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3.5 out of 5

"It was ok. The facilities varied between levels. THe showers on my floor were old and terrible and anyone could walk in and the curtain didn’t close p ... " More

By a verified traveller on Tue 24 Sep 2019

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1 Bed - Shared Dormitory, 6 Bed Jail Cell Men only, Shared Bathroom (Jail Cell)

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

1 Bed - Shared Dormitory, 4 Bed Men only, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Twin Room (Twin Cell,1 Bunk Bed,Shared Bathroom)

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.BunkBed.Singular Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Double Room (Dbl Jail Cell, 1 Dbl Bed, Shared Bath)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

1 Bed - Shared Dormitory, 6 Bed Jail Cell Women only, Shared Bathroom (Jail Cell)

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Double Room (Dbl Room, 1 Dble Bed, Shared Bath)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Hotel Description

Our customers tell us they can't get enough of HI Ottawa Jail Hostel's great location. During your stay, you're just a quick walk from Byward Market Square. Features include free WiFi in public areas, plus dry cleaning service and concierge services. This 2-star hostel has 30 rooms. Each room includes amenities such as free WiFi.

  • Air-conditioned rooms with showers
  • Free WiFi
  • Self-parking available for a fee
  • Services include dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services and tour or ticket assistance
  • On-site recreation includes bicycles to rent
  • Guests speak favourably about the helpful staff and the area's walkability
  • Steps from Rideau Centre and 7 minutes on foot from Byward Market Square

HI Ottawa Jail Hostel ratings based on 2 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 0.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

Everyone (2)
3 out of 5
It was ok. The facilities varied between levels. THe showers on my floor were old and terrible and anyone could walk in and the curtain didn’t close properly. On the floor above they were bigger. Not the most social hostel. Breakfast was decent with bagels and fruit. The room was clean and I got a double bed bunk. Beds were quite squeaky.

Posted by on 24 Sep 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

12 Nov 2019 by Erin, Experience Curator.

Hi there, thank you for leaving a review! We will actually be renovating all of our bathrooms and showers this winter, making them larger and more private. We run 4-5 hostel activities each week to encourage people to socialize! I hope that we have a chance to earn your business back in the future.

4 out of 5
I loved the property’s unique history and would encourage anyone staying to go on the excellent tour.

Posted by on 6 Aug 2019

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About the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

Location 75 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON K1N7B9

Renovations + Closures

This property is closed from 1 November 2020 to 31 January 2022 (dates subject to change).

Property Features

As a guest of HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, you'll find a terrace, tour or ticket assistance, and a BBQ. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. HI Ottawa Jail Hostel also features multilingual staff, a garden, and a picnic area. Parking is available for a fee. For a fee, the property may offer extended parking privileges after check-out. This Ottawa hostel is smoke free.

  • 30 guestrooms or units
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff members are multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Computer for guest use
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Parking

Self parking (surcharge) , RV, bus, truck parking

Transport

  • Airport: Ottawa International Airport (YOW) (15.5 km / 9.7 mi)
  • Train station: Ottawa, ON (XDS-Ottawa Train Station) (4.2 km / 2.6 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

HI Ottawa Jail Hostel offers 30 forms of accommodation. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include a shower. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

  • Bathrooms are shared
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Climate control

Nearby Activities

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals on site

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at anytime
  • Minimum check-in age is: 17

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cots (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted

Safety features at this property include carbon monoxide detector and a smoke detector

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted. For guests' safety, the property includes carbon monoxide detector and a smoke detector in all accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitiser. Contactless checkout is available. Each guest room is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings. This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).

  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available for guests
  • Masks are available for guests
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Gloves are available for guests
  • Property follows sanitisation practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • No lifts
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are not available
  • gap period enforced between guest stays 24 hours

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

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Self-parking fee: CAD 12 per day

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • HI Ottawa Jail Hostel
  • Jail Hostel
  • HI Ottawa Jail
  • Hi Ottawa Jail Hotel Ottawa
  • HI Ottawa Jail Hostel Ottawa
  • HI Ottawa Jail Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • HI Ottawa Jail Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Ottawa

You should know

  • Please note that this property can refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, which include pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.