Hi Ottawa Jail

75 Nicholas StreetOttawaK1N 7B9Canada
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About Hi Ottawa Jail

#hotelname is a unique hostel in a historic jail building offering rooms in former jail cells. It offers free breakfast and free Wi-Fi during your stay. The hostel is close to the National Gallery of Canada and University of Ottawa.

Rooms offer fans and daily housekeeping. Most rooms share a bathroom. Some rooms offer a private bathroom or a kitchenette. The hostel is smoke-free.

#hotelname hostel provides 24-hour front desk service with a multilingual staff.  A computer station and a laundry room are available. A picnic area with barbeque grills, a TV room and a self-catering kitchen are accessible to guests. Self parking is available for a fee.

Mugshots bar offers meals and drinks. Restaurants are within a five minute walking distance, for example The Albion Rooms, a gastropub. or Kothu Roti, serving Indian cuisine.

Parliament hill, Rideau Canal and Notre Dame Cathedral are less than a mile to walk.


75 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, K1N 7B9, Canada
Telephone: +1(613)2352595 | Fax: +1(613)2359202 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Car park
  • Concierge
  • Conference rooms
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel bar
  • Laundry service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • PC with internet
  • Pets allowed
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Internet
  • Satellite TV
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms


  • Accessible parking

For children

  • Kids' playground
  • Organised activities for kids

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 13:00
  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

Special lodging arrangements

Guests like the unique experience of sleeping in old jail cells that have been remodeled as guests rooms.  They still sport the original jail bars on the door and stone walls. Parts of the hostel are kept in their historic state. The rooms are clean and pretty basic but most guests felt they received good value for their money.

Great location

The hostel is right in downtown Ottawa near the thriving neighbourhood of Beyard Market, making it easy to reach restaurants, shops and night time entertainment. Many guests loved that they were in walking distance to many attractions such as Parliament hill. A bus stop is nearby, making it easy to use public transportation if you don't want to walk.

Staff is very friendly

Guests loved the customer service at this hostel. They received friendly service and plenty of help in ideas for activities, recommendations for restaurants and giving directions.

Negative Reviews

No elevator

Guests who had rooms on the upper floors were not happy about the lack of an elevator. The building has nine levels, and if you are on one of the top floors you will have to walk a lot of stairs.

Warm in the summer

Air conditioning in this building is limited and does not extend to individual air conditioning in the rooms. Many guests felt hot in the summer. The hotel does provide fans, but they only give a little relief.

Noisy environment

Due to the fact that your doors are not made of wood but jail cell doors with a privacy screen, guests heard a lot of the noise from other guests. The hallways reflect a lot of noise from walking. The hostel provides free earplugs, but if you are sensitive to noise this might not be your first choice for lodging.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index ® based on 2750 reviews across the web
8 /10
  • Expedia
    7.8 /10
  • hostelbookers
    8.4 /10
  • Hotels.com
    7.7 /10
  • ebookers.ie
    7.0 /10
  • Other Sources
    8.1 /10
8 out of 10 based on 2750 reviews