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On the main drag of the Art and Design District
The Gladstone Hotel is located on Queen Street West in the Art and Design District. The up-and-coming area is frequented by art students -- it's not as refined as other areas of Toronto, but is arguably more lively and vibrant.
Queen Street West is lined with restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shops, and galleries. Once a run-down railroad ghost town, the area now draws large crowds during the day and night, so it is never quiet. A "hotbed for culture," Queen Street West is also home to Trinity Bellwoods Park, which features tennis courts, a volleyball court, and a playground and wading pool, as well as a recreation center with pools and a fitness center, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Harbourfront, the Toronto harbor, which has a waterfront park and trails, is just a quick car ride away.
Housed in a historic, Romanesque Revival style building, The Gladstone Hotel embodies the Art and Design District's marriage of old-school allure and new-school funk. Each of the thirty-seven rooms is designed by a different artist, but you may have to wait a minute for a hotel employee to operate the 1907 hand-crank elevator before getting to your room. The scene at the hotel is hip and young, and revelers can be heard at the hotel's Melody Bar late into the night, so if you're looking for peace and quiet, you may want to consider hotels outside this hopping neighborhood, like the equally modern (and less expensive!) Hotel Victoria, located ten minutes away. Or opt for the earplugs the hotel provides!