Ottawa offers accommodation for all budgets, from the Chateau Laurier and others at the high end down to this interesting budget alternative -- the former Nicholas Street Jail, which is now a youth hostel. A converted jail cell is not everyone's idea of a good place to stay, but it's a building with a history. Ottawa does not offer the range of budget motel accommodation that some other cities provide, but cost-conscious travellers can often find an affordable bed and breakfast. Mid- to high-end accommodation is more plentiful, but can be full in the summer tourist season and during major conventions.

1999 Richard McGuire

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