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Checklist: What to Bring to Your Luxury Short Term Rentals

We’re making packing for your trip to a luxury short term rental much easier with this checklist.  Luxury short term rentals are typically fully furnished and come equipped with bedding and cutlery, so this checklist will help to guide you when packing.

 

Clothing:

  • Leisure Clothing
  • Dress Clothing
  • Swimsuits
  • Sleepwear
  • Athletic Shoes
  • Dress Shoes

 

Travel Documents

  • Passports
  • Personal identification and health card
  • Travel Insurance Information
  • Plane/Train/Bus Tickets
  • Credit Card/Traveller’s Cheque/Cash

 

Electronics:

  • Laptop
  • Tablet
  • Mobile Device
  • Camera
  • Charging Cables
  • Headphones
  • Portable Charger
  • Universal Travel Wall Adapter

 

Toiletries/Health Care Items:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Cologne/Perfume
  • First Aid Kit
  • Motion Sickness Medications
  • Allergy Medications
  • Pain Reliever Medication
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Furnished Short Term Rentals vs Hotels

 

1. It’s significantly cheaper

You might want to brace yourself when looking at hotel prices in Toronto and other major cities, as they typically cost an average of $250 per night. This can really burn a hole in your pocket, especially if you’re staying for longer than a week. Furnished short term rentals can be a much more reasonable option for travellers, with prices ranging from $100 to $200 depending on the season and the suite type.

 

2. Amenities

Say goodbye to the days of bringing your dirty laundry to the dry cleaners or searching for a laundromat. Furnished short term rentals often come equipped with an in-suite washing machine and a dryer, so you don’t have to go out of your way to do your everyday chores.

Furnished short term rentals usually offer free Wi-Fi to their guests, access to the condominium’s pool and fitness centre, and if you’re lucky you may even have a patio or business centre.

 

3. A Full Kitchen

One of the main benefits of choosing furnished short term rentals over hotels is the benefit of having a full kitchen in your suite. If you’re staying longer than a week, eating out for every meal will get boring. Furnished short term rentals give you the option to make a home cooked meal and enjoy it in comfort.

 

4. More spacious

Hotel rooms are small, cramped, and are typically more than three times smaller in square footage than a furnished short term rental. We provide a more spacious and open concept environment to make you feel comfortable. You will often see the option for one or two bedroom suites and will almost always have a separate living space.

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6 Places To Visit In Mississauga In The Spring

Now that we are officially in the spring season, it’s time you get outside and enjoy the nice weather.  There is plenty of beautiful scenery to see and fun activities to do in Mississauga during this time of year.  Keep reading for our favourite things to do and places to visit in Mississauga during the spring.

 

Kariya Park

This beautiful park has Japanese inspired landscape, a large pond, cherry blossom trees, and much more.  Take a stroll through this peaceful garden to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and witness the cherry blossom trees in full bloom.  The park was created to honour Kariya City, Japan, which has a twin-city relationship with Mississauga.

 

 

 

Port Credit

This charming community is located on Lake Ontario, boasts beautiful views of the lakeshore, and is one of our favourite places to visit in Mississauga.  The iconic lighthouse can be seen from miles away when lit up at night.  Enjoy a meal at one of the town’s many restaurants, have a laugh at the comedy club, or even watch the boats go out into the lake.

 

 

Jack Darling Memorial Park

This large recreational area is a peaceful place to spend time with family and friends on the weekend. Located by the waterfront in Port Credit, the Jack Darling Memorial Park is perfect for a picnic on a nice spring day. People of all cultures and nationalities gather at this park with their families, friends, and pets to relax, play sports and enjoy themselves.

 

Rattray Marsh Conservation Area

This unique conservation area is one that should not be missed.  The Rattray Marsh in location on the Lake Ontario shoreline and offers a natural cobblestone beach.  The marsh boasts several walking trails to explore nature, go bird watching, and snap some beautiful photographs.

 

 

 

Streetsville

This historic community is a great place to visit for some fun, free events and entertainment during the springtime.  Bring along your friends and family and enjoy a meal with good company, some delicious treats, and then a cup of coffee to end off your visit.  Check out www.villageofstreetsville.com/ for a complete list of upcoming events in the village.

 

Go-Kart

For those of you who are more on the adventurous side and looking for a thrilling go-karting experience, Playdium is definitely one of the best places to visit in Mississauga.  Playdium is home to one of the longest go-kart track in Ontario, with a 1.2-kilometer track that won’t disappoint.

