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Historical Traveler Reviews Gladstone Hotel Toronto
Ein gutes Hotel
Schönes Hotel, nette Leute, tolle Betten und Annehmlichkeiten. Ich werde wieder hier übernachten, wenn ich in der Gegend bin. Die kabellose Internetverbindung ist sehr gut. Der einzige Nachteil: Man muss die Treppen hoch laufen, was für mich kein Problem war, aber für andere vielleicht nicht so einfach ist.
Un bon hôtel
C'est un bon endroit, les gens sont sympa, les lits et les équipements sont excellents.
Je reviendrai ici lorsque je retournerai dans le coin.
Le Wi-Fi est bien.
La seule chose négative : marcher dans les escaliers. C'était simple pour moi mais peut-être pas pour d'autres.
¡Un hotel estupendo!
Me hospedé un par de noches recientemente. El personal es muy agradable. El servicio es bueno. Es un hotel guay. Las habitaciones son muy guay, aunque la mía era muy pequeña. Fue muy razonable, y estaba en un área guay. Definitivamente lo recomendaría para una estancia corta.
I stayed for a couple of nights just recently.
Really nice staff, good service.
Cool hotel - very cool rooms although mine was very small.
Very reasonable I thought and in a cooln area as well.
Would definatley recommend for a short stay.
Ich habe kürzlich zwei Nächte hier verbracht.
Sehr nette Angestellte und guter Service.
Tolles Hotel, angenehme Zimmer, wenn auch meines relativ klein war.
Der Preis war meiner Meinung nach angemessen und die Gegend war sehr gut.
Ich kann das Hotel auf jedem Fall für einen Kurzaufenthalt weiterempfehlen.
Glad I chose the Gladstone
I stayed at the Gladstone for two days in late September.
From the time I arrived, things were excellent. The staff had my room ready, and the desk clerk who took my reservation had even made a note about the possibility that I may have to change my departure date.
The I was escorted to my room via an antique elevator, by a very cheerful, informative employee. My room (403) was small yet cozy, well-maintained and sparkling clean.
This room has a kitchenette, which is nice. Other "extras" include bottled water and small hand-made herbal soaps, which make great souvenirs!
The bed was amazingly comfortable, complete with a thick, fluffy duvet.
The room overlooks Queen St. W., which is a very noisy thoroughfare and the streetcar runs past all night. Luckily, earplugs are provided! The neighborhood is full of small hole-in-the-wall art galleries great for exploring. Most shops on the street seem to open at 11 a.m.
Staying here is like living in an art gallery, as each floor has a full exhibition, complete with didactic texts beside each work. I was in town for a medical procedure and not terribly mobile, so it was nice to putter from floor to floor, admiring the wide wooden staircases and old-fashioned mouldings, looking at art.
Downstairs is a cafe with small but excellent breakfast and lunch menus. I had the tofu scramble both mornings because it was so delicious; tofu scrambled with herbs and scallions, broiled mushrooms and tomatoes, baked beans, wheat toast and hash-browns. For lunch I had the Near North salad -- mesclun mix topped with two grilled salmon fillets, garnished with grapes and toasted pecans and pistachios. The wait staff were pleasant and efficient.
The front desk staff were also amazing, booking cabs for me, answering questions, and even trying to track down a Reiki practitioner when I arrived back from the clinic sore, and with a horrible migraine. There's a real sense of camaraderie among the people who work here, and it really helps set the tone for the place.
At night the cafe turns into a cabaret with live entertainment, and there is a bar on the other side of the lobby that boasts five kinds of beer on tap. There are also arts-related events held here regularly. I wasn't up for any of these diversions on this trip, but plan to return soon, so I can properly enjoy all the Gladstone has to offer.
I understand it's been almost 2 years since you wrote this review.
Please, accept my apologies for bad timing.
I would like to thank you for all the great comments about our hotel. I recently shared your entire text with our staff.
Everyone was thrilled to hear such things as: "There's a real sense of camaraderie among the people who work here, and it really helps set the tone for the place.." .
This is exactly what we strive for. And I am GLAD you were able to capture our true essence.
If you are ever back in Toronto, let me know, ok?
Rooms Division Manager
1214, Queen St. West
Toronto - ON M6J 1J6
(416) 531.4635 ext.7104
Unique, but some drawbacks...
We stayed at the Gladstone for two nights in August. It is definitely the most unique hotel I've stayed in. Check out their website for photos of the rooms. However, you should be aware of a few things about the hotel:
1) The elevator is antique, which is very cool, but that means everytime you want to use it, the front desk has to call for a hotel staff member to operate the elevator for you. What that ends up meaning is that you only use the elevator twice (on your way up checking in, and on your way down checking out). We walked up & down the stairs to the 4th floor during our stay. While this was not a problemfor us, I think it's important to know before booking, in case you are elderly or have kids, etc.
2) Noise level: The bar downstairs is a hot spot, so that means be prepared for lots of noise. Also, there's even intra-hotel room noise - we could hear people moving around in the next room. The hotel clearly is aware of this, since they provide earplugs in the room.
3) Bathroom: Very small. No bathtub, just a shower. I tried to shave my legs in the shower stall & I had to open the door and stick out half my body b/c there was no room in the shower stall to lean over.
So these things are definitely not the worst things in the world to encounter in a hotel, but I do think it's the kind of things you might not expect, especially since this is not a budget hotel. Despite these drawbacks, I did like the quirky nature of the hotel & the beds were incredibly comfortable!
I had my wedding at the Gladstone hotel and while the venue is beautiful the staff were horrible to deal with. Requests that had been agreed to in the planning stages were not met, they did not get back to me on details of the event, they were not prepared the day of the event with items I had requested, they threw out all of the food my caterer had prepared and one of their staff stole a gift purchased for my husband and I.
The rooms are wonderful and as much as I wish I could recommend this venue I urge travellers to STAY AWAY!
Satyed at the hotel for 2 nights in Marc 2006 and loved it. Stayed in the Canadiana room which was clean and well organized. COnsidering the small space, it was very comfortable. Good bed, 20-smthg inch lcd tvs, full sized mirrors, good storage space, clean bathrooms, etc.
Street exposure is not that noisy over the weekend. I would avoid North exposure though since there's nothing to see.
The one and only antique elevator did not work over the weekend when I stayed. Had to take the stairs to walk up to the 4th (highest) level. Hardwood creeked and squeaked which I loved since it gave it even more of a historic feel.
Service was super friendly but didnt seem too professional. Having said that, we had no problems.
Only problem is that hotel parking was in a dumpy open lot across the street, which isn't the safest overnight. They left out the charge though, so that made up for it.
Woudl definately stay there again and try a different room this time.
Full of Character
What a great hotel. If you're looking for a place that has tons of character, this is it. I stayed here on my wedding night in one of the artist designed rooms and they really pulled out the "red carpet" for me and my new bride. It is a bit off the beaten path (about a 15 minute streetcar ride from downtown) and the area is still a bit rough in spots, but well worth the trip. The elevator wasn't working when I was there, but when they get the old iron cage elevator working, it's going to be fantastic. Make sure you get there before the rates go up (and I don't see why they wouldn't)