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See our groups page for bookings of 10 or more friends.

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Welcome to

HI Ottawa Jail 

HI Ottawa Jail

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
Useful Info

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

Amenities

  • Free wifi
    Free wifi
  • Free breakfast
    Free breakfast
  • Bike rental
    Bike rental
  • Kitchen
    Kitchen
  • Parking nearby
    Parking nearby
All Amenities & Facilities

A glimpse of the hostel

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Hi Ottawa Jail Reception 1
Hi Ottawa Jail Reception 2
Hi Ottawa Jail 8Th Floor
HI Ottawa Jail 4th Floor
Hi Ottawa Jail Authentic Single Cell 2
HI Ottawa Jail 4 Bed Dorm
HI Ottawa Jail Dorm
Hi Ottawa Jail Showers Low
Hi Ottawa Jail Breakfast 1
Hi Ottawa Jail Kitchen 2
Hi Ottawa Jail Jail Tour
Hi Ottawa Jail Communal Room 1

Rooms & Beds

Shared Rooms

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 Room

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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4-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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Private Rooms

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
  • Ensuite bathroom
    Ensuite bathroom
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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
  • Linens
    Linens
  • Reading light
    Reading light
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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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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
  • Reading light
    Reading light
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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

Share your thoughts on our jail tour

In partnership with University of Ottawa's criminology department, we're conducting a survey to improve our historical jail tour. If you've joined the tour during a stay at the hostel, we'd love if could share your thoughts.

History of the Jail

From the Carleton County Gaol to the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

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