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.
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.
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.
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.
Warm, friendly, easy-going, yet professional, too.
Who stays there
Couples on city breaks, visiting artists and musicians.
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.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Escaping the crowds
- No fuss
- Chilling out
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Friendly staff
- Stylish, cheap
- 20 minutes from downtown