executive suites

Toronto's Waterclub II furnished suites

Fantastic furnished suites in Queens Quay’s Waterclub I

Gorgeous views, terrific amenities, and the comforts of home

Suite in Waterclub condo Toronto

If you’re visiting Toronto for a month or more, our 1 bedroom + den furnished corporate housing suites are the best way to get all the benefits of the city. Located within steps of both the business district and some of the best entertainment and waterfront living, our suites deliver more than a hotel ever could. The 24-hour concierge and building amenities mean you can enjoy every moment of your stay, whether you’re here for work or play.

Details of these suites:

  • Full kitchens which are fully equipped dishes, utensils and cooking equipment
  • 24-hour concierge
  • Fitness centre with steam room and juice bar
  • Indoor-outdoor swimming pool
  • Full bathrooms with tub
  • Desk space (with terrific views)
  • All suites have balconies
  • Pets are welcome (with some restrictions)

These suites are a great way to take advantage of the best of Toronto, all within a few minutes’ walk.

For more details about this suite, click here.

To arrange to view this suite, contact Mary Casey at maryc@todaylivinggroup.com or call us at 416.213.8881 x228

SUITE SPOTLIGHT: Fantastic views in downtown Toronto

Welcome to our furnished suites in Waterclub II

Today Living Group Waterclub II

Executive suites with style and space to spare

Welcome to our 1 bedroom and 1 bedroom + den furnished executive suites in Waterclub II, one of downtown Toronto’s most desirable condominium buildings. All suites have floor-to-ceiling windows, granite countertops and hardwood floors. The underground PATH system and public transit is within walking distance for convenient access to downtown Toronto.

Features

Our beautifully furnished suites have fully equipped kitchens that include everything you would need to cook for one, or to cook for a few! From pots and pans, bake ware, utensils, dishes, cutlery, wine glasses, small kitchen appliances and more. The entertainment centre includes a flat screen TV, Blu-Ray player and iPod docking station, and is serviced with complimentary cable, local calling and Wi-Fi internet access. All suites have full size washer and dryers and residents of TLG receive complimentary bi-weekly housekeeping which includes hypoallergenic linens and towels. All suites at Waterclub II also feature private balconies.

Amenities

Waterclub II features a wide array of amenities: 24 hour concierge, billiards room, fitness centre, landscaped terrace, steam room, health spa area, juice bar and lounge, party room, indoor/outdoor swimming pool with his/hers saunas, formal entertainment room with full kitchen and private terrace. Parking is available for an additional fee. Your pet is also welcome (though pet restrictions and fees may apply).

Corporate housing FAQs, Part II

Today Living Group furnished executive suites

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.

 

Corporate housing FAQs, Part I

 

Today Living Group answers questions about corporate housing and executive suites

The questions we’re asked most often

Most people have heard of ‘executive suites’ and corporate housing, but don’t really know what it is – or how it might be a great solution for them. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we’re asked.

What is ‘corporate housing’, anyway?

Basically, ‘corporate housing’ is the industry term for what most of us call ‘executive suites’ or ‘serviced apartments’: Fully furnished residences (typically condos or townhouses, but sometimes apartments or single-detached homes) that are available to lease or rent on a shorter-term basis than the usual one-year lease required for an unfurnished unit.

Corporate housing suites come fully equipped with full kitchens (including dishes, flatware and other housewares), linens for bedrooms and bathrooms, televisions and utilities like internet and cable. Many (especially in condos and townhomes) also have ensuite laundry facilities and designated parking spots.

Most of the time, the terms ‘corporate housing’, ‘executive suites’ and ‘serviced apartments’ are used interchangeably.

What’s the difference between corporate housing and hotels?

Hotels are designed for very short-term stays, like 1-7 nights. They’re generally just a place to sleep and bathe, and very few have full kitchens or the ability to be self-sufficient in terms of food and laundry. And most hotel rooms are fairly small: Just enough room for a bed or two, maybe a chair, and a closet.

Corporate housing, by contrast, is designed for longer-term stays in a more ‘home-like’ environment:

  • In most cities in Canada, corporate housing is designed for stays of 30+ nights (this has the added advantage of making the cost of the stay non-taxable)
  • Most suites/units are much larger than standard hotel rooms, with full kitchens, living/dining areas, and separate bedrooms
  • While hotels tend to be clustered near downtown tourist areas or isolated by airports, corporate housing suites tend to be situated in lively residential areas which mean a better day-to-day living experience

But the biggest difference between corporate housing and hotels is that it tends to cost half the price of a hotel stay in a comparable location – while also providing more space than a hotel room can.

Who uses corporate housing?

