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I have stayed at this hostel on two separate occasions - in 2003 and 2006, and even though basic, it was buzzing with energy. It is just around the corner from China Town, and also very convenient to downtown Toronto. The bar onsite was also...More
It was the dirtiest hostel I have ever stayed in, but I will say that it had the social atmosphere......but in my books, that doesn't make up for it.......do something about the bathrooms, they are a serious health hazard.More
Response from YouthHostel, owner at Global Village BackpackersResponded 6 October 2009
Thanks for writing your review. I want ti apologize for the problems you encountered at our hostel. We had issues this summer with several showers that were out of order for more than two weeks. It was very difficult to keep the washrooms clean during...More
There are some good things about this hostel: the staff, the bar.
But the building is falling down, it's a really unclean hostel, the bathrooms are small and uncomfortable, lockers are not free (and they're not maintained, so there's like 5 for everyone).
This place was the filthiest establishment I have ever set foot in. Bathrooms had mould all over the walls, and in the week I stayed I think they were cleaned once, which was a half baked effort. Key cards stopped working every day without fail...More
Downtown West is home to Toronto's gorgeous Inner Harbor, and is a must-visit for lovers of art and the outdoors. The area's rich cultural heritage is celebrated by a number of monuments and museums, giving the neighborhood a mature feel. As a premier destination for modern art, people here stroll through the cool contemporary pieces at the Power Plant, enjoy the outdoor installations along Queen's Quay and Canoe
Landing, and picnic among the zany designs of the Toronto Music Garden. The waterfront itself is often suffused with bikers and joggers, and the harbor is always packed with classic ships with masts raised. The vintage boats and ferries to the Toronto Islands make for a charming contrast against Downtown West's backdrop of skyscrapers, condos, and food trucks serving up hot, fresh fare to locals on the go. The area has a peaceful energy, and is popular with tourists and Torontonians alike.