HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

Address: 75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | Hostel
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This hostel, located in the Sandy Hill - Ottawa East - University of Ottawa Campus area of Ottawa, is near ByWard Market, Holtz Spa, Canadian Children's Museum, and Rideau Centre.
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      TravelPod Member ReviewsHI Ottawa Jail Hostel

      Reviewed by smilerontour

      A must do experience but maybe for one night!

      Reviewed Oct 12, 2013
      by (6 reviews) Weston-super-Mare , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

      What an incredible place! When this 150 year old jail was closed Hostelling International snapped it uo and converted it into a unique hostel experience. Original ceills were 3' x 8' spaces large enough to contain only a bed. HI have kept some of these as well as knocking multiple cells into larger dorms.

      For the experience I would recommend one night - but after one night I moved to one of their hotel-style rooms to get a little more peace (cells with bar gates are noisy and light).

      The hostels I'm prime position in this beautiful city - a very short walk indeed to the Parliament buildings, museums and a fantastic market.

      Ottawa, Canada
      Who needs hotels!
      Ottawa, Canada
      My home for the night!
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      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

      Reviewed by samp09

      Top notch!

      Reviewed Jun 27, 2013
      by (1 review) Sudbury , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

      The hostel was superb with everything a traveler would need available!

      The hostel
      Ottawa, Canada
      Ottawa, Canada

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

      Reviewed by legoindiana

      Good Novelty Hostel

      Reviewed Aug 26, 2012
      by (9 reviews) Crewe , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

      Was nice to stay somewhere different. We had a private room/cell but there was no sound proofing so you could hear everyone else anyway. Also it Is very hot and stuffy in the summer. The kitchen was big but 2 of the days we stayed there a big group took over the whole kitchen.
      Overall was a good place to stay and as a bonus was very close to the city centre.

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

      Reviewed by kalpesh_gohil


      Reviewed Mar 25, 2012
      by (3 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

      Bar was closed everyday I was there, no activities were run even though advertisied and jail novelty wears of very quickly.

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

      Reviewed by leafytree

      a great place, that fun forgot.

      Reviewed Jul 22, 2011
      by (2 reviews) Murwillumbah , Australia Flag of Australia

      this is a great facility if your using it just in terms of budget travel. it has a resonable price, the rooms and bathrooms are always clean and the staff are polite and helpfull.
      but despite being a hostel it does have the hostel enviroment, ive stayed here twice and would be lucky to have seen 5 people in all my time in the building other than staff. But in ottawa, its the only choice. which is lfitting when you consider its the town fun forgot.

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

      Reviewed by jf.ferland

      Très bien

      Reviewed May 28, 2011
      by (7 reviews) , Canada Flag of Canada

      Propre, Pratique et une très belle ambiance!

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

      TripAdvisor Reviews HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

      3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

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      A travel blog entry by legoindiana on Aug 26, 2012

      15 photos

      We got the Bus from Quebec to Ottawa having a stop off at Montreal. We were a bit unsure of where we were going but luckily Andrew saw the Hostel out of the windows so we got the bus driver to drop us off near it. You could tell we were tired because we arrived a day early and we had not actually checked in till the day after. Luckily they had a …


      A travel blog entry by naninaweg on Oct 05, 2014

      1 comment, 9 photos

      Mein Zeitgefühl hat mich auf der tagelangen Busfahrt im Stich gelassen; Dauerregen inclusive. Habe mich mit meinen Bustickets so durchgemogelt. Durch meine Unterbrechungen hätte ich vor jeder Weiterfahrt das Ticket mit 20$ aktualisieren müssen. Manchmal ist es doch ganz gut, nichts oder nur sehr wenig zu verstehen. Dem letzten Busfahrer fiel es …

      Ottawa 2. Teil

      A travel blog entry by naninaweg on Oct 06, 2014

      20 photos

      Ausgerüstet mit meiner Museumsapp gings zum Museum of Canadians History. Das Gebäude erinnerte mich mit seiner geschwungenen Außenfassade stark an das Guggenheimmuseum in New York. Im gesamten Museum findet man nicht eine Ecke. Nach dem indianischen Glauben hausen böse Geister in Ecken. Nach Betreten des Museums war ich erst einmal platt. Eine …

      Ottawa, with tulips

      A travel blog entry by kate99 on May 21, 2014

      1 comment, 15 photos

      I like Ottawa. It's quirky. It doesn't have the European charm of Quebec City but nor does it have the high rise city feel of Montréal. I realise it was probably because she was fed up of all the bickering between Montréal and Toronto but I think Queen Victoria made a good choice when she picked Ottawa to be the capital of Canada. Ottawa seems to …

      Sunny Ottawa

      A travel blog entry by hjgm on May 11, 2014

      5 photos

      I have just finished two glorious days in Ottawa. I finally got to wear shorts! I even got sunburnt slightly on the Saturday as I lined up for two hours to go see Parliament.

      I have to take a moment to comment on visiting Parliament. It was thoroughly interesting. I went up the peace tower where you are afforded 360° views of Ottawa. In …

      Traveler Photos HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

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