Decent for the money & location. Basically one step up from a hostel. Clean, but no amenities aside from the free WiFi, so be sure to bring your own shampoo. No food & drink allowed in rooms. Even though it says there is nearby parking available, there isn't. City parking is always full, and the little parking they offer for a fee is several blocks […] away in someone's driveway. Finding this address is also tricky. It's not well marked, and the entrance is small between 2 storefronts. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Someone hand them a vacuum cleaner!"
Initially I thought the idea of them insisting you take your shoes off at the entrance and put flip flops on was a nice idea. (Run by young Japanese students) But once I'd been shown around and seen my room I thought what is the point!? The idea is you don't bring the dirt from your shoes inside but I think the outside streets were cleaner than the […] guest house! Sadly the carpets were filthy and barely vacuumed since they'd been laid and everything caked in months of dust. The bathroom and shower were putrid and toilets not cleaned daily something vital when using communal facilities. Plus my bed had hair in it (and I don't mean a single hair...) so I had to sleep on top of the bed and couldn't go barefoot even in the room as the floor was that bad. I had room 7 which is up incredibly steep sharp stairs almost like a ladder so very difficult trying to pull a suitcase upstairs. Although the location was great I wouldn't recommend this place. If it were better taken care of it would be a lot more pleasant as it's full of potential. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
It is a good hotel to stay at low price. It is at convenient place beside route 506 bus. It is also clean . There is a shared kitchen .The hotel is rebuilded from a house .There are three doors that should be opened by keys. The hotel look old.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Of course it is spartan given the price but one would expect when there is a rule requiring shoe removal at the entrance that the place would be vacuumed occasionally. The common bathrooms also don't seem to be cleaned and the staff need to be tracked down if any assistance is needed.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
While it was ok, the hotel was a bit down scale from what I generally like. It would be great for students and younger travellers. A good downtown location.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"A clean comfortable place great neighborhood"
Place was spartan bu comfortable and clean. The hostesses were lovely and nice. For $75 you cannot expect more than that, Plus it is centrally located in the U of Toronto district. Great restaurants and entertainmentGenuine Hotels.com guest review
It's a perfect budget option in a great locationGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nor worth the cost at all"
First I showed up and there was no one at the front desk. There is construction happening there so it was looking a little rough. Finally the owner and front desk receptionist show up. Both are very nice people. The room was OK, but small bathroom. Was not worth the price at all. Especially because I've stayed at other hotels through Expedia for a […] lesser price and gotten a way better deal. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"NICE PLACE TO STAY"
THIS IS A NICE PLACE TO STAY NEAR OF THE TOWN,. THERES IS CHINATOWN 5 MIN FAR FROM THERE. EVERYTHING IS NEAR. THE ROOM WAS COMFY CLEAN. THE ONLY THING ITS THE WIFI GOT PROBLEM AND SLOW,. BESIDE THAT EVERYTHING IS COOL. THE OTHERS CUSTOMERS ARE VERY FRIENDLY. I RECOMEND THIS P;ACE TO STAYGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Terrible place to stay"
I don't recommend this place. I had almost no signal for the internet while they called it HIGH SPEED !!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The staff are great and friendly. If you are there for a couple nights, fine place and price. I got lost trying to go to my room sometimes. BTW, the front entrance is a black gate door between buildings. Can be hard to find at first.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good locatuon but..."
07/03/14 Tuepfli Schweiz
Via email they changed our booking we made via booking.com, so we had a room with shared bathroom. When we checked in, there was a girl at the reception that spoke really poor english. She would charge us the price for a room with private bathroom and it took her a while and a phone call to correct it. Finding our way through the maze-like house, there was a really steep staircaise we had to carry our bags up. The room and bathroom was very small and the bathroom did not look clean at our arrival and it obviously did not get cleaned during our stay. They have 2 parking lots (10cad per day) but they were not available for us so we used the public parking down the street which costed us all in all less. The wifi wasn't working when we arrived and there was nobody to be found at the front desk. A day later, we found ozt that they gave us the wrong password... The location is good, right in little italy and loads of restaurants close by. So, if you're looking for a place to sleep, i guess you would be ok but do not expect more.
