After deciding to move to Canada on a working Holiday Visa, Toronto was the first place on our agenda. After the research on places to stay, Planet Traveler was the premise we decided to call home for a few weeks. This is Itchy Feet Escapades review.
Location: Toronto, Canada.
Date of Stay: April 2015.
Price Range: $35.40 CAD - $90.00 CAD
With most people arriving into Toronto via the bus/train station or airport, the location of Planet Traveler is well positioned with the streetcar stop located directly outside the building. You may have to change lines a couple of times, but for $3, it is the cheaper option. Otherwise, a Taxi will cost you roughly $10 from the bus station, $15 from the train station and $50 from Pearson International airport.
Upon arrival you are welcomed and shown around the building. The tour starts at the basement reception and main common before being shown up to your room and rooftop. This is a nice little introduction into your accommodation and allows you to utilise all the building has to offer. If you arrive and want to head to bed, the staff won’t mind showing you around at a later time.
The rooftop has one of the best views of Toronto. There is plenty of space to chill out at the top of the hostel whether it’s planning your day ahead or talking to other guests about what you did that day.
The location is superb. At the top end of Kensington markets, Planet Traveler is located 25 minutes’ walk from downtown, 5 minutes from the nearest alcohol store, and 3 minutes from the nearest pub.
All the added extras:
Free breakfast with a wide choice of cereal, bagels, bread and bananas.
Free tea and coffee all day.
Free local calls.
A good size kitchen with all the cooking utensils you need.
The hostel uses four main ‘Green’ Technologies in order to minimise its carbon footprint.
The staff are friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. Everything you want from a shared accommodation.
The design of the building provides plenty of common area’s to meet fellow travellers.
Late Check out (12pm).
Unfortunately there is no elevator and after travelling with a heavy luggage, it can be a bit tiresome carrying the bags up the stairs. But hey, you only have to do it once!
The shared rooms are small with limited storage space for backpacks when fully booked.
The Reception is closed between 12am and 7am every night.
Planet Traveler is one of the best hostels I have stayed at and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I would reccommend this as a place to stay.
Itchy Feet Escapades rates the Planet Traveler Hostel 5 out of 5 Itchy Feet.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.