4. Auberge de Paris – Montreal, Quebec
One of the pioneering hostels in Montreal, the Auberge de Paris is in a convenient location near the Sherbrooke Métro and on the fringes of the trendy Plateau neighbourhood and the Latin Quarter. In a historic building, it has a bright and clean contemporary decor and 24-hour reception.
WHAT WE LOVE: bike rentals, free Wi-Fi, on-site bistro, good location, prices stay the same year-round
COST: shared dorm from $23, private room with en-suite bathroom from $84
5. Auberge du Château Bahia – Pointe-a-la-Garde (Gaspésie), Quebec
A mini-castle with four towers and seven turrets, Auberge du Château Bahia is one of the Gaspé Peninsula’s most unique properties—and it just happens to be one of the most economical as well. The list of atypical activities—especially for a hostel—include candlelit dinners, berry-picking excursions and hiking trails with poetry excerpts.
WHAT WE LOVE:family packages, campsites, it’s a castle
COST:shared dorm from $24, private rooms from $33, family package $75, campsite $15
6. Clarence Castle – Toronto, Ontario
Despite the name, there’s nary a parapet or rampart to be found at Clarence Castle; nevertheless, it has been North America’s top-rated hostel for three years in a row. The rooms, in particular, are some of the least hostel-like we’ve seen, with wooden bed frames and hardwood floors, and a clean, light-filled private double room. In Toronto’s downtown core it has a rooftop patio with a view of the CN Tower and is within walking distance to plenty of restaurants, shops, theatres and the lakefront trail.
WHAT WE LOVE: central location, free coffee and tea all day, $2 breakfast, lounge with a big-screen TV, quiet reading room overlooking a park
COST: shared dorm from $27, private room from $40
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