Ideas of New Hostels in Toronto

Toronto is Canada’s version of New York City. It’s a diverse, multicultural city with a vibrant nightlife, a fantastic food scene, and tons of fun to see and do — no matter what time of year you’re visiting.

While it may lack the historical charm of Montreal or the natural beauty of Vancouver, Toronto is a huge metropolis that will easily entertain you.

However, it can also be an expensive city to visit.

Budget hotels are located unfavorably, and Airbnb prices are increasing every year. Fortunately, the city has a few budget-friendly hostels that will help you save money — money that you can spend to enjoy the city and everything it has to offer!

1. Planet Traveler Hostel

Planet Traveler is a fantastic hostel because they really get what we travelers need. All rooms have a private bathroom (including all dorms), there is a fully equipped kitchen with free breakfast until 1 pm (and it’s actually pretty decent), there are 2 private lockers for each guest and best of all, there is a fantastic rooftop terrace with awesome views over downtown Toronto.

It’s a fun hostel and it’s really easy to meet people here, with super friendly staff who organise regular weekly events such as quiz nights and pub crawls. The beds are also very comfortable, so you can sleep well (a big plus in my book!), with several rooms offering capsule-style beds for added privacy. The hostel is located in Kensington Market, one of the coolest neighborhoods in Toronto, with countless affordable restaurants and interesting shops right on the hostel’s doorstep.

2. The Only Backpacker’s Inn

This is your standard chill backpacker hostel. They have a bear (with over 200 beers), a cafe, many common areas (including an outdoor terrace) and free breakfast.

The staff is very friendly, and it is located near the metro, so you can easily move around the city and explore. It is also one of the lowest hostels in the city. In short, it is a classic and relaxed backpacker hostel and a good choice for solo travelers who want to meet people.

3. The Parkdale Hostellerie

This is the lowest hostel in the city. There’s no such thing as a free breakfast, but the money you save makes up for it. There is plenty of common space as well as a shared kitchen. It’s not as central as the other hostels, but it’s close to Vegandale, an up-and-coming vegan neighborhood in the city, as well as Echo Beach and Fort York (a national historic site). The equipment and design are not the Modernaest, but it is super inexpensive and has a cozy and homely atmosphere.

4. The Clarence Park

This centrally located hostel is located just a few blocks from the CN Tower, the Roger Centre, the Port of Toronto and many other famous attractions. It’s a great place to stay if you want to be in the heart of everything.

Clarence Park is a social hostel with a cozy lounge with free tea and coffee, weekly events, as well as a rooftop terrace and barbecue (seasonal, this is Canada after all!). There is also a large, fully equipped and modernits kitchen, which is ideal for cooking your own meals and saving some money. Desks in each room, as well as free Wi-Fi throughout the building, make it easy to access the laptop if necessary.

Toronto is a world-class city. The hostels here are especially social and fun, which makes it easy to meet people and have fun with other travelers. Just make sure to book your stay in advance, as there are not many hostels here and they fill up quickly (especially in the busy summer months).

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