Value Watch: Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
Photos by Cat O'Neil
Story by Olga Bas
The century-old, gay-friendly Gladstone Hotel, the oldest continuously operating hotel in Toronto, recently underwent a massive restoration and is offering a great deal. Take in the queer culture of its funky Queen West neighborhood for only $125 per night in April and $145 per night in May!
Run by lesbian film-video artist Christina Zeidler, the Gladstone puts a gallery-style twist on a hotel stay. Each of the 37 rooms has a unique design courtesy of a Toronto artist, with hardwood floors and lofty ceilings. The ensuite bathrooms are stocked with all-natural, handmade Canadian bath amenities and the beds are outfitted with hypoallergenic duvets and pillows.
This offer is for Out Traveler readers and web visitors. Just use the promo code "outtraveler" to get this terrific rate. For bookings, call (416) 531-4635 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; visit the hotel site at: www.gladstonehotel.com.
Money-saving tip: Free walking tours are often offered in larger cities in Europe and North America where locals are only too happy to show you around in return for tips. A quick Internet search will have you out and about in no time.