The best hostels in Toronto for every kind of traveller

The best hostels in Toronto for every kind of traveller

How to find the best hostels in Toronto for your trip

Toronto is a great city for all kinds of travellers and has become known as an entertainment hub with an energetic vibe. Its booming film industry and annual International Film Festival have given it the title of “Hollywood North”, so don’t be surprised if you spot a celebrity or two!  There are lots of places to sightsee, like the iconic Niagara Falls, CN Tower and St. Lawrence Market. Toronto (much like the rest of Canada) welcomes backpackers with open arms, and you’ll find that the best hostels in Toronto cater to suit solo travellers, party animals and general sightseers. When looking for the best hostels in Toronto, check out Downtown Toronto, as this is where many of the best ones are! It’s an easily walkable city, but you can jump on a streetcar at one of the many stops.

Jump straight to:

  1. Overall best hostels in Toronto
  2. Best hostels in Toronto for solo travellers
  3. Best hostels in Toronto Downtown
  4. Best party hostels in Toronto
  5. Best hostels in Toronto for couples
  6. Best of the rest hostels in Toronto

Overall best hostels in Toronto

  1. Planet Traveler Hostel – Best hostel in Toronto for solo travellers
  2. HI Toronto – Best party hostel in Toronto
  3. Two Peas Pod Hostel – Best hostel in Toronto downtown
  4. All Days Hostel – Best hostel in Toronto for couples

Best hostels in Toronto for solo travellers

Toronto is a lively city where it’s hard to run out of things to see and do. Lots of hostels offer walking tours and group activities, so it’s easy to meet people from around the world. Take advantage of the famous Niagara Falls by tagging along on a group trip!

Planet Traveler Hostel

best hostels in toronto, dorm room at planet traveler hostel

Central location? Stylish atmosphere? Environmentally friendly? If you want all of these things, then here’s the perfect hostel for you. The hostel prides itself on being green with solar thermal water heating and LED lighting, so you’ll be doing your bit to help the earth by staying here! Ideal for solo travellers, the hostel offers awesome social events like a Niagara Falls tour, Bingo nights, pub crawls and fitness classes! It’s also a short walk from attractions like the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Not to mention that the hostel offers LOADS of freebies including free breakfast, free rice and popcorn and free use of their computers. Ahh, music to backpackers’ ears…

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Free towels
  • Free rice and popcorn
  • Social activities
  • Café
  • Common room

🏠 Address: 357 College Street

🏘 Neighbourhood: Downtown/Kensington Market

🚍 Nearest stations: Queen’s Park train station and Spadina Avenue streetcar stop

Book your stay at Planet Traveler Hostel now

The Clarence Park

best hostels in toronto, private room with a double bed at the Clarence Park hostel

This new hostel is right in the heart of downtown Toronto, located among the city’s best shops, food and attractions. Solo travellers simply can’t get bored with a rooftop deck perfect for socialising and weekly organised events. It also overlooks a cute park that’s perfect for a summer stroll (and for petting the dogs). Past guests have said that the hostel is around a 20-minute walk from the city’s major attractions, and that they could see the CN Tower from their window. Score!

Hostel highlights:

  • Free towels
  • Rooftop terrace with BBQ
  • Café
  • ATM
  • Common room

🏠 Address: 7 Clarence Square

🏘 Neighbourhood: Downtown/Fashion District

🚍 Nearest stations: Toronto Union Station and Spadina Avenue streetcar stop

Book your stay at The Clarence Park now

Best hostels in Toronto Downtown

While many of the best hostels in Toronto are located Downtown, it’s a super easy city to get around thanks to their streetcar (tram) network! Downtown is where the famous Entertainment District is, and where you’ll find attractions, bars and clubs.

Two Peas Pod Hostel

best hostels in Toronto, outside seating area at Two Peas Pod Hostel

Yep, Toronto has its very own pod hostel! Not only is this smack-bang in the centre of town, it also gives off super funky vibes. Each pod contains a smart TV, a charging station and a memory foam mattress, making certain that your stay with them is going to be a luxurious one. Not only is there a stylish outdoor terrace, there’s also a games room and an on-site cinema! Being ideally located, it’s a short walk to the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Entertainment District and the Royal Ontario Museum. But if you don’t feel like leaving the hostel, you can always chill out in the on-site café with a coffee in hand, while you take in the city views.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Free towels
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Café
  • Games room

🏠 Address: 403 Spadina Avenue

🏘 Neighbourhood: Downtown/Kensington Market

🚍 Nearest stations: Queens Park train station, College Street and Nassau Street streetcar stops

Book your stay at Two Peas Pod Hostel now

 Best party hostels in Toronto

Head straight to the Entertainment District for the city’s best nightlife. The area is historically known for its popular warehouse dance clubs, but now hosts sleek cocktail bars and chilled out lounges too. The best party hostels in Toronto can point you in the direction of the best nightlife spots, but some backpacker friendly options are right on site!

