What a lovely hotel.
My room was uniquely individual; not large, but comfortable and warm. The toiletries are local, and come in blocks (even the shampoo): they were fab. The artwork throughout the hotel is striking and interesting; the bar is a quiet and good place for a drink (with a decent range of local beers); the other bar sounded like a place you'd travel to (lots of loud music and fun); the internet is a little slow and censored (a website I tried to go to was marked as 'hacking') but otherwise free and fine. The staff are very friendly and achingly fashionable. The hotel sells day passes to the Toronto public transport.
The hotel's not perfect - it's quite far away from downtown (but a streetcar stop is right outside, and it's a ten or fifteen minute journey in for $2.75). My room faced the street, and the hotel is not apparently double-glazed - there was a lot of noise from the street below (people kicking out from the bar, the streetcars, the trains, and traffic). The noise didn't bother me particularly, but I could see it being a real issue to others.
That being said, it's the kind of hotel that you'll remember: for all the right reasons.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gladstone Hotel is not only the oldest continuously operating hotel in Toronto, it's also one of Canada's favourite Art Boutique Hotels. Blending historical Victorian architecture with contemporary elegance, downtown culture and whole lot of art, the Gladstone Hotel has a very diverse client base and is a hub for locals and international travellers alike. 37 Hotel rooms each individually designed by different Canadian artists, 2 restaurants, 4 event spaces including a ballroom with a full size bar, 3 Art exhibition spaces and a meeting room. We organize private events, staff parties, corporate events, press/book launches, weddings and more. Find out what people are saying about the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, or leave a review of your own. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gladstone Hotel Toronto