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The Clarence Park
Reviewed 19 October 2017

The location is great. Only a few blocks from CN Tower. It has metro and bus nearby. The room is good and caters for all our needs. There is a large kitchen for meals, and has computers and TV. Is in a quiet street.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

Considering the reviews, I expected more. The price was reasonable considering the location but other than that it was disappointing.

Rooms varied in quality and amenities (namely plug sockets). There was only one bathroom per dorm (sleeping 8) with the toilet inside which led to inevitable queues and other incoveniences..

The kitchen facilities were adequate and no complaints there. The communal room was also of a decent size with a big tv but was barely used. The ambience simply didn't seem to lend itself to guests mingling together and as such the hostel had little of the atmosphere and friendliness that typifies the best ones I have stayed in.

All this said, the staff were friendly and helpful at all times, and the location is ideal for attractions and especially eateries.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled solo
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Thank Nic C
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

Excellent location and clean, safe rooms. Some staff much friendlier and more knowledgeable than others. The great location makes the hostel excellent value for money. Not much of a vibe going on- perhaps organised bar crawls (or even a hostel bar?) might improve this. Needs updating, could have done with an elevator too. Felt a bit exclusive at times as lots of students who clearly know one another taking over the lounge and kitchen. If you aren't looking to spend much time in a hostel, and just looking for a safe, clean base with a good location then it's great!

Room Tip: ask for ground floor if you have a heavy case!
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

We spent a week in this little hostel in a private room, which was super cozy and had an ensuite, so not only perfect for travellers, but also couples. The hostel offers 2 large community rooms, a huge kitchen and car parking space. And it's located close to downtown so you can walk everything. A lovely place to stay!

Room Tip: No elevator, narrow stairs
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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Christian G
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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

For the price, the rooms weren't bad other than the uncomfortable beds and half broken a/c that was blowing cold air from the front and hot from the back.
The location was the best part of this hostel. In the perfect spot downtown and close to anything and everything you need.
But the downfall, the second we went to check in, we noticed how unprofessional the lady at the front desk was. The way she was talking and the vulgar words she was using in front of people who were about to check in, was extremely unprofessional.
We were ok with all of this and we're dealing with it all because the price was right... until it came to the last day..
We weren't informed when check out was so we assumed it was 2 o'clock, like check in.
While waiting in our room to check out, the cleaning lady came to change the sheets and did not mention anything about us having to check out.
We went downstairs and checked out no problems and on our way we went.
At the airport we noticed an email saying we had checked out late and we're being charged a fee. After checking with the credit card company, we found out we had been charged $64.00 for late check out fee! MORE THAN WHAT WE PAID FOR ONE NIGHT.
We later found out that check out WAS at 2 o'clock and were told we checked out at 2.30, which is not true.
The people running this hostel are clearly money grabbers and they obviously are not putting the money they're stealing from people into their hostel because it needs a serious upgrade.
Not impressed and would never stay here or give these people my money again.
If they got new staff or owners then maybe it would be worth it.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
3  Thank jamaicagirlxox
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

I booked 2 beds in a 6 girls bedroom for me and a friend of mine from the US. We were spending a weekend in Toronto. If you are looking for a cheap place but with clean and comfortable place to stay, this is the perfect place! From what I've heard from my other friends staying at different hostels during that time, their price were slightly more expensive, but having about the same comfortness here at The Clarence. It was mid July quite hot, but it had cool AC, clean bed sheets, room and bathroom. The kitchen also provides basic breakfast like cereal, milk, juice and stuff. Also, the location is really good! Close to Kensington martket and the bar street is just two, three streets behind the hostel. Not too close with loud noise, but also not to far from walking back after a drink. A park in fron of the hostel also brought some quietness. The only thing that I could complain of is that, because my friend arrived in Toronto after the check-in hour, the reception said she would leave the bed sheet and blanket to the night guard, so when my friend arrives at mid-night she could pick them up. However, she did not, eventually my friend had to sleep with towels as a cover during her first night. Besides this, I think it's a really nice place to stay! 這裡真的是一個很棒的地方!如果你想找價格便宜,但環境衛生乾淨的青年旅館這裡再適合不過了。地點就在市中心,前緣面向公園提供一個安靜舒適的環境,酒吧街就在兩三條街後面,部會太近以至於晚上太吵,但也不會太遠走路只需五分鐘而已。

Stayed: July 2017
Thank Yessika L
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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Stayed at The Clarence Park for 6 nights and everything was great. The location is incredible, literally open the front door and the CN tower is staring you in the face! Because of the great location I walked my way around the City each day, only using the subway when I went up to Casa Loma (well worth visiting by the way!)

I had a private room in building 10: the bed was very comfortable and the room spacious. My only comment would be that the shower pressure was quite poor but not really a major problem

Didn't really spend time in the common areas so can't really comment on atmosphere

Would recommend

Stayed: June 2017, travelled solo
1  Thank thecrimson
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Additional Information about The Clarence Park

Address: 7 Clarence Sq, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1H1, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Downtown West
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 119 Speciality Lodging in Toronto
Price Range: C$53 - C$129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sleep smart (and on budget) in prime downtown Toronto! Located just 2 blocks west of the posh Ritz Carlton Hotel, and 2 blocks east of the ultra-chic Thompson Hotel, we overlook a beautifully restored park in prime downtown Toronto. Whether your thing is shopping, entertainment, food, or sightseeing, find the best the city has to offer within a few minutes of our front door. ... more   less 
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The Clarence Park Toronto, Ontario

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