Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). 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, this tax is usually not included in the room/ bed price.
My personal highlights in Toronto: There is three tings I absolutely loved. Number one was CN Tower for sunset. There is no need to buy a ticket online, usually it is not packed. #2 was China Town 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.
It is perfectly situated between some of the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods.
This is actually the Toronto hostel Matt stayed at during his very first solo-trip to Canada. Good times!
Highly recommended and our #1 one the list of top Toronto hostels.
For travellers 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.
Private room configurations can sleep up to four people and have private bathrooms.
Shared rooms sleep up to six people with options to stay in mixed or male and female specific rooms. Shared rooms have private washrooms, as well as personal outlets and reading lights.
Planet Traveller Hostel has places to socialize inside and on the roof top terrace where you can relax and get to know fellow travellers.
The roof top terrace is the place to be! Here you can even see the famous CN Tower. At night it’s especially awesome, the CN Tower is lightened up, and there’s drinks served at the terrace.
Interested? Check availability right away.
What about the location?
PERFECT!! From the hostel you can easily wander Kensington Market, grab a bite in Chinatown or little Italy, or check out the restaurants and bars on Bloor Street West.
Matt was renting a bike from the hostel. A great way to get around the city!
Looking for a cheap hostel in Toronto? Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
Personally, we think it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.
When looking for the cheapest hostels in Toronto, bear in mind distances to the city center.
A bad location (far from the interesting places to visit) can add transport costs, which are not cheap in Toronto. So, as you can see cheap hostel Toronto has is not always a good deal.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Toronto.
Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Toronto
Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price. Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
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.
The interior of the hostel looks nice and clean. This College Hostel Toronto has rooms for couples and backpackers.
Perks at Kensington College Backpackers:
Location: Situated in the city centre. The Hockey Hall of Fame, Harbourfront Center and CN Tower are all within 3 km from Kensington College Backpackers. The Entertainment District is only 2 km away. It is 5 minutes away from downtown Toronto. 25 minutes away from Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Of course, if you have time you should visit the Niagara Falls. It is an easy day tour from Toronto and and an incredible place. Matt joined a tour, and it even included a wine tasting near the Niagara Falls.
As Toronto is a big city, we asked a friend who lived there during many years to write a neighbourhood guide.
She added her favorite places on each neighbourhood.
We wish you enjoy the city as much as possible during your trip.
Cabbagetown is a quirky historic neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood 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 favourite 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 savoury 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 neighbourhood.
If you are interesting 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 neighbourhood 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 centre of Toronto’s grid, is Yorkville.
In this upscale neighbourhood you can window shop–or actually shop–the big designer brands.
This neighbourhood 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 it’s 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-with-locals clothing store tucked away down a flight of stairs.
This is a great neighbourhood 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 vibrant, dynamic neighbourhood with a lot 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 neighbourhood, 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 travellers 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 neighbourhoods.
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!
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What are the best hostels in Toronto?
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