HI-Ottawa Jail

75 Nicholas St. (Albert St.) Ottawa ON

Hostel aficionados will appreciate the unique experience offered in this 150-year-old former jail.

The old Carleton County Gaol boasts the last working gallows in Canada, as well as hostel rooms in authentic, original jail cells. Most are dorm-style rooms, but brave souls can book the 3'x9' cell for a solitary experience. A few standard hotel rooms are also available, and unprison-like perks include free breakfast with fair trade coffee, bagels, eggs, locally sourced fruit and more. Those who stay overnight are treated to a tour of the jail. For socializing with fellow "inmates", guests-only Mugshots bar serves local beers beneath aforementioned gallows. The hostel is in a great downtown location, walking distance to Byward Market, Parliament Hill and the National Gallery of Canada.

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75 Nicholas St. (Albert St.) Ottawa ON K1N7B9 Canada


613-235-2595, 866-299-1478 (US toll-free) Hotel’s Website

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Complimentary breakfast Free Wi-Fi Parking lot

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