Corporate housing is often the first choice for companies who need accommodation for an employee who is on a short-term assignment or who’s waiting for a permanent transfer. But all kinds of people stay in furnished suites:

  • Families who’ve had significant home damage and need a place to stay for a couple of months while their home is repaired
  • People who are waiting for a new-built home to be ready or a major renovation to be completed
  • Families who need to be near a loved one who’s in a nearby hospital for an extended period
  • People who need to be in town for a university or college program for a few months and don’t want to take on the obligations of a 12-month lease
  • Parents in the process of a divorce who need a place to stay for a few months but with enough room to have the kids over on the weekend
  • Extended vacations (a full month of corporate housing can be less than 10 days in a hotel – and provide bedrooms for the kids)

 

SUITE SPOTLIGHT: Executive suites in ICE Condos

Furnished suites have never been this convenient

Today Living Group furnished suites

Corporate housing with style

The ICE Condominiums at 12 & 14 York Street, in the heart of Toronto’s downtown southcore. Steps from both the financial district and the Entertainment District, these 1 bedroom + den suites are stylish, fully equipped, and perfectly situated for extended stays.

Ice Condo – Pool

Details of these suites:

  • 1 bedroom + den (open concept)
  • Flatscreen tv, Blu-ray player and iPod docking station
  • Hardwood floors
  • Cable, local calling and wifi are all included
  • Ensuite laundry
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Bi-weekly housekeeping including hypoallergenic linens
  • Unbelievable amenities, including fitness centre, yoga studio, party rooms and indoor pool

And the ICE building also enjoys direct access to the Underground PATH system which means guests don’t even have to go outside to take advantage of a huge array of stores, services and restaurants.

If you’re in Toronto for 30+ days and need a furnished suite that will feel like home – but with a few extra perks – this is the place for you. Click here for more details.

Why corporate housing suite management is a good choice

Why corporate housing is a good choice

It can make good economic sense to buy a downtown condo or two as an investment: Toronto real estate prices continue to rise, so you’re building equity – and in the meantime it shouldn’t be too hard to rent the property to a nice professional couple who won’t trash the place and won’t default on the rent, right?

The truth is that managing tenants can be a whole lot more work – and cost a whole lot more money – than most property owners realize. Even the best tenants occasionally leave holes in the walls or flood the bathroom; nice professional couples tend to move on in a year or two, meaning you have to go through the process of finding new tenants all over again; and while today’s monthly rental prices may seem high, they probably won’t cover the mortgage and condo fees on a new downtown condo.

That’s where suite management can make a real difference, especially when your condo becomes part of a corporate housing pool. Here’s how:

  • Revenue. Rentals are priced on a hotel model, so the monthly rate is higher than you might expect for a regular monthly tenancy. While everyday occupancy isn’t guaranteed, on an annualized basis you can expect to earn more revenue than you would if you had permanent tenants on a year-long lease.
  • Cleanliness. Because all our suites are cleaned regularly (before and after each tenant, plus weekly or biweekly housekeeping while a suite is occupied), the property is maintained in first-class condition at all times and any issues are promptly identified and addressed.
  • Repairs. The provisions of Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Act say that landlords can’t enter a property without the tenant’s permission, so it’s possible for tenants to do a lot of damage before a landlord is ever aware of the problem. Because our suites are inspected before and after each (short-term) guest, repairs are done quickly – before they have time to turn into something serious.
  • Risk management and administration. Suite management companies like TLG manage the property, handle bookings and payments, and provide you with monthly and annual reports.

Want more information on how your condo can become a TLG suite managed property? Click here.

Executive suites and corporate housing: How to choose the right place even before you arrive

Today Living Group relocation tips

It’s a great opportunity – but you have to stay in another city for 3 months

You’ve just been seconded to head office to help spearhead a big project. It’s going to transform your career, but there’s one hitch: You have to move across country for 3 months so you can be on-site with the rest of the team. Getting an apartment isn’t an option (and why would you move all your stuff for just 3 months?) and staying in a cramped hotel room for the next 12 weeks seems like a recipe for cabin fever.

Corporate housing – also known as ‘executive suites’ or ‘furnished accommodation’ – is probably your best bet. But how do you choose the right one, especially if you have to do it online and won’t be able to check out any suites in person before you arrive in town?

