Gladstone Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Art and Design District, Toronto, Ontario

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Pros

  • Great location, blocks from parks, museums, and shopping
  • Unique, artsy rooms with comfy beds and iPod docks
  • Hardwood floors and exposed brick add charm
  • A popular restaurant and bar, as well as numerous lounge areas
  • Locally made, organic toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Loud at night
  • Service, though friendly, can be slow
  • No parking garage -- parking is at the supermarket next door
  • Small 20-inch flat-screen TVs

Bottom Line

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!

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 Location

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.

  • 25-minute drive to Pearson International Airport
  • 10-minute walk to the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
  • 12-minute walk to Trinity Bellwoods Park
  • 8-minute drive to Union Station
  • 10-minute drive to Bloor Street, lined with shops, historic sites, and theaters, or 20 minutes via public transportation
  • 10-minute drive to CN Tower, one of the world's tallest buildings, with an observation deck overlooking the city, or 20 minutes via public transportation
  • 10-minute drive to the Royal Ontario Museum or 30 minutes via public transportation
  • 10-minute drive to Eaton Centre, a huge shopping mall that's one of Toronto's most popular attractions, or 30 minutes via public transportation
  • 10-minute drive to Harbourfront
  • 12-minute drive to Casa Loma
  • 15-minute drive to the Distillery District, a historic area of shops, restaurants, and galleries, or 25 minutes via public transportation
  • 35-minute trip to Centre Island via driving and a ferry ride

 Bottom Line

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!

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Address

  • 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6, Canada

Room Types

  • Classic Room
  • Corner Suite "The Best"
  • Gimme More Room
  • Tower Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 37
Pool: N/A
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Art and Design District, Toronto
Address: 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6, Canada
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