This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
Toronto was actually my very first solo travel trip outside of Europe. With this guide I hope you will enjoy the city as much as I did.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- cheapest hostels in Toronto
- best hostels in for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in Toronto
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to Toronto
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Toronto cost 20€ – 27€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 80€ up to 90€. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
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.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Toronto, Canada
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Toronto.
- Planet Traveler Hostel – top for solo-travellers and couples
- Two Peas Pod – best for female solo-travellers
- HI Toronto Hostel – best for backpacker
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Planet Traveler Hostel (Solo-Traveller)
The Planet Traveler Hostel is located in Toronto’s west end.
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. 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.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free breakfast
- Book exchange
- Cable TV
Planet Traveler 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 Twoer is lightened up, and there’s drinks served at the terrace.
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!
Planet Traveler is the best hostel in Toronto for
- Solo travellers
2. Two Peas Pod Hostel (Female Solo travellers)
Located in Chinatown only footsteps from Toronto favourite Mother’s Dumplings, is the sleek Two Peas Pod Hostel.
Actually, Two Pead Pod is near Planet Traveler. Yet, we prefer 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 neighbourhoods 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
- CN Tower
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 plug, readings 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 neighboours room and that the room might feel a bit chilly in winter.
The cool stuff:
- Luxury showers
- Variety store
- Gift shop
- Cinema room
- Continental breakfast
- Balcony on the top floor (open in summer)
In a nutshell, Two Peads and Pods has a great location.
And the pod-styled bunk beds are super luxury. For me it was no problem to sleep here, it was not cold or loud.
Two peas pod is a top choice for:
- Female Solo travellers
3. HI Toronto Hostel (for Backpackers)
Just outside of downtown is the HI Toronto Hostel where you can enjoy daily activities as well the most of Toronto’s downtown attractions.
Private rooms sleep up to two people and have a private washroom, mini fridge, and coffee maker.
Shared rooms sleep 4, 6, 8, 10, and 14 people with mixed, only male, and only female options.
Shared rooms have shared washroom.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free breakfast
- Fully equipped kitchen
- 24-hour reception desk
The onsite Cavern Bar, where breakfast is served in the morning, is a great place to get a drink and enjoy live music with fellow travellers.
HI Hostel offers tours of:
- Graffiti Alley,
- Kensington Market,
- University of Toronto,
- the Distillery District, and a
- ghost tour
As well as beer tastings, visit to the Art Gallery of Ontario, and an open mic night.
Hostel staff can help you with discounts to attractions like Ripley’s Aquarium, Niagara Falls, and the Royal Ontario Museum.
HI Toronto is the best place to stay in Toronto for
- Groups of friends
What about cheapest hostels 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.
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.
Here is our guide how to book hostels with Hostelworld.
Best Hostels in Toronto for Solo Travellers?
The Planet Traveler Hostel is the greatest hostel when traveling solo.
With plenty of activities to socialize, it is also situated between some of the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods.
Grab a drink, go to the rooftop terrace (if the weather is good) and start making new friends!
Party Hostels in Toronto?
We did not find a really hard party hostel in Toronto but a backpackers hostel in Toronto with a bar on-site where you will be able to find friends easily to party all night long if that’s what you want.
Another way to find party colleagues is to join a pub crawl.
We have done it many times in different countries and have to say we always had fun.
Fun Hostel: The Only Backpacker’s Inn
Located above the Only café and beer bar in Greektown The Only Backpacker’s Inn is close to a myriad of dining options and barely one block from Donland’s Subway station.
Private rooms sleep up to two people with a private washroom.
Dormitory rooms have 4, 6, and 8 beds with a shared washroom.
There are female-only shared rooms.
- Free WiFi
- Kitchen for guests
- Boardgames and puzzles – great for rainy days
In the evenings, guests can enjoy live music and the always-busy Only Café with it’s eclectic interior and friendly staff.
There is also a terrace where you can enjoy some downtime.
Using the subway you are only six stops (20 minutes) from the exact middle of the city.
If you’re a music lover, check out who is coming to the Danforth Music Hall, a 45-minute walk (or three subway stops) from The Only Backpacker’s Inn.
The Only Backpacker’s Inn is adults only.
This hostel is the best place to stay in Toronto for
- Social butterflies
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- Planet Traveler: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Two peas pod: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- HI Toronto: Booking.com | Hostelworld
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Toronto. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
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All hostels and sights put on a map
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Toronto hostels on a map.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list. That makes this easier for your planning:
- 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)
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.
Neighbourhoods to visit in Toronto
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.
You can also join a Distillery Distrig segway tour and experience the neigbourhood from another perpsetive.
Church and Wellesley
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.
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.
Flights to Toronto
Fligts to Toronto are not normally cheap but if your are flexible in the dates you can always find a good flight offer.
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Toronto and North America.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Toronto.
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries