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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa

2-star2 stars
75 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON, K1N7B9, Canada

City-center hostel, steps from Rideau Centre
  • Free WiFi
  • Collect nightsYou can collect™ Rewards nights here
Great location
Tasty breakfast
Could use a good cleaning
Room needs to be improved
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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa

from $85 CAD
  • 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)

What’s around HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa


  • In Sandy Hill
  • Byward Market Square - 7 min walk
  • University of Ottawa - 10 min walk
  • Parliament Hill - 16 min walk
  • Rideau Canal - 36 min walk
  • Shaw Centre - 6 min walk
  • Rideau Centre - 7 min walk
  • National Arts Centre - 9 min walk

Getting around

  • Ottawa, ON (YOW-Macdonald-Cartier Intl.) - 19 min drive
  • Ottawa Station - 7 min drive
  • Ottawa Fallowfield Station - 22 min drive
  • Extended parking
  • Self parking (surcharge)
  • RV, bus, and truck parking

At a glance

Key facts


  • 30 rooms


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 17

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms

WiFi rated super fast

  • Great for browsing, email, gaming, streaming, and video chat



  • Self parking *

  • Extended parking

Other information

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

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • Bicycle rentals on site
Working away
  • Computer station
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • ATM/banking
  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)
  • Picnic area
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Air conditioning
Freshen up
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower only
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily housekeeping

HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa’s small print

Also known as

  • HI Ottawa Jail Hostel
  • Jail Hostel
  • HI Ottawa Jail
  • Hi Ottawa Jail Hotel Ottawa


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.

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

Mandatory fees

Guests who do not present a Hostelling International membership card will be charged $5.00 CAD extra per bed and $10.00 CAD extra per private room, payable to the hostel. For more details, please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
All guests with reservations made after January 24th, 2018 are entitled to a 10% discount upon presentation of their Hostelling International Membership Card. Please note that any reservations made before January 24th, 2018, were made at the HI-Membership Rate. If you are not a member of Hostelling International, there will be an additional charge of $5.00 per person/per night. For more details, please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Optional extras

Self parking costs CAD 12 per day

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.

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Recent reviews

Good 7.8 From 249 reviews

HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa
Ottawa Jail Hostel, great fun, excellent location
Andrea, ca1 night trip
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa
Very Good8.0
Great hostel ever!
Everything was perfect there, the environment, history, and also the fun facts of what happened on that building in the past. The washroom on the 9th floor needs a full renovation, everything looks old that I even didn't took a shower there, I had to go to the 7th floor. The 8th floor is so good and creepy but they took all the rooms and washrooms on it (but they never said why). They need to do something with the noise on the 9th floor rooms. Someone was doing something besides my room all the time, and it was annoying when sleeping. But everything else is great! I wish they can include a live performance in the jail tour, it'll be more fun.
Emmanuel, ca1 night trip
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa
Very Good8.0
Our Night in Jail
We went to Ottawa to visit family so we decided to experience a night in jail. The atmosphere was very "prison like" but the staff and other "inmates" we're very friendly. Our cell was small yet comfortable and quiet. The breakfast was good also. All in all, we enjoyed our night in prison and we have a story to tell.
Debbie, ca1 night romance trip
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa
Very Good8.0
Take the free tour - it's very interesting.
, ca1 night business trip
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa
Unique and fun place to stay!
It's a very unique & fun place to stay and I really enjoyed walking around the building learning about the history of the jail and why certain design elements were used. It was also clean, friendly staff and a great location. As I arrived late by night and only stayed for that night - I would have benefitted from a more sound proof place to stay. The corridors are designed to increase sound so everyone can hear you and let me tell you - yes, you can hear everything said in the corridors. This is something to bare in mind if you are sound sensitive and easily woken up.
A, ca1 night trip

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