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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
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Good internet service
Great location
Tasty breakfast
More comfort would be nice

HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa

from $71 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 - 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

Getting around

  • Macdonald-Cartier Intl. Airport (YOW) - 15 min drive
  • Ottawa, ON (XDS-Ottawa Train Station) - 5 min drive
  • Ottawa Station - 5 min drive
  • Ottawa Fallowfield Station - 22 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 30 rooms


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

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Self parking *

  • Extended parking

Payment types at the property

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
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • ATM/banking
  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
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
  • Daily housekeeping

HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa’s 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


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 CAD 5 extra per bed and CAD 10 extra per private room, payable to the hostel.

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.

FAQs for HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa

  • Are pets allowed at HI Ottawa Jail Hostel?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • Is parking offered at HI Ottawa Jail Hostel?
    Yes. Self parking costs CAD 12 per day.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at HI Ottawa Jail Hostel?
    You can check in starting at 3 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near HI Ottawa Jail Hostel?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include The Albion Rooms (1-min walk), Dining Hall (2-min walk), and Kothu Rotti (3-min walk).

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Recent reviews

Very Good 8.0 From 245 reviews

Very Good 8.0
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, ca1 night trip with friends
Exceptional 10.0
Fun place to stay! Close to everything downtown. Really nice staff and cheap parking. Showers had mold.
ca3 night trip
Good 6.0
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, ca1 night trip with friends
Very Good 8.0
It has its quirks
an historical property has its quirks, for sure, but a hoarking and spitting guy who hung around the bathrooms 24/7 (when he was not in Byward market looking at bikes to see if they were locked ... was he going to steal them??) made for an interesting stay. Staff was great and breakfast spread abundant but I don't think that I would stay again. Sound really carries and the people next door watched/listened to the US Democratic debate for hours on end - we aksed them to turn it down but they looked at us like we were aliens.
Janet, ca4 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
It was an awesome experience to stay with tou syeibf my work conference. I really enjoyed it.
ca4 night business trip
Exceptional 10.0
Quick trip
Our stay was amazing however we weren’t there long it was a quick turnaround trip but the tour was good the facilities were good and the breakfast was good in the morning so very worth the price for us
Sonia, ca1 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Spent the night in Jail .
A combo of history and hosteling . Great staff,the price is right , good location down town ,reasonable parking . Fun Jail tour .
Penny, ca1 night trip
Very Good 8.0
Great experience
Our stay was fabulous, staff were fantastic, bed was comfortable, breakfast was basic but good, location was great, definitely a unique experience sleeping in a jail cell, and the tour was interesting. Would highly recommend this place.
Alisia, ca2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Ottawa Jail Hostel, great fun, excellent location
Andrea, ca1 night trip
Very Good 8.0
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

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