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Free WiFi, linens
Free WiFi, linens
Free WiFi, linens
Free WiFi, linens

3.8/5 Good

Guests rated this property 3.9/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Business Services
  • Parking Available
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitizer provided

Explore the area

    Popular LocationDepartment of National Defense1 min walk
    Popular LocationRideau Centre3 min walk
    Popular LocationConfederation Park6 min walk
    AirportOttawa, ON (YOW-Macdonald-Cartier Intl.)15 min drive
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About this area


Located in Ottawa's Sandy Hill neighborhood, HI Ottawa Jail Hostel is in the city center. Rideau Centre and Byward Market Square are worth checking out if shopping is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Jacques Cartier Park and Lansdowne Park. Museum of Nature and Canada Aviation and Space Museum are not to be missed.
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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Department of National Defense - 1 min walk
  • Rideau Centre - 3 min walk
  • Confederation Park - 6 min walk
  • Ottawa City Hall - 7 min walk
  • Byward Market Square - 7 min walk

Getting around

  • Ottawa, ON (XDS-Ottawa Train Station) - 5 min drive
  • Carling Station - 5 min drive
  • AirportMacdonald-Cartier Intl. Airport (YOW) - 15 min drive


  • Smoke's Poutinerie — 3 min walk
  • 3brothers shawarma & poutine — 3 min walk
  • Freshii — 4 min walk
  • Tim Hortons — 4 min walk
  • The Shore Club — 4 min walk

About this property

HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

Ottawa hostel in Sandy Hill, walk to Byward Market Square
Self parking, concierge services, and dry cleaning are available at this smoke-free hostel. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, laundry facilities, a 24-hour front desk, and a computer station are onsite. Rooms offer free WiFi and showers.
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel offers 30 accommodations. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include showers. Housekeeping is provided daily.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry sanitization guidelines of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi and wired Internet

Parking and transportation

  • Self parking on site (CAD 12 per day)
  • Extended parking on site (surcharge)
  • RV/bus/truck parking on site

Things to do

  • Bicycle rentals

Family friendly

  • Dry cleaning service
  • Laundry facilities


  • ATM/banking services
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • No elevators

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Business services

  • Computer station


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Linens


  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower
  • Towels



Check-in from 3 PM - anytime
Minimum check-in age - 17


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Renovations and closures

This property is closed from November 1 2020 to January 31 2021 (dates subject to change).

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

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

Property payment types

Important information


Guests who do not present a Hostelling International membership card will be charged CAD 5 extra per bed and CAD 10 extra per private room, payable to the hostel.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Self parking fee: CAD 12 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector and a smoke detector
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

We should mention

This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties

Property is also known as

HI Ottawa Jail Hostel
Jail Hostel
HI Ottawa Jail
Hi Ottawa Jail Hotel Ottawa
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel Ottawa
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
HI Ottawa Jail Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Ottawa

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at HI Ottawa Jail Hostel and receive a full refund?
Yes, HI Ottawa Jail Hostel offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to HI Ottawa Jail Hostel cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Is HI Ottawa Jail Hostel pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at HI Ottawa Jail Hostel?
Self parking is available for CAD 12 per day.
What time is check-in at HI Ottawa Jail Hostel?
Check-in is from 3 PM - anytime.
What time is check-out at HI Ottawa Jail Hostel?
Check-out is at 11 AM.
Where is HI Ottawa Jail Hostel located?
Located in Sandy Hill, this hostel is steps from Ottawa Art Gallery and Rideau Centre. Byward Market Square and University of Ottawa are also within 10 minutes.
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Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with group
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Stayed 1 night in Aug 2020

2/5 Poor

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L’expérience de dormir dans une prison est exceptionnelle. Cependant, il y beaucoup de bruit et je n’ai pas dormi de la nuit parce que des gens s’amusaient, fessaient du vacarme, fessaient le sexe bruyamment et d’autres criaient de rage à cause du bruit.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2020

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
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Loved how unique this place is. Definitely an experience. Was quiet due to COVID and some things that were previously offered are not at this time, but all in all stuff was nice, our room was clean, the bathrooms and showers were clean. We enjoyed our stay.
Stayed 1 night in Jul 2020

4/5 Good

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Good for staying short term Staff is very nice and vert helpful Good for exploring history.
Stayed 2 nights in Feb 2020

4/5 Good

Travelled with group
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Facility was very clean. Night staff was very helpful even though we arrived around midnight. Breakfast could have been more organized though I believe it wasn't the normal staff.
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2020

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