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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 nightsFor every 10 nights, get 1 free*!
Great location
Fantastic service
Room needs to be improved
More comfort would be nice
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From 563 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada

from Rs5,318
  • 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 hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room 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 - 21 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.) - 20 min drive
  • Ottawa Station - 7 min drive
  • Ottawa Fallowfield Station - 23 min drive
  • Extended parking
  • Self parking (surcharge)
  • RV, bus, and truck parking

Recent reviews

Good 7.4 From 261 reviews

HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada
Don't want to return to jail
Check in was amateur. Clearly the 2 agents had nothing to do, as they just gabbed and gossiped while a crowd gathered for the witching hour of 3 pm, which is check-in time. I was told that the "room won't be ready until 3 o'clock". Well, I reserved a jail cell, which is not a room, which I'm certain was well ready before 3 o'clock. Silly to keep guests sitting, waiting and listening to the inane banter between the employees behind the desk. The cell was as described. The problem is that just because it's a jail cell, a clever gimmick, I don't want to sleep on an uncomfortable mattress when I'm paying for a nights' sleep. It was very uncomfortable, with a sliver of a pillow. No soap, liquid or otherwise, is provided in the shower. Kind of clean facilities, but not spotless.
Stephen, us1 night trip
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada
Wonderful Hostel
It was an amazing stay. The bed was comfy, the bathroom was spacious and the kitchen had all the utilities. The staff was also very friendly. The location is in the center of the city and very close to UofOttawa and other embassies.
ANkur, us1 night trip
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada
Avoid if clausterphobic!
If you are clausterphobic, this is not your hostel. We had to leave because my son was so uncomfortable. We were supposed to stay three nights; we left within five minutes, and they refunded two of the three nights at least, which helped. Friendly staff.
Sheri, ca3 night trip
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada
Loved it!
Excellent service and stay.
A Traveller, ca1 night trip
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada
Very Good8.0
When I arrived in Ottawa, I went staight to Jail
Friendly and helpful staff,
A Traveller, ca2 night business trip

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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada

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