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Close Quarters

Written by Heather Norris

Close Quarters

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The Planet Traveler 

Just around the corner from Chinatown, on the north end of the multicultural street fair and parkour paradise known as Kensington Market, this hostel’s rooftop bar offers a great way to meet fellow travelers. The post-jam drinks start flowing at 4 p.m.

Price: $30/night for dorms-style rooms; $75/night for private rooms

Address: 357 College St.

Backpackers on Dundas

This hostel is the closest to Cloud Gardens, the best-known parkour spot in Toronto. Check out the nightlife on nearby Yonge Street, or enjoy a night in with the Xbox and Guitar Hero.

Price: Starts at $26/night

Address: 126 Chestnut St.

Global Village Backpackers

The in-house bar hosts weekly events like Live Music Saturdays, Monday Night Trivia, and Karaoke Fridays. On most days, you’ll find Caplansky’s Food Truck and its maple beef-bacon donuts outside.

Price: Starts at $29/night

Address: 460 King St. W.

Airbnb

Airbnb allows you to rent rooms in more than 33,000 cities and 192 countries, Toronto included. Prices can range from $15–$1,414 per night depending on whether you want a futon on the floor or a whole house. Think of it as staying at your friend’s apartment — a friend you just met.

Price: $25/night

Address: Augusta Avenue, Kensington Market 

Price: $40/night

Address: St. David Street, downtown Toronto

Price: $55/night

Address: Davisville Avenue, midtown Toronto

Strathcona Hotel

Upgrade from a hostel with this three-star hotel. Four blocks from the CN Tower and Rogers Center and right across the street from Union Station, this is the perfect launch pad for any adventure.

Price: Starts at $122.31/night

Address: 60 York St.