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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my first try at a Hostel and I would have to say it was mediocre. We were on the fourth floor in a private room, which was great except that there was no air. When we asked the front desk about the air the reply we got was "your patio doesn't open?" I literally could not breathe until... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed in a private room here for 5 nights with my boyfriend, and fell in love with Toronto. This hostel is right in the middle of Kensington Markets which are really fun - also an easy walk to downtown and Chinatown. The rooms were clean and comfortable, and the privates have a fridge and balcony! Not as social as other... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

I stayed here in a mixed dorm and found the experience, on the whole, adequate.The hostel has good basic services : a clean, pleasant, although a too small and cramped dorm, with comfortable large single beds and clean, fresh linen, and I was very pleased to get a good--night's sleep! The dorm also has good-sized lockers and storage space, in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

College backpackers well exceeded my expectations! We booked in here for 14 nights as we were only new to Toronto so needed a base but didn't need anything too fancy. I had been looking between planet traveller and college backpackers and so delighted we went with college backpackers! Check in was simple and straight forward, full payment was taken at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

When choosing a Canadian vacation, I decided on the 'New York of Canada', Toronto. And, just like I always do, I look for a place close to mass transit. Streetcars stop just steps from the front door. There are three doors: one to the front desk, which opens at 8am, and two to the dorms/rooms themselves. Access to the latter... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Satisfied overall with my stay at this hostel which had a great breakfast, dorm beds which were very comfortable with a good amount of space, great wifi and a kitchen which is very new and always kept very clean. Most importantly the location is bang smack in the middle of Kensington - Toronto's funkiest, alternative scene with a zillion cheap... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Lovely hostel, stayed approx 3 weeks, wifi was great ,good air conditioning, Caron at reception was always up for a laugh. Stayed in both mixed and female only dorms, met some lovely people along my travels :)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

This hostel is what you pay for, it has everything you would need for travelling solo or in a small group. Rooms are clean and not too hot either, the bathrooms are small and not 5* by any means but it's good enough for what you need. I enjoyed my stay here and met people from all over, its in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

this was one of the best hostelling experiences we have ever had. the location is so accessible to all transit routes, amazing restaurants, funky shopping places and organic as well as gluten free cafes. The room itself was spacious, well lit, clean, and had great energy. The service from the front desk staff was awesome too. Well maintained, friendly and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

We stayed here in a private room during the fall of 2014 and the spring of 2015. The management are friendly. Convenient location close to University, street cars, Kensington Market, laundromat( across the street) and a good number of cafes and restaurants Place was rundown when new owners took over last year. Now has modern lobby, kitchen, showers and bathrooms.... More 

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Staying in Chinatown

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Chinatown
Toronto's main Chinatown has the honor of being the largest in North America. Gaping down across Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue, the area is a wonderful medley of shops and restaurants, busy signs and bright red gates, a destination for foodie fun. Chinatown's streets are always bustling, packed with people and outdoor stalls hawking fresh produce and products. The restaurants and authentic marketplaces that shoulder in against each other display shining roast ducks and menus studded with dumplings and noodle bowls. The air is pervaded with music. different languages, and the smell of fried food and mouth-watering desserts. Chinatown's restaurants represent a broad range of fare, from traditional Szechuan and Shanghai foods, to other Asian delicacies, including some of the top Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean spots in the city. Whether you're in the mood for a sit-down tea house or a bubble tea to go, Chinatown is the spot to enjoy an exciting walk and the promise of leaving satisfied.
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  • Free Breakfast
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The College Backpackers is located in the heart of Kensington Market - one of downtown Toronto's most authentic and upbeat parts of the city. Steps away from restaurants, cafes, boutiques, nightclubs, and outdoor markets, The College Backpackers hostel provides its guests with both a relaxing and enjoyable stay. It is also centrally located near all of the best tourist attractions such as the CN Tower, Harbourfront and the University of Toronto. We have private rooms which can accommodate between 2 & 4 guests. In addition, we offer dorm style accommodations with special female only dorms as well. With the recent renovations to our building, affordable prices and entertainment, the hostel is backpacker friendly. Guests can enjoy free internet access, free cable TV, and much more. We offer the best value for single overnights, weekly or monthly accommodation for travellers and students visiting the city. The staff is committed to providing you and your friends with a fun and friendly environment. We offer our guests the opportunity to explore Toronto and other cities, like Niagara Falls. With the no curfew or lock-out feature, the excellent location and affordable prices, we have become a popular choice for travellers. ... more   less 

Additional Information about College Backpackers

Address: 280 Augusta Avenue | Near the intersection of College St & Spadina St, Toronto, Ontario M5T2L9, Canada (Formerly Global Village Kensington)
Location: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Chinatown
Price Range: $33 - $102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — College Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 50
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Global Village Kensington Hotel Toronto
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