The Clarence Park
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The Clarence Park

7 Clarence Sq, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1H1 Canada
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The front of building-check in is to left, my room is 2nd floor with door open and towel on bed
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3.5
#2 of 22 hostels in Toronto
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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3.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.8 of 5 bubbles
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3.9 of 5 bubbles
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Sleep smart (and on budget) in prime downtown Toronto! Located just 2 blocks west of the posh Ritz Carlton Hotel, and 2 blocks east of the ultra-chic Thompson Hotel, we overlook a beautifully restored park in prime downtown Toronto. Whether your thing is shopping, entertainment, food, or sightseeing, find the best the city has to offer within a few minutes of our front door.
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Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
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2.0 of 5 stars
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Languages Spoken
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7 Clarence Sq, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1H1 Canada
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Great for walkers
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Toronto Island Airport
Toronto Pearson Intl Airport
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St. Andrew
10 minToronto Rapid Transit
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GenkiKairu wrote a review Dec 2022
Vancouver, BC277 contributions67 helpful votes
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
First, Kendra at reception was awesome. Very welcoming, professional, friendly, and helpful. So nice to arrive somewhere after a 9hr flight to that kind of service. Give that lady a raise!

Second, location is perfect. Lots of pizza shops/Tim Horton’s/Subway nearby as well as a liquor store. For a laughably expensive place like TO, you cannot beat the value of The Clarence Park.

Third, although better than an airport floor, the beds are indeed equally backbreaking, there was no privacy curtains around my bunk, the room was very dark, and the air conditioner didn’t work. The room was so scorching hot and the radiator around the base of the room was so hot to the touch, it could seriously burn someone. I ended up just opening the window, laid on top of the sheets, and sweated the night away. Can’t imagine the room temperature in summer! Wow! And apparently there is a resident mouse (rat?). I personally missed the opportunity to say hi, but he was spotted by fellow guests at breakfast, who screamed in terror while he played peek a boo under the kitchen cupboards.

To end on a positive note though, the bathroom and shower were completely spotless and the complimentary coffee and toast/fruit for breakfast was very nice. The wifi was also strong and solid and I was happy to share the breakfast area with some wonderful fellow travellers.

Glad I stayed here. The 60 bucks was worth it in the end. Happy Holidays to all!
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Edier Felipe Mancera Mendez wrote a review Aug 2023
London, United Kingdom45 contributions3 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice place to stay, Tv room sofas, nice kitchen, free breakfast, good for meeting new people. 15-20 minutes walk to union station. beds were comfortable, clean room and common parts, free breakfast, small but at least something. No hot water for 2 days, had to ask the receptionist 2 times to fix it, but still not working after the morning hours. very noisy AC unit in the room late check in fee, they have a security on site until late, they charge extra if he does the late check in.
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Date of stay: July 2023
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Kings street just around the corner
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TANYA B wrote a review May 2024
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Check-in was easy after hours even though will be charged a late check in fee. Staff are okay, some not too friendly but night security guy was very helpful at welcoming.
The location is awesome as you have close access to the streetcar, metro stations 5-10 minutes' walk and easy access to fast food and grocery stores.
The dorms are spacious; however, the downside is if you end up with a top bunk there is not power outlet access as they are all on the bottom so you may have to power up in the sitting area outside the dorm or next door in the common area (kitchen and lounges).
There have been complaints about the unhoused encampment across the street in the park, but it wasn't as much as expected but still quite the eye sore for the business but it's manageable as its pretty much people walking their dogs.
The place is very clean, which is strictly enforced and a good thing (especially the kitchen). I like that!
The next time I am in Toronto I will definitely stay here and would recommend. Clarence Park saved me hundreds of dollars on a near the airport hotel.
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Date of stay: April 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Two toilets and two showers in the 14 bed dorm so be prepared to wait sometimes.
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Vacation788552 wrote a review May 2022
19 contributions6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
even though they had replied by email directly, they claimed at first to not have my booking and blamed it on booking.com. when a manager showed up they found my booking but it had never been assigned a bed by them. took them half an hour just to book me in. put me in a room full of people living there which was so cluttered and dirty I literally had to clear a spot just to put my bang down on the floor. Another person in the room made phone call at 5:30 am speaking loudly. She was a long term resident and should have known to be considerate of those sleeping so early. staff just shrug this off justifying it as acceptable dorm activity. The hostel posts strict rules in regards to the kitchen as that affects them but don't care what goes on in the dorms as that only affects other guests. Guests expect others in a shared room to respect that it is a shared room. If they want to behave like they are in a private room than they should get a private room not expect the other guests to put up with bad behavour and justify it because it is a dorm. Good behaving guests should not be made to feel like THEY are the ones who need to leave, especially by staff.
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Date of stay: May 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: don't book a dorm here, and be careful they lose bookings
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Loriane L wrote a review Sept 2022
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
When we arrived, they had lost our reservation. Our beds were given to someone else.
But we had confirmed the day before our late check in, the payment was made that same morning on my credit card
and we had all the necessary information needed (reservation number and all). But they couldn't find our reservation and our name.

