Luxury Accommodation: Toronto Visitors Should Insist on These Amenities

Luxury Accommodation: Toronto Visitors Should Insist on These AmenitiesWhen you make arrangements to stay at a luxury hotel, you expect to get the best service and have the finest amenities available to you. Unfortunately, due to overuse, the word luxury has been significantly diluted. From detergents to coffee blends, everything has a “luxury” component to it. However, there are specific standards that must be met in order for travelers to consider a hotel to be luxury. This entry will go over what you can expect from a luxury hotel like the Toronto Plaza Hotel.

What to Expect

Whether you go through a travel agent, online, by phone, or through a third party, the reservation process should be easy. You should also get all the help you want.

Once you have spent all day getting to a hotel, there is nothing worse than having to wait in a long check-in line. Waiting in lines is simply unacceptable for luxury travelers. So, when you check in to a luxury hotel, there should not be a long wait. Plus, it should take no more than ten minutes for your luggage to arrive to your room. Express or video checkout should also be offered by a luxury hotel, and they should swiftly settle any discrepancies on your bill.

The kind of room you want should be exactly what you get. When you request the following luxury accommodation, Toronto luxury hotels should be able to provide:

  • A king bed (if that is what you desire)
  • Your choice of physical location within the hotel
  • A plunge pool if available
  • Pet-friendly or handicapped room options
  • The room level or category you want

Features You Will Find in a Luxury Hotel Room

In order for a place to be considered a luxury accommodation, Toronto hotels must have certain enhanced room features that come standard or are available upon request. Some of these features include

  • A clock that runs quietly
  • Full length mirrors, often found on a closet door
  • Ability to play your own music via an iPod dock
  • A room safe
  • Comfortable reading chairs
  • Drawers, tabletops, closet space, counters, and other adequate storage
  • The ability to actually open at least one window
  • The room should have different pillow types to choose from
  • A natural fiber bedspread with all cotton, high quality sheets
  • The default luxury travel bed is a king bed
  • There should not be plastic, wipe down style wallpaper. Preferably, the walls should be stucco, wooden, adobe, or other real plaster
  • With high quality furnishings, no rickety reading lamps or other cheap touches, and consistent design, the room should strike you as great the moment you walk in
  • There should be great attention given to aesthetic detail
  • The AC and heating systems should be easily controlled, effective, and reasonably quiet
  • Free bottled water and a coffee maker should be in room
  • Large flat screen TVs
  • A desk of some kind
  • Sufficient hangars should be available and should be detachable from the rod
  • The curtains need to be able to block out the light and be made from a pleasant fabric
  • Slippers and robes
  • The mattress must be reasonably firm and not covered by anything synthetic
  • Whether it is numbered prints, art photos, or paintings, original art should be on the walls
  • Aggressive room freshener, strong cleanser, old smoke, or any other odors have no place in a luxury room

The Bathroom Must Be Luxury Too

An area of pride and scrutiny is the bathroom when it comes to luxury accommodation. Toronto hotel guests should expect enough hooks and racks in their bathroom for drying laundry cleaned by hand. High quality, fluffy terry towels are a standard feature in luxury bathrooms. Complimentary artisan or prestige toiletries that do not smell too masculine nor too feminine should be expected. And, of course, everything should be absolutely clean.

Toronto Plaza Hotel is the premier luxury accommodation Toronto has to offer. We go the extra mile to ensure our guests get the luxury experience. At every encounter, we greet you with a smile. Service is our business, and it shows.

About Toronto Plaza Hotel:

Looking for hotels near Toronto Pearson Airport offering special vacation packages & best accommodation in Toronto? Toronto Plaza Hotel Airport & Conference Centre offers a wide selection of Toronto vacation packages. Toronto Plaza Hotel offers best Conference room facilities and meeting rooms near Toronto Pearson International Airport. We also offer wedding reception facilities, wedding reception halls and wedding packages in Toronto and North York.

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Apartment Buildings: What Apartment Types Are Best for You?

Apartment Buildings: What Apartment Types Are Best for You?When you are skimming the apartment rental ads, it can be confusing trying to make sense of the terms listed and the different apartment types. To ensure you will not need to pack your bags again next month, we will break down for you the essential tips for choosing the best apartment building.

Apartment Types

It almost seems like one needs a real estate degree or a genius level IQ to make sense of all of the different apartment types available in Toronto. Here are some of the most common types broken down for you:

  • Work/Live – These often have living areas in the upper floors and offices or retail space on the ground floor. These are located in mixed use commercial/residential buildings.
  • One, Two, or Three Bedroom Apartments – These ones are usually pretty easy for everyone to understand. These range from the barely larger than a studio junior sized apartment to the “classic six” apartment, which includes two bedrooms, a maid’s quarters, two to three bathrooms, and full kitchen, living, and dining rooms.
  • Lofts – These are high ceiling apartments you may find in brand new luxury high rise apartment buildings or in converted commercial buildings. The floor plan is typically pretty open featuring a second level sleeping area and no interior walls. They are spectacular bachelor pads, but typically, they are not the best choice if you have children.
  • Triplex or Duplex – Depending on where you live, these terms may have different meanings. It can refer to how many different units there are horizontally or vertically in an apartment building, or it may refer to the number of floors an individual apartment has.
  • Studio Apartments – With dining, kitchen, and sleeping all done in one room, a studio apartment is essentially a one room apartment with a full bathroom. There may be an area or nook which can be sectioned off separately for sleeping in alcove or convertible studios.

Which Is Right for You?

You need to be sure you are choosing an apartment building that is right for you, since you will likely be required to sign a lease for at least twelve months. If you choose poorly, you may end up choosing between having collections or an eviction on your credit report, living in hell for the next year, or losing your deposit.

It is first important to determine what you want most out of an apartment building, whether it be location, low stress, just being left alone, lots of amenities, good Feng Shui, or a big apartment. Once you know what is important to you, you should look for something that matches your preferences.

Alternatives to Apartments

We would all like to find an affordably priced penthouse apartment with a private elevator, two thousand foot balcony, and amazing views in a fancy apartment building. Unfortunately, you are going to have a hard time finding something like that within your price range, especially with rent prices skyrocketing by ten or more percentage points in many parts of Toronto.

There are other options available to you. You might consider buying a house. Sometimes, the mortgage rates are good enough that they compete with how much you would pay for rent.

Another viable option that people seem to forget is extended stay hotels. For those staying at these hotels for months or weeks at a time, there are discounts on the rates. Just about any hotel gives you the option of staying for extended periods of time. When you go with an extended stay hotel, you do not have to come up with an initial large sum of cash, plus all of your utilities, Internet, laundry facilities, and maid services are all included in the hotel rates.

When it comes down to it, you need to be well aware of your budget before you ever start apartment shopping. Set an absolutely limit on how much you can pay, typically around 25 percent of your monthly take home pay. From there, make a list of five or more apartment buildings within your price range that you want to check out and tour each of them. Good luck in your apartment shopping!

About Toronto Plaza Hotel:

Looking for hotels near Toronto Pearson Airport offering special vacation packages & best accommodation in Toronto? Toronto Plaza Hotel Airport & Conference Centre offers a wide selection of Toronto vacation packages. Toronto Plaza Hotel offers best Conference room facilities and meeting rooms near Toronto Pearson International Airport. We also offer wedding reception facilities, wedding reception halls and wedding packages in Toronto and North York.

Toll Free Reservations: 1 800 267 0997DAYS HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE – Toronto Airport East - Reserve Now