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The Gladstone, which is the longest continually operating hotel in Toronto (opened in 1889), is known today as Toronto's art hotel. Christina Zeidler, whose father designed Ontario Place and the Eaton Centre, took over with her family in 2005, and now along with brick walls, wood floors, high ceilings, and a birdcage elevator that dates back to 1904, it features galleries and 37 unique rooms designed by Canadian artists. There's the Stargazer room with its "meditative ambience," a Teen Queen room with photos of celebrities as teens, and the Canadiana room with a woodsy feel and a forest mural. All rooms include Canadian Pharmacopia toiletries. You might want to avoid south-side rooms due to street noise. You can help yourself to coffee and tea from 7 to 10am in the third-floor lounge. If you have the urge for exercise you can use a well-equipped gym at 99 Sudbury St. for free, or borrow the two bikes and helmets the hotel has for guests. The intimate lobby-level Café restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the Melody Bar serves full meals and has some live music events, including weekend karaoke.