We bet you never slept in jail!
That's right, we are housed in a 150 year old former Carleton County Gaol - steeped in history and built on fun, we guarantee that you'll agree that the Jail is the best place to Hang! Here is why you should stay with us:
There is no other hostel like this in North America. The and walls are made of stone and brick, and you'll love the architecture especially while staying in some of our authentic jail cells. Afterall, how often can you call home and say 'Mom, I'm in jail!'.
Mugshots is Ottawa's only Jail Bar - Canada's only Jail Bar! Rated by local CBC radio hosts as one of Ottawa's best underground performing venues, it is a favourite among the locals and guests alike. Enjoy a night out on our scenic patio surrounded by a 30 foot high stone heritage wall and large wooden gates. We are open to hostellers and the public every night and offer a wide range of fun and interesting parties. Enjoy and chill out at our Wednesday night Open Mic with local musician Claude Munson. Be prepared to have so much fun you'll think its criminal!
Free free free!
Free tours, free breakfast, and free internet are only the beginning of what we have to offer you here during your stay. There are always lots of weekly activities planned from bike excursions to pubcrawls and more, our friendly and out-going staff will make sure you have the time of your life! Lastly we are considered one of the most haunted buildings in all of Canada, and if you are lucky enough you can meet a ghost for absolutely no charge!
Even more great deals.
Rent one of our brand new classic one-speed bikes, only $20 for the whole day! Or if you are more of the indoors type take advantage of our cheap museum/tour tickets - our guests can save up to $4.00 on each ticket to the National Museum of Civilization, the Canadian War Museum, the National Gallery of Canada and tours with the Haunted Walk Ottawa. Lastly, our bar has some of the greatest deals in town on drinks, pitchers, and one of a kind meals!
Location, location, location.
We are in the heart of downtown, walking distance to Parliament Hill, National Gallery of Canada, Byward Market, trendy boutiques, cosy cafe's, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and we have a huge parking lot with over 32 spaces for only $7.00/day including taxes.
Experiences to remember!
We are not for the faint of heart! We encourage participation on every level, whether it be through getting to know your fellow hostellers on an afternoon bike tour, or enjoying a meal together in our lively bar, the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel is a great place to come and make friends from around the world and give you a travel experience you'll be talking about for years!