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Hostelling International Toronto
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

The location is excellent - very close to St Lawrence Market and about 10 min walk to the Eaton Centre. King Station on the subway is just round the corner.

Staffed by other travelers who are pretty knowledgable about the area and organise activities everyday.

Bathrooms were very clean and spacious - showers were separate little rooms. Stayed in a 10 bed dorm, which again felt spacious. Only problem was there were only 4 big lockers and 6 small ones which doesn't seem very fair.

The lobby area which quite small for the size of the hostel. There was free wifi, but if you didn't have a laptop you could pay $3 for 1 hour of internet use, which I think is a little steep.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 September 2011

Very friendly and helpful staff they have...i just stayed one night,very clean rooms,good lockers,St Lawrence market is not far away,CN tower too.
tasty breakfast in the cavern,good bbq burgers in the terrace for dinner.
you need to try the pub crawl,great guides they have!...don't forget the burrito on the corner.
see u soon guys
cheers

Room Tip: dorms have their own bathroom inside..
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  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 September 2011

This was our last hostel after 3 weeks in Canada, and it was OK - clean, friendly, lots going on etc. In terms of service, it was really good, and the staff were both knowledgable and helpful. It was also in a really good location - 5 min walk to streetcar/subway stops etc, and about 10 mins to the distillery district. We stayed in a 4 bed dorm with bathroom which was good, but it was on the 9th floor, and the lockers didn't have electronic locks as the website states, and they also weren't bag-sized, which means 4 girls with nowhere to really put their stuff! Oh, and get some new mattresses please!

Room Tip: Definitely get a dorm with its own bathroom
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 August 2011

Im from Brazil and stayed in Canada for 4 days. I was searching for a cheap place to stay cause i dont had a lot of money and stuff so i choose the HI. It was amazing, more than i was expecting! The place is really clean, safe, nice people working there, the bedroom is really fine, i was expecting something totally different and in my next trip i will stay at the HI for sure!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

Stayed here for 2 nights last month and thought it was a great hostel. Was a bit wary as it was my first solo trip but the staff were brilliant-helpful, knowledgable and friendly. Hostel was clean and welcoming. Private room was fine, plenty of space with all the facilities needed, bathroom (shower and toilet) was very cramped but for 2 nights I wasn't too bothered. Breakfast choice was brilliant and tasted great. Cafe area was rather hot but to be expected when underground with a kitchen. Lockers for luggage were very helpful, need you own lock to use them for free. I used small one from my suitcase which was sufficient. Location was great-I never actually found the subway but was told it was close by! Walked to the CN Tower etc which only takes 15mins and is very straightforward. Toronto City Sightseeing bus also passes close by so if you're doing a tour of the city you can hop on and hop off near the hostel. Overall a brilliant hostel, would definately recommend and will be returning in the future.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 June 2011

The hostel is a few minutes from King Station, so easy to get to and from the airport by public transport. It's also close to the wonderful St Lawrence Market, where food stalls are amazing. We found the staff great, and the members' discounts on trips etc. well worth having. The little cavern cafe desperately needs air conditioning, but the food was great, and we had vouchers for breakfast included with our room. Hostels are great for friendliness, even if you don't want to join in with the pub crawls or rooftop barbecues or games of pictionary, and of course there are useful facilities like the self-catering kitchen and the laundry.The kitchen was kept very clean, and there was a clear place for anyone leaving to put their surplus stuff for others to help themselves. I didn't take a laptop, and had to pay to use a computer - but it was fast and ok. We had a double ensuite which was nearly hotel standard - but for the tiny bathroom which you could only enter by a close squeeze round the door!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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SFeeny, Assistant Manager at Hostelling International Toronto, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2011

Thanks for your feedback! You will be happy to hear that we are replacing the doors in bathrooms with are affected by the space problems you have described. Sliding doors will be installed removing that awkwardness of struggling to close the door behind you!

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Reviewed 23 June 2011

I really enjoyed the location of this hostel but thats it. The staff were horrible. The british guy behind frontdesk who checked us in "seemed" drunk. I had breakfast the next morning and the food was okay, but the "spanish" guy serving it could hardly speak a word of english and was very rude to me and my friends. Even worse was how everyone eating could hear him yelling at the other staff it made for a very uncomfortable meal.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hostelling International Toronto

Address: 76 Church St, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2G1, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Downtown
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 107 Speciality Lodging in Toronto
Price Range: $32 - $156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostelling International Toronto 1.5*
Number of rooms: 154
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, HI-Toronto is steps away from local attractions like the Hockey Hall of Fame, CN Tower, Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre and Distillery District, and just minutes away from major shopping districts like the Eaton Centre and Queen West. ... more   less 
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