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“Good Vibes” 4 of 5 stars
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Global Village Backpackers
460 King St West | (near Bay Street), Toronto, Ontario M5V 1L7, Canada (Downtown Toronto)   |  
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Ranked #47 of 71 Specialty Lodging in Toronto
Dublin, Ireland
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Good Vibes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2009

I have stayed at this hostel on two separate occasions - in 2003 and 2006, and even though basic, it was buzzing with energy. It is just around the corner from China Town, and also very convenient to downtown Toronto. The bar onsite was also a gem, as is sometimes nice to unwind after a day of sightseeing, and get chatting to other guests there.

  • Stayed July 2006, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Osoyoos, BC
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2009

It was the dirtiest hostel I have ever stayed in, but I will say that it had the social atmosphere......but in my books, that doesn't make up for it.......do something about the bathrooms, they are a serious health hazard.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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YouthHostel, owner at Global Village Backpackers, responded to this review, October 6, 2009
Thanks for writing your review. I want ti apologize for the problems you encountered at our hostel. We had issues this summer with several showers that were out of order for more than two weeks. It was very difficult to keep the washrooms clean during construction. This renovation work has since been completed and the showers and washrooms are clean and working again. Once again, please accept our apologies for these problems.
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Belmopan
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2009

There are some good things about this hostel: the staff, the bar.
But the building is falling down, it's a really unclean hostel, the bathrooms are small and uncomfortable, lockers are not free (and they're not maintained, so there's like 5 for everyone).
The fourth worse hostel I've been in (from, say, around two hundred -in two years-)

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2009

This place was the filthiest establishment I have ever set foot in. Bathrooms had mould all over the walls, and in the week I stayed I think they were cleaned once, which was a half baked effort. Key cards stopped working every day without fail so had to get them re-programmed every day. Staff were fairly friendly, but many seemed to be fellow travellers so didn't really know anything about the city. If all you want to do is party and have [--] with strangers then this is probably the place for you, if not, go somewhere else.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Clerks_Val
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2009

Staff were the best, close to everything and the housekeepers were funny and helpful.
All that plus an in-house bar!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton, Ontario
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2008

My friend and I stayed at this hostel while in the city for a concert. The linens and towels were clean as they arrive daily from a laundry service. The room was okay - clean but not great. No personal lockers in the rooms for belongings. And only one working shower and a few working toilets for our wing or floor of the hostel. The floors in the bathroom and kitchen and the kitchen itself were in need of a hard cleaning. Street noise at night made sleeping difficult. I won't stay here again.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Dirtiness
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LONDON ENGLAND
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2008

If you want to get bedbugs,and use disgusting showers and toilets and have rats running around in your room than global village backpackers is the perfect place for you.The staff there is horrible no help what so ever. The only thing going for them in that they have a bar and you meet some drunk travellers so my sugestion in to stay at the H I or even the candiana and go over to the Global for drinks although you would think being at a hostel the drinks would be cheap there EXPENSIVE...

OBVIOUSLY THE MANAGERS ARNT DOING THERE JOB PROPERLY

  • Liked — the bar
  • Disliked — everything else
  • Stayed September 2008
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 460 King St West | (near Bay Street), Toronto, Ontario M5V 1L7, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Downtown Toronto
Hotel Style:
Ranked #47 of 71 Specialty Lodging in Toronto
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Global Village Backpackers is Toronto's original backpackers hostel. Since 1997 the "Village" has hosted thousands of travellers from around the world. Our facility offers 24 hour operations, large common area, backpackers pub and restaurant, kitchen, laundry and clean and comfortable rooms. We look forward to welcoming you. ... more   less 
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