We bet you never slept in jail!
That's right, we are housed in a 150 year old former Carleton County Gaol - steeped in history and built on fun, we guarantee that you'll agree that the Jail is the best place to Hang! Here is why you should stay with us:
There is no other hostel like this in North America. The walls are made of stone and brick, and you'll love the architecture especially while staying in some of our authentic jail cells. Afterall, how often can you call home and say 'Mom, I'm in jail!'. And don't worry, even if you are behind bars, we will let you use our free WiFi :)
Mugshots is Ottawa's only Jail Bar - Canada's only Jail Bar! Rated by local CBC radio hosts as one of Ottawa's best underground performing venues, it is a favourite among the locals and guests alike. Enjoy a night out on our scenic patio surrounded by a 30 foot high stone heritage wall and large wooden gates. We are open to hostellers and the public every night and offer a wide range of fun and interesting parties. Enjoy and chill out at our Wednesday night Open Mic with local musician Claude Munson. Be prepared to have so much fun you'll think its criminal!
We offer a delicious complimentary breakfast with your stay! It includes fair trade coffee, tea, juice, fresh locally sourced fruit and bagels, eggs, milk and cereal.
FREE tour of the jail!
Every day at 11:00 am, we offer a 30 minute free tour of the jail. This guided orientation tour takes you around our heritage building and provides background information on the history of the Carleton County Gaol, share stories on daily lives of inmates and explains why we are considered one of the most haunted builidings in all of Canada. If you are lucky, you can also even meet a ghost...free of charge! No need to thank us.
Even more great deals.
Rent one of our brand new classic one-speed bikes, only $20 for the whole day! Or if you are more of the indoors type take advantage of our cheap museum/tour tickets - our guests can save up to $4.00 on each ticket to the National Museum of Civilization, the Canadian War Museum, the National Gallery of Canada and tours with the Haunted Walk Ottawa. Lastly, our bar has some of the greatest deals in town on drinks, pitchers, and one of a kind meals!
Location, location, location.
We are in the heart of downtown, walking distance to Parliament Hill, National Gallery of Canada, Byward Market, trendy boutiques, cosy cafe's, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and we have a huge parking lot with over 32 spaces for only $7.00/day including taxes.
Experiences to remember!
We are not for the faint of heart! We encourage participation on every level, whether it be through getting to know your fellow hostellers on an afternoon bike tour, or enjoying a meal together in our lively bar, the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel is a great place to come and make friends from around the world and give you a travel experience you'll be talking about for years!