This is a very interesting hostel. It has a café and a bar downstairs. Two different doors to enter. Make sure you remember yours. The rooms are upstairs and quite small. You have a small locker and enough space on shelves for your staff. They have a deck on the back to sit with some green - this is a nice place to chat. The kitchen is very big and you find everything you can imagine. BEST kitchen in a hostel so far. I was not in the tv room. The breakfast was the BEST hostel breakfast ever. I stayed in many hotels and had many times breakfast that was maybe half as good!!
It is a bit far from the center but super close to the subway so no problem to go everywhere.
My brother & I loved our stay at the Only Backpackers - the twin room we had was perfect & ti was wonderful to have the balcony space. The hostel was v clean, staff friendly, & great coffee for breakfast. The location in Greektown is great - especially for the food! (we particularly recommend GreenEarth restaurant, just down the street from the hostel)
This hostel is overall not bad and an ok place to stay in Toronto. Travelling to the hostel from the airport on the bus/subway is quite long but the hostel itself isn’t far at all from the subway stop - literally only round the corner so that was useful when it came to travelling downtown into main Toronto.
The room I stayed in (4 bed female dorm) was fairly decent. There are shelves to put your suitcase and small lockers to store personal items. The only negative I found was that it can be really noisy because the rooms are off from the main area that people walk through to get to their rooms and there are sinks that people use to brush their teeth etc. I heard a lot of noise (doors slamming, conversations etc.) when I was trying to sleep as it was literally just on the other side of the room door, but on the next nights I just used earbuds which solved the problem!
Breakfast was a little disappointing as I had read reviews and on the website that they had waffles. I didn’t get this for any of my three mornings, it was just a basic breakfast (cereals, bread, boiled eggs, fruit etc.)
The staff overall were helpful when I interacted with them; giving recommendations of where to go to eat in the nearby neighbourhood etc.
Overall I found the hostel a little on the cramped side and improvements could be made in the facilities - some things were a little worn/tired/dated, particularly in the bathrooms I used. However I really liked the decor.
I personally wouldn’t stay again as I’d probably look for a place that was actually in downtown Toronto but if you are just looking for a basic place to stay and don’t mind about being out of downtown then it would do the job!
The room is very small for 6 beds (they should have placed maximum 4 beds), and we did not have enough room to place our suitcases on the floor because otherwise there is no space to walk.
Also it’s not sound proof, which makes this hostel the worst that I have visited. You cannot really go to bed at 12am because the bar next door plays non stop music which you can listen from inside your room.
This is a very simple hostel with lots of colors. If you are looking for a cheap place, it is okay. I arrived a bit too early before check in and had to find somewhere else to hang around, unlike most hostels I've stayed in where they will let you store your luggage and allow you to rest in the common room, but not this one. I wasn't offered that option.
The staff were friendly, though, you have to wait for them to serve customers at the cafe before attending to you (too much work for them).
They offer free breakfast with lots of varieties to choose from. I find this very impressive.
This hostel may not be located downtown, but the street is very busy and lively (close to Greek town with lots of restaurants). It is also a short bus ride to downtown if you don't want to take the subway. It is also very easy to meet with other travelers and make friends.
This is a good place to stay if you don't expect too much.