 

6 tips for finding the perfect short-term home:

  1. Ask around. Referrals are one of the best ways to find a great place to stay, because people who’ve been through the process can give you more detailed, relevant information (“I know you love eating out – this place is within walking distance to all kinds of great restaurants…”) – and will be honest if a particular place didn’t deliver a good experience.
  2. Talk to your HR or accounting department. Chances are, they’ve arranged short-term accommodations for other employees in the past, and they can steer you in the right direction.
  3. What features are most important to you? Do you like to be able to walk to work, shopping and entertainment, or do you need parking? Are you passionate about working out and would appreciate a fitness center in the building? Do you need a large area to set up a home office? The more you know about what you’re looking for, the easier it’ll be to make a shortlist of possibilities.
  4. Spend some quality time with Google (and Google Maps). Give yourself some time to Google ‘furnished apartments’ or ‘corporate housing’ in the neighbourhood you’d most like to live. The more you know about what’s on the market, the better equipped you’ll be to make a decision you can live with for 2 months.
  5. Make sure you see all the photos – and a floor plan. Photographs – especially small ones online – can be deceiving. What looks like a huge, light-filled living room in one photo angle can turn out to be a poky, privacy-free closet when seen in person. (Plus, the more photos a company provides, the more likely it is they haven’t got anything to hide about their properties.)
  6. Talk to a real person. It can be tempting, when you’re busy and just want to get things done, to book a suite online without talking to anyone. That’s fine for a night or two in hotel – where it doesn’t matter that much if the room turns out to be terrible – but it’s more dangerous when choosing a place to stay for an extended period. Even a 10-minute phone call will give you a good idea of what you can expect in terms of reliability and service when you’re actually in your new, temporary, home.

BONUS TIP: When you do make your arrangements, don’t forget to get all the details in writing.

Getting to know a whole new city in a sort of risk-free way – after all, you’ve got a job and the company is probably picking up some or all of the cost of wherever you stay – can be a great adventure. It’s even better when you have a nice place to come home to at the end of the day.

 

Short-term relocation made easier

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Our tips for making your short-term relocation more successful (and as headache-free as possible)

Technology and the internet may have reduced the amount of short-term business travel for the average person, but the increased use of project teams – people who are brought in to an organization for several weeks or a few months – means that some of us find ourselves away from home for extended periods. We can provide you with a great place to stay for a few weeks or months, of course, but life at home still goes on.

1. Ensure your files are in order before you leave

Losing your wallet any time is annoying and time-consuming, but losing it when you’re away from home can be a big problem, especially if you don’t have access to things like credit card numbers, bank statements, or other documentation you need. If you’re going to be away for an extended period, prepare a file which includes things like passport numbers, bank account details, and credit card statements, and either bring it with you or give it to a close friend or family member who will be able to get the information to you quickly. That way, if your valuables are lost or stolen, you’ll have easy access to the documents you need to cancel credit cards or get replacement cards. (Storing the information in your smartphone can be risky – it may be hacked or stolen along with your wallet.)

2. Make sure someone has access to your home

If you’re going to be away for a couple of weeks or more, you should make sure that a friend, neighbour or local family member has a key to your home. You may need access to your files in case of an emergency, or you may need someone to check on the electricity or plumbing if a freak weather event has caused problems in your neighbourhood. And of course it’s always a good idea to have someone bringing in your mail, watering your plants, and turning lights on and off to give the impression that someone is in residence.

3. Know what you’ll need in case of a medical emergency

Before you leave, take some time to familiarize yourself with your organization’s benefit plan or any other medical-related information you’ll need in case of an emergency when you’re away from home. Do you need travel insurance? Do you have any existing medical conditions that may be relevant? Ensure the people you’re working with – a supervisor or someone in the HR department – knows what to do if something happens to you and you need to see a doctor or go to a hospital.

4. Leave the house in good order – and some food in the cupboards – for your return

You’re finally returning home after a few weeks away. It’s almost midnight, you’re tired and hungry – and you open the door only to find piles of laundry stacked up and nothing but outdated sour cream in the fridge. Making the effort to tidy the house, discard perishables from the fridge, and leave yourself some tinned or frozen food before you leave can make the difference between “my trip wasn’t so bad” and “ugh, I hate being away so long for work”. (Best solution? Ask the person from #2, above, to stock your fridge with some milk and bread before you get back.)

Corporate Housing and Executive Suites: FAQs answered, part II

Do you know what ‘executive suites’ really means?

Today Living group corporate housing

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.)

Can other people stay with me?

Yes.  Many suites have sofabeds to accommodate visitors, and our two- and three-bedroom suites are designed to accommodate family groups.  However, for security reasons, we do ask that you provide us with the names of these additional guests and the dates they will be staying with you.

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.

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.

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.)

I prefer to use my own furniture – especially my own bed.  What should I do?

We have a number of unfurnished suites that are available for medium-term accommodation and don’t require long-term leases.  Click here to see what’s available.

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.

 

Our referral program for condo owners and investors

Know someone with a condo they’d like to rent out, hassle-free? Tell them about us.

Our specialty is managing short-term accommodation in condominium suites for condo owners and investors who’d like to make money from their condo unit, but don’t have the time, inclination or experience to manage the day-to-day details (and headaches) associated with finding and vetting tenants, collecting fees, or ensuring the unit is kept in first-rate condition.

We’re always looking for new suites in Toronto, so if you know someone who has a suite (or suites), tell them about us – and we’ll thank you with our referral program.

Suite management referral program TLG