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75 Nicholas Street, K1N 7B9 Ottawa, Canada – Show map
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Entertainment Staff, Nightclub/DJ
Food & Drink
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.
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 500 reviews
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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 502 reviews Good
This Ottawa hotel is in the ByWard Market area, within a 10-minute walk of the National Gallery of Canada. The hotel has rooms with a microwave and mini fridge.
Score from 1114 reviews Excellent
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 144 reviews Good
This downtown Ottawa, Ontario hotel is across the street from the Albert-Metcalf Bus Station. Capital Hill Hotel and Suites features a café, 24-hour gym and free Wi-Fi in every room.
Score from 865 reviews Good
Nice staff You have to like the atmosphere. For me it was kind of kreepy, my friend thought it was exciting. I'm a backpacker so I know, not to expect too much from a hostel. Everything was good but just not impressing.
Concert until 12a.m. at the bar downstairs - you could here the music as if the band was playing in the room next door. Showers are only at every other floor. all rooms were open so you could here music, noises,... from the other rooms.
I actually like the atmosphere of the hostel.
I got bitten by bed bugs. I still have scars in my body :(
Staff sending misinformation emails to me
I enjoyed my stay that the jail hostel. My first time.
VALUE FOR YOUR DOLLAR. The special atmosphere or mood created by the particular environment. THE STAFF THE BREAKFAST THE PUB THE CONVENIENCE OF THE LOCATION I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH! ! !
I like the coziness of the room. We met some great people on our floor from all over the map. The location was excellent and we can come and go as we please. The rooms were small but cozy. It was a great night and a great experience :)
Didnt like that there wasnt munchie food on site to order. We got to the continental breakfast Sunday at 9am and there was barely anything left and there was no staff near by to ask if they can refill the breakfast. We went out for breakfast elsewhere.
Victoria is very friendly, helpful and kind. Staff are nice and friendly. Quiet, and nice to meet young people and family from other part of the world. Good security.
Did have enough hot H2O for shower.
Location was excellent. Very unique building. Not often you get to sleep in a historic jail. Interesting tour around the building to learn the history each day. Excellent free breakfast in the morning. Pretty novel experience.
Beds were quite squeaky and uncomfortable and building quite run down. Not much of an atmosphere either.
Interesting experience to see/sleep in that former prison
The individual cell was so narrow that the mattress didn't fit completely. It's quite uncomfortable to sleep on a mattress that has a curve...
Everything but the STAIRS! creak groan. lol
-Unusual place to stay -Although pretty small room,but very comfortable -Wi-Fi was pretty strong in the rooms -Comparing to most places,this one has history behind it. Quite interesting.
-Well. I must say,I had to see two staff members and they lacked professionalism and communication skills. First of all, the girl told me to wait 2 minutes before checking in. We had to wait for 15 minutes. They initiated conversation about Ottawa which was good,nothing against it. However,first off they should be fast and professional and not make them wait for 15-20 minutes. The other staff member was so slow that in the evening we couldn't even get into our roomwe were waiting for our key to get into the room. I think they should do something about their staff.
It is a good experience for live in a jail, I enjoyed it.
Convenient location to the campus
unique building, convenient facility, excellent location,friendly staff
The location of this hostel is extremely good because it's just 5 minutes away from the Rideau Centre.
The cell is actually very packed and it is quite scary to live in the cell on your own. Whenever I think that I am living in a hostel which is used to be a cell of a real jail, it creeps me out!!!
The location is quite good.
Poor breakfast, poor cleanliness.
Great location, very good pricing, clean infrastructure and very nice staff. Parking was free over the week-end (little court on the side of the building), which is great it is downtown.
Noise from the bar until 1:30 am
Good location easy to the attractive,nice breakfast,can join the free jail tour.
Limited space to sleep,I mean you could not expect too much for that.just for fun.
Outstanding atmosphere of the place, good continental breakfast, perfect location, helpful staff, very interesting tour included in the price
cells smaller than on the photos, wifi caused BSODs on my laptop, scrunching beds
Good location with parking for a small fee, affordable price, former jail cells provide interesting atmosphere, walk to major attractions, shopping mall nearby for restaurants.
No complaints but there is no elevator...ask for lower floors if unable to walk. Also code changes every day for entrance.
I love jeff
Very good location, good staffs.
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