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|"Great experience,nice guided tour.Great location!"||(in 97 reviews)|
|"Staff super Friendly and helpful."||(in 193 reviews)|
|"The Hostel was really good!"||(in 80 reviews)|
|"It was an actual jail!"||(in 78 reviews)|
|"The rooms are very small"||(in 76 reviews)|
|"Being an old building it's"||(in 6 reviews)|
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Very interesting & fun experience. Great location within easy walking distance to Parliament, museums, shopping, great restaurants. Eerily interesting, it feels like a jail, & the history is rather creepy, but great use for an awesome historic building. Staff was excellent, breakfast good, people from all over the world. I came for one night, stayed for two!
Remember: It's a JAIL, not a HOTEL.
What a wonderful experience! Sleeping in a REAL JAIL for three days was something I won't ever forget! It was so amazing to see how prisoners lived prior to 1970 in the Canadian Penal system.
Gosh, there isn't much you can say negativity about this place -- except, perhaps, it would have been nice to have two pillows instead of one -- but it's JAIL, remember!?! :-)
The HI – Ottawa Jail Hostel is located in a restored jailhouse adjacent to the Ottawa Convention Center and Rideau Center Mall. Both Chateau Des Charmes Wines and the University of Ottawa are within two miles, while Casino du Lac Leamy is a 10-minute drive away. This budget hotel has multilingual staff and is seven miles from Ottawa International Airport. The hotel has 29 non-smoking guest rooms, paid parking on-site, and baggage storage.
This hotel has amenities that include a laundry room, a backyard, and lockers for guests to make use of. Guests staying at the establishment have linens included and can use the television room and library inside the hostel. The rooms include eight-bed rooms, six-bed rooms, four-bed rooms, and private rooms. There is free wireless Internet in every room, a complimentary breakfast, and free earplugs for a good night’s sleep. Many of the private rooms include an ensuite bathroom and reading light.
There are many different restaurants in the area of the hotel, with the Albion Rooms a few steps away for a Canadian gastropub experience. Norca Restaurant & Bar, Big Smoke Burger, the Loft Board Game Lounge, Kothu Rotti, and 3 Brothers Shawarma & Poutine are also within quick walking distance.
Many attractions are also in the area like Odyssey Theatre, Ottawa Art Gallery, Tin House, Rideau Center, and Shaw Center. The National War Memorial is a seven-minute walk from the hotel.
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- Shaw Centre 219 m
- University of Ottawa 0.5 km
- National War Memorial 0.5 km
- Bytown Museum 0.7 km
- Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica 0.8 km
- Parliament Hill 0.8 km