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Reviewed 5 August 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...

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Reviewed 25 May 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...

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1Thank Rohit C
Reviewed 8 May 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....

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2Thank Elizabeth M
Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 5 May 2015

I stayed here in April 2015 and i couldnt have asked for a better place, it was perfect, i had a private room, it was very clean and modern, i had my own balcony, tv, desk and double bed. The cleaners cleaned it everyday at my request (with new linen). The staff were very friendly, Caron especially, it was a...

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1Thank MaryTerheese
Reviewed 3 May 2015 via mobile

I loved to stay in this hostel.its clean,modern, nice staff (Caron is amazing!), good breakfast (Milk, cereals, toast, Jam, Nutella, Coffee and tea). The location is amazing in the best street of Kensington market. I really dont understand the terrible coments here in trip advisor...because of them I chose canadiana backpackers and totally regret it (dirty,rude staff, strange People and...

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Thank Fernanda B
Seoul, South Korea
Reviewed 28 April 2015

Stayed here with four friends for a night. The location was good. right close to Chinatown and kensington market. The hostel is new and clean looking. Breakfast was good, just not a lot of sitting area. My only complain was that the 3rd floor and our room had a bit of an stuffy/moldy smell.

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Thank Jroy32
Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 13 April 2015

There is a lot of potential for this hostel, but in its current state it lacks the fundamentals. My bed wasn't made when I arrived; I was simply given two sheets by the reception staff & was told to bring the dirty ones down. The room smelt very bad. It was clear that previous guests had smoked indoors and the...

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1Thank danschaumann
Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 12 April 2015

I was staying there for few weeks last winter. There were several people complaining, mostly about the fact that the management is dishonest. Was a not pleasant stay; the whole atmosphere was boring, artificial, and unpleasant. At one point I was given a dorm of 4 girls, and all the windows were nailed, so for days was not ANY ventilation;...

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Thank carmen102015
Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 8 April 2015

College Backpackers has had quite the makeover. I've read and heard all the horror stories about this place and didn't encounter anything like that even the first time around, but management had already changed over. The new staff are actually taking pride in the hostel. The reception, kitchen, communal area and rooms have all been renovated, and how! Breakfast is...

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Thank Gregory H
Earth City, Missouri
Reviewed 1 April 2015

No worries with this place. I'd stay again in a heartbeat. It's a hostel people, get over it. Awesome location and I stayed in a private room for about 800 a month (low season mind you). 4am samosas across the street, fresh fruit, china town, balconies if you're a smoker. Everything I needed.

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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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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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 Ave | Near the intersection of College St & Spadina St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2L9, Canada (Formerly Global Village Kensington)
Region: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Chinatown
Price Range: €26 - €77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — College Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 50
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“The double rooms are not worth getting, better to pay less and get the bunk bed.”
 of 5 bubbles Judelupu, 4 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Go to the hostel around the corner.”
 of 5 bubbles timetraveller811, 18 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Room 311 had wonderful views of the Toronto skyline!”
 of 5 bubbles BKatieB, 28 Sep 2015 | Read review
“Ask for a room with a balcony out the front. The view is unreal!”
 of 5 bubbles MaryTerheese, 5 May 2015 | Read review
“Wifi was not working most of time; no really good rooms in that Hostel.”
 of 5 bubbles carmen102015, 11 Apr 2015 | Read review
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