As many of you already know, one of my favorite ways to travel and to save money is by staying at hostels.
HI Toronto was one of the local hostels really going out of their way to help out bloggers attending the huge gathering for TBEX. They offered discounts to attendees and made sure that anybody staying with them was comfortable.
Even before I arrived their character was already coming through.
The moment I arrived, I felt comfortable. Backpackers were hanging out and socializing outside. Walking in there were several bikes that were available for rent, a couple of computers and overall a pretty welcoming entryway.
As I was booking a room for the night with the friendly staff I noticed that opposite of the front desk was a wall filled with information on the area and pamphlets on things to do. Right next to it was large chalkboard lining out a weekly schedule of local happenings, events and tours that you could take with HI Hostel.
After getting my room key, getting the rundown and exchanging some banter with the workers I made my way to my room.
On the main floor, just past the desk is the commons area. Comfortable couches, a pool table, vending machine and some awesome art made the place feel relaxed and inviting.
From the commons area, guests can take either the elevators down to the Cavern Bar and Bistro or up to the rooms.
Wanting to get settled in I made my way up to my room. I met a few backpackers there that had been there for a while. We talked for a bit then I left to check out the rest of the place.
Just down from the room were the community showers and restrooms along with the laundry room.
An accessible laundry room is a huge plus for long-term backpackers! Had I stayed for a longer period I definitely would have utilized them.
Having checked out the digs I made my way down to the Cavern Bar and Bistro. It was a pretty sweet little bar the hostel was running (good burgers). The main small bar area felt like an underground cavern, but then expanded out to more of normal room with additional seating.
The one thing that I think would get a bit irritating is the arch of the cavern. It can’t be helped, it’s a cavern. lol It gave an awesome appearance and feel, but anybody sitting along the wall will be forced to hunch over a bit.
Aside from that, the hostel overall was pretty great. The rooms had A/C to stay cool and the entire place had a welcoming atmosphere. They also have a rooftop deck that I missed out on.
The first night I hung with some other backpackers and went to an Irish Pub down the block then made the walk more towards downtown for some more drinks.
The following few nights were all spent hanging out with TBEX attendees. Many would go out to eat/drink/party/whatever then come back for some food or more drinks down at The Cavern.
It was a great place to stay and I’m not sure when I’ll be going back to Toronto, but when I do, I’ll definitely consider staying here again!
Address: HI-Toronto Hostel
76, Church Street
Toronto (Ontario) M5C 2G1
416 971-4440 | 1 877 848-8737
Costs: Shared dorms go from $31 – $51 or less if you’re a HI Member. Private rooms go from $119 – $139.
Perks: A/C, free wifi, lockers, laundry room, kitchen, bike rental, hostel offered tours and a hostel bar downstairs
(Note: My first night staying with HI Toronto was on my dime, however the nights that followed were courtesy of the awesome folks at WE Hostels (Hostel/Hotel booking service) and a giveaway they had open for TBEX attendees. All opinions are my own and this post was not in exchange for a stay at the hostel.)