Best Toronto Hotel: The Gladstone Hotel

If luxury chain hotels aren’t your thing and you’re looking for a more low-key, art-filled hipster vibe, The Gladstone Hotel is the best Toronto hotel option for you.

Located in Toronto’s colourful Queen West neighbourhood, the historic and Victorian Gladstone Hotel is the oldest continually operating hotel in Toronto (it was built all the way back in 1889). In the years since, The Galdstone has become a go-to boutique art hotel and creative hub, with common spaces bustling with artists, freelancers, creative, and well-connected travellers.

The hotel is host to no shortage of art shows (over 70 art exhibitions a year), live music, and cultural events – showcasing some of the best talent in Toronto.

As for the hotel rooms themselves, they are – not surprisingly – among the most unique hotel rooms in Toronto. All of the 37 rooms (it’s bigger than it looks) are artist-designed, inviting you to literally sleep in an experiential work of art. Just because it may attract the starving(ish) artist set doesn’t mean that the hotel cuts corners when it comes to accommodation. All rooms feature 300 thread count linens, flat screen T.V., a Samsung Galaxy Tablet with a digital concierge system, free WIFI, all natural bath amenities, and a dry bar stocked with locally sourced snacks and drinks.

When rooms are called things like “The Biker Room,” “Teen Queen,” and “The Red Room,” you know you’ve not only found a resting place like no other, but no shortage of Instagram material either.

Though the Gladstone Hotel is within walking distance from of Queen West’s popular restaurants and hidden gems alike, the food is also pretty great at the Gladstone itself (including some of the best brunch in the city). If you’re in the mood for a workout, hotel guests are free to use the gym at nearby 99 Sudbury.

If you’re looking for a unique experience and artsy vibe, this is definitely the best hotel in Toronto for it.