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|Distance to city centre||1,2 km|
|"Very friendly staff as well"||(in 245 reviews)|
|"The free breakfast was really delicious."||(in 235 reviews)|
|"Value for money, friendly, interesting history."||(in 38 reviews)|
|"I had the private jail cell."||(in 15 reviews)|
|"Almost felt like being in jail."||(in 93 reviews)|
|"The doors are not"||(in 9 reviews)|
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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.
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.
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.
I loved the fact that the whole jail element was completely intact; also the staff was very helpful and breakfast was good!
Noisy, late night metal door banging, impossible to sleep, space very small, left after one night.
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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- 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
|Ottawa Station||3,1 km|
|Ottawa Fallowfield||14,5 km|