Do you know what ‘executive suites’ really means?
While most people have heard of the term ‘executive suites’, we know that not everyone is familiar with just what corporate housing and executive suites really are. In this second part of our FAQs series, we address the questions we’re asked most often. (You can see Part I here.)
Is there a minimum/maximum number of nights I can stay?
In Canada, each province has specific legislation regarding what constitutes a ‘hotel’ or ‘permanent accommodation’. This legislation affects tax rates and the rights of owners or landlords and guests or tenants. Corporate housing (also called ‘extended stay’) lies between the two. That means that while hotels can offer single-night accommodation, and rental housing is typically based on yearly leases, executive suites are generally required to be a minimum of 30 nights and a maximum of 364 nights.
Specific municipalities or individual condominium complexes may have slightly different rules, but in general executive suites are a good option when you need furnished accommodations for 30+ nights. (The upside to this is that in most cases, 30 nights in a furnished executive suite costs less than 10-14 nights in a ‘regular’ hotel room – and you get more space and amenities.)
Can other people stay with me?
Yes, and this is one of the biggest advantages of corporate housing. Furnished suites are designed to provide a more ‘home-like’ experience than a hotel room, which means they have kitchens, living areas, and additional bedrooms (we have suites with 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms) – which makes it easy to accommodate spouses, families, and guests. Today Living Group, like most corporate housing providers, will ask for the names of guests staying with you – but this is largely for security reasons.
What about housekeeping?
Twice-weekly housekeeping services are generally provided as part of your fees, and their services include cleaning the kitchen, bathroom(s), living areas, and providing fresh linens. You can arrange for more frequent housekeeping services upon request – just let us know when you book your stay. Our housekeepers are thoroughly vetted for security and attention to detail.
What amenities are available?
In general, guests in our suites have full access to all the amenities normally enjoyed by permanent residents: Fitness clubs, swimming pools, guest suites, parking spots, party rooms – all of these are included with your stay.
Are the residences secure?
Yes. Every unit has its own security system, and many also have secure main entrances. We also provide you with access to a Manager on Duty who is available 24 hours a day.
Is parking available?
Yes, for most suites. In some cases, an additional charge will apply – just let us know when you make your reservation. If a particular suite does not have parking included, we can help you find parking nearby.
Can you accommodate pets?
Yes, some of our residences will be happy to host your cat or dog. This may entail an additional charge, depending on the unit. (Of course, service animals are always accepted at all residences.)
What do I need to bring with me?
Your clothes, toiletries, and some groceries. Everything else, from bedding to dishes to internet access, is all there.
How far in advance do I have to book?
As with most accommodations, the longer the lead time, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to secure a specific suite. However, because we have quite a number of properties in downtown and midtown Toronto, and in Yorkville (and in some cases, more than one suite in the same building), we can usually provide you with your first or second choice, even on short notice.
Still have questions?
Let us know. We think that corporate housing is a fantastic option whenever you’re going to be in town for 30 nights or more, and we’d be happy to answer all your questions.