"Cheap, clean, friendly, but ugly!"
04/13/14 AntonioCL84 Trento
I stayed there for one night in the cheapest room they have (single with shared bathroom, the bed was a double). It was relatively cheap, actually for less I found another b&b (sweetheart) that is amazing for location, quality of the rooms, of the house, of the service, of the washrooms, of the kitchen, of the living room, everything! Kaisar was just ok for one night, the room was nice enough, everything was clean, the people kind, but the house is really ugly, the entrance and the washrooms are awful (but clean). It's like a labyrinth. It was ok, I have no complains, but I will never go back.
04/01/14 FRM4L Salford
Located in a great location near public transport & places to eat, staff were pleasant & helpful especially the manager who advised/arranged places to see and how to save money on these. Check It Out.
"Solo AND couple travel: My new home away from home in Toronto"
01/02/14 smfische Vancouver, Canada
I love the Kaisar guest house. I came in Feb. 2013, and again for my visit this past Christmas. This is my home away from home in Torontoland. It feels very homey, and that's exactly what I wanted in my trip. It's very quiet, and very comfortable. A lot of the people here stay long-term (many are taking ESL courses), and they rent out a few of the rooms on a night-by-night basis. The residents/guests take such good care of this property. You won't find dishes in the sink, and everything goes magically quiet at 11 pm. Most of the people here are in their late teens, 20s or 30s. But, they're not the typical hostel crowd. Because this is "home" for many people, they don't trash their home. If you're looking for a place to throw noisy annoying parties, don't stay here. One night, I had a friend come into my room, and we drank a bit...and, we were loud. But, nobody complained. I am sure that type of thing is OK (as long as you're not unreasonable - the rooms are pretty sound-proof), but don't have 10 people over. It's not that type of place. This is also not somewhere to make friends, really, unless you speak Japanese. I've never been invited to join a dinner, or whatever, like I have in other hostels but I am sure I would be if I asked. Staying here is more like getting a room (filled with very respectful and friendly roommates) in a house than a hostel. And, being "home" while I came to my home town was what I wanted. I love you, Kaisar Guest House! See you next time. :) I'll never stay anywhere else. Unless, that is, I get rich, and can stay in a 5-star hotel. Even then, this hotel meets all of my needs. Clean, friendly and homey. But, bring slippers. No shoes allowed inside!
"Nice place to stay for a few nights"
12/23/13 Sid B Northampton, United Kingdom
A great location, just off of College/Spadina, a stones throw from kensington market and chinatown. I stayed here last summer prior to moving into my new house. The owner was very friendly and helpful. The room was clean and spacious enough. I shared a bathroom with another room however I never saw the people, and never had to wait to use it. The bathroom was fairly clean although obviously wearing flip flops is a must. It is cheap and cheerful and good value for the money.
"Not for the squeamish, great location if you love Chinatown"
09/22/13 Peter Q Wethersfield, Connecticut
This hotel is relatively inexpensive and in a good area near Spadina Avenue (except that it is directly across from a fire station, with sirens going off all night). This is Toronto's Chinatown, and there are a lot of great restaurants and shops. There are also many streetcars on Spadina to take you all over the city. The downside is the cleanliness. Ironically, they demand that you remove your shoes inside the house, but the floors are filthy! They ask you to put on used, filthy slippers while they watch. The check-in process is very lengthy, with lots of paperwork. I felt like I was filling out a college application or something! Most of the rooms seemed clean. Ours was OK, but we saw a roach on the wall in the first night. We slept with the lights on after that . . . Bathrooms are fairly gross by today's standards and the house is quite old and not well kept-up. Basically, if you are not too picky about cleanliness and modern accommodations, this might work for you. Also, beware most of the bathrooms are not in the room. We were promised one in the room, but they switched us to a down-the-hall bathroom at the last minute. $80 a night isn't too cheap, so I'm only half-heartedly recommending this one. Mainly for the central location, but watch your purse. There are many homeless in the area.
