This is a wonderful boutique hotel and I highly recommend it to travelers who are seeking a unique, eclectic, art-oriented small hotel with extremely friendly and helpful staff and fresh, creative, casual, gourmet dining. My wife and I are in our early 50's from New Brunswick Canada. We visited relatives in Southern Ontario over the Christmas holidays and stayed in Toronto for a couple of days of shopping, dinning, and to see a concert on New Year's eve. Instead of the standard cookie-cutter chain hotel, we wanted a small hotel with character and excellent, friendly customer service and absolutely found it at the Gladstone!
Rooms: Each room is unique and decorated by an artist, some of whom are living in-residence at the hotel. It was great fun exploring the hotel's website to select a room and we ended up in the "Billio Room" which includes many antiques and is finished in rich velvet, red, and gold fabrics with a beautiful wall of exposed brick. The room was spotlessly clean, the bed was extremely comfortable, and the bathroom modern, functional and with fine-quality soaps and conveniences.
Dining: The restaurant is a beautiful bright room with antique wooden tables, high ceilings, exposed brick, beautiful artistic glass lamps, and tall windows which look directly onto the busy sidewalk on Queen Street. The food is fresh, creative, emphasizes organic and natural ingredients, and is surprisingly reasonably priced considering the quality.
Overall Ambiance: Apparently this is the oldest hotel in Toronto and fell upon hard times a few decades in the past. However, it was purchased by new owners in the 90's and beautifully renovated and restored. They kept many of the original furnishings and accessories, and especially attractive is the abundance of natural brick in the interior rooms and hallways. The public areas exhibit many works by local artists which apparently change regularly.
Service: The staff is young, friendly, cheerful, and extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
You won't find some of the amenities of a chain hotel such as business center, exercise room, or pool; so it may not be the best choice for business travelers or families with young children. However, if you're seeking a romantic or cultural retreat and a base for exploring, shopping, and attending shows in Toronto; then the Gladstone is a perfect choice.
I highly recommend this hotel and we will be returning again.
- 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