They gave us a first room which was or wasn't empty (nobody knew, quite the mystery) but just two hours later the real occupants of the room arrived (very awkward for everybody). We had to move to the lobby downstairs in pyjamas, half asleep, tired from our journey and with all our luggage. So at three in the morning they separated us in three different rooms in three different buildings (!) to sleep in mixed dorms with strangers. As young women, we did not felt safe in this situation. We did our best not to disturb the other occupant of the rooms when we went to sleep. The unfortunate thing is that they are refusing to reimbursed us for that night where we got no sleep. We paid to sleep together, not to sleep with strangers... They feel that because we had the right room the next day, we don't deserve the financial compensation. But why should we pay for their poor management? We only ask to be reimbursed for the first night.

The free breakfast is barely meeting the criteria to be called breakfast, but better than nothing;
The place could be cleaner (gross shower, stain on the beds, could use a good dusting…);
Customer service is truly lacking;
But great location.

Even if they don't lose your reservation, you might find someone in your bed at two am.

I'm sure you can find better.
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Date of stay: September 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Go somewhere else
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maybelline79 wrote a review Sept 2021
Toronto, Canada87 contributions92 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
What a disaster!!! I booked the Clarence Park hotel through hostelworld. It had a very lovely 1 double bed bedroom room for $50 booked. When I saw it, I thought I lucked out. It looked fantastic and reviews on hostelword were very positive to this establishment. Right now, with COVID, hotels are generally cheaper in Toronto so I thought this was a good deal and knowing that hostelword is legit I booked it. Got a confirmation from Hostelworld, paid my deposit since I was not a member and that was it. I did book this room 1 month in advance.

When I checked in, the front desk told me there was an error in my booking and hostelworld should have notified me! She told me that hostelworld got their prices wrong and they would not honour the room that I booked. Instead they gave me a bunk bed private room. I said yes, because I had something to do in 2 hours time and was on a rush to drop my bags and leave. I did not have the time to look for another accommodation. Plus it's impossible to get a hotel room at a descent price last minute! The room they gave me was VERY dirty! Walls had chips and some blood stains. Floors were very dirty, sinks had hair from previous guest, a dirty face mask was left on the floor. This was not what I signed up for!!!!!

Had I known that this was the room I would get, I would have cancelled my booking and gone somewhere else. I was not notified of the error until I arrived at the destination! Hostelworld had my email and phone number. They could have notified me or even cancelled the reservation. Clarence Park Hostel also would have had at least my email. They did email me the morning of checking to see if I will come. They too could have notified me right away once they saw the booking. Overall, I was not impressed. Since the rooms were so dirty I was very uncomfortable. Thank goodness it was for just 1 night. It would have been nice if they honour my reservation or just cancel it in advance so I could have made other arrangements. I don’t recommend this hostel at all! Go somewhere else!
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Date of stay: August 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Be careful, if you book a 1 bedroom thinking it's what you see in their pictures, you will be...
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Sunshine04193929348 wrote a review Dec 2023
North Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
When we entered our room (#16), we were hit with the smell of chemicals from two Glade Plug-ins. The air, sheets, pillowcases, and towels were all permeated with the smell.

We opened the back door (there were no windows that opened), changed the sheets and pillowcases, and did everything we did to get rid of the stench. My eyes burned, and my fiance had a scent allergy, so she felt nauseous and dizzy and got a headache (which was still present 18 hours later).

We had to leave (after asking if another room was available) and book a last-minute, more expensive place to stay. We asked for a refund but were denied as we cancelled within the hostel's stated cancellation window (not sure how that was possible as we weren't aware the room was going to smell of a chemical factory).

Nice staff, though.
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Date of stay: December 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There is a homeless encampment across the street.
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Melissa wrote a review Oct 2023
30 contributions7 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The first thing that shocked us was the standard of the room. The room did not look like the pictures online. The walls were filled with marks and stains; the heater in the bathroom was hanging off the wall and the curtains covering an emergency door were filthy.

