The Gladstone Hotel is one of Toronto’s artsiest places to stay.
Built in 1889, it now houses 37 completely unique rooms all designed by different artists.
Originally designed in a decorative Romanesque style by Toronto architect G.M. MIller, the modern version of the Gladstone (named for a British Prime Minister) accents glistening wood and raw brick with neon, funky lettering and contemporary art pieces.
The Gladstone Cowboy elevator constructed in 1907 is one of the oldest in Toronto, a true gem named for an area resident and country musician who eventually came to operate the lift. An operator is still required to this day for the antique.
Room 411, “Offset” by Toronto artists and architects Heather Dubbeldam and Tania Ursomarzo is a more modern room echoing minimalist Swedish design. Average nightly room rates hover around $300.
404, “Canadiana,” is one of the most popular rooms, designed by Jenny Francis along with reupholsterers The Big Stuff, meant to encompass the whimsy and nostalgia of Canada in a tongue-in-cheek manner.
The Surreal Gourmet room by Bob Blumer (403) features a microwave, panini press, knives and cutting board, a ton of wine and beer and a selection of foodie DVDs personally curated by Blumer himself.
Resident artist Bruno Billio designed room 314 to evoke the original feel of the Gladstone, and lives in his own studio on the second floor.
Rooms are small (around 225 square feet) and common areas are larger to push guests out of their rooms and into communal space, so they might have more unexpected encounters with one another.
The Gladstone Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day with brunch on the weekends and a late night menu ending at midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Jerk wings ($15) are brined for days, coated with jerk spices with a little coconut milk so they’re a bit more saucy.
A vegan and gluten-free Winter Rice Bowl ($14) is packed with brown rice, winter veggies, edamame, cherry tomatoes for pop and a thick tahini dressing.
A seasonal deconstructed peach cobbler plates frozen peach with cream for a sorbet feel on a handmade granola crust, topped with toasted nuts for a crunchy creamy effect.
The Burlesque ($15) is based on Glenlivet and port which adds a natural sweetness, with a house honey cinnamon syrup, rhubarb bitters and a silky egg white top.
Melody Bar across the lobby from the cafe is more lounge-y with drinks, dinner and late-night service only, a reliable spot for live events most nights.
Breakfast sammies ($15) are gluten-free, garlicky, spicy longanisa sandwiched between puto buns inspired by Filipino chef Rudy Boquila’s childhood.
The Robson omelette ($16) is named for the hotel’s original female owner, a heavy 3 organic egg omelette folded over thick slices of local brie with sauteed winter greens and radicchio that add necessary crunch and lift.
Eggs in Bed ($12) nests two soft-boiled organic eggs in a little winter salad with starchy taro bravas for dipping.
Fuel up with a latte ($4) pretty much any time of day at the small side cafe/restaurant here.
Take a peek at the art here during one of many rotating exhibits always going on at the hotel.
Comedians are going back in time to share their awkward sex and dating tales from College.
Hosted by Dan Bryan Rosen with dating tales and comedy from:
James Elias Island
Tickets $12 online | $15 door
If you have a dating story to share at any of our Canada-wide sho...
If you’ve ever had a secret desire to sing onstage with a band, Good Enough Live Karaoke will unleash your inner rockstar and make it happen.
Pick one of the 400+ songs this amazing band knows and get on stage. It's as easy and fun as that. Here's the song list: http://www.goodenoughlivekaraoke.com/
They're in the Gladstone Melody Bar once a month and it's always a packed house, so get he...
OH. MY. GOD. We're finally hosting a FRIENDS trivia night!!
Join your hosts, Allan & Derrick, as we quiz you on what you think you know that we know that you actually do know and see how you doin' with all the knowledge you've gathered from endlessly binge-watching the iconic show! Come prove you're more competitive than Ross and Monica and bring a group of friends to avoid getting bamboozle...
Dante Matas and his band are an indie pop group from Toronto. Live, they combine their melodic, hook-filled songs and introspective lyrics with explosive and energetic tendencies. Dante’s overall drive is to communicate human emotion through music and lyrics in a way that resonates with a diverse audience.
Dante Matas and his band will be performing two sets of originals and covers between 8...
Reptiles and amphibians are highly sensitive to changes in their environment as they depend on high quality habitat for their survival. Come out of your shell and learn about how turtles and frogs are faring under the urbanized conditions of the Toronto region, as well as the efforts underway to re-establish their populations. This free event is part of Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan's...
80s Starcourt Halloween Spooktacular
Oct 25, 2019 | 9pm-2am | $30-40
Reach the stars
Fly a fantasy
Dream a dream
And what you see will be!
Experience the ultimate 80's Halloween Party as the Gladstone Hotel transforms into Starcourt Mall. Dress as your favourite Stranger Things character and explore the hotel with activations in every nook and cranny. Grab a snack & a glamour shot i...