They "clean" once a day, but still no proper cleaning. Tainted carpets, run down look, and filth are basically averywhere. The staff are helpfull and friendly and the backyard with the bar are very popular. So popular that locas comes in for a beer or two to chat with guests and where you can find local girls in the unisex toillettesget getting laid by an foreign backpacker. This kind of intimated way to make cultural exchanges are not so unusual obviously in this hostel.
Overall not a place to visit again, but interesting to stay there for a few days and observe people.
I had a great time at the Global Village Backpackers (GVB). Stayed here for 6 weeks while I was looking for a job and my own place and not a bad thing to say about it. The only hostel in Toronto with a licensed bar and every now and then during the Summer there were promo night where you were offered free beer!! Located right downtown as well. Rooms are cleaned every day, free wireless internet (if you have a laptop) as well. The best way to start a long term trip in Canada
To be fair, I was only there for a night but I suppose if you're on a tight budget it's acceptable. I stayed in a four bed dorm and it was pretty cramped, the showers/toilet facilities I thot were a little insufficient and definitely not very well maintained. The only good thing I liked about the place is it's location - I could easily walk to busstop in 5 minutes to catch a shuttle to the airport.
Directions: Unmistakable blue building at the junction of King St and Spadina Avenue.
This is supposedly a great place to stay in Toronto if you are on a budget. It is located in the downtown core very near Toronto's so called Entertainment District. Anyway some of my favourite bars in the city like the Horseshoe are nearby. There is also a guest only bar where you meet other travelers and a self serve restaurant. This place seems to be very popular.
Unique Quality: The hostel is located in what by Canadian standards is a rather old building constructed in 1875. It was formally known as the Spadina Hotel and was a real dive. A good place to meet a heroin addict. Maybe that's why I used to hang out there in my younger more hedonistic days. The place has been cleaned up considerably recently(as have some of the other former dives in T.O.'s downtown core.) but for me it's history adds atmosphere.
Directions: No address given on the website but it is located at the corner of King St. West and Spadina Ave. It is hard to miss because of wild colours that they have painted it in.
Unique Quality: I remember it was pretty cheap (around 20 CAD/bed) and decent. They provide the linen free of charge.
I think the hostel is not located too far from downtown.
Directions: 460 King St West (at the intersection with Spadina Avenue)
i have mixed feelings on this hostel. i guess it depends on what's important to you as far as accomodations go. i wouldn't recommend going in the summer if you have a problem with the heat as they have no air conditioner. i went when it was high humidity and about 100 degrees farenheit..very very uncomfortable. also the bunk beds aren't too great, the ladders have thin metal rungs that make it hard to get up on the bed. good luck especially if you have a skirt on like i did! the top bunks are a bit too tall to climb up on as well.
Unique Quality: the good points to this hostel is the amenities & fun you can have. they have a large kitchen, big dining room/pool table. there's also a tv room with comfortable couches. that was the only room in the hostel with a fan on so i actually ended up sleeping there on the couch for most of the night! there is also an outdoor bar with inexpensive drinks where you can meet interesting travelers from all over.
Directions: a block away from queen st, and another block away from sherbourne. there is a street car stop right out to the left of the hostel.
Approx $25 (Canadian)
Unique Quality: This was my first 'home' when I arrived in Toronto. I've been back many times since even though I am now living in a rented apartment. The atmosphere is just so unreal. The hostel has its own bar and you'll always meet somebody new every time you go. A great environment for swapping travel experiences from across Canada. The rooms are quite basic. I stayed in a quad room (two bunkbeds) but its a reasonable price and I guarentee you'll have a fun stay.
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Address: 460 King St West, (near Bay Street), Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1L7, Canada