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College Backpackers

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280 Augusta Avenue | Near the intersection of College St & Spadina St, Toronto, Ontario M5T2L9, Canada (Formerly Global Village Kensington)
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stayed here with four friends for a night. The location was good. right close to Chinatown and kensington market. The hostel is new and clean looking. Breakfast was good, just not a lot of sitting area. My only complain was that the 3rd floor and our room had a bit of an stuffy/moldy smell.

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Toronto, Canada
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27 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a lot of potential for this hostel, but in its current state it lacks the fundamentals. My bed wasn't made when I arrived; I was simply given two sheets by the reception staff & was told to bring the dirty ones down. The room smelt very bad. It was clear that previous guests had smoked indoors and the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was staying there for few weeks last winter. There were several people complaining, mostly about the fact that the management is dishonest. Was a not pleasant stay; the whole atmosphere was boring, artificial, and unpleasant. At one point I was given a dorm of 4 girls, and all the windows were nailed, so for days was not ANY ventilation;... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

College Backpackers has had quite the makeover. I've read and heard all the horror stories about this place and didn't encounter anything like that even the first time around, but management had already changed over. The new staff are actually taking pride in the hostel. The reception, kitchen, communal area and rooms have all been renovated, and how! Breakfast is... More 

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Earth City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No worries with this place. I'd stay again in a heartbeat. It's a hostel people, get over it. Awesome location and I stayed in a private room for about 800 a month (low season mind you). 4am samosas across the street, fresh fruit, china town, balconies if you're a smoker. Everything I needed.

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The location within Kensignton Market is the only thing going for this place. Booked a private room paying 90 bux a night only to find it contained literally "a bed" and "a tv". No desk or table or chair or towel or extra sheets or even a closet or hangers for clothes. Room was freezing cold because you have to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I thought I would give this place a try. Huge mistake, first off the kitchen was under renovation of thus there was no cooking or fridge I will say that they did get me a fridge so all the food I had bout would not spoil but there was no place make even a sandwich the first room I had... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I stayed 6 years ago and now owner changed and nicely renovated rooms, kitchen, heating and internet. Its awesome place in downtown.Close to everything....Nicest staff.....Good breakfast in the morning

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Straight up worst hostel I've ever stayed at and I've been traveling for a long time. constant renovations, filthy rooms, kitchen is old and filthy, weird old homeless looking stinky men all over the place, not too mention highly overpriced for what it offers, go elsewhere!

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I heard horror stories of this place and simply not true. The new owners are doing a ton of renos to the place and it is extremely clean compared to rumours. I've been here for awhile and it has gotten soooo much better every week. I'm checking out soon and haven't got a bad review of the staff. Only problems... More 

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