Ottawa: A perfect combination of city and nature

Artisanal breweries in walking distance, a canal that runs through downtown and authentic, historic sites. Ottawa is laid-back, genuine and welcoming.

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Welcome to Saintlo Ottawa Jail, the (haunted) hostel

REOPENING SPRING 2023.

You don’t need to commit a crime to go to prison. Just book your room in a real cell block. Although we’ve added comfort, we haven’t touched the most distinctive elements, like the stone walls and iron doors in cells that are over 150 years old.

Every morning, we serve you free breakfast. We also organize tons of activities, including the prison tour. Our youth hostel is just steps from the Parliament Buildings, the Byward Market and the Rideau Canal. You may have already heard of us. We were previously called HI Ottawa Jail. One last point. Some people say that the place is haunted. We’ll leave you the pleasure of finding out for yourself. Mou-ha-ha-ha!


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Rooms and beds

Shared rooms

8 beds

Bed in a room with eight beds with air conditioning and ceiling fan. Includes linen, towels, individual lockers and access to electric outlets.

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6 beds

Single bed in a room with six beds with air conditioning and ceiling fan. Includes linen, towels, individual lockers and access to electric outlets. Choose between a co-ed or women-only room.

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4 beds

Single bed in a room with four beds with air conditioning and ceiling fan. Includes linen, towels, individual lockers and access to electric outlets. Choose between a co-ed or women-only room.

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Private rooms

just for you

Single bed in a cell. Includes linen, towels and access to electric outlets.

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with more room

Double bed in a cell with free Wi-Fi. Includes linen, towels and access to electric outlets.

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for two

Two beds in one cell equipped with a desk. Includes linen, towels and access to electric outlets.

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for two with private bathroom

A deluxe double cell with air conditioning and ceiling fan. Includes linen, towels and access to electric outlets. Crib available on request.

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We welcome you from 15:
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We say bye before 11:
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We have room (in prison) for your group

Welcome to our completely original hostel: a historic prison that’s over 150 years old. We’ve made the place a lot cozier, but we haven’t touched the stone walls or iron doors. With its practical communal areas and its many rooms, our youth hostel is just perfect for groups of ten or more people. We also offer free historical tours of the prison. How does that sound? Get in touch with our group manager.

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Free and affordable activities in the hood

Tourists in the Ottawa Art Gallery
© Ottawa Tourism

Discover the immense talent of our artists

Just a few minutes from our hostel, the Ottawa Art Gallery proudly exhibits artists from the region. You’ll find exhibitions and workshops where you can learn cool observational drawing techniques. If you adore art and immersive experiences, you’ll love it. And the best thing about it is entry is always free.

Three friends drinking a beer at Tavern on the Hill
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Relax on the hill

The Tavern on the Hill is worth the detour. In fact, it’s just a few steps away. Surrounded by waterfalls, sip on a delicious fresh beer. The perfect way to end the day.

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