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Canadiana Backpackers Inn Reviews

42 Widmer St., Toronto, Toronto, Canada

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1848 Total Reviews
  • 83%Value For Money
  • 85%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 90%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 82%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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A decent hostel, but not especially comfortable. Good staff. Internet worked poorly during busy hours, and no internet in the rooms.

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Thanks for the review. Sorry to hear you had a little trouble with the wifi – we have computers near reception for guest use if your devices are playing up


Really nice stay at this hostel! Atmosphere between other people staying not as friendly as other hostels I have stayed in but I think this is due to it being a larger hostel. The staff were very friendly. The room was large and spacious which is always handy when there are 6 of you in a room! Free tea, coffee and pancakes for breakfast! Other items have an additional charge. Very clean :). Good location and great value!!

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Thanks for your feedback! Glad to hear you got on well with our staff and enjoyed your stay! Sorry you found the guests less friendly, the majority of the time we have outgoing, inclusive guests.


staff is indifferent!

  • 19th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • China
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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Thanks for your feedback – we’re sorry to hear that you didn’t have the best experience and are looking into this.


Canadiana Backpackers is a very good hostel. It's a large hostel that occupies half a block, with a number of separate house-like buildings. The location can't be beat - right beside a good nightlife and restaurant area and 5 mins walk to downtown Toronto. It's safe with locks for the front doors, room doors and individual lockers. Cleaners were operating every day and the toilets were well kept. Downsides were - the coffee machine was broken and the breakfast bagels were stale one morning.

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Thanks for your review! We’re glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our hostel. We have fixed the coffee machine and it’s now working perfectly! Sorry to hear that the bagels were stale one morning - we buy them fresh from a local bakery. So not sure how this happened


Staff was really welcoming and helpful. Loved that there were plenty of lockers to store your luggage, including if you arrived before check-in or were around after check-out.

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Thanks for your review


Last minute desperate accommodation in the busiest time of the year in Toronto for TIFF. Maybe it's a better option than other places in Toronto but not so well maintained, rather depressing, and sadly free but pathetic breakfast. Filthy shared space, the whole property falling apart. Location however is by far the most convenient. If you really prioritize being in the middle of most touristy area, this probably is it.

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Sorry that you did not have a good experience but you were looking for a four star hotel but wanting to pay hostel prices. We are always looking to improve and will review the things you mentioned.


I stayed for 2 nights and had a good time. Loved the free pancakes in the morning. Rooms were spacious.

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Thanks for your review


Couldn't get WiFi to work. Pancake + coffee for breakfast. Clean rooms and plenty of bathrooms.

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Thanks for your feedback! We have free computers available if anyone is struggling with the wifi. See you again!


The staff is really friendly and helpful. Great location (a few blocks away from the CN tower/rogers stadium/aquarium and within walkable distance of all downtown main areas). I enjoyed finding a Hooters next block on that rainy evening. The complimentary pancakes and coffee in the morning are nice, and if you'd rather have something else they are selling other breakfast items.

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Thanks for your review! We’re glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay!

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