Toronto Hotel News: The Gladstone House Reopens In September 2021

Toronto Hotel News:
The Gladstone House Reopens In September 2021

Toronto's 130-year-old Gladstone Hotel reopens under the new moniker Gladstone House beginning with a phase one in September. The announcement was recently made by Streetcar Developments and Dream Unlimited Corp.

Gladstone House, Toronto
Gladstone House, Toronto - lobby (rendering)

In its newest incarnation, the venerable building at the corner of Queen and Gladstone takes its new name from an old engraving on the exterior of the building.

The Gladstone House will keep its emphasis on arts, culture, and diversity, while preserving its unique historic character. 

The new interior design has been created by Elastic Interiors, incorporating modern elements and contemporary art for a unique look in each room. Exposed brickwork and lighting that changes throughout the day are two of the new technical innovations.

Gladstone House, Toronto
Gladstone House, Toronto - The Bar and Bistro (rendering)

 The Gladstone House will be a sister hotel to The Broadview Hotel, on Queen Street East and Broadview, with 55 guest rooms and assorted public spaces. The latter includes The Bistro and Bar, a lobby bar which will be reopening daily in the fall.

The legendary Melody Bar, renowned as an entertainment venue, and home to the Drag Brunch, will reopen later in fall 2021. 

Since 1889, the Gladstone has been a landmark in Toronto's Queen Street West neighbourhood. For the new renovations, a call for submissions went out to local artists, and 50 works were selected from among more than 500 entries.

The hotel has been reinvented multiple times in its past. Speaking of history, here's a look at the Gladstone just before its 2000 transformation from a Queen West flophouse to arts and culture haven.


“As one of the oldest operating hotels in Toronto, we are dedicated to paying homage to Gladstone’s rich history in the city and maintaining its status as a celebration of diversity in the West Queen West neighbourhood,” says Les Mallins, Founder & President of Streetcar Developments in a media release.

“We have worked hard to ensure that we are telling the stories of the past and creating new one-of-a-kind experiences for the future as written by our guests. Gladstone House is the modern reimagination of a truly historical landmark.” 

Gladstone House, Toronto
Gladstone House, Toronto

Images of interior courtesy of Gladstone House
Exterior image by Onasill ~ Bill (NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0))

A look at the renos, which include fitness rooms in a very cool basement environment, structural work, bright open rooms - and a penthouse terrace.