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HI Ottawa Jail

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HI Ottawa Jail 

HI Ottawa Jail

1.866.299.1478
75 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 7B9

Ever spent a night in jail? This hostel is inside a 150-year-old former jail, and some say it's haunted. Hunker down among stone walls and iron doors, or even sleep in your own solitary confinement cell. You're free to leave when you want, and the Parliament Buildings, Byward Market and National Gallery of Canada are all within walking distance.

Highlights
  • Sleep in a real solitary confinement cell
  • Visit death row on a free daily jail tour
  • Walk to Parliament & the Byward Market
Reservations & Other Inquiries
1.866.299.1478
1.613.235.2595
Useful Info

Open: Year round
Check-in: 15:00
Check-out: 11:00

Amenities

  • Free wifi
    Free wifi
  • Free breakfast
    Free breakfast
  • Bike rental
    Bike rental
  • Kitchen
    Kitchen
  • Parking
    Parking
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Beds & Rooms

Private Rooms

Historic Double Cell

The Historic Double Cells are located in the former solitary confinement area of the Jail and definitely have a story to tell. 

  • Free WiFi
    Free WiFi
  • Free Breakfast
    Free Breakfast
  • Individual Locker
    Individual Locker
  • AC
    AC
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Deluxe Double Room

These comfortable rooms can sleep up to two in a double bed and include en-suite or kitchenette facilities.

  • Free WiFi
    Free WiFi
  • Free Breakfast
    Free Breakfast
  • Linens
    Linens
  • Toilet
    Toilet
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Double Jail Cell

For white collar criminals and hostellers alike, this double jail cell has all the necessary commodities.

  • Free WiFi
    Free WiFi
  • Free Breakfast
    Free Breakfast
  • Linens
    Linens
  • Free earplugs
    Free earplugs
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Twin Jail Cell

Private cell with two bunk beds, for friends travelling together or a single inmate looking for more space. 

  • Free WiFi
    Free WiFi
  • Free Breakfast
    Free Breakfast
  • Linens
    Linens
  • Free earplugs
    Free earplugs
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Double Room

These comfortable rooms can sleep up to two in a double bed and include en-suite or kitchenette facilities.

  • Free WiFi
    Free WiFi
  • Free Breakfast
    Free Breakfast
  • Towels
    Towels
  • Linens
    Linens
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Authentic Jail Cell

Small cell (3' x 9') with one single bed that recreates the conditions faced by inmates. A once-in-a-lifetime experience!

  • Free WiFi
    Free WiFi
  • Free Breakfast
    Free Breakfast
  • Linens
    Linens
  • Free earplugs
    Free earplugs
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Shared Rooms

4-Bed Room

For those looking for a more traditional hostel style accommodation. These large and spacious rooms are great for people on a budget wanting a little more space and quietness. Some of them have sinks.

  • Free WiFi
    Free WiFi
  • Free Breakfast
    Free Breakfast
  • Linens
    Linens
  • Free earplugs
    Free earplugs
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8-Bed Room

These large and spacious rooms are great for people on a budget wanting a little more space and quietness. Some of them have sinks.

  • Free WiFi
    Free WiFi
  • Free Breakfast
    Free Breakfast
  • Linens
    Linens
  • Free earplugs
    Free earplugs
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6-Bed Jail Cell

Save, make new friends and get that unique jail experience by staying in this room which sleeps six in bunk beds.

  • Free WiFi
    Free WiFi
  • Free Breakfast
    Free Breakfast
  • Linens
    Linens
  • Free earplugs
    Free earplugs
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Coming with a group?

HI Ottawa Jail welcomes groups of all sizes to spend the night in jail in a variety of room options and configurations. Make use of the hostel's kitchen and communal spaces or let us help organize educational jail and ghost tours for your group.

Groups Information

A beautiful hostel, clean and well organized. A visit to the prison is offered every day at 11am (in English) to discover the secrets, habits and legends associated with this beautiful place. As it is located in the heart of the city center, you can benefit from all it's advantages!

434clemencec, Trip Advisor

The Ottawa Jail Hostel is equal parts gimmicky and great, as you're staying in a legit piece of history that also happens to be a modern and well-equipped hostel. Tours of the jail are offered by the management team, and you won't be far from checking out everything else Ottawa has to offer thanks to the hostel's downtown location.

Michael D'Alimonte, MTL Blog

It's an incredibly welcoming place and met some wonderful people here. Facilities are great, breakfast is ace and it's easy to get around Ottawa from this hostel.

Steve, United Kingdom

It's an incredibly welcoming place and met some wonderful people here. Facilities are great, breakfast is ace and it's easy to get around Ottawa from this hostel.

Steve, United Kingdom

History of the Jail

From the Carleton County Gaol to the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

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HI Ottawa Jail

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