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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa

2-star2 stars
75 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON, K1N7B9, Canada

City-center hostel, steps from Rideau Centre
  • Free WiFi
  • Collect nightsYou can collect® Rewards nights here
Great location
Tasty breakfast
Room needs to be improved
More comfort would be nice
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HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa

from $80
  • 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)

What’s around HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa


  • In Sandy Hill
  • Byward Market Square - 7 min walk
  • University of Ottawa - 9 min walk
  • Parliament Hill - 13 min walk
  • National Gallery of Canada - 13 min walk
  • Supreme Court of Canada - 19 min walk
  • Canadian Museum of History - 26 min walk
  • Rideau Canal - 35 min walk

Getting around

  • Ottawa, ON (YOW-Macdonald-Cartier Intl.) - 15 min drive
  • Ottawa Station - 5 min drive
  • Ottawa Fallowfield Station - 17 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 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

WiFi rated super fast

  • Great for browsing, email, gaming, streaming, and video chat



  • Self parking *

  • Extended parking

Other information

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

At the hostel

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
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

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’s small print


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.

Also known as

  • HI Ottawa Jail Hostel
  • Jail Hostel
  • HI Ottawa Jail
  • Hi Ottawa Jail Hotel Ottawa

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.

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Recent reviews

Good 7.8 From 249 reviews

Good 6.0
Haunted stay in jail
It’s jail. Literally. If you want to visit a haunted place, this one is definitely to go. But if you art not, don’t go there.
HYEONG SEOB, us1 night trip
Very Good 8.0
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 family trip
Very Good 8.0
Bed in ottawa
Perfect for what i needed. Bed for the night in a great location for me.
Chris, usOther trip
Good 6.0
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
Exceptional 10.0
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, usOther trip

HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa

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