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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 9.5 for a two-person trip.

HI- Ottawa Jail Hostel has been welcoming Booking.com guests since Dec 5, 2011
Hotel chain/brand: Hostelling International

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Property Highlights

Located in the top-rated area in Ottawa, this property has an excellent location score of 9.5!

Breakfast Info

Continental, Vegetarian, Vegan, Buffet

Private Parking Available On Site


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About HI- Ottawa Jail Hostel

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  • 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 jail in Ottawa so almost everything historical that you find is authentic, including jail cells and gallows! We also provide other occasional or weekly activities depending on availability.


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    Answered on October 20, 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!


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    Answered on October 20, 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 nearby in downtown Ottawa!


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    Answered on October 20, 2019
  • How much is the deposit for a night?

    There is no deposit required. For more information on our policies, you may give us a call. Thank you for your cooperation.


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    Answered on August 15, 2020
  • Can I call and make a reservation, paying with debit?

    Hi there, feel free to give us a call so we can help you with making reservations and answering all policy-related questions.


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    Answered on September 1, 2020
  • if i check in at 8pm what time the next day do i need to check out?

    Check-out is always at 11 am the next day. No late check-out is allowed.


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    Answered on March 3, 2020
  • Hi, I will be reaching to Ottawa airport on 1:30 A.M and reach this place by 2:00 A.M is it allowed for checkin at that time . Thanks, Kumar

    We have all-day front desk to assist you.


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    Answered on February 12, 2020
  • Do you have a place to store a bicycle or can I bring the bicycle into my room for single room?

    Hi friend, the single room is too small to fit a bike but we have safe outdoor area for bikes.


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    Answered on August 19, 2020
  • Are sheets and towels included?

    Yes, we provide linens and towels!


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    Answered on October 20, 2019
  • Do you offer luggage storage?

    Yes, we do and its free!


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  • Can I pay when I get there

    Dear guest, unless you select the reservation type that requires prepayment, you can pay upon arrival. Cheers!


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    Asked about: Single Cell Room • Answered on October 10, 2020
  • Is this cell private

    Dear guest, the cell is private. However, due to the nature of our building, it is not soundproof as the door has open bars on top and bottom. We hope the authentic experience will make up for that and your understanding is deeply appreciated.


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  • Is a credit card required for check in?

    We require a credit card to make and hold the reservation. If you choose the Standard Rate upon reservation, you can pay with cash or debit upon check in.


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    Asked about: Single Cell Room • Answered on August 21, 2019
  • 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 per se. However, we strictly enforce quiet hour policy at night and provide free earplugs on site. So if you find the noise to be a little over the top, talk to our 24/7 staff at the front desk and we will do our best to sort things out for you!


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    Answered on October 20, 2019
  • I am leaving a bad relationship, man under peace bond for 1 year. Are you open to make monthly price deal? Would like a private room on my own.

    Hi there, we are very sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, for any reservation longer than 2 weeks, the guest must get approval from our management in person. Also, we do not provide monthly rate at all. Thank you for understanding and we sincerely hope things will get better for you.


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    Answered on January 26, 2020
  • Is there a bathroom?

    Bathrooms for cell rooms are shared, located at the end of hallways of each floor.


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    Answered on February 4, 2020
  • Is their anywhere to prepare meals available?

    Dear guest, unfortunately, the kitchen is closed at the moment. The dining room is still open with reduced capacity and we are still serving a bagged breakfast.


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Area Info *
Guests loved walking around the neighborhood!
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What's nearby
  • Ottawa Art Gallery
    0 miles
  • Rideau Canal
    0.2 miles
  • Rideau Mall
    0.2 miles
  • National Arts Center
    0.2 miles
  • Art Mode Gallery
    0.3 miles
  • Carleton University
    0.3 miles
  • University of Ottawa
    0.3 miles
  • Rideau Locks
    0.3 miles
  • Sparks Street Mall
    0.4 miles
  • Embassy of Denmark
    0.4 miles
Restaurants & cafes
  • Restaurant Albion Rooms
    0.1 miles
  • Cafe/Bar Chateau Lafayette
    0.4 miles
Top attractions
  • U.S. Embassy
    0.4 miles
  • Parliament Hill
    0.5 miles
  • Peace Tower
    0.5 miles
  • Supreme Court of Canada
    0.8 miles
  • Canadian Museum of History
    1.1 miles
  • Embassy of France
    1.3 miles
  • 24 Sussex Drive
    1.3 miles
  • Rideau Hall
    1.4 miles
  • Canadian War Museum
    1.5 miles
  • TD Place Stadium
    1.9 miles
Closest Airports
  • Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
    7.2 miles
  • Executive Gatineau-Ottawa Airport
    9 miles
  • Ogdensburg Airport
    52.5 miles
How to get to HI- Ottawa Jail Hostel from Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
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Amenities of HI- Ottawa Jail Hostel
Outdoors
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Activities
  • Walking tours
  • Movie nights
  • Bar crawls
  • Hiking Off-site
  • Library
Internet
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Parking
Private parking is available on site (reservation is not possible) and costs CAD 12 per day.
  • Accessible parking
  • Street parking
Services
  • 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
General
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages Spoken
  • Danish
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Portuguese
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Sustainability initiatives

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House rules
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Check-in

3:00 PM - 12:00 AM

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

Check-out

4:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Cancellation/
prepayment

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.

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Crib and extra bed policies

There's no capacity for cribs at this property.

This property doesn't offer extra beds.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in

Pets

Pets are not allowed.

Groups

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

Mastercard Visa UnionPay credit card Discover American Express HI- Ottawa Jail Hostel accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

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 HI- Ottawa Jail Hostel

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

  • The following parking options are available to guests staying at HI- Ottawa Jail Hostel (subject to availability):

    • Parking on site
    • Private Parking
    • Parking
    • Street parking
    • Accessible parking

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to HI- Ottawa Jail Hostel by:

    • Bus 25min

  • Guests staying at HI- Ottawa Jail Hostel can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 7.9).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Buffet

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

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

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

    • Hiking
    • Library
    • Bar crawls
    • Movie nights
    • Walking tours