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Decorating Condos Over the Holidays

December 12, 2017

Decorating CondosIf you are travelling and away over the holidays, decorating condos will help to create some holiday cheer.

Whether you are visiting friends, exploring Toronto as a tourist, travelling on business or staying in the condo while your home is being renovated, these stylish furnished condo suites in Toronto are a lovely place to spend the holidays. Here are some tips that will make your furnished condo feel more festive.

Decorating Condos – Embrace Twinkle Lights

Strands of twinkle lights are not just for outdoors – you can use them inside to create a magical atmosphere. Try hangiDecorating Condosng them from the ceiling or putting them around the doorway as a way of setting the mood as soon as you walk in. They don’t take up a lot of room, so they are ideal for a place where space is at a premium.

Mini Pinecone Christmas Trees

Start with some pinecones, then paint them green and add some glitter. Place a star on the top and put them in a small flower pot. You can place these lovely mini trees on any flat surface and spread Christmas cheer all throughout your condo.

Window Ornaments

Rather than hanging lights or a wreath in your window, try using garlands with sparkling or shiny baubles on the end of them. It will make your window feel like a Christmas tree and when the winter sunshine comes through it will make them sparkle and shine. You could even add prisms to refract the light and scatter rainbows around the interior of your apartment.

Elegant Candles

Decorating CondosPlace white pillar candles on a silver serving tray and display them on the table. They are simple and elegant and will set the Christmas mood. You can even use scented candles that will create the right atmosphere for Christmas – such as cinnamon, nutmeg or frankincense. When your condo starts to smell like Christmas, it will really get you in the mood for the holiday season.

Use Mini Wreaths

Try using some small wreaths and decorate all around your condo to add more festive feeling. For example, you can use satin ribbon to hang a mini wreath from shelves or drawer pulls, or hang one in the window or over a mirror.

In addition, while your out with family and friends, why not check out some of these fun filled holiday activities to do in Toronto?

Decorating condos for the holidays will make it feel more special and welcoming and will really get you in the holiday spirit. How do you like to decorate for the holidays? Share your ideas and your holiday crafts with us in the comments below.

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Benefits of Building Amenities

December 1, 2017

Building AmenitiesStaying in a furnished apartment offers a lot of advantages over a hotel stay, including providing more space to relax, a kitchen for self catering and laundry facilities. However, the features within the apartment aren’t the only advantages. There are also great building amenities that make your stay so much more enjoyable.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits that building amenities provide:

Building Amenities – Fitness Centre

Regular exercise has a number of health benefits, including improved sleep, increased alertness, improved immune system function, improved mood. Plus, staying active also helps you to manage your weight and decreases your risk of a wide range of diseases.

Having a fitness centre right on the premises of your furnished apartment offers you the benefit of being able to get your workout in without having to go far. Even if the weather is dire outside, you can still burn calories with state of the art equipment and develop your physique with the weights.

24 Hour SecurityBuilding Amenities

Staying in a furnished apartment with 24 hour security means that you’ll be able to rest easy, knowing that the only people who enter the property are the ones who are supposed to be there.  The trained, professional security staff at every building are good at their job and will make you feel safe and right at home.

Party Rooms

What if you want to host an event during your stay, but you don’t have enough space for everyone in your apartment? Or, you would rather cater in a setting away from your accommodation, leaving you the option for a quiet place of respite during the festivities?
These rooms provide a great environment for birthday parties, family reunions and any other get-to-together that you may want to arrange while you are in Toronto.

Some buildings even offer theatre rBuilding Amenitiesooms, which can be booked for your own private movie screenings.

Secured Parking

Another beneficial amenity furnished apartments in Toronto offers is secured parking. Rather than leaving your car exposed to the elements, it will be kept safe and sound in the underground, secured parking garage. You won’t have to worry about your car or risk it being damaged.

This is a huge advantage in the chilly Toronto winters, as it will prevent the Canadian cold from taking its toll on your vehicle and also allow you to go straight from your furnished apartment to your car without having to brave the snow.

Great Building Amenities Make for a Pleasant Stay

These are just a few examples of the benefits offered by the building amenities available in Toronto. It’s not just about what’s in the apartment, it’s also about what the building has to offer and how it will make your stay more comfortable. To find out more about our building amenities, please contact us today!

 

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Toronto Neighbourhood: Little Italy

November 17, 2017

Little ItalyLittle Italy

Also referred to as College Street West, Little Italy is known for it’s superb Italian-Canadian restaurants. During the weekends the streets are buzzing with visitors and locals dining on the outdoor patios. The Italian trattorias have a casual, family-friendly vibe and they are all about good, traditional recipes cooking with fresh ingredients.

Little Italy isn’t a 100% Italian neighbourhood – while there is a strong Italian community there is also a significant Portuguese population located around the Portugal Village shopping centre and the First Portuguese Canadian Cultural Centre.

Must Visit Spots in Little ItalyLittle Italy

  • La Forchetta Ristorante is the classic Italian dining experience, with pasta and meat dishes originating in the Old Country. Plus – they have a superb wine list to pair with your entree.
  • If you are into live music there are a lot of great places to check out in Little Italy, including the Mod Club or the basement of Nightowl.
  • Check out Cafe Diplomatico. Known as “The Dip” by locals, this coffee shop and restaurant has become an institution for caffeine fiends in Toronto. It also serves up all of the Italian classics including paninis, pizzas and more. If it looks familiar to you, it’s because filmmakers often use it as a set.
  • Rita’s Italian Ice serves up delicious frozen treats in a ton of different flavours – the ultimate treat for a warm day.
  • Check out the Italian Walk of Fame – where stars line the sidewalk with the names of famous Italian Canadians.

