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Set in a restored jailhouse, this Ottawa hostel is adjacent to the Ottawa Convention Center and Rideau Center Mall. It features rooms with free Wi-Fi and serves a daily continental breakfast.

With unique styles and hardwood floors, all rooms at HI Ottawa Jail Hostel have access to shared bathrooms.

Each morning guests can enjoy a breakfast consisting of fruits, cereal, bagels, milk, coffee, tea and juice.

Lockers and linens/towels are provided at HI Ottawa Jail Hostel. Guests can relax in the common lounge and watch cable TV or read a book from the on-site library.

The University of Ottawa and Chateau Des Charmes Wines are both 1.2 mi from the hostel. Casino du Lac Leamy is 10 minutes’ drive away.

This is our guests' favorite part of Ottawa, according to independent reviews.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.6 for a two-person trip.

Saintlo Ottawa Jail Hostel has been welcoming guests since Dec 5, 2011
Hotel chain/brand: Hostelling International

Property Highlights

Located in the top-rated area in Ottawa, this property has an excellent location score of 9.4!

Breakfast Info

Continental, Vegetarian, Vegan, Buffet

Private Parking Available On Site


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Room Type
2 twin beds
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Property questions and answers
Browse questions from guests for anything extra you want to know about the property
The property usually replies within a few days
  • Is it quiet at night?
    Since our rooms are either shared hostel-style dorms or private rooms converted from original jail cells, they are not very good at being soundproof p..
    Answered on 20 October 2019
  • Do you offer luggage storage?
    Yes, we do and its free!
    Answered on 20 October 2019
  • Do you have planned events or activities?
    Yes, we do! We offer free jail tour daily for our guests at 11 am and it is the most beloved activity at our hostel as our building was the oldest jai..
    Answered on 20 October 2019
  • Can I use my own sleeping bag?
    We do provide linens so you don't have to carry your own. However, you can always use both yours and ours if needed!
    Answered on 20 October 2019
  • Do I need a lock for the lockers?
    Yes, we have lockers in shared dorms but you need to bring your own lock. Of course you can also easily buy one from the many convenience stores nearb..
    Answered on 20 October 2019
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Amenities of Saintlo Ottawa Jail Hostel
  • Towels
  • Linens
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Walking tours
  • Movie nights
  • Bar crawls
  • Hiking
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Private parking is available on site (reservation is not possible) and costs CAD 12 per day.
  • Street parking
  • Accessible parking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Lockers
  • Concierge
  • Baggage storage
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
  • 24-hour front desk
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Languages Spoken
  • Danish
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Portuguese
Sustainability initiatives
This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and eco-friendly travel

House rules

Saintlo Ottawa Jail Hostel takes special requests – add in the next step!


3:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


4:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 18 and above are considered adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in


Pets are not allowed.


When booking for more than 10 people, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

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The fine print

Birth certificates, SIN cards and Ontario Health Cards are not accepted as valid ID upon check-in.

Please note this property does not allow third party bookings.

The credit card used at the time of the booking must be presented by the cardholder upon check in.

Please note that HI/YHA discounts are not available as part of this booking.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

FAQs about Saintlo Ottawa Jail Hostel

  • The prices at Saintlo Ottawa Jail Hostel may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Guests staying at Saintlo Ottawa Jail Hostel can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 7.8).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Buffet

  • Saintlo Ottawa Jail Hostel offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Hiking
    • Bar crawls
    • Movie nights
    • Walking tours

  • Saintlo Ottawa Jail Hostel is 2,300 feet from the center of Ottawa.

  • Check-in at Saintlo Ottawa Jail Hostel is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.