By Nicole Di Tomasso
TORONTO — Gladstone House has officially re-opened to the public after undergoing a massive renovation that began in April 2020. Previously known as Gladstone Hotel, the re-imagined landmark, located in Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood, maintains its emphasis on history, culture, art and diversity.
Designed by Elastic Interiors, the hotel preserves its original architecture and exposed brick walls while showcasing colourful contemporary artwork and modern lighting applications. Some of the property changes include lower-lobby renovations, a new fitness centre, additional guestrooms and kitchen developments. Bold patterns and vibrant colours complement the design and style of the hotel’s spaces.
Lee Petrie, curator and arts program developer, executes all exhibition programming and partnerships for the Gladstone House. Currently, there are 41 works by local artists installed throughout the hotel’s guestrooms and other public spaces. From murals to tapestries to intricate neon signs, there’s no shortage of local talent. The hotel has plans to install more pieces in the coming months.
Furthermore, the Bistro and Bar is now open to guests, however, Melody Bar is in its final phase of renovation and is expected to open in November. Executive chef Richard Singh brings many years of global hospitality experience to his role at the Gladstone House, and its sister property, The Broadview Hotel.
Another apparent transformation for the 55-room property is its adoption of new technology. Guests will enter rooms using a key fob and will also be greeted with a QR code situated on the bedside table that permits access to the hotel’s directory.
General manager, Kieran Roberts, is leading the hotel’s revamped success and he’s passionate about taking the Gladstone House to new heights.