57.0% Based on 529 reviews TripAdvisor Traveller Rating 3.5 out of 5

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Hotel Description

HI - Ottawa Jail Hostel places you in the center of Ottawa, within just a 15-minute stroll of popular places like National Gallery of Canada and University of Ottawa. Highlights at this hostel include free continental breakfast and a bar/lounge.

All 30 rooms feature free WiFi. Bathrooms are shared.

This smoke-free hostel offers free WiFi in public areas, a 24-hour front desk, and a computer station. Added amenities include coffee/tea in a common area and laundry facilities. There's also the convenience of self parking.

Attractions within a 30-minute walk of this Sandy Hill hostel include Parliament Hill and Supreme Court of Canada.

Twin Room (Twin Cell,1 Bunk Bed,Shared Bathroom)

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.BunkBed.Singular Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$70 per night

Room, 1 Single Bed (Authentic Jail Cell (3x9) Shared Bath)

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

1 Bed - Shared Dormitory, 6 Bed Jail Cell Men only, Shared Bathroom (Jail Cell)

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

1 Bed - Shared Dormitory, 4 Bed Men only, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Double Room (Dbl Jail Cell, 1 Dbl Bed, Shared Bath)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Double Room (Dbl Room, 1 Dble Bed, Shared Bath)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

57.0% of guests recommend out of 529 reviews

Excellent 114
Good 199
Average 121
Poor 44
Terrible 51
Value <span>3.5</span> out of 5
Rooms <span>3.0</span> out of 5
Cleanliness <span>3.5</span> out of 5
Service <span>3.5</span> out of 5

About the HI - Ottawa Jail Hostel

Location 75 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON K1N7B9

Property Features

You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Free breakfast is served. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. Tour/ticket assistance, barbecue grills, and multilingual staff are also featured at HI - Ottawa Jail Hostel. For a fee, parking is available. For a fee, the property may offer extended parking privileges after check-out. This Ottawa hostel is smoke free.

  • 30 guestrooms or units
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Computer for guest use
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Self parking (surcharge) , RV, bus, truck parking


  • Airport: Ottawa, ON (YOW-Macdonald-Cartier Intl.) (15.6 km / 9.7 mi)
  • Train station: Ottawa Station (4.2 km / 2.6 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

HI - Ottawa Jail Hostel offers 30 accommodations with air conditioning. This Ottawa hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include showers. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Bathrooms are shared
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Climate control (air conditioning)

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast.


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 17


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • No pets allowed


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Self parking fee: CAD 12 per day

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

You should know

  • Please note that this property can refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, which include pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.