Spend a night at the 150-year-old jailhouse in Ottawa, which was converted into a hostel
Whether you’re an adventure seeker visiting Ottawa, or someone who just enjoys a good scare, a night at the Ottawa Jail Hostel may be for you. Originally a 150-year-old jailhouse, the hostel is the only one of its kind in North America — as well as being one of the most haunted buildings in Canada. If you’re not convinced, consider that Lonely Planet named it one of the top 10 spookiest buildings in the world. It’s located in downtown Ottawa at 75 Nicholas St. — close to such attractions as Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, and ByWard Market — with staff regularly organizing group excursions of their own. Perks include free breakfast and Internet. Plus, Mugshots, the Jail’s bar that’s located in the courtyard, has a scenic view of the gallows where the last public execution in Canada took place. It’s one of the coolest spots to grab a pint. Period. — Meaghan Crowley
• Ottawa Jail Hostel, 75 Nicholas St., 613-235-2595, hihostels.ca
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By ERICA EADES
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Located in the heart of Ottawa, ARC The Hotel stands out as a model of modern elegance. The glass storefront entrance is unassuming, but leads into modish lobby of ARC The Hotel—Ottawa’s first luxury boutique accommodation.
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ARC The Hotel guests are greeted with champagne and chocolates upon arrival, but this is just one of many unique touches. Guests can take advantage of the free THANN products and Frette bathrobes in their rooms, or peruse the newspaper, which is delivered daily.
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Location is always a key factor when choosing a place to stay, and ARC The Hotel is perfectly placed for visitors wanting to explore the city. The Byward Market, Ottawa’s cultural hub, is within a 10-minute walk, and offers a variety of dining and nightlife options for all tastes. Some of Ottawa’s finest attractions—Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, the National Arts Centre and the Ottawa Convention Centre—are a short stroll away.
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• ARC The Hotel, 140 Slater St., 613-238-2888, arcthehotel.com
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