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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada

2-star2 stars
75 Nicholas StreetOttawaONK1N7B9Canada

City-center hostel within easy reach of University of Ottawa
  • Free WiFi
  • Collect nightsYou can collect™ Rewards nights here
Great location
Tasty breakfast
More comfort would be nice
Bar and Beverages
Bar could improve
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From 578 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada

from Rs5,385
  • 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)

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 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



  • Self parking *

  • Extended parking

Other information

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

In the hotel

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

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, Canada’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.

What’s around HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada


  • In Sandy Hill
  • National Gallery of Canada - 15 min walk
  • Parliament Hill - 16 min walk
  • University of Ottawa - 10 min walk
  • Supreme Court of Canada - 22 min walk
  • Canadian Museum of History - 29 min walk
  • Canadian War Museum - 36 min walk
  • Rideau Canal - 36 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

Recent reviews

Good 7.6 From 249 reviews

HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada
Unique Experience
It was unique experience to stay at the Jail. This is HI, not hotel. You shouldn't expect hotel facility and service. As a HI, it ws very confortable specially include Jail tour and Breakfast were bonus!
A Traveller, nz1 night trip
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada
Very Good8.0
little space, big value
the staff were great, the hostel was clean, breakfast was good. overall, a great experience in a great location.
Andrew, ca1 night trip
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada
Amazing experience, room was creepy didn’t sleep much during the night, noisy cell inmates, nice lounging area. I loved the experience
Marisa A, ca1 night trip
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada
Very Good8.0
Charming, historic, central, taxing
Very cool idea for a hostel/hotel. We are a family of four that stayed in two double cells. There was plenty of room. The only issue for some may be that the cells aren’t closed off from each other, so at night you can hear everything. I repeat... everything. (Quiet hours start at 11pm.) Breakfast spread is fine, downstairs in a common area. Guests have use of the kitchen and a big fridge. Jail tours are conducted for free every day at 11am; you don’t need to be a guest to take one. Parking is available on site, but for a fee of $12 per day, which was a bit annoying considering the taxes that Canada lops onto your bill when you check in. Be aware, room taxes are not assessed by (it’s right there on your purchase agreement) and they are steep. If there was one thing that annoyed me about this stay, it wasn’t the occasional loud door slam in the middle of the night— it was that the taxes weren’t levied by I like knowing exactly how much I’m going to have to pay when I stay somewhere, and with taxes and parking this place ended up being just as expensive for us as as staying at a pretty swank hotel downtown. Area around the hostel will be nice, but next-door neighbor is a museum currently undergoing construction. That said, we did not notice any noise from it, even though our rooms faced that side of the property. Also, good shopping, great food choices, and the historic core are all very nearby and accessible by foot.
Gregory, us2 night trip
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada
Very Good8.0
Bed in ottawa
Perfect for what i needed. Bed for the night in a great location for me.
Chris, us1 night trip

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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada

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