Gladstone House – new name, same funky vibes
The next phase in the evolution of the Gladstone Hotel, begins with its renaming to the Gladstone House. The new name pays homage to the original “Gladstone House” engravings on the stone exterior of the building, adding a slice of history to the modern reinvention of the space. Situated in West Queen West, one of Toronto’s most creative neighbourhoods, the reimagined landmark will maintain its emphasis on culture, art, and diversity, while ensuring the building’s rich history and iconic original architecture remain preserved. With a phased opening to the public in September 2021, Gladstone House will continue to be the cultural pulse of the city that it has been for over 130 years, with even more exciting new offerings.
Gladstone House will officially reopen to the public this September 2021, with hotel room reservations and event bookings (weddings, celebrations, corporate events, etc.) now available online to plan online.
Designed by internationally acclaimed Elastic Interiors, guests will be delighted by unexpected and modern elements, contrasted with colourful contemporary artwork to provide a unique and elevated experience. The celebrated boutique hotel, steeped in history, features restored exposed brick walls and innovative lighting applications that transition throughout the day, bringing the building to life. Starting today, event bookings and room reservations can be made for September onwards, via the new Gladstone House.
Since 1889, Gladstone House has been a pillar of the West Queen West community, offering a distinct representation of the neighbourhood’s art, culture and diversity. Over the past several years, Gladstone House has evolved in many ways, but continues to be recognized and valued as a staple of Toronto’s west side.
As a platform to engage local artists, the hotel initiated a “Call for Submissions,” which attracted over 500 entries. A panel of jurors selected over 50 works, which will be part of an art installation in each of the hotel’s 55 guestrooms and surrounding public spaces. Ushering in a new look and feel, Gladstone House promises an unforgettable guest experience for locals and travellers.
The Bistro and Bar, offering a true lobby bar experience, will reopen in the fall for daily dining and cocktails. Gladstone House will also be launching 3 new studios, featuring lifestyle, fitness and art programs. Melody Bar, a destination in its own right and home to the beloved Drag Brunch, will reopen its doors later this fall. Expect a new line up of additional programming targeted to entice the neighbourhood as well as the Greater Toronto Area.
As the sister property to The Broadview Hotel, a popular, historical landmark and anchor of Toronto’s east side, guests of Gladstone House can also expect a colourful dining, social and event experience from the moment they enter its doors.
Gladstone House: www.gladstonehouse.ca
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