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Gladstone Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1J6, Canada   |  
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Ranked #25 of 141 hotels in Toronto
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“Fun in Toronto”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Spent three nights in one of the uniquely decorated standard rooms on the 4th floor. Ear plugs are among the necessary amenities in the room--if you plan on sleeping--as the first floor houses a cafe, a nightclub, and meeting/exhibition space. The front desk people were really helpful, the bed was comfortable, and the shower small but sufficient. There was a wireless tablet in the room, and free wireless internet, both very appreciated. The vibe of the place was welcoming and buzzing with young people. Over the three days, the diversity of "arts" activities on the first floor was dizzying. One minute a rock band, the next karyoke til all hours, the following morning, acoustic folk for families, a crafts show, and vintage vinyl meetup. The room seemed a bit pricey but I thought the location was great, and we enjoyed walking the streets of Ossington and Queen and taking in the shops, people, (yes a few crazy ones), and overall scene. Oh yes, I thought the breakfast in the hotel cafe was very good too.

Room Tip: I think you do not want to be below the 4th floor if you go to be early.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

this hotel is pretty cool inside. doubling as an art gallery, there is art on the walls everywhere and every room is unique. however, the rooms are quite cramped and only have queen size beds so it didn't quite suit my needs for a stay with just a friend.

the location is ok as there are a few bars and restaurants in the super artsy part of town where it is located but to get to central downtown toronto you still need to take a 20 minute bus ride.

i would recommend this hotel for romantic getaways or business travelers bc the hotel itself is still a sight to be seen despite its distance from town.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

On West Queen street and Gladstone, this funky, Artsy hotel is a wonderful place to stay. The small restaurant - also the bar - is a lovely room with amazing lighting fixtures. Oh yes, their breakfasts are excellent and very reasonable. All the staff are very friendly and helpful

Each room has its own theme - as does each floor have its own art theme. The elevator is manually operated and dates back to 1907.

I highly recommend this hotel

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

Had a great night in the red room of the Glastone!
Quiet and very nicely appointed, the only disappointment was the ridiculously small shower. I mean, the bathroom was big enough to accomodate something much bigger, I don't know how they except anyone to get clean in there. Plus the door did not close well, so water seeps out. Other weird thing is they have an "honor" bar in the room, with no price list...

But apart from that, the hotel is amazing! Great art, great service, lovely big windows everywhere and the location is hip and fun to explore. We had the brunch in the downstairs café which was excellent (banana bread french toasts!!) I'd definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: We had a room overlooking Queens street and it was nice and quiet.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We held a public meeting at the eclectic Gladstone Hotel on Queen in Toronto. The meeting room was cool. it had good sound and the small stage is fairly good for making presentations. Its small bar with microbrewery beers and the unique selection of finger foods added to the meetings success. We had at least 45 people attending! Having the Queen Street street car line stop at the door was a bonus. Thanks Gladstone staff for your good work.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Probably worth noting there is a nightclub in the hotel and it was very loud. If you plan on sleeping at a reasonable hour, this is probably not a great place for you. It was definitely not without it's charm however.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Stayed here with my sweetheart on a Saturday and Sunday night. The staff at the front desk were very friendly and helpful. We stayed on the third floor in room 315, which shares a wall with the elevator. NOTE: the elevator is an old manual version that the staff has to run. It isn't always available and isn't used that often - mainly just when people have luggage. If you have issues climbing stairs, another hotel might be a better choice. It's a cool elevator, though!

The room was very small, but that was okay, because I actually like being up close and personal with my sweetie! The bed was very comfortable, and the pillows were good. There wasn't much drawer space in the room. Also no real room to live out of your suitcase unless you put it on the furniture. There was a small flat screen TV on the brick wall, which worked great and let us watch the football game on Sunday night. The room had a tablet with internet access which made checking email and finding things to do pretty easy. The main lights had a dimmer, which was nice, and there were bedside lamps that made it easy to read without disturbing your partner.

The bathroom was small, and the shower was VERY SMALL. If you are a large person, you will have trouble with the shower. Not much in the way of shelf space, although there were some shelves just outside the bathroom door that were technically part of the nightstand that we used to store our toiletries. No fan in the bathroom.

The walls in this hotel are very thin - we could hear people walking down at least two flights of stairs while in our room with the door shut. Women in heels were particularly loud. We could also hear conversations going on in the common area. On Saturday night there was an engagement party in the Ballroom, and we could hear the music, although it wasn't loud enough to be disturbing. They do provide earplugs, although if you are a light sleeper, this hotel might not be for you.

There is coffee available in the common area on each floor every morning. There is a bar/coffee shop downstairs as well as a regular restaurant. We had breakfast in the bar one day, and it was excellent. The restaurant has live entertainment in the evenings. The entire hotel is filled with artwork, which was terrific. I wandered on most of the floors just so I could see the artwork that hangs on each floor.

Note that parking is very limited and has to be reserved in advance. Otherwise, you will be forced to find a space on your own. the hotel spaces are just across the street, but there are only a few available. Most other spaces are a few blocks from the hotel, and while they are less expensive than the hotel spaces, they require that you feed the meter twice a day - 7 am and 6 pm.

The West Queen area is a transitional neighborhood. At first glance it appears to be a sketchy area, although we walked around late into the evening without issue. There are some panhandlers, and this is a popular neighborhood for young artist types. There are lots of places to eat and many bars. It's a walking neighborhood with lots of dogs and more young children than you would expect. There are also lots of bikes on the streets, so drive carefully. There is a large park nearby, and on Sunday morning we took a long walk and saw many people running, walking their dogs, and riding bikes.

Room Tip: choose a room away from the street and 3rd floor or above.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Gladstone Hotel

Address: 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1J6, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Toronto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Romantic Hotel in Toronto
#22 Family Hotel in Toronto
#33 Business Hotel in Toronto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Gladstone Hotel 3*
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 favorite 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 travelers 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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