy and bedding is clean and adequate. All I needed for a private short-term stay.

    Very poor lighting, almost dark in the hallway to my room and the hallway where my room was. Not very safe or comforting. NOISY! I could hear people walking back and forth early in the morning constantly and someone scraping a table or chairs or something across the floor repeatedly and doing things in the hallway ongoing. Really annoying. There isn't a shared private bathroom where you can shut the door and wash up but that's the way it goes sometimes. There was a boy and a young teen boy hanging around the women's shower, not appropriate.

  • Good
    Oct 2019
    7,5

    I stayed in a private cell. The locking mechanism on the door felt very secure and solid, as did the door itself. Location is within easy walking or biking distance of most things of interest downtown including Parliament Hill, the Byward market, Parliament Hill, City Hall, the National Gallery, the University of Ottawa, the Royal Mint, and the War Memorial, which can be reached on foot in 15-20 minutes. The wifi is good.

    If you choose to stay in a cell, be aware that the jail was built in the 19th century during a time when prisons were purely punitive and occupant comfort was not a concern. The size of the standard cell is just wide enough to accommodate a mattress with no room on either side between the bedding and the walls. Acoustics in the hallway are excellent by design, so being quiet during "quiet time" is a must.

  • Good
    Oct 2019
    7,9

    I loved the fact that the whole jail element was completely intact; also the staff was very helpful and breakfast was good!

  • Poor
    Oct 2019
    1,0

    Nothing.

    Noisy, late night metal door banging, impossible to sleep, space very small, left after one night.

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Overview

With a stay at HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, you'll be centrally located in Ottawa, within a 5-minute walk of Rideau Centre and Shaw Centre. Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, a computer station, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

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Features

Free parking
Free airport shuttle
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Pet friendly
Air conditioning

8,2 Excellent

based on 3 276 reviews

9,3

Location

9,2

WiFi

4,4

Room

3,5

Comfort

Things to know

  • Friendly service
  • Friendly atmosphere

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15:00

Check out

11:00

Cancellation/pre-payment

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Amenities

Complimentary breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Disabled access
ATM on-site
Concierge service
Bicycle hire
No smoking
Air-conditioned
24-hour front desk
Designated smoking area
Storage available
Terrace/Patio
Hiking
Library
Business centre
Laundry facilities
Laundry service
Free Internet
Pets not allowed
Parking (surcharge)
Grill
Babysitting or child care

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Location

Most popular landmarks

  • Shaw Centre 219 m
  • University of Ottawa 0,5 km
  • National War Memorial 0,5 km
  • Bytown Museum 0,7 km
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica 0,8 km
  • Parliament Hill 0,8 km

Getting around

Ottawa 11,5 km
Ogdensburg 84,6 km
Ottawa Station 3,1 km
Ottawa Fallowfield 14,5 km

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