Secondly, the room did not have a window. The room therefore was not only dark, it also had a musty smell due to lack of ventilation. We were not informed at any point that the room would not have a window, as we would not have booked the room if we had known this. On the website and on Booking.com you only show private rooms with windows.

Thirdly, the biggest issue with the room was the complete lack of soundproofing. Every time somebody in the room above or opposite flushed the toilet we heard it as if it was in our room. As you can imagine the toilet was being flushed throughout the night. This kept us awake and had a significant impact on our trip. The toilet was not the only sound keeping us awake. The walls were so thin that we could hear every footstep someone made above and with people coming and going throughout the night we were unable to have a fully restful night. There was an encounter on one night where a person sounded as though they were being sick outside our room at 2am.

We were also concerned that the plugs on the wall and the heater in the bathroom were not secured properly on the wall and therefore in our view were dangerous.

Finally we were disappointed by your staff. We encountered a negative experience when trying to leave our bags on Tuesday morning. After seeing the reception locked up and no member of staff in sight. We contacted the hotel by WhatsApp and sent an email. We received no reply even to this day! After some time in the reception, unsure what to do we found out that a member of staff was sat on the sofa and could clearly see that we were looking for a member of staff, but chose to ignore us. It was only after another guest asked her a question that we realised she was a member of staff. This wasted a lot of time on our final day and left us with negative sentiments on our final trip.

We understand that staying in a hostel is not a glamorous experience but for the money we paid and the glowing reviews we were expecting a clean room with a window, enough sound proofing to have a decent night's sleep and friendly and helpful staff.
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Date of stay: April 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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R K wrote a review Oct 2023
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Be aware that this hostel is directly opposite a homeless encampment and a dog park. Our room was fairly quiet, but we were still woken by dogs barking very early.
Otherwise, the private room was clean if a bit shabby. Convenience store right nearby and location good to access the airport etc.
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Date of stay: October 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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shandley wrote a review Jul 2022
newcastle21 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfectly placed for a visit to Toronto. The hostel is 5 minutes walk to the Bluejays stadium, the CN tower, and a host of nice restaurants. The staff could not have been more welcoming. We stayed here as a group of ten young people and two teachers. From the moment we checked in to the moment we left, everyone looked after us. Special thanks to Marlena who made our breakfasts and made our day each morning with her cheerfulness. Some have posted that the kitchen was dirty, but we always found it clean. I would definitely recommend this place if you want a cheap place to stay right in the city centre.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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lj9219 asked a question Jan 2018
Englefield Green, United Kingdom26 contributions46 helpful votes
Hi there, Can you book tickets for attractions at the reception desk? Thanks in advance!
Answer from shabner
St. Marys, Canada10 contributions11 helpful votes
There are a number of attractions that are listed with the Clarence park and the staff are very helpful when it comes to helping book attractions. They have a nice walking tour of the city, as well as a reasonably priced tour to Niagara Falls that you can book. They do have onsite computers that the guests can use to research and book attractions, or the staff would be happy to assist you in booking as well.
TANYA B wrote a tip May 2024
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Two toilets and two showers in the 14 bed dorm so be prepared to wait sometimes. "
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Sunshine04193929348 wrote a tip Dec 2023
North Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is a homeless encampment across the street."
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Edier Felipe Mancera Mendez wrote a tip Aug 2023
London, United Kingdom45 contributions3 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Kings street just around the corner "
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marc b wrote a tip Mar 2023
Toronto, Ontario, Canada2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"In general, in the off-season Clarence's rate drop low enough to make it a great budget choice, especially for the central location. "
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Loriane L wrote a tip Sept 2022
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go somewhere else"
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PRICE RANGE
$75 - $179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
CanadaOntarioTorontoDowntown / Downtown West / Entertainment District / Waterfront Communities-The Island / Old Toronto
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Clarence Park
Which popular attractions are close to The Clarence Park?
Nearby attractions include Princess of Wales Theatre (0.5 km), Rogers Centre (0.4 km), and TIFF Bell Lightbox (0.4 km).
Is parking available at The Clarence Park?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Clarence Park?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sportsnet Grill, ALO RESTAURANT, and Rodney's Oyster House.
Is The Clarence Park located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Toronto.
Are there any historical sites close to The Clarence Park?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre (1.5 km), Spadina Museum (4.0 km), and Casa Loma (3.9 km).
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