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Important Things to Look For in Short Term Corporate Housing

When you’re traveling for business, whether it’s for a few weeks or a few months at a time, you might find that you’re drawn to the idea of living somewhere with a more ‘at home’ type of feeling. We suggest you give short term corporate housing a try the next time you’re on an out of town work assignment. Steer away from the pricier options like hotels and Airbnb’s; try the newly popular short term corporate housing options. However, you can’t choose just any short term housing provider, so we’ve created this list to outline the important things that you should look for when choosing short term corporate housing.

 

Is it furnished?

This is probably one of the most important questions that you need to ask your short term corporate housing provider when you are looking around. Does the apartment come fully equipped with all the adequate furniture that you will need during the duration of your stay, or will you have to bring your own furniture along with you? Transporting your furniture for a temporary stay can be a deal breaker, as it is a very strenuous task. We suggest asking this question up front.

 

Wi-Fi

Free wireless Internet is commonplace in this day and age, but you should always inquire to make sure that your apartment’s rental rate includes access to Wi-Fi so that you can work from the comfort of your ‘home’ while on work assignment.

 

 

 

Is Parking Available?

If you’re bringing your car along with you to your short term corporate housing unit, or if you’re renting a car once you get there, then asking if there will be a parking spot available to you is crucial. Finding and paying for parking in a busy city can be a difficult and expensive task, especially if you are staying for an extended period of time, so this question is important to ask. Here at City Gate Suites we guarantee you one parking spot for the duration of your stay, and additional spots may be available for a fee.

 

Amenities

Asking about the amenities included in the apartment shouldn’t be the first question on your list, but it is definitely a good thing to know. The desired amenities will differ from person to person based on your interests, but you might be curious if you will have access to a swimming pool, gym or business centre during your stay. The amenities likely won’t make or break your stay, but they will definitely be an added bonus.

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How To Save Money While Visiting the Best Toronto Attractions

  Being a tourist in Toronto can really burn a hole in your pocket with all the amazing, yet expensive attractions to visit. That’s why we’ve created this list to help you save money while visiting Toronto attractions.

 

 

CityPASS

If you’re visiting Toronto, you want to take advantage of all that this beautiful city has to offer. This all in one pass allows you to see five of the best Toronto attractions at one discounted price. For the low price of only $46 for children, and $72 for adults, you can save 42% off of your admission to the following five Toronto attractions:

  • CN Tower
  • Casa Loma
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Toronto Zoo or Ontario Science Centre

 

ClassPass

While gyms like GoodLife and LA Fitness are great for the locals, ClassPass allows tourists and locals alike to try over 8,000 different fitness studios all over Toronto and the GTA. Have you always wanted to try CrossFit but didn’t want to commit to a membership at a CrossFit gym? For only $99 a month, you can try a new gym every day across the GTA.

 

Skyzone

The world’s first indoor trampoline park offers various promotions to make this incredible experience more affordable. Skyzone allows you to experience the feeling of weightlessness while jumping and flipping on wall-to-wall trampolines. On Tuesdays jump for only $10 for one hour, and on Wednesdays you can bring three members of your family for a one-hour jump experience and then feast on a large pizza and variety of pop.

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Why You Should Choose Short Term Pet Friendly Rentals

Finding a temporary home in the midst of a renovation or when you’re in between houses may not be an easy task if you’re bringing along your pet. Leaving your animals with a friend or kennel for a long period of time may not be an appropriate option; so finding a short term pet friendly rental apartment may be the best choice.

 

Don’t Leave Your Pet Behind

Here at City Gate Suites, we understand how difficult it can be to part with your pets while you’re relocating, so we’ve opted to make your life easier by offering short term, pet friendly rentals. We want to make your stay as easy and relaxing as possible, so we’ve taken the stress out of finding a home for your furry friend. Other short term rental providers impose restrictions on pets, or are inconsistent with their policy, making planning your stay tough.

 

Room To Run Around

Not only will our short term pet friendly rentals make you feel as though you are in the comfort of your own home, but you can rest assured knowing that your pet will have plenty of green space to run around in. Take a short walk to the beautiful Kariya Park with your pet for a scenic experience, or venture to the Jack Darling Memorial Park for vast green space for your pet to run free.

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Mississauga’s Best Restaurants with Live Music

Going for dinner to the same old restaurants can get boring after a while. Adding live music to your dining experience can really liven the mood on your night out. Whether you’re having a date night with your significant other, or grabbing a bite with some friends, check out these restaurants and bars to catch some great live music.

 

Fionn MacCool’s

This chain restaurant is a hit in any city you go to. As an Irish pub, Fionn MacCool’s is known for their variety of delicious pies, including Sheppard’s pie, butter chicken pie, and salmon leek pie, not to mention great beer! Bring out your family and friends and enjoy good times while listening to live music.

