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.
On-going party that fuses Latin music with many genres to create;
Reggae Cumbia, Latin Hip Hop, Latin Roots, Tropical Bass
Special guests (Sueños & Raices, DJ Oonga)
Montreal’s hottest trilingual Latin Roots and Tropical Bass party "MTL Pachangon”
Hosted by DJ Deltoro
Live Visuals by Kobolde Productions
Roarockit Skateboard presents the Oasis Skateboard Factory Alternative High School Design Program in a skateboard exhibit of collaborative artworks by students and high profile professional local artists.
Come and meet the artists and students and bid on one-of-a-kind art skateboards (Thursday April 12).
Oasis Skateboard Factory is a TDSB alternative high school where at-risk youth earn c...
For the past 14 years, the Gladstone has been on a mission to redefine what sustainability can look like in a hotel, starting with our valued partnerships collaborations.
Join us on April 18, In conjunction with launch of the Gladstones 2018 Harvest Wednesdays food series, weve invited some of our favourite Ontario producers to share their incredible cheeses, meats, fish, ancient grains, local...
The Gladstone Hotel's 6th Annual
Urbanism, Landscape and Contemporary Art Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: April 18-22, 2018
Wed April 18: 79pm / Thurs April 19: 11am8pm / Fri April 20: 11am10pm Opening Party 7-10pm / Sat April 21: 10am9pm / Sun April 22: 10am5pm
Grow Op at Toronto's Gladstone Hotel celebrates its sixth year in the spring of 2018 as an exhibition of art and design that cult...
Lets talk! We are pleased to present a selection of Grow Op 2018 Artists Talks in the Ballroom where artists dive deep into the thought-process behind their featured project as part of the 4-day exhibition on Urbanism, landscape and Contemporary Art. Considering the theme After The Flood, artists share their innovative ideas and conceptual responses to engagement of an ever-changing land.
The Girls Club Presents:
The Goddess Rising
Celebrating the Divine Feminine
April 20th, 2018 The Gladstone Hotel
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM
Enter into an intimate safe space. Witness the support of sisters helping one another to rise to their fullness. Co-create and share with us, an embodied experience that transcends the boundaries between the audience and performer. We are goddesses rising - danci...
On the Saturday of the Gladstones Grow Op exhibition on Urbanism, Landscape and Contemporary Art, swap your gently used clothing and accessories for some sweet new finds. Clothing swaps are a great way to downsize your closet and give life to pre-loved items by shopping sustainably in an eco-friendly and socially conscious way. Bring your friends, grab a drink in the caf and feel good about wha...
Just in time for Spring and Earth Day, the Gladstone Hotel presents Grow Op, a four-day landscape art and design exhibition from April 18-22th. Stop by the Gladstone Flea on Sunday from 10-4 pm to peruse goods from local, ethical, environmentally sustainable makers artisans, then check out over 30 thought-provoking works that respond to environmental responsibility and sustainability, public s...
Pencil Kit Productions partners with the Gladstone Hotel and grassroots artist collective Blank Canvas to produce Shadow Girls, a theatrical production scored entirely with overhead projector art.
Presented in an intimate twenty-seat room in the Gladstone, Shadow Girls envelops audience members in transformative, otherworldly images as it details the relationship of Maggie and Amelia: two wo...