Toronto: Global Village Backpackers
Address: 460 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1L7, Canada
With a motto “Life’s too short to sleep alone!”, this hostel was bound to be good. It’s in a central location with plenty of shops and food outlets nearby; however, if you’re arriving and/or departing by bus, it is a bit of a hike from the main station. The dorms, around $22 per night (both mixed and female only available) are nothing special and even with bunk beds, there’s not a lot of room for activities. Bathrooms are single sex, outside the rooms and shared with the rest of the people occupying your floor. There are washing and kitchen facilities, lockers and free wireless throughout the hostel. If you’re part of the 1% of the population that doesn’t have a smart phone, downstairs there are hostel computers that you can use free of charge. Keep in mind: everyone who walks through the front door/checks in can see your computer screen. Yes, to the creepy looking, 20-something, solo male traveller, I saw every vagina and pair of tits you clicked on. The LCBO (alcohol store) is conveniently located directly across the road, however the hostel has a no BYO alcohol policy – an even more ridiculous law than the 30cm rule between girls and boys implemented at my high school. Come nighttime, once you’re done pre-drinking in your rooms, head downstairs for more pre-drinks at the hostel bar, The Departure Lounge. There’s a large outdoor area, with plenty of tables and chairs. There’s also another bar and communal drinking area inside, decked out with a pool table. The daily drink specials run Mon – Fri and are worth checking out. The “cocktails” (at backpacker price) get served in jars for extra hipster points. One flavour is particularly disgusting, but I couldn’t tell you which. I suppose that’s what happens when you sample the entire menu. There’s a free breakfast each morning – if you stumble out of bed before 10am, you’ll find pancakes, cereals, coffee and tea on offer to help cure your hangover.