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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa

City-center hostel, steps from Rideau Centre

  • Free WiFi

Restrictions related to your trip

This destination may have COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, including specific restrictions for lodging. Check any national, local, and health advisories for this destination before you book.

Property renovations and closures

  • This property is closed from November 1 2020 to January 31 2022 (dates subject to change).

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  • 1 Bed - Shared Dormitory, 6 Bed Jail Cell Women only, Shared Bathroom (Jail Cell) - Bathroom
  • Double Room, 1 Double Bed (with Kitchenette OR Bathroom) - Bathroom
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75 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, K1N7B9, ON, Canada
8.4.Very Good.
  • L’expérience de dormir dans une prison est exceptionnelle. Cependant, il y beaucoup de…

    Aug. 8, 2020

  • Good for staying short term Staff is very nice and vert helpful Good for exploring…

    Feb. 15, 2020

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) cleaning and disinfection practices.

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • 24 hours gap period enforced between guest stays
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

Walkable
Convenient
Shopping
Safe
Dining options
  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 30 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self parking
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Garden

Feel at home

  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Barbecue grill(s)

What’s around

  • In Sandy Hill
  • Byward Market Square - 7 min walk
  • University of Ottawa - 9 min walk
  • Parliament Hill - 13 min walk
  • Rideau Canal - 35 min walk
  • Rideau Centre - 3 min walk

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Room, 1 Single Bed (Authentic Jail Cell (3x9) Shared Bath)
  • 1 Bed - Shared Dormitory, 6 Bed Jail Cell Men only, Shared Bathroom (Jail Cell)
  • 1 Bed - Shared Dormitory, 4 Bed Men only, Shared Bathroom
  • Twin Room (Twin Cell,1 Bunk Bed,Shared Bathroom)
  • Double Room (Dbl Jail Cell, 1 Dbl Bed, Shared Bath)
  • Double Room (Dbl Room, 1 Dble Bed, Shared Bath)
  • Double Room, 1 Double Bed (with Kitchenette OR Bathroom)
  • 1 Bed - Shared Dormitory, 4 Bedroom Women only, Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Bed - Shared Dormitory, 6 Bed Jail Cell Women only, Shared Bathroom (Jail Cell)
  • Historic Double Jail Cell, 1 Double Bed (Showers located on floor above)

Location

75 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, K1N7B9, ON, Canada
  • In Sandy Hill
  • Byward Market Square - 7 min walk
  • University of Ottawa - 9 min walk

What’s around

Landmarks

  • In Sandy Hill
  • Byward Market Square - 7 min walk
  • University of Ottawa - 9 min walk
  • Parliament Hill - 13 min walk
  • Rideau Canal - 35 min walk
  • Rideau Centre - 3 min walk
  • Shaw Centre - 4 min walk
  • National Arts Centre - 7 min walk
  • National Gallery of Canada - 13 min walk
  • Museum of Nature - 22 min walk
  • Canadian Museum of History - 26 min walk

Getting around

  • Ottawa International Airport (YOW) - 15 min drive
  • Ottawa, ON (XDS-Ottawa Train Station) - 5 min drive
  • Ottawa Station - 5 min drive
  • Ottawa Fallowfield Station - 20 min drive

At a glance

Size

  • 30 rooms

Arriving/leaving

  • Check-in time 3 PM-anytime
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • This destination may have COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, including specific restrictions for lodging. Check any national, local, and health advisories for this destination before you book.

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 17

Children

  • No cribs (infant beds)

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

Parking

  • Onsite self parking (CAD 12 per day)
  • Onsite RV/bus/truck parking (fees apply)

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink

  • Barbecue grills

Things to do

  • Bicycle rentals on site

Working away

  • Computer station

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff

Facilities

  • ATM/banking
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts

  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)

Freshen up

  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower only

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

More

  • Daily housekeeping

Small print

Also known as

  • HI Ottawa Jail Hostel
  • HI Ottawa Jail Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Ottawa
  • Jail Hostel
  • HI Ottawa Jail
  • Hi Ottawa Jail Hotel Ottawa
  • HI Ottawa Jail Hostel Ottawa
  • HI Ottawa Jail Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

Optional extras

Self parking costs CAD 12 per day

Policies

This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector and a smoke detector on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-out is available.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Mandatory fees

Guests who do not present a Hostelling International membership card will be charged CAD 5 extra per bed and CAD 10 extra per private room, payable to the hostel.

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs

  • Yes, HI Ottawa Jail Hostel does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property is closed from November 1 2020 to January 31 2022 (dates subject to change).
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and gives staff personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes. Self parking costs CAD 12 per day. RV/bus/truck parking is available.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 3 PM - anytime. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
  • Yes. Nearby restaurants include Smoke's Poutinerie (3-min walk), 3brothers shawarma & poutine (3-min walk), and Freshii (4-min walk).
  • No, this hostel doesn't have a casino, but Casino du Lac Leamy (11-min drive) and Rideau Carleton Raceway (19-min drive) are both nearby.
  • HI Ottawa Jail Hostel has a picnic area and a garden.
8.4.Very Good.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    A travel in time fr those who want some adventure

    Hadi, 1 night trip, Sep. 13, 2020

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Facility was very clean. Night staff was very helpful even though we arrived around midnight. Breakfast could have been more organized though I believe it wasn't the normal staff.

    1 night trip with friends, Feb. 8, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    A unique historic site. Nice place to stay for something different.

    1 night trip, Jan. 11, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great value with an unique experience! I would go there again.

    1 night family trip, Jan. 4, 2020

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Quite the experience

    Great experience.... not the luxurious stay if you're looking for that.... but clean and quite the experience. The tour is a must and the historical perspective is amazing

    Mario, 1 night trip with friends, Nov. 20, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Interesting place, nice staff, fairly clean, the radiator was really loud

    1 night trip, Nov. 13, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    A unique & interesting stay in a historic jail. Single twin room was 3' x 9' with everything else you would need in a tiny room - bed, linens, mirror, hooks. Staff is friendly and though the place is old, it is incredibly clean. Overall, this was one of the coolest places I have ever stayed and I will visit avain next time I am in Ottawa!

    reFINDSalvage, 1 night family trip, Nov. 5, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Fun place to stay! Close to everything downtown. Really nice staff and cheap parking. Showers had mold.

    3 night trip, Nov. 1, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    There was no forms at all? 100s of spoons and knives?

    1 night trip, Oct. 20, 2019

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  • 6.0.Good

    The matresses were uncomfortable and the pillow was too soft. People were very loud with their doors so sleeping in wasnt an option, meaning it gets very noisy at 7 am.

    Alia, 1 night trip with friends, Oct. 19, 2019

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