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75 Nicholas Street, K1N 7B9 Ottawa – Show map
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Entertainment Staff, Nightclub/DJ
Food & Drink
Free! WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Public parking is available on site (reservation is not needed) and costs CAD 7 per day.
Vending Machine (drinks), Vending Machine (snacks), 24-Hour Front Desk, Baggage Storage, ATM on site, Laundry
Non-smoking Rooms, Heating, All Spaces Non-Smoking (public and private), Air Conditioning
From 1:00 PM
Until 11:00 AM
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to room type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.
Children and Extra Beds
Children older than 17 years are welcome.
Free! One child or adult stays free of charge in an extra bed.
The maximum number of extra beds in a room is 1.
Any type of extra bed or crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
Pets are not allowed.
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Based on 394 reviews
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Conveniently located in central Ottawa, this hostel is a 5-minute walk to Rideau Centre. It features apartments with a fully equipped kitchen and dining area. Free Wi-Fi is available.
Score from 146 reviews Good
Only moments from the major attractions and activities of exciting downtown Ottawa, Ontario, this convenient hotel has friendly service and a variety of convenient amenities.
Score from 484 reviews Good
Located in central Ottawa, this non-smoking property provides daily breakfast and free Wi-Fi. A full kitchen is available for guest use.
Score from 78 reviews Very good
Conveniently located, this hotel is about 5 minutes' drive from US Embassy, Parliament Hill and Byward Market in the city centre. Free Wi-Fi is included in all rooms.
Score from 94 reviews Review score
Awesome place!!! If you want to stay not just in a regular hotel - that's the place for you! You are getting inside the real prison... Massive metal doors locking with codes, dark corridors and tiny prison cells... incredible impression!!!! Nice staff, nice breakfast, perfect location and the evening intertainment.... I would love to come back!
I saw a ghost.
I would suggest atleast once in your life, you must have this living experience. Thinking from prisoner point of view, your life can have thrilling experince
Location, unique experience.
Its location and the quality of service. Staff is pretty professional and willing to assist in locating places you want to go to.
sleep in a jail is very special
but I WILL NEVER SLEEP IN A JAIL CELL AGAIN, room is TOO SMALL and seems dirty
Located directly in the Heart of Ottawa (Five minute walk to parliament Hill). Very special location, quite an experience to sleep in an old jail. Is Fun for one night or two. Very simple breakfast but okay.
Rooms (cells) are very small and open and therefore loud. Nearly no comfort.
location & price
bed was uncomfortable and difficult to make
The place is very strange, you know that there used to be a prison... Even with that was nice be there... The bar they have is pretty interesting...
Almost nothing... the individual cell is very small....
Cheap Cool concept; nicely renovated Common areas are clean
Not at all soundproof between rooms and from outside (ambulance etc) Squeaky bunk bed frame Difficult to get good sleep Not enough female showers
Friendly atmosphere and staff, good breakfast, There is a tour of jail, good location, There are good common areas like the yard and bar
There was no slippers or shampoo, No elevator, Showers are far from some rooms, not very good beds, Poor wifi (needs more routers)
Need air conditioning!!!!!!. Or more fans..
This place is in the middle of everything, a five minutes walk to both byward market and the university. It's single rooms are actual cells -staying in there is a unique experience but nothing for the claustrophobic. I stayed in a shared dorm for 8 females and loved it. The breakfast is GREAT.
As it was very hot when I was here and the aircon made aprox the same noise as 10 rhinos it was a bit tricky sleeping well.
The staff was very friendly and helpful, the location is excellent
You could feel the springs through the mattress, too little showers for the female guests
the bed is too soft and make loud sound when you turned
The location is wonderful. 5 minutes from Parliament hill. The idea of transforming the jail into a hostel is also at least funny. Enjoyed the ambiance in the "kitchen and cafe" area. Was okay to settle there while it was raining outside. Sheets and towels are clean and new.
I would prefer to have better (cleaner, more modern) washrooms. They aren't bad but not quite perfect. The room did not have sufficient ventilation (well it's a jailhouse - what else do you want?) Wifi would not work normally in the evening even where it was accessible (ground floor).
Location - downtown but still feels safe; great staff and events in the courtyard (jail bar); free breakfast; nice lounge and dining area to hang out in
Single cell too small (would help if there were lockers on that floor), bed uncomfortable; frequent tours outside the room, can be loud at night; only two showers for girls; no wifi in rooms
Really unique experience to live in a jail.
Breakfast is hard to match up the demand, so you have to wait for quite a long time for a slice of bread or a cup of milk. Also you hardly get any wi-fi in your cell, have to go down to the lobby.
Single cell is an awesome experience! Lock yourself in for the night, and imagine having to spend every night there.
Open window above the basement bar... Bring earplugs.
- very unusual and interesting accommodation - great location
- it depends what do you expect from staying in former jail... Certainly do not expect peace, cleanliness and comfort. I really didn´t enjoy my stay in this hostel.
bar music noisy till midnight
loud music band until 2:00 am
It was an interesting expierence.
I made my reservation at booking.com. When I arrived they did not even know that the room was booked, they lookes for a long time but was subsequently found. Day after me evicted from the room, gathered my things when I was not there. New boy at the front desk said that there was an error and I had to belong to the other room. the next night I slept in the next room. They have not even apologized. Wifi only works on the 2nd level.
The location, price and coolness factor of this place were unforgettable.
the only thing we didnt like is the fact that the bar didnt open at 6 like it said online. it was still closed at 7. Also, no one made sure we got the complimentary drink that was supposed to be included.
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