Gladstone Hotel

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Address: 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, M6J 1J6, Canada

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.3

Toronto’s oldest continuously operating hotel is also one of its most charming boutique venues.

One of a number of art hotels in the city, the Gladstone is the one with the most history and charm. Originally established opposite the now demolished Parkdale railway station, the Richardsonian Romanesque hotel was designed by George Miller. By a couple of decades later, the redbrick railroad hotel had fallen on hard times, eventually becoming a down-on-its-luck rooming house. The local Zeidler family bought and lovingly restored the hotel in 2002 — re-opening it with 37 artist-designed rooms, a beautiful ballroom, airy café and bar, artists-in-residence and striking artworks. The Gladstone still boasts its atmospheric hand-operated elevator-one of the last of its kind in the city.

Location
4
90%
Eating/drinking
4.4
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Bedrooms
4.5
90%
Public areas
4
90%

Location

A little out of the way if you’ve got your eye solely on downtown attractions: the 24-hour Queen streetcar line stops at the door and a 24-hour bus heads north to the subway from the building’s west side. However, downtown is just 15 minutes by streetcar and there is so much nightlife round the hotel that it makes a perfect address for social sorts. Views to the north are of a supermarket parking lot, so ask for a room facing west or south if you’re planning to spend a lot of time in your room.

Bedrooms

Quirky, funky, stylish or over-the-top, rooms at the G vary wildly, thanks to the motley slew of artists responsible for designing the hotel’s 37 rooms. The Offset Room, for instance, is a sharp, hip collection of angular lines. The Teen Room is a poptastic blast of sugary pink and gingham — ideal if you want to relive your younger years in glorious technicolour. What the 100-year-old hotel rooms might lack in floor space they more than compensate for by way of head height. For more room, opt for the more generous Gimme More rooms. Wherever you opt to lay your head, all options have flat screen TVs, free wifi, hypo-allergenic bedding, hardwood floors and all natural Canadian bath amenities.

Public areas

The lofty Ballroom Café is roomy and charming with works by local artists hung on its red brick walls. Light streams through high windows into this elegant corner room. The Melody Bar is somewhat murkier — dark wood walls and dim lighting make this low-ceilinged room ideal for an evening of sampling local beers and local bands. A smaller room off the Melody Bar is known as the Art Bar – amateur art exhibitions hang on the walls of this narrow den.

Eating and drinking

Hearty breakfasts, organic and local lunches and dinners, coffees and pastries in the bright, airy Ballroom Café; burgers and beers in the dimly lit Melody Bar.

Leisure facilities

Unless you count a few trips up and down the wide stairs, this 19th century hotel doesn’t offer anything in the way of exercise facilities, but ask at front desk and they’ll arrange in-room massage with a local therapist. You’ll find gyms and a climbing gym just ten minutes walk south in Liberty Village.

Service

Warm, friendly, easy-going, yet professional, too.

Who stays there

Couples on city breaks, visiting artists and musicians.

Price advice

The Gladstone often offers some really good packages with breakfast and/ or dinner included, otherwise you'll have to pay for breakfast. WiFi is free.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Singles
  • Escaping the crowds
  • No fuss
  • Chilling out
  • Art
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Friendly staff
  • Stylish, cheap
  • 20 minutes from downtown
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