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Hostelling International Toronto
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London
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Poor value for money”
Reviewed 25 April 2012

This is the worst Hostelling International I've ever stayed at. The 10 bed dorms feels a bit like a refugee camp and the shared bathrooms are not able to cope with the demand. Most guests are long term residents and dominate the communal areas and the dorm rooms. There seemed to be theft going in the hostel as well, with rumours of the staff being involved. Reception weren't very helpful and threaten to kick a girl from our dorm for making a complaint. Definitely not worth the cost.

Room Tip: Don't stay in the 10 bed dorms!
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
215 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2012

I absolutely love this hostel, there's something about it that makes it so welcoming and homely. The staff were wonderful, so helpful and would go out of their way to make my stay comfortable. They can recommend things to see and do, and there's usually a weekly time table of hostel events where you can meet other travelers. I ate in the hostel cafe a few times, very good food at an excellent price, but there's a kitchen that you can use if you want to cook your own stuff, but no ovens, so no pizzas! The rooms were like you'd expect from a hostel, plain and full of bunk beds. I loved the communal area on the main level with the comfy sofas and free pool table. The outdoor terrace upstairs was a nice place to chill out too.

The location was brilliant, just around the corner from the subway, there's street cars on the door step, it's a walk to places like the Distillery District, CN tower, Eaton Centre etc. and there's a supermarket just down the road too.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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London
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2012

Location, Location, Location! The best hostel in Toronto! This is the 5th time I have stayed here. The staff are always ultra friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The rooms are large, clean, spacious and secure. The bathrooms very clean and serviced throughout the day to maintain the level of cleaniness. The common room's are spacious and cozy and they have the added bonus of a very well equipped for self caterers. There are activities organised on a daily basis. STAY HERE WITH CONFIDENCE.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Dublin
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2012

Brilliant hostel, very friendly staff. Can't really say a bad thing about this place to be honest, I thought it was very clean, and great facilities. The restaurant food was pretty good too.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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New Richmond, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2011

We had a double private room. Included breakfast (with private room) is excellent as everything else in this hostel (security, cleanliness, staff, central location). Would go back

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Johnvai
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Hereford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2011

This place has friendly and knowledge staff. Gret funky music playing all around the hostel and a great fully equipped kitchen. The TV room was a little uncomfortable - perhaps a new sofa! but all good. Great location and good value internet $3 an hour - not to bad :)

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Adelaide, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2011

Another fantastic HI hostel. Top location, easy to walk around the city, handy for subways and other public transport too. The free breakfast that you get when you book the smaller rooms (I stayed in a quad) was phenomenal. Basic English (bacon, egg, toast, beans, potato and toast with tea or coffee), pancakes, French toast etc. If you don't fancy breakfast you can use your voucher for one of the dinners they serve at the hostel in the Cavern Cafe. Honestly, you don't need to eat anywhere but the hostel, the food is awesome. The dorm rooms are basic but very clean and nice and bright, ensuite is a bonus. The hostel offers free wifi and free activities, the quiz night on the deck was fun but it's a pity more people won't/don't join in the activities. Plenty of vending machines if you get midnight munchies, free towels (that's right, no deposit required). Nice tv area and excellent full kitchen facilities. This really is a top notch hostel.

Room Tip: Book a quad, ensuite with free shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Property: 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 101 Speciality Lodging in Toronto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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