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Toronto Neighbourhood Spotlight: Greektown

May 4, 2018

GreektownToronto is a delightfully diverse city and its many neighbourhoods reveal cultural influences from around the world.  Let’s take a close look at one of those exciting neighbourhoods – Greektown.

Introduction

Greektown, also known as the Danforth, is a neighborhood in Toronto located on Danforth Avenue between Dewhurst Blvd and Chester Avenue. This was one of the main settlements of Greek immigrants in Toronto after World War I. Several scenes in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding were filmed here.

 

If you love Greek cuisine, you’ll want to head down to this part of town. It has one of the highest concentrations of dining establishments per kilometre of any other neighborhood on the planet, showcasing mostly delicious traditional Mediterranean dishes. If you visit during the Taste of the Danforth festival in mid-August you can enjoy yummy samples of cuisines from all of the restaurants along this street – not just Greek food but also Indian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese and much more.

Must Visit Spots in Greektown

  • Start with a great coffee at Broadview Espresso, where you can lean back on the comfy Muskoka chair on the outdoor patio and enjoy a high quality latte.
  • The Carrot Commons on Jackman Street is a busy avenue filled with cafes, bookstores and a funky organic food market.

Greektown

  • Shopping for cute clothes? Social Butterfly is a chic little shop with a great selection of jewellery, denim, boots, footwear and more.
  • Get your fill of big tasty Greek gyros at Messini Authentic Gyros.
  • If you want to enjoy Greek cuisine in a more sophisticated, sit-down setting you can treat yourself to a meal at Mezes. It’s a busy spot with a welcoming vibe and a heated patio. They serve up the dishes that you would find in any traditional greek home, with fresh, quality ingredients.
  • If you are a music geek, you will fall in love with the huge collection of new and old vinyl at Mike’s Music.
  • In the mood for some live music? The Danforth Music Hall is a fantastic venue that showcases a range of great talent. Check to see which shows are on during your visit!

History

greektownGreek immigrants came to this area after WWI and by the 1970s and 80s, it was the largest GreekTown in North America. There was also a large influx of Greek immigrants during the 1960s, as they were fleeing the political and economic unrest which resulted in the Greek military junta seized power in 1967-74.  This neighborhood became home to one of the highest concentrations of Greek immigrants living outside of Greece.

How to Get There

Greektown is located on the TTC Bloor-Danforth Subway line and can be accessed from Pape, Chester or Donlands stations. If you are visiting in a car, you can reach Danforth avenue by taking the Bayview/Bloor exit off the Don Valley Parkway and following the signs for Danforth Avenue/Bloor Street.

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

 

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Delsuites Exhibits Toronto GBTA Conference

April 6, 2018

GBTA ConferenceSpring may be taking its time to arrive in Toronto and the weather hasn’t warmed up from the winter chill yet. However, the spring event season is about to kick off and one of the most significant conferences in the business travel industry will soon begin – GBTA Conference

The GBTA Conference will be held in Toronto in mid-April, showcasing companies from all across North America and the world. It will draw over 700 attendees and is one of the most anticipated events of the year in the North American business travel niche.

DelSuites is excited to announce that we will be attending and exhibiting at this year’s event! If you will also be attending this groundbreaking conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, come find our booth and say hello! – Booth #219

What is the GBTA Conference?

The GBTA Conference is hosted by the Global Business Travel Association, which is the world’s premier organization for business travel and corporate meetings. It is known for showcasing the cutting edge of global business travel and the GBTA Conference is the largest business travel event in Canada.

We are looking forward to this event, as it is a chance to learn from some of the brightest innovators in the business. There are many thought-provoking talks to look forward to, such as an executive talk with John Lee, the Managing Director of TMX Group on Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies. Also, there will be a fascinating Panel Discussion on the Momentum of Technology & Innovation in Business Travel.

Other topics covered at the event include Diversity in the Workplace, Women in Business Travel, Cross Border Security and the Impact of Business Travel on the Canadian Economy and Jobs.

The Team at DelSuites Look Forward to Attending

We are counting down the days until this conference begins. There’s always so much to learn from the other exhibitors and sponsors we meet at this event. Plus, the keynote speakers for this year look very intriguing and we look forward to learning from them.

One of the main goals that DelSuites has in attending this conference is to educate attendees on the value of corporate housing, compared to hotel stays. A furnished apartment is convenient, cost effective and flexible option, offering the comforts of home for business travelers and temporary residents. These high quality, centrally located apartments are the ideal option for employees who are relocating or business travelers on a temporary visit to the city.

During our time at this event, we will also expand relationships with customers, meet business travel decision makers in person, generate leads and use this excellent opportunity for some important networking. Also, we hope to take away some interesting insights from the many other talented and innovative leaders in the business travel industry whom we will meet during the conference.

