The Gladstone Hotel
Mimi ON Feb 23, 2012 AT 9:39 am
Back again in that hotspot, in West Queen West Street, downtown Toronto stands The Gladstone Hotel, built in 1889. It is the oldest, continuously operating hotel in Toronto, and is famous for being the place that artists and performers stop off after their shows because of its location on the edge of Toronto’s city limits.
Since then, art and this hotel have become synonymous with one another, and every month, The Gladstone plays host to over 100 arts-related events. You can check these out in either the hotel’s second floor reception gallery, which offers ample space for receptions, exhibitions, and conferences; or The Art Bar, which is the hotel’s intimate exhibition and event venue. It showcases artwork done by local Toronto artists in the form of film screenings, spoken word, and singer songwriter performances. See the chair exhibition that was in situ during my visit, really who knew chairs could be so interesting?
Local artwork is also featured in all 37 guest rooms, which are individually designed and create a unique and stylish experience for The Gladstone guests.
Although the guest rooms at The Gladstone Hotel are a bit smaller than other hotel rooms, they boast high ceilings and great amenities including a flat screen TV, cable, internet access, telephone, safety deposit box and private bathrooms. However, if you really want a room that’s a bit more spacious, you can request one of the hotel’s Gimme More rooms. These are larger and include four piece baths and a kitchenette. If you want to go all out, book one of the two suites in The Gladstone Hotel. The hotel’s Tower Suite is two-stories and is nicknamed the ‘Rock Star’ suite, we couldn’t see it when we looked around, because we think there was one in there…
The Gladstone Hotel was designed by George Miller in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, and besides being a huge promoter of all things art-related, it also prides itself on sustainable hotel practices. For example, all the hotel’s beauty products are made by local farmers and contained in biodegradable containers. The hotel has two green roofs, along with a living wall that has been installed inside the hotel to produce more oxygen, and every ingredient used in the hotel’s cuisine is locally grown. The hotel is so famous for its cuisine and excellent service, that it’s quite common for guests to prolong their stay, I can see why. All this delicious food can be enjoyed at the hotel’s Ballroom Café, which opens bright and early everyday at 7am for breakfast and stays open all day until dinner. The Melody Bar is the hotel’s hotspot for drinks and nightly entertainment, with live music, and open mic nights take place regularly, and you can even indulge in a bit of best karaoke here.
There’s no cover charge for non-guests, so head to this bar and enjoy the cool, artsy vibe. The Gladstone Hotel is without a doubt the perfect destination to experience Toronto’s truly authentic culture.
Watch a tour of the hotel below: