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Byron Center, Michigan
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87 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2014

The staff was awesome -- unbelievably helpful in every situation. I am shocked at some of the reviews that criticize them. Unless there have been recent changes, I couldn't disagree more. They were quick to answer questions, knowledgeable, and always kind. It's a VERY old building, and it shows. If you're looking for glamor, this isn't the place for you.... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 7 January 2014

LET ME START by saying that everyone who works there is amazing. Really helpful, fun to talk to and just generally excellent. The bar has the cheapest drinks you'll find downtown by a long way with drink deals on every day of the week. Free internet access and breakfast (THOUGH DON'T DRINK THE JUICE!). They have a good fix on... More 

Thank Mike1592
1 review
Reviewed 4 January 2014

I have never been to a hostel in Europe/USA/Mexico or Canada that are the biggest snutty clicky ppl in my life they reek attitude that they don't like working there. They offer a breakfast with the cost but act like they are doing u a favor the heat does not work and there are even possible electrical problems. I've worked... More 

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Joensuu, Finland
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26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2013

In the center of Toronto. Basic stuff, clean, friendly staff, back yard bar, very good selection on services. Bus- and streetcar stops just around the corner. Very good value/money ratio. Breakfast ( modest) included. Outdoor and indoor bar.

Thank Pertti L
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2013

I saw one guy who left the place, his arms looked he had chickenpox. That was due to the bedbugs. The refrigerator never gets cleaned so all the food gets smashed together, which means more abandoned/rotting food and less space to put new food. The staff doesn't seem to care. The place does have a lot of tables. WiFi goes... More 

Thank JCA123
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2013

Staff were very friendly but cleanliness was a big issue. My room was clearly not cleaned. There were used cigarettes, chocolate wrappers and dust all over the room floor when I checked in. Toilets also had stains and didn't have proper hangers for me to hang my clothes. Breakfast provided was average. The kitchen was wet though, so we had... More 

Thank Foo J
toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2013

I was there with my friends not too long ago and I have to say this hostel is as far the worst I have ever been in Toronto ! Stairs smell like pee - the kitchen is terrible, fridges are dirty and always full - I even saw a rat walking in the kitchen while cooking ! I would not... More 

Thank jessica z
Pelee Island, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2013

My friend and I very much enjoyed Global Village Backpackers; therefore, we extended our stay for an extra night. The staff makes this hostel as wonderful as it is! Martin and both Bens at the front desk ensure that one has a comfortable and pleasant stay. I will never forget them and their wonderful customer service. It may not be... More 

2 Thank Glückliche H
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31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2013

I came here in August on teh back end of a group tour, I thought it sounded OK even though I had read some bad reviews. I should have paid more attention. The Location is good,The Staff are good,The atmosphere is good...the rooms are not. Its tired,slighlty dirty and in need of a good spruce up...if they had a re... More 

Thank gillash
Toronto, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 18 October 2013

Horrific!!!! My girlfriend and I have been traveling for a while and have stayed in plenty of hostels. This has to be the worst one we have ever stayed at. Things gone wrong: - the stair case to ALL the rooms smell like pee - there are no safe place to put your bags - worst breakfast ever!!!! I'm a... More 

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Global Village Backpackers is Toronto's original backpackers hostel. Since 1997 the "Village" has hosted thousands of travellers from around the world. Our facility offers 24 hour operations, large common area, backpackers pub and restaurant, kitchen, laundry and clean and comfortable rooms. We look forward to welcoming you. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Global Village Backpackers

Address: 460 King St West | (near Bay Street), Toronto, Ontario M5V 1L7, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Downtown West
Number of rooms: 45
Also Known As:
Global Village Backpackers Hotel Toronto
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“We stayed on both the second floor which was spacious, comfortable and enjoyable and the first floor which was unfortunately very cool, also so close to the bar that I could feel my bed vibrating from the band playing downstairs.”
 of 5 bubbles Mike1592, 6 Jan 2014 | Read review
“stay elsewhere”
 of 5 bubbles gillash, 29 Oct 2013 | Read review
“Don't always just look for the cheapest - sometimes it can be worth it to pay just a little more for a bed to sleep in.”
 of 5 bubbles Morten3001, 15 Oct 2013 | Read review
“Choose another hostel”
 of 5 bubbles larifcardoso, 7 Sep 2013 | Read review
“Ask for shared rooms with no other travelers in it and you basically get a private room for less!”
 of 5 bubbles jennyy04, 3 Sep 2013 | Read review
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