Heading to the GBTA Conference? Come and see us! We will be exhibiting at booth #219. We look forward to meeting you!  

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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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DelSuites Shortlisted for an Emma

May 18, 2017

EmmaIt is an honour to receive a nomination for this award and to be named amongst many other excellent businesses within this industry. EMMA stands for Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards and these awards celebrate best practices, successes and outstanding performers in the global mobility industry.

DelSuites was nominated in the category of Corporate Housing Provider of the Year. This category recognizes excellence in the field of Corporate Housing. Some of the other categories that are honoured by this award include the Global Mobility Team of the Year, the Best Talent Mobility Strategy, The Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility and the Employee Benefits Services Provider of the Year.

This is a prestigious award and DelSuites was nominated for two years in a row. It is an honour to be invited to an event such as this, in which all of the top innovators in the industry have gathered together to celebrate each other’s achievements.

The Forum for Expatriate Management – EMMA

The Emma Awards are presented to the world by the Forum for Expatriate Management, which is a worldwide network of Global Mobility professionals and supplier partners from all over the world. Their aims are to make connections throughout the industry, distil best practices and get the latest news from all across the industries. These awards celebrate the best and the brightest of the global mobility industry and all of the supporting vendors and suppliers.

This event is designed for anyone who is a director, CEO, head, analyst or manager of Global Mobility, HR and HR relocation, Immigration, International Programs, Talent Management, Expatriate Tax and much more. Plus, it is also relevant for relocation and transportation companies, global mobility software providers, global payroll management and immigration law firms.

The 2017 Awards

The Shortlisted Emma Candidates were announced to the world and then the nominations were assessed by an independent judging panel. This year’s event was the 8th annual America’s EMMA awards and was sponsored by Eqqus Software, BridgeStreet Global Hospitality, Polaris Global Mobility, Cambridge Global Payments, Oakwood Worldwide and several others.

The Awards were presented to the runners up and winners at the Americas Global Mobility Summit on May 4th. View the full list of FEM Americas EMMAs 2017 Winners, Runner-ups and Highly Commended here.

The winners of the 2017 awards for the Corporate Housing Provider of the Year were Nomad Temporary Housing. Also mentioned as the Runner Up and the Highly Commended choice was Preferred Corporate Housing and Blvd Suites Corporate Housing.

This superb evening of awards celebrated successes and particularly exceptional contributions to the world of global mobility. The best and the brightest were highlighted and DelSuites was thrilled to be involved in such a great event.

 

 

 

 

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DelSuites Offers Digital Home Services

April 19, 2017

Digital Home Services

These days it is more important than ever to be connected wherever you are staying, as the internet is such an integral part of our daily lives. Digital home services are important and according to a report in the New York Times, free Wi-Fi is increasingly present on the list of traveller’s must haves. Gone are the days of paid Wi-Fi. Any savvy traveler knows that Wi-Fi should be unlimited and free as a baseline feature.

DelSuites has always seen the importance of this and have provided great services in the past but now we are offering digital home services bundles that provide guests with digital utilities such as internet, cable and telephone bundles. These digital home services features continue to improve the quality of the guest experience when staying at DelSuites – making these furnished apartment rentals one of the most convenient and comfortable options for staying in the city of Toronto.

Stay Connected to the World with Digital Home ServicesDigital Home Services

Guests at DelSuites will enjoy the convenience of unlimited wireless high speed internet, keeping them up to date with emails, news, social media, videos and more. For those who are visiting on business this is a necessity, allowing them to do the work they need to do during their stay. In the case of vacationers, wireless internet is still crucial, as they want to be able to communicate with family and friends, update social media, research things to do in the area, read reviews of local restaurants and attractions, book tickets and much more.

Guests will also be able to take advantage of free local or long distance calling to any number within North America, excluding Alaska, Hawaii, Yukon, Puerto Rico, Nunavut, the Bruce Peninsula and Northwest Territories. When it comes to international calling rates, the prices are competitive with no additional administration costs. This means that visitors travelling from overseas will find it easy to stay in touch with their friends and families back home for an affordable rate – no matter where they are from.

Entertainment at Your Fingertips

Digital Home ServicesOur Premium digital package will keep guests entertained as it features premium HD television with close to one hundred channels and includes HBO and many premium movie channels. Guests will be able to directly order specialty sports and language packages using their credit card, without any additional administration costs. As well, guests with Netflix accounts can catch up on their favourite shows!  If guests require technical assistance with any aspect of their digital bundle, they will have direct access to tech support from the comfort of their suite.

These new digital home services bundles are just one of the many ways DelSuites goes above and beyond to make sure that their guests are happy and well taken care of. For more information about the digital home services or any other aspect of the furnished apartment rentals in Toronto, please contact DelSuites at info@delsuites.com