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Scarborough, England, United Kingdom
August 12, 2011
From journal Journeying Across Canada
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
April 28, 2002
Most of the rooms are actually the old jail cells and still have steel bar doors. Inside, 6 beds (3 bunks) take up most of the space and the lighting is pretty dim - just one overhead light bulb. Tiny bathrooms are at one end of the hall and shower stalls are at the other.
I preferred the "Thomas" room, one of two larger rooms located on the 7th floor. They
used to be part of the offices for the jail and there is much more space and lots of light since there are two spacious windows and overhead track lighting. The bathroom is next door and is also much bigger and brighter than the "cell" floor bathrooms.
The hostel has a large kitchen area and TV room with comfortable, oversize leather
couches as well as a small library.
Breakfast isn’t included but there are lots of restaurants nearby - including those at
Byward Market and the large food court at the Rideau Centre.
The hostel offers various activities, from pub crawls to spaghetti dinners to tours of the jail. Staff are very helpful and there is a small travel store in the hostel to purchase books, travel gear, etc.
Sleeping bags are not permitted at the hostel but they’ll store them for
you until check out. There is an extra charge of $2.00 for sheets and another $2.00
charge is a refundable key deposit. Check out is 11 am and there are lockers available for $1.00 to store luggage after that time.
The hostel has its own parking lot and the price is $5.00 per day for members. Even if you don't have your own car, it's easy to get to and from the train or bus station by cab or city bus which stops across the street at the Rideau Centre.
I was pretty lucky to be here before high season - one night I had a 6 bed room to myself and the other night I shared with only one person. I don't think this would normally happen so I'd recommend making a reservation.
The hostel is open year round and check out is 11 a.m. Price is $19.95 for members, $23.95 for non.
From journal Adventures in Ottawa