I wanted to do a couple of the hikes in Algonquin, but since I was solo I did not relish the thought of setting up camp. So, I did the next logical thing - I booked a couple of nights here. I was pleasantly surprised by the hostel! It is in an old building, seemingly basic on the outside, but quite lovely on the inside. The rooms are nice, as are the bathrooms and kitchen, and everything is very clean. There is also a sunny lounge area and a second-floor veranda you can sit out on and chill. The owner, Tom, was quite nice...very well-informed about the area and very enthusiastic about the abundance of activities. He has travelled extensively himself, so he is well-versed with the average budget traveller. I highly recommend this hostel to those wanting to visit the park on a budget without camping. The park itself is just gorgeous...my favourite hike was the Centennial Ridges Trail, which is about 10.5 kilometres. Just lovely! P.S. If you can, at least bring your basic stuff...the little store across the street from the hostel is quite expensive (but cute!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- South Algonquin Backpackers Hostel is now The Arlington Hotel! New owners, but still the same great place, and in the same great south Algonquin location. ... more less
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- The Arlington Hotel Maynooth, Canada - Ontario