Saintlo Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa

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Plan a unique and memorable trip to Ottawa that'll not only include its sights, attractions, and activities but your overnight sentence in jail as well! The HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel is the only hostel in North America located in a former prison that operated for over 100 years. During your stay in this Victorian-era architectural relic, you'll sleep in former jail cells, the prison hospital, or maybe even the governor's quarters! Visit the Carleton County Gaol Heritage Centre located on the hostel's un-renovated 8th floor to see and learn what life was like for the prison's inmates, and take a tour to hear their stories or find out if the jail really is haunted.

Located in the heart of downtown, the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel is in an ideal location to explore the city's many nearby sights and attractions while on your prison day-pass. It's right across the street from shopping at the Rideau Centre, a mere 7 minute walk from the Byward Market and Parliament Hill, and a hop, skip and a jump away from many of the city's national and local museums, including the Museum of Civilization, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Canadian War Museum.

As an inmate at the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel we offer you many choices in accommodations, ranging from traditional dorm beds, to semi-private or private rooms carved out of old jail cells.

Our friendly and experienced guards (i.e. staff) will be happy not only to incarcerate you for the night, but also to help you plan and get the most out of your visit. Behave, and maybe they'll even let you in on some of Ottawa's best-kept secrets (of which we're one!).

We hope to see you soon – and remember: you don't have to commit a crime to do time!

Location and Contact


• From the Airport: Take bus # 97 to the Rideau Centre. Get off on the MacKenzie King Bridge, walk east to the stairs. The hostel is located at the bottom of the stairs.
• From the Bus Station: Take local bus #4 (Downtown) from the corner of Arlington and Kent St. to the Rideau Centre. Walk two blocks south. The hostel is on the left.
• From the Train Station: Take bus #95 (Fallowfiled) to the Rideau Centre. Get off on the MacKenzie King Bridge, walk east to the stairs. The hostel is located at the bottom of the stairs.



Address: 75 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Distance to city center: 1.7 km

Saintlo Ottawa Jail Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Saintlo Ottawa Jail Hostel Ottawa
Phone Number: +1 (613) 235-2595
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Groups (10+ people)

Solo Traveller


Bike Rental


City Tours

Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

24 Hour Security


Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill

Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Entirely Non-Smoking



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental




Walking Tours

Airport Pickup

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: October-April: 7am-2am, May-September: 24 hours

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)

Female Dorm Only

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