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HI Ottawa Jail

75 Nicholas St, Ottawa, K1N 7B9, Canada

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Overall Rating 87%

Ottawa Jail Hostel offers a unique blend of shared and private jail cells as well as traditional shared and private hostel style rooms.

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Ottawa Hostel

Hostel Ottawa

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

This unforgettable hostel will provide all types of groups with an experience to tell the grandchildren! Because why just stay in a hostel when you can stay in a jail which has been transformed into a hostel?

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, you will find that all of Ottawa's top attractions can be reached on foot within minutes from the front door. Formerly known as the Old Carleton County Gaol, the building was home to some of Ottawa's worst criminals. Today, the history of this building and her former occupants is preserved in the Carleton County Heritage Centre located on Level 8 of the hostel.

Complete with cells – which is where you will sleep - this landmark in Ottawa attracts people from far and wide. And as the building has retained most of its prison layout, guests can really discover what early prison life was like. There’s even a bar aptly names Mugshots!

The hostel has developed educational and fun programs to help groups have the ultimate 'Jail Experience'! Programs offered range from one to six hours in length and include an award winning historical Crime and Punishment Tour and a Ghost and Gallows Tours. Guests can also visit Death Row, where prisoners spent their last days, the gallows, and the depths of solitary confinement in the basement of the hostel.

So if you want to experience Ottawa with the jail as a base, then why not make an enquiry at our hostel today?

Group facilities & services

Group facilities & services
  • Suitable for Special Occasions
  • Parking for coaches (on or near site)
  • Linen and towels
  • Rooms for leaders and drivers
  • Catering/meal service
  • Meeting room/communal area for group use

Hostel Suitable For

  • Friends/Family
  • Interest Group
  • Other
  • School Group
  • Sports Group
  • University/College Group
  • Tour Operator
  • ESN

Facilities

Facilities

Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • TV room
  • Terrace / patio

Accessibility

  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Free
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning - In selected areas
  • Car Parking at Hostel - At a cost
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Reception:
Open 24 hours
Check-in:
Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-613-2352595

Fax. 1-613-2359202

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Parliment Hill (1 to 2km)
  • Rideau Canal (500m to 1km)
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization (3 to 5km)

See the full list of attractions

Location

Location
Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (5 to 10km)
  • Cinema (2 to 3km)
  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Golf course (More than 10km)
  • Gym (Less than 500m)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (Less than 500m)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (500m - 1km)
  • Nightlife (At or next to the hostel)
  • Parks / Green Area (Less than 500m)
  • Restaurants (At or next to the hostel)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (500m - 1km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (At or next to the hostel)
  • Ski area (5 to 10km)
  • Swimming pool (1 to 2km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (1 to 2km)
  • Theatre (1 to 2km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (Less than 500m)
  • Water park (More than 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Airport
Bus #97 to Rideau Centre (MacKenzie King stop). Or take the Airport Shuttle to the Novotel Hotel.
Bus
Bus #1 or 7 (Downtown) from the corner of Bank and Catherine St. to the Rideau Centre.
Car
Parking at hostel (chargeable)
Rail
Bus #95 (Fallowfiled) to the Rideau Centre (MacKenzie King stop).