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, Canadian Children's Museum, Rideau Centre, and Holtz Spa.
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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.

          My home for the night!
          Ottawa, Canada
          A single cell hostel bed!
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          The gallows
          Ottawa, Canada

          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!

          Cells
          Ottawa, Canada
          The hostel
          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 (10 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

          Hmmm

          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 renikar on Sep 15, 2015

          15 photos

          We arrived in our hostel in Ottawa sometime in the afternoon. And when I say hostel, I mean jail. It was a jail. Seriously. The HI Ottawa hostel used to be a jail until 1972. It was closed due to human rights abuse and intolerable unsanitary standards. Apparently, a couple years after it has been closed the guys from HI came along and thought "What …

          An itchy jail cell

          A travel blog entry by tdwanderlust on Jun 26, 2015

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          Ottawa has a pretty nice feel to it. It's a fairly small city in comparison with the likes of Toronto, and quite different. Everyone seems a bit more chilled out, not so much in a hurry. The Byward Market area has a great atmosphere, with heaps of bars and restaurants to choose from.

          We didn't actually DO alot in Ottawa, we mainly just …

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