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“Friendly and centrally located hostel”
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“Friendly and centrally located hostel”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

A very good option for budget minded travellers in Toronto.
The common areas are great, thea breakfast is really good for hostel standards and goes until 1pm! and the hostel is close to the bars of College Street, the funky neighbourhood of Kensington and Chinatown!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

I stayed in a female 6 bed dorm, there was not enough space as these ladies had technically moved in and had their things everywhere, making it difficult for the staff to clean. They talked about how hard it was to find reasonable rent in TO. And one of these ladies stole $150 from my purse which was unpleasant to discover the next day. It's in a great location, very modern and very helpful staff but I didn't have the hostel experience that I normally have in my travels.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

My husband and I (we are in our 40's) decided to stay at this hostel because we used to stay at the one around the corner in Kensington Market (a very neat area of Toronto) but the other hostel has been going downhill for years..The Planet Traveler Hostel is fantastic, even for us older people...as the reviews say, it is quite clean, well organized, friendly, open and bright. For me the best thing was the 7am to 1pm free breakfast of almost any kind of cereal, toast, bagels, coffee, tea and fruit. Can't beat that! A tiny bit noisy for me but I always carry earplugs. We had a window over College street and it was fun to watch life happening...

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2013

I've stayed in so many hostels in North America and in Europe; Planet Traveler is the best one so far. Great location, clean facilities, good breakfast selection, very friendly staff who actually took the time to give me the tour of the entire hostel, separate locker room at the entrance of each room (this is very smart, so that the late arrivals don't wake up the ones who are already asleep.), beautiful view of Toronto from the roof top, and nice atmosphere. Close to everything, like Kensington market. Thank you to Anthony, the owner, who hosted a free-pasta night for everyone at the hostel; it gave us a chance to get to know some other guests who enjoy travelling. Thank you everyone at the Planet Traveler for providing a wonderful place to stay! The next time I visit Toronto, I'll know where to book my accommodation.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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1 Thank shakira2015
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Ontario
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

I've never stayed in a hostel... this place was clean, modern, and well located, right the Augusta entrance for the Kensington Market (Which is Toronto's cool hip open market.) The hotel is located on College avenue, near a convenient store that is open 24HR. the nearest intersection is Spadina a few blocks east..The staff here is very friendly and although they didn't have the room we have requested ( Private Room with a bunk bed) they immediately arranged to switched us... in the basement there is a public relax area with computers, kitchen, sofas, tables and chairs... very trendy and modern ( Ikea) They serve breakfast every morning ( lots and lots of cereals, bagels and bananas) there is laundry (free detergent) free local calls, etc, etc.... I really like here, the bunk beds are little noise, and the rooms don't have fresh air (meaning there is not windows that open) just an opening vent high above the door.. The private rooms share one bathroom which is again modern and well maintained. My first stay, I have to say was very pleasant. Not major complains. Thanks for the nice stay!!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Planet Traveler is an awesome hostel. Immaculately clean, very new and beautiful facilities; however the rooms are very small! Most of the staff are really lovely and give you a great tour when you arrive, but I found one of the girls to be a bit rude.
They organise a lot of activities, when I arrived (Saturday night) they had a free bbq on the rooftop, and I went on a pub crawl on Wednesday night which was so much fun and a great way to meet other people! They also have a good selection for breakfast.
The only downside is the location. To get to the centre of Toronto/waterfront it is a hike, and the subway system doesn't cater to the area the hostel is in. However, if you don't mind a bit of walking, it is fine.
Overall a great place to stay!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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2 Thank andyislost
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed November 13, 2012

This was a great hostel and great place to stay. The place is immaculately clean and the staff works hard to keep it that way. They start with a friendly tour of the hostel (I give it a solid 93) and remain very helpful throughout with good tips on where to go for just about anything. Unless I mistook the manager, I found him to be friendly and engaging, though maybe he does fancy himself a ladies man--no grinding dance moves on the balcony or anything observed by me. There was a very interesting mix of people to talk to, and though it was 15-20 minutes from the financial district, it was in a neat neighborhood near Little Italy, bordering Kensington Market and also the University of Toronto. Hard to imagine a better place to meet interesting people or use as a base to explore Toronto,if that's what you are going for.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Planet Traveler
Address: 357 College St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S5, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Chinatown
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #1 of 100 Specialty Lodging in Toronto
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Number of rooms: 12
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