Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the check-out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
More Special Topics about Toronto: Toronto has a tourism tax of 4%. This tax is known as MAT. The guests will be charged when they pay. The invoice will include a separate line to identify this tax. Bear in mind, that this tax is usually not included in the room/ bed price.
My personal highlights in Toronto: There are three things I absolutely loved. Number one was the CN Tower for sunset. There is no need to buy a ticket online, usually, it is not packed. #2 was Chinatown with all its amazing food. And last but not least, the day trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto. A day trip is enough, no real need to stay overnight I would say.
These are our favorite hostels in Toronto. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.
It is perfectly situated between some of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods.
This is actually the Toronto hostel Matt stayed at during his very first solo trip to Canada. Good times!
Highly recommended and our #1 on the list of top Toronto hostels.
For travelers who are concerned with their environmental footprint, this hotel was purpose-built to run with geo-technology including solar panels, geothermal heating, hot water recycling, and LED lights.
We love 49 Hostel because of its awesome location which puts you around 10 to 15 minutes walk away from a lot of grocery and coffee shops.
If it gets too cold and you don’t want to walk, it’s also right next to a couple of subway lines.
This is a social hostel so it’s a great pick for those who want to meet other people while traveling, especially if you’re traveling alone.
Staff is super nice and helpful, and the facilities are great, although their kitchen isn’t really well equipped, and if you’re cooking anything, you’ll probably have to buy basic ingredients like salt and pepper and any extra add-ons.
Facilities & Amenities:
Shared kitchen and grill
Private Rooms equipped with a TV, shared bathroom, and bed linen.
Location: Perfectly located in a quiet corner of Toronto downtown. Steps away from Sherbourne subway station and Bloor/Yonge lively corridor. Within a 10 to 15-minute walk to popular attractions like the Royal Ontario Museum, Queens Park, and the University of Toronto.
We did not find a really hard party hostel in Toronto but a backpackers hostel in Toronto with a bar on-site. Here you will be able to find friends easily to party all night long if that’s what you want.
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Toronto.
Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Toronto
add your dates
Order the listings by price
Simple as that.
Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.
Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Toronto best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app
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Neighborhoods to visit in Toronto
As Toronto is a big city, we asked a friend who lived there for many years to write a neighborhood guide.
She added her favorite places in each neighborhood.
We hope you enjoy the city as much as possible during your trip.
Cabbagetown is a quirky historic neighborhood that spreads from Parliament Street east to Riverdale Park and west to Allen Gardens and is a combination of the many cultures that have influenced the neighborhood over its history.
You can take a tour of homes or just wander the streets near Riverdale Park to see some of the city’s old and beautiful homes.
In the fall, you can enjoy a bi-weekly farmer’s market in Riverdale Park, and the neighborhood holds festivals throughout the year.
While you’re in the park, take some time to walk through Riverdale Farm, the site of the old Toronto Zoo.
Make sure to stop by Jet Fuel Coffee shop on Parliament Street, a favorite among Cabbagetown residents, it is the kind of place where the staff and customers all know each other, and features local art exhibitions.
Closed off to cars, the cobbled streets of the former distillery are now lined by art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. Visiting the Distillery District is like taking a step back in time.
Stop by the Brickstreet Bakery on Trinity Street for freshly baked goods, sweet or savory to enjoy while you walk or grab a hot drink at Balzac’s coffee on the other end of the street.
Church and Wellesley is Toronto’s LGBTQ neighborhood.
If you are interested in checking out some of the bars or shops geared towards the LGBTQ community then you should head to this part of the city.
This is a good neighborhood to pass through on your way to Yorkville and the west side of Toronto.
Located at Bloor Street and Yonge Street, the lines that form the center of Toronto’s grid is Yorkville.
In this upscale neighborhood, you can window shop–or actually shop–the big designer brands.
This neighborhood is good for getting something to eat or enjoying the sunshine on top of the large rock in the center of the square.
The Annex/Bloor Street West
Foodies should head to the Annex for its endless restaurants and bars.
The street is lined with quirky stores, restaurants, and coffee shops. Stop in at BMV or one of several other used bookstores to browse for new reading material.
Bloor Street West comes alive at night, with bars and music venues that cater to every crowd.
University students should stop in at the Maddison Pub, a hot spot with University of Toronto students year-round since its opening.
Queen Street West
If you’re looking to do some shopping like a local then you should come to Queen Street West.
Head west on Queen Street from Nathan Phillips Square and you will find yourself in the perfect mix of big brand stores and boutiques in no time at all.
For clothing, you should check out Black Market, a popular clothing store tucked away down a flight of stairs.
This is a great neighborhood to walk around and browse stores that offer something for everyone.
West Queen West
West Queen West is known to be one of the coolest streets in the world.
It is a vibrant, dynamic neighborhood with a lot of unique restaurants, boutiques, and the largest concentration of art galleries you can imagine.
You will also appreciate the beautiful Trinity-Bellwoods Park. We are sure that you will meet and encounter interesting people and have fun with the organized drum circles that keep the park constantly buzzing with activity.
Chinatown/ Kensington Market
If you head north on Spadina from Queen Street West you will find yourself in Chinatown. Toronto offers the best Chinese food in Canada.
On weekend mornings act like a local and line up for dim sum at one of the many overcrowded restaurants. You can also wander through packed stores full of cheap merchandise.
If you’re looking for a snack, stop in at one of the Chinese bakeries where you can get a selection of buns and other treats for less than a loonie.
In Kensington Market, you will find yourself surrounded by vintage clothing stores and specialty cheese and fish shops. This neighborhood, which has been kept alive through the dedication of its residents, is a great place to browse the funkiest stores in Toronto.
Stop in at Rasta Pasta or one of many other truly unique dining options in this area in Toronto. Vegetarian and vegan travelers will find a growing number of dining options in the market.
Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.
What are the best hostels in Toronto for solo travellers?
With plenty of activities to socialize, it is also situated between some of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods.
Are hostels in Toronto safe?
Not all hostels in Canada Toronto are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in downtown Toronto and the best of Toronto. We are an expert when it comes to the hostel world. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!
What are the best hostels in Toronto?
You can find the best Toronto hostels in this article!
Here are some of the places you can visit while in Toronto.
- CN Tower
- Art Gallery of Ontario
- Royal Ontario Museum
- Distillery District
- Kensington Market
- Bata Shoe Museum
- St. Lawrence Market
- Fort York National Historic Site
- Nathan Phillip Square (home of the Toronto sign)
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.
Safe travels, The Hostelgeeks
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CLOSED: Two Peads Pod Hostel
Located in Chinatown only footsteps from Toronto’s favourite Mother’s Dumplings, is the sleek Two Peas Pod Hostel.
Actually, Two Pead Pod is near Planet Traveler. Yet, we prefer the Two Peas Pod location – it is a bit closer to the action!
From the hostel, you can easily explore many of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods either by walking or catching the streetcar.
From Two Peas Pod Hostel, you can easily get to:
Art Gallery of Ontario
Royal Ontario Museum
Entertainment District, and
Private rooms sleep up to two people, while dormitory rooms (mixed and female-only) sleep up to four people.
All rooms feature pod-style beds with privacy curtains, individual smart flat-screen TVs, USB plugs, reading lights, and charging stations.
Bathrooms are shared and located on the bottom floor.
While the rooms are not spacious, there are lots of places to hang out in the hostel such as a quiet lounge, café, patio seating, home cinema, and a breakfast lounge.
Good to know: there are no doors in the dorms.
You get your privacy with the curtain in the individual pod. But bear in mind no door might mean some noise from the neighbor room and that the room might feel a bit chilly in winter.