HI Toronto

best hostels in Toronto, social area with sofas and tv at HI Toronto

HI Toronto will help you get the party started. Their on-site ‘Cavern Bar’ has live music and is the perfect place to socialise with your new hostel mates over a pint. When you’re ready to go out on the town, Toronto’s nightlife scene is right at your doorstep! When the night is over and your head is starting to hurt, simply grab your free breakfast to revive you for the day’s activities. The hostel also offers free city tours and events, so you don’t have to worry about how much you spent the night before!

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Free towels
  • Outdoor terrace with BBQ
  • Café, bar and restaurant
  • ATM
  • Bicycle hire

🏠 Address: 76 Church Street

🏘 Neighbourhood: Downtown/St Lawrence

🚍 Nearest stations: Union Station and Church and King streetcar stop

Book your stay at HI Toronto now

The Only Backpacker’s Inn

best hostels in Toronto, private room with double bed at The Only Backpacker’s Inn

These guys do chilled out to the max. Here, meet people from around the world and truly enjoy your backpacking experience. With hippy vibes all around (literally, the walls are multicoloured murals), feeling at home has never been so easy! When the sun goes down, let loose at the hostel’s bar ‘The Only Café’ and have a few bevvies out on their licenced patio. If you’re keen to party to the early hours, jump on a streetcar outside the hostel and head to the Entertainment District to dance the night away. Don’t worry about the next morning, the hostel has you covered with free brekkie!

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Free towels
  • Common room
  • Terrace with BBQ
  • Café and bar

🏠 Address: 968 Danforth Avenue

🏘 Neighbourhood: Danforth Village

🚍 Nearest Station: Donlands streetcar stop

Book your stay at The Only Backpacker's Inn now

Best hostels in Toronto for couples

Toronto is a popular city for couples – could it be the famous Niagara Falls nearby that have lured in lovers from all over the world? Or maybe the romantic Toronto Botanical Gardens? Or could it be the dreamy night time views from the CN Tower. You’ll find cosy private rooms in the best hostels in Toronto, where you won’t have to miss out on the social atmosphere.

All Days Hostel

best hostels in Toronto, private room at All Days Hostel

If you’re looking for a great value stay in Toronto, this is your pick! This hostel is ideal for couples as the private rooms offer a reclusive getaway. Each room is fitted with a television and a desk. The hostel also has a modern, self-catering kitchen and common room. They even offer discounted trips to Niagara Falls – a perfect romantic getaway while backpacking through Canada. Previous guests have loved the value for money, kind staff and great location.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free towels
  • Common room
  • Airport transfers
  • Terrace
  • Backpack storage

🏠 Address: 5 Selby Street

🏘 Neighbourhood: St James Town

🚍 Nearest station: Sherbourne train station

Book your stay at All Days Hostel now

Best of the rest hostels in Toronto

We couldn’t resist adding one more of the best hostels in Toronto to the list…

Hostel Toronto

best hostels in Toronto, private room with double bed at hostel toronto

Why not book a room in a charming 19th century building to really experience Toronto’s history? Don’t worry about old fittings and amenities though, this hostel is completely modern and colourful inside! The hostel is in walking distance to attractions like the Distillery District, St Lawrence Market and the Allan Gardens Conservatory. There’s also a cosy common room with a pool table and a TV with free tea and coffee – the perfect zone to wind down in after a long day of seeing Toronto! Past guests have commended the friendly staff and ideal location, which made their stay a great one.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free towels
  • Common room
  • Terrace
  • Pool table

🏠 Address: 209 Carlton Street

🏘 Neighbourhood: Downtown/Cabbagetown

🚍 Nearest station: Ontario Street bus stop

Book your stay at Hostel Toronto

 

The best hostels in Toronto are only amplified by the city’s lively atmosphere. With plenty of things to see and do like the many museums and the bustling nightlife, we think you’ll have a hard time leaving. Have you stayed at any of these hostels? Let us know below!

Keep reading:

🌟 The ultimate guide to backpacking Canada

🌟 Read all abooot the best places to visit in Canada, eh!

🌟 Seriously wonderful things to do in Victoria, Canada

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About The Author

Hayley McKenna

Just another Aussie living in London with travel on the mind. Junior Content Writer and #HostelworldInsider at Hostelworld. I have a bad habit of spontaneously buying cheap flights to random places. I love antique shopping on the weekends. 🌍Favourite place on earth: Nice, France. 🏠Favourite hostel: King Kong Hostel Rotterdam, Netherlands. Keep up with my travels on Instagram: @suitcaseonmysleeve and my blog https://suitcaseonmysleeve.wordpress.com/

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