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“Nice place to stay for a few nights”
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Kaisar Guest House
Ranked #56 of 119 Toronto B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 23, 2013

A great location, just off of College/Spadina, a stones throw from kensington market and chinatown. I stayed here last summer prior to moving into my new house. The owner was very friendly and helpful. The room was clean and spacious enough. I shared a bathroom with another room however I never saw the people, and never had to wait to use it. The bathroom was fairly clean although obviously wearing flip flops is a must.

It is cheap and cheerful and good value for the money.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

This hotel is relatively inexpensive and in a good area near Spadina Avenue (except that it is directly across from a fire station, with sirens going off all night). This is Toronto's Chinatown, and there are a lot of great restaurants and shops. There are also many streetcars on Spadina to take you all over the city. The downside is the cleanliness. Ironically, they demand that you remove your shoes inside the house, but the floors are filthy! They ask you to put on used, filthy slippers while they watch. The check-in process is very lengthy, with lots of paperwork. I felt like I was filling out a college application or something! Most of the rooms seemed clean. Ours was OK, but we saw a roach on the wall in the first night. We slept with the lights on after that . . . Bathrooms are fairly gross by today's standards and the house is quite old and not well kept-up. Basically, if you are not too picky about cleanliness and modern accommodations, this might work for you. Also, beware most of the bathrooms are not in the room. We were promised one in the room, but they switched us to a down-the-hall bathroom at the last minute. $80 a night isn't too cheap, so I'm only half-heartedly recommending this one. Mainly for the central location, but watch your purse. There are many homeless in the area.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Peter Q
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

I was lucky enough to hear about this place from a recommendation that another guest house owner gave me, and i'm seriously thankful. The service and kindness has been unbelievably helpful in the middle of Toronto's busiest month, which makes the city a nightmare to navigate and find accomodation in.

Don't be distracted by the website, as it doesn't do the place justice. The guest house itself is a modest house-apartments conversion and carefully hidden away in the middle of Toronto's academic district, directly opposite the fire station on College St (very easy to find and a brilliant central location). You won't find better rates ($50-60) downtown anywhere. The rooms are again modest, but clean, well-fitted, and quiet - slightly hot at night, but each has a fan.

Yes, you have to take your shoes off as it's a Japanese custom apparently, but it's weirdly homely/cosy. No food, but you can save money by making your own in the kitchen. The TV reception isn't great, but it's quiet, there's a laundry center, keys to come/go as you like, loads of travel information, and a policy to be relatively circumspect about who to let in the door.

What really made my trip was the smiling help i was given by the Bangladeshi owner (Kaisar) and his shy-but-charming team. Not only did he go out of his way, but he was even kind enough to not only find me space in an *upgraded* room for a *discounted* price - for no other reason other than to help out. I spent 4hrs stressing myself out trying to find the last room in the city for the film festival, only to come back and hear he had space anyway. Little things like that go a very long way when things make the day tough.

It's basic, but a really, really friendly place. It's great value for the money, and you won't be there most of the time anyway. If you need a place to crash at night that's peaceful and helpful, for a low rate, and relatively unknown, definitely book in.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Alex C
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

I know a few people complained about the shoe policy, cooking, and rules. It did not bother me at all. The room and bed were comfortable. I had a private bath for a slightly higher price than a shared bath. The room was quiet and clean. The location cannot be argued with. It is just minutes away from Chinatown, Little Italy, Kensington Market, and the University. The booking description said there was cable TV, but it had one station. The fan cooled the room. One small complaint, they did not come and clean or replace the towels during the day. The hotel looks like a apartment house and there is not a lot of presence from the staff, but that never bothered me. If you are used to backpacking and European guest houses, this place will be just fine. It's not the four seasons, but you aren't paying four seasons prices.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

We had a room with a shared bathroom but luckily we were in the part of the house where there are only two rooms. One was a single and the other was a double which we has. The room was clean but the bathroom not really. It can't have been cleaned for a long time because there were a lot of hair in the shower, on the floor and in the sink. The airconditioner didn't work but Kaisar gave us a fan which we were very glad about because it was very hot and stuffy in the room. There was a window but the walls are so high you don't stand a chance to open up the window.
The kitchen was disgusting. On our first night we got some frozen pizza to put in the oven and the first one didn't work (after we cleaned it for about half an hour) and then we went into the big kitchen downstairs. That one was ok. We were really glad we use the cardbox of the pizzas as plates because while we were eating a couple came into the kitchen and while she was drinking some water out of a glass she realised there was mold in it! If you have a kitchen, please clean it!!!
There is public parking in bellevue avenue and it costs $12 from 7am-6pm and $3 from 6pm-7am.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Daggiluna
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

I really liked this place, the location was amazing and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. I had a shared bathroom, and both my room and bathroom were spacious and very clean. The only negatives were some of the strict rules- no shoes past the entryway, even though the carpet was not very nice, no food in the rooms, and the notices that cameras are watching you at all times. Also, no free breakfast in the morning, but there are a lot of coffee and breakfast places nearby. There is a bit of a fee to pay with a credit card, so I recommend bringing cash. They do take American money for no extra fees. The place did smell a tiny bit, not bad really but kind of a foreign smell mixed with cleaning products. I definitely recommend it, but remember that its a budget kind of place so dont set the bar too high.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This isn't your average corporate hotel and that's a good thing. The staff was friendly and the room was large and exceptionally clean. We stayed in a private room with bathroom so can't comment on the shared accommodations, but compared to the photos and reviews of the other places in the price range, the Kaisar Guest House was a dream come true. We'll definitely be staying here again.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 372A College St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S6, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Downtown
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #56 of 119 B&Bs / Inns in Toronto
Price Range: $69 - $84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Kaisar Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 13
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