6 Toronto Hostels That Are Better (And Way Cheaper!) Than Hotels

6 Toronto Hostels That Are Better (And Way Cheaper!) Than Hotels

Great news for travelers to Toronto! The city offers first-class restaurants, the Toronto Islands, the AGO, the CN Tower, the historic Distillery, and so many more exciting places to keep a tourist busy for a long stay. And while Toronto hotel options are varied and spectacular, they are beyond the budget of many tourists. Finally, travelers will get the same warm Toronto welcome with the option of exploring the city on the cheap by staying at a fabulous hostel. 

Lucky travelers to Toronto have a ton of amazing options of hostels in the city, with many located in the best areas. Here are the six highest-rated ones, and all are cheaper and in many ways better than hotels.

1. HI Toronto

HI hostel, located in the St. Lawrence Market, was voted the best in the city for solo travelers. It’s super easy to meet fellow travelers at the hostel bar, café, and restaurant. Room choices range from 14-bed mixed gender dorms to double private rooms, with prices ranging from $40/night to $171/night, and free WIFI is included.

2. Planet Travelers


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The Planet Hostel, located in Harbord Village, was voted the overall best hostel in Toronto. It’s in a century-old building in one of the coolest areas of the city. Sip a glass of wine on their rooftop patio with its spectacular views of the city skyline. They offer free breakfast, WIFI, and a green footprint. There’s a 6-bed male dorm, 6-bed female dorm, mixed dorm, all for $38/night, a 4-bed private room for $152/night, and a double bed private room and double and single bedroom, each for $93/night.

3. Clarence Park Hostel

This great hostel, located in the heart of downtown Toronto near Spadina and King West, has a standard 6 bed female dorm ensuite or a standard 6-bed mixed dorm ensuite, each for $67/night; a superior mixed dorm ensuite for $76/night; and a 3-bed private ensuite or a deluxe double bed ensuite, each for $106/night. The hostel also features a new guest reception and lounge to mingle with other guests, a chef’s kitchen, laundry, free WIFI, and a huge rooftop deck with amazing views.

4. College Backpackers Inn


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College Backpackers Inn, located in the heart of Toronto’s trendy and hip Kensington, is another great downtown option. Surrounded by the coolest shops, cafes, and restaurants, it has Chinatown around the corner. A stay includes breakfast, WIFI, a TV and games room, a fully equipped kitchen, and an on-site pizza restaurant. Options include private single rooms for one or two people at $69-$139/night, depending on the season, and 4-bed and 6-bed dorm rooms, both mixed and female, for $33.99-$47.99/night.

5. All Days Hostel

All Days Hostel, located in St. James Town, 2 blocks from Yonge/Bloor and two subway lines, offers super low prices. In addition, there is free WIFI, inexpensive day trips to Niagara Falls, self-catering fully equipped kitchen, self-service laundry, and airport pickups. Options include a 4-bed male dorm, standard twin, double bed private shared bath, each for $64/night; a standard 3-bed private shared bath for $72/night, and a standard 4-bed private shared bath for $84/night.

6. The Only Backpackers Inn


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The Only Backpackers Inn, located in Toronto’s east end on the Danforth, is for people who want to party. There is a popular bar and café called The Only, free WIFI, laundry, breakfast, a restaurant, TV area, guest kitchen, and a BBQ in the summer. Options include a 6-bed mixed dorm for $87/night; an 8-bed mixed dorm for $89/night; a 6-bed male dorm for $96/night; a 4-bed mixed dorm for $94/night; a 6-bed male dorm for $96/night; and a 4-bed female dorm for $99/night. All have shared bath facilities.

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