History

Large numbers of Italian immigrants came to Toronto in the early 20th century, settling in the area around College Street in the affordable Edwardian homes there. Most found work on the railways or in road construction and many started businesses in the area.

It was during the 1920s that Little Italy really became recognized as the commercial and residential centre of the Italian community in Toronto. These days the area is home to the largest Italian Little Italycommunity that is located outside of Italy and it is a popular area of the city for visitors to explore.

How to Get There

It’s quite simple to get here via the TTC. You can arrive from Queens Park or start from College Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina Line. Then, from there you can catch the 506 Carlton streetcar towards High Park traveling west on College Street. You can disembark anywhere between Bathurst Street and Ossington Avenue.

You can also travel from Bathurst Station on the Bloor-Danforth Line. When you exit, catch the 511 Carlton Towards Exhibition streetcar traveling south on Bathurst Street. You can disembark at College Street West. Exploring this street on foot is a delight, give yourself plenty of time to dip into the little shops and cafes to sample what they have to offer.

What’s your favourite Little Italy spot? Let us know in the comments below.

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DelSuites Announces Pet Friendly Travel

November 10, 2017

Pet Friendly TravelDelSuites welcomes pet friendly travel accommodations; any domestic cats and dogs that are 25 lbs or less.

DelSuites is known for providing top notch accommodation with five star Tridel amenities, located in some of the most desirable neighborhoods in Toronto. The suites, equipped with full kitchens, laundry facilities and parking, are ideal for vacations, family travel, business travel, home renovations, insurance claims, relocation or medical stays.

Whether you are moving house and need to take your pet with you, or you simply want to bring Fluffy or Fido along on your vacation, you can book with DelSuites knowing that they will be welcome. When you arrive at your suite, you’ll receive a custom DelSuites food and water dish that you are free to use during your stay.Pet Friendly Travel

Pet Friendly Travel Accommodations

We only ask that your furry travel companion follows a few simple guidelines, such as:

  • Pets should be leashed at all time, or carried through common areas.
  • Pets are not permitted within the building’s recreation areas.
  • If your pet is left alone on cleaning day, please contain them within a crate for the safety of the pet and housekeeping personnel.
  • A $300 non-refundable Pet Cleaning Fee will be charged.
  • Service or Assistance animals can stay at no additional charge.

Please note that the guidelines may vary slightly depending on the location where you plan to stay, so please check the building page for specific pet allowances. Be sure to specify in your booking that you will be bringing your pet along with you.

The Benefits of Traveling With Your Pet

Here are some of the reasons yPet Friendly Travelou might want to consider bringing your furry companion along with you on your next trip.

  • There have been multiple studies that prove pets are good for your health. They can reduce stress levels, lower your blood pressure and boost your mood. Travel can be stressful, so bringing along your animal friend will help keep you calm and happy.
  • There’s no need to worry about finding a pet sitter or leaving them behind at a kennel.
  • Your pet won’t have to experience the loneliness and anxiety of missing you when you are gone.
  • You’ll be more motivated to get out and be active when traveling, as your furry friend will need walks.
  • Having your pet with you can help you feel safer and more comfortable when you are in an unfamiliar setting.

After a full day of exploring in Toronto, you and your furry friend can come home to a relaxing sanctuary right in the heart of the city. To find out more about our pet friendly travel accommodation and the guidelines for bringing your pet with you, please feel free to contact us at any time.

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How to Make Your Relocation Run Smoothly

October 25, 2017

RelocationWhether you are relocating for professional opportunities, being prepared for the move can make the transition much less stressful.  Here are some tips to keep in mind that will make your relocation go more smoothly.

Consider a Relocation Package

If you are moving for work, your company may have a relocation package which can be a big help. These packages may include temporary housing, a city orientation, education, government registration, health care, moving services and other services to help you get settled in. These services can even help you to set up things such as car insurance, banking, cable and television providers and more. It really helps to have support on your side when you are undergoing a relocation.

City Orientation

One of the first steps will be to get yourself oriented in your new home. Many relocation packages will include a city orientation which will give you an overview of the city and help you to get your bearings. You’ll learn about how the city is laid out, how public transport works and where important amenities are located.  This will also help you to determine where in the city you want to base yourself. You can figure out the best location that is close to schools, shopping malls and your place of work, while still within your price range.relocation

Government Registration and Immigration

If you are relocating to another country you will need to go through the immigration process. This will require a lot of official documents, such as birth certificates, work permits and other legal paperwork.  If documents need to be authenticated, it is easier to arrange this before moving. A relocation service can also assist with organizing this documentation and making sure every box is ticked.

Temporary Housing

Finding the right place to live before you move to a new country can be difficult. You may need to base yourself somewhere for the short term while you do your research and shop around for a home. Temporary housing for relocations, such as the apartments offered by DelSuites, are very convenient and much more economical than a hotel. Look for a short stay property near your place of work to save time.

HealthcareRelocation

It’s also very important to think about healthcare and how you will access it in your new location. Will you be covered by the health insurance provided by your employer? You should also register with a dentist and a doctor near where you live – before you fall ill.

School/Education Services

If you are traveling with children you’ll also want to consider where they will be going to school. Do some research into the schools in the area to determine which one will be the best fit for their educational needs. Here’s a few great tips for finding the best schools for your kids when you move.

The most important tip when relocating? Take a deep breath and stay calm. It’s a big task but if you approach it one step at a time you will get it done.