"Couldn't recommend it highly enough"
08/29/13 Alex C Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I was lucky enough to hear about this place from a recommendation that another guest house owner gave me, and i'm seriously thankful. The service and kindness has been unbelievably helpful in the middle of Toronto's busiest month, which makes the city a nightmare to navigate and find accomodation in. Don't be distracted by the website, as it doesn't do the place justice. The guest house itself is a modest house-apartments conversion and carefully hidden away in the middle of Toronto's academic district, directly opposite the fire station on College St (very easy to find and a brilliant central location). You won't find better rates ($50-60) downtown anywhere. The rooms are again modest, but clean, well-fitted, and quiet - slightly hot at night, but each has a fan. Yes, you have to take your shoes off as it's a Japanese custom apparently, but it's weirdly homely/cosy. No food, but you can save money by making your own in the kitchen. The TV reception isn't great, but it's quiet, there's a laundry center, keys to come/go as you like, loads of travel information, and a policy to be relatively circumspect about who to let in the door. What really made my trip was the smiling help i was given by the Bangladeshi owner (Kaisar) and his shy-but-charming team. Not only did he go out of his way, but he was even kind enough to not only find me space in an *upgraded* room for a *discounted* price - for no other reason other than to help out. I spent 4hrs stressing myself out trying to find the last room in the city for the film festival, only to come back and hear he had space anyway. Little things like that go a very long way when things make the day tough. It's basic, but a really, really friendly place. It's great value for the money, and you won't be there most of the time anyway. If you need a place to crash at night that's peaceful and helpful, for a low rate, and relatively unknown, definitely book in.
07/08/13 ginkiecat Istanbul, Turkey
I know a few people complained about the shoe policy, cooking, and rules. It did not bother me at all. The room and bed were comfortable. I had a private bath for a slightly higher price than a shared bath. The room was quiet and clean. The location cannot be argued with. It is just minutes away from Chinatown, Little Italy, Kensington Market, and the University. The booking description said there was cable TV, but it had one station. The fan cooled the room. One small complaint, they did not come and clean or replace the towels during the day. The hotel looks like a apartment house and there is not a lot of presence from the staff, but that never bothered me. If you are used to backpacking and European guest houses, this place will be just fine. It's not the four seasons, but you aren't paying four seasons prices.
"Ok for 1-2 nights"
07/03/13 Daggiluna Lucerne, Switzerland
We had a room with a shared bathroom but luckily we were in the part of the house where there are only two rooms. One was a single and the other was a double which we has. The room was clean but the bathroom not really. It can't have been cleaned for a long time because there were a lot of hair in the shower, on the floor and in the sink. The airconditioner didn't work but Kaisar gave us a fan which we were very glad about because it was very hot and stuffy in the room. There was a window but the walls are so high you don't stand a chance to open up the window. The kitchen was disgusting. On our first night we got some frozen pizza to put in the oven and the first one didn't work (after we cleaned it for about half an hour) and then we went into the big kitchen downstairs. That one was ok. We were really glad we use the cardbox of the pizzas as plates because while we were eating a couple came into the kitchen and while she was drinking some water out of a glass she realised there was mold in it! If you have a kitchen, please clean it!!! There is public parking in bellevue avenue and it costs $12 from 7am-6pm and $3 from 6pm-7am.
"Comfortable and good location"
06/07/13 Ashley F Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
I really liked this place, the location was amazing and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. I had a shared bathroom, and both my room and bathroom were spacious and very clean. The only negatives were some of the strict rules- no shoes past the entryway, even though the carpet was not very nice, no food in the rooms, and the notices that cameras are watching you at all times. Also, no free breakfast in the morning, but there are a lot of coffee and breakfast places nearby. There is a bit of a fee to pay with a credit card, so I recommend bringing cash. They do take American money for no extra fees. The place did smell a tiny bit, not bad really but kind of a foreign smell mixed with cleaning products. I definitely recommend it, but remember that its a budget kind of place so dont set the bar too high.
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