The building and facilities are extremely run down, and personal space is non existent in the dorms. I stayed in the 8 bed dorm room for 1 week and while I didn't have a horrible experience, it wasn't great either.
Worst things being the TINY shower stalls which barely give you space to dry off and clothe before you step out of the stall into public space. My room was right on the corner of West King St and Spadina Ave, so the noise from the street cars was constant. Other people said rooms located to the back of the property were quieter but had the noise from people drinking at the downstairs bar (which is always busy on weekends) so sleep is hard to catch. Also there is no airconditioning in the rooms, so if you're coming in summer better hope there isn't a heat wave!
The staff are the saving grace of this place, they are friendly and helpful. Having the bar downstairs is a great feature, weeknights it's mostly just people staying in the hostel so just ask if you can sit at someone's table and strike up a conversation. I made friends with a lot of people in this fashion and we all went out bar hopping and did some daytime stuff together, since I'm travelling alone that was really good.
I've also stayed in the Planet Traveler's Hostel and that has been world's better. I get the feeling anywhere is...
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Global Village Backpackers Hotel Toronto