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Kaisar Guest House
Ranked #59 of 117 Toronto B&B and Inns
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Couldn't recommend it highly enough”
Reviewed 29 August 2013

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.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Alex C
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Istanbul, Turkey
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2013

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.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Thank ginkiecat
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Lucerne, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2013

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.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Daggiluna
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2013

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.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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2 Thank Ashley F
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Ottawa
1 review
Reviewed 28 May 2013

This isn't your average corporate hotel and that's a good thing. The staff was friendly and the room was large and exceptionally clean. We stayed in a private room with bathroom so can't comment on the shared accommodations, but compared to the photos and reviews of the other places in the price range, the Kaisar Guest House was a dream come true. We'll definitely be staying here again.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank JohnnyNickname
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2013

Kaisar Guest House is a centrally located hostel in Toronto. We paid $65/night + taxes when major hotels were asking 10 times that amount a night. Someone here says it's a rip-off - well, it is a market economy, and I would have gladly paid $150 a night for a regular hotel but that was not available. So, it is a hostel, not a hotel - no doubt. Our 2 person bedroom was windowless, and little more than a bed in it. But it was clean, bath and toilet access, and allowed us to stay in Toronto walking distance to Chinatown and the ROM, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the University. It also has free internet.

Some online reviews mention it is own by a Japanese couple. That is not true. The owner is Indian or Pakistani, but a Japanese women is currently helping guests check in etc. - she is actually a guest who works in exchange for free stay - and the owner speaks Japanese.

Someone else mentioned Karaoke - not now, our room was completely quiet.

The one drawback is parking. I got a $30 ticket for parking overnight in the area which said "Parking 1 hour 10 am to 7 pm" - which I thought meant 7 pm - 10 am is free - it obviously is not, and it is hard to figure out to pay the ticket if you can't write a Canadian check. But there is an easily accessed parking lot across the street a little closer to Spadina Ave which charges $5 a night and $7 a day, and works fine. Highly recommend parking there if booking Kaisar.

Room Tip: I say value because the prices of any hotels anyway nearby were literally an order of magnitude high...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2012

The rooms are quite good actually, though not very sound-proof but well insulated. The staff are friendly. It also has a kitchen where you can cook. It actually feels more like a student dormitory than a hotel, but in a good way. Location is OK because plenty of places to eat on College Street, and the 506 tram stops just outside which easily takes you to downtown (change metro at Queens Park). However if you are going to the airport you need to change transport a few times.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Kaisar Guest House
Address: 372A College St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S6, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Toronto > Downtown
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #59 of 117 B&Bs / Inns in Toronto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Kaisar Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 13
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