What We Love
- On-site galleries feature monthly exhibits and events, so the hotel is a happening spot, giving guests an insider’s edge and a sense of community you won’t get at a chain
- Every guestroom is designed by one of Toronto’s most talented artists
- The provided “I want Joe” doorknocker ensures a fresh-brewed cup at your door when you wake
- Dining options include Gladstone Café and Melody Bar, which have separate menus, hours and distinct vibes
- Choice location on Queen Street near Ossington Avenue, on which there are bars, restaurants, galleries and great shopping
- Karaoke in the Melody Bar every Friday and Saturday night is legendary
- Pharmacopia apothecary-style natural bath products in every room
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What To Know
- No fitness area or swimming pool on-site, but the nearby 99 Sudbury Gym offers Gladstone guests free passes
- Like many up-and-coming neighborhoods, this one is still somewhat gritty; the hotel, however, is spotless
- The hotel isn’t techy: free WiFi, yes, massive flat-screen TVs, no (although there are small TVs).
- Guestrooms are small, with the exception of the two suites; basic rooms fit a bed, a small desk and a bathroom with shower — and lots of art
- The hotel was renovated in 2004-2005
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Gladstone Hotel in Toronto (Little Portugal), you’ll be close to Lamport Stadium and CN Tower. This boutique hotel is close to University of Toronto and Toronto Public Library.
Make yourself at home in one of the 37 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring DVD players and flat-screen televisions. Computers with complimentary wired and wireless Internet keep you connected, and cable programming is available for entertainment. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as phones with free local calls.
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a health club, or other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services. This hotel also features gift shops/newsstands, wedding services, and complimentary use of a nearby fitness facility.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or grab a snack at a coffee shop/café. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and a 24-hour front desk. Planning an event in Toronto? This hotel has 2108 square feet (196 square meters) of space consisting of conference space and meeting rooms. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
How to Get There
The positives for this hotel are a good location, near restaurants and bars, with a streetcar stop right outside. Also, excluding the receptionist, the staff were excellent....very friendly and helpful. The hotel is an old building with tons of character, which we loved.
Then it becomes a trade off because our room was small and the bathroom was tiny. As my husband put it, he was fat shamed by the shower! There is small, and then there is can’t move small. Maybe we were unlucky with our room. The A/C was also incredibly loud.
Regarding the receptionist, the youngish bearded guy who checked us in was simply unfriendly, and not what I expected. There was no effort made to offer a map, directions, helpful tips, etc. Unfortunate, because everyone else was wonderful. Note to staff, when guests arrive....smile. Shouldn’t be too difficult.
Overall, proceed with caution. If you can manage the small room/bathroom, I recommend the property.
As we live outside of Toronto, an outing at the Gladstone is truly a treat. Ten days ago, we arrived at the Cafe for lunch - our table was waiting and our friendly server offered us their new luncheon menu. Choices to suit any appetite and dietary needs. Our group decided on the toasted sandwich offering - portobello mushrooms lightly sauteed, accompanied by fresh tomato slices, avocado, lettuce and a delicious sauce. A fresh, green salad, again lightly dressed was served alongside. The drinks menu is comprehensive - wine, mixed drinks and local beers on tap.
After our leisurely paced lunch, we ventured up in the European style elevator to explore the "hard twist 14: Entwined" exhibit - contemporary textile and fibre art. It is a stunning exhibition reflecting young, talented artists and their visions - also their stories.
Working our way down, we ended up back in the Cafe - we savored delicious cappuccinos and revisited the works seen.
A special outing made very pleasant by all of those staff, fellow visitors and artists who were present that day.
We hosted our wedding reception at the Gladstone and it turned out to be the best party ever. From the moment we met Sarah we knew that we had made the right choice with the Gladstone. Sarah, Daniel and all the staff delivered an exceptional event. They were professional, responsive, courteous and accommodating throughout all of our planning. I just hope that we get a chance to plan another event with them sometime soon. Gorgeous hotel, amazing rooms and incredible staff. Thank you, Gladstone Hotel!