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INDEXG B&B 50 Gladstone Avenue Toronto, M6J 3K6, Ontario Toronto, Canada -
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The Index G bed and breakfast is a fantastic little option if you're looking for something off the beaten track and in the centre of the Toronto art hub. Located on Queen Street West, this is an ideal place to stay for art fans as check-in and breakfast is all done downstairs in the art gallery. Offering something quite different to most hotels, this little five-bedroom is run by Hong-Kongese photographer and his wife and daughter, giving the place an intimate family atmosphere. The gallery itself displays work by the couple and other photographers are sometimes commissioned to take part in collective exhibitions.

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    Location 3.7 /10

    Located at number 50 Gladstone Avenue just off Queen Street West, it is just around the corner from the tenets of the art hub, The Drake and The Gladstone hotels. Although it feels remote from the rest of the city hustle and bustle, this is the best place to stay if you are into your art as the bulk of art galleries and artist workshops stretch along Queen Street West and further away from the city. The main city centre isn't too far though - there is a tram line that runs all the way there in less than 15 minutes. There are two airports in Toronto - the city-centre airport, which is on the islands just off the mainland and the Pearsons Airport, which is the main international airport - both are within a 20 minute drive of the hotel (traffic-depending).

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    With just five bedrooms, the atmosphere up on the first floor, where the rooms are located, is a private and homely one. The five rooms, all called by names like 'Gemini', 'Genki', 'Grassetto', 'Ginger' and 'Gracias' are stylish without being fussy. All have a different colour theme - for example, the Genki room, 'Genki', being the Japanese word for friendly, lively and healty, is a pale green colour with a queen size bed and an ensuite bathroom. Every room has original art work hanging on the walls. Very cosy and relaxing, the rooms, although basic in their amenities, are all you really need while you stay here. Neat and uncluttered, guests feel right at home here, in this private environment that makes for a good break away from the larger hotels in the centre of town. The Gemini room is the only one of the five with twin-beds. Ginger, the red room, doesn't have an ensuite bathroom, but the bathroom is just next door and isn't shared with other guests or the owners who actually live on the top floor of the building. There is complimentary wireless internet in the gallery and in the rooms.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    The Index G bed and breakfast first opened as a small photography gallery in 2000 and then was converted into its present-day bed and breakfast form in 2006. Although there isn't much else to the bed and breakfast rooms upstairs and the gallery downstairs along with its concept store, it's all you really need to feel like you are right at the heart of the art action. 'Stay with art' as the Index G slogan goes, and indeed, how much closer can you get to art than here, where you check in and have breakfast right in the Index G Gallery?

    Once you are in the small residential and very quiet Gladstone Street, the building is easy to miss - so keep your eyes peeled. From the exterior it looks like an art gallery and when it is closed, there doesn't seem to be any way of accessing the bed and breakfast; however, there is an intercom at the front door - this is where guests access the upper floor.

    Even you don't stay at the Index G B&B, make sure you pop by to have a look around in the gallery, which presents quality shows all year round. The inventory includes artworks by local, Canadian and international artists. The art shop is also worth dropping by for, as it some fantastic ideas for presents to bring back, including original art, as well as other bits and bobs. Remember that the gallery is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    Every morning a complimentary continental breakfast is served in the Index G Gallery between 8:30am and 10:00am. The breakfast includes a variety of bread (sometimes homemade), cereal, oatmeal, fruits, yogurt and beverages, in a relaxing and inspirational environment, providing a great opportunity to mingle with other guests. Index G's friendly hosts are always happy to tell guests all about Toronto and how to get around the city, if guests need any advice. The hotel does not serve hot breakfast. It doesn't serve lunch or dinner and doesn't have room service either. However, there are some great places on and around Queen Street West to try for lunch or dinner, so don't be afraid to venture out to explore the surroundings.

    To know

    The bed and breakfast is owned by Mr Lee Ka-Sing and his wife Holly - both are curators. Mr Lee Ka-Sing, from Hong Kong, is a professional photographer - his work is often on show in the Index G Gallery.

    It is important to remember that the hotel does not accept pets or children under 15 years old. Non-smoking.

    Also good to remember is that check in time is from 3:00pm-6:00pm and as the hotel does not have a 24-hour reception, make sure that if you are arriving outside of these times, then let the owners know prior to your arrival. Gallery hours are: Wednesday-Sunday from 1:00pm to 6:00pm).

    Equipment

    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning

    advantage

    • The 'stay with art' concept.
    • The owners' friendly and genuine attitude.
    • The location - in the art hub on Queen Street West.

    disadvantages

    • Unlike most hotels, Index G doesn't offer many services or facilities due to its small size.

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