 

Abbey Road Pub

This restaurant is a good option if you appreciate a good English style meal. Abbey Road Pub has a cozy, small restaurant feel with a big bookshelf and welcoming bar. The best part is they have live music every weekend, and karaoke & wing night every Thursday. If you’re looking for a fun, laid back atmosphere, you can’t go wrong with this English pub.

Ten Restaurant & Wine Bar

If you’re looking for a bit more of an upscale restaurant to check out some live music, this restaurant might be more up your alley. Enjoy fine dining of international cuisine, including calamari, crab cakes, butter chicken, and various cuts of steak, to name a few. If you appreciate a good glass of wine with your meal Ten Restaurant & Wine Bar has a huge selection for you to choose from. Come here on the weekends to listen and even dance to their live music starting at 10pm.

 

STIR Kitchen & Beverage Co.

This is a new restaurant located in the heart of Mississauga, just north of highway 403. The eclectic décor and menu will excite you instantly, but the live music on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays will keep you coming back each time. Enjoy a wide range of internationally inspired foods made from locally produced ingredients, including stone oven pizza, schnitzel, and fish tacos.

 

 

Shore Grill and Grotto

Shore Grill is a large restaurant located in Port Credit, which incorporates two patios, a dining room and a lounge. This well priced restaurant boasts great tasting food, and live music every night of the week in the lounge. On their very large menu you will find something that suits everyone’s eating habits. Some menu items include escargot, stone-fired pizzas, sizzling fajitas, pasta, seafood, and steak.

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Family Day in Mississauga

With Family Day coming up this weekend you get an extra day off work to spend time with your family and your loved ones. If you’re looking for something to keep the family busy, look no further; this week’s blog article gives you ideas for some good old family fun!

 

Living Arts Centre

Location: 4141 Living Arts Dr, Mississauga, ON

The Living Arts Centre will be putting on an exciting full day event filled with plenty of activities to keep any family busy. Begin your holiday morning with a complimentary hot chocolate from the onsite restaurant, and then stick around from 11am to 3pm for a combination of both indoor and outdoor activities, including face painting, dance workshops, stilt performers, arts and crafts marshmallow roasting, and much more!

 

City of Mississauga

Location: Your local City of Mississauga recreational facility

The city will be offering a special this family day of FREE skating and swimming all day long on February 20th. This is a great time to get active and spend some time with your loved ones.

Family Day Fair

Location: Canlan Sportsplex, 3360 Wolfedale Rd, Mississauga, ON

This event will surely wear you out by the time its over. Your kids won’t want to sit still for one minute when they’re surrounded by inflatable rides, obstacle courses, sports, magicians, and clowns, to name a few. Tickets are $20 for kids between the ages of 12 months to 18 years, $45 for a family of 4, or $5 per adult.

 

Kids-Fest Toronto

Location: The International Centre, Hall 6, 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON

This will be the 8th annual Kids Fest event and it looks bigger and better than ever, we could not be more excited that we saved the best for last. For those of you with adventurous, fun seeking kids, this event is a MUST! There will be over 30 inflatable rides to enjoy, carnival games, mini golf, mad science experiments, exotic animals, and there will even be toddler appropriate rides. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

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4 Ways to Maintain Customer Loyalty

It’s no secret that one of the most important aspects of sustaining a business is maintaining loyal customers. Studies have shown that the costs of attaining a new customer are 60 to 70% more than the costs associated with maintaining an existing customer. This provides a huge motivator for company’s to put a focus on customer satisfaction and maintain customer loyalty. Keep reading for tips that you can apply to your business to strengthen your customer base.

 

  1. An Undeniably Good Product or Service

The most important tip on our list this week emphasises your product or service! Work tirelessly to ensure that you have the best product or service on the market, or close to it, and it will speak for itself. It goes without saying that consumers want a product or service that does what it says it will do, that is the first step in getting customers to come back continually.

 

  1. Good Customer Service

Providing your customers with excellent service and support is key to maintaining their brand loyalty. People are likely to remember a very good or a very bad experience in any situation, so give them something positive to remember. Customer service representatives should always be helpful and employ a positive attitude to make the customer feel comfortable and able to express their concerns. Take customer feedback into consideration; if they are unhappy with something, use that feedback to improve your product or service. Ensure that you have a dedicated outlet for your customers to ask questions or provide feedback, by devoting a staff member to constantly be in charge of customer service. Make it clear to your customers how they can communicate with you, whether it be via phone, email, or in person.

 

  1. Communicating with Customers

It is important to follow up with your customers every so often to keep your business top of mind. They’ve already used your product or service and know that it is high quality, so don’t let them forget it. Set up email newsletters, promotions, or holiday e-cards, to your loyal customers to remind them of your business the next time they’re looking to buy.

 

  1. Getting to know your customers names

This is not the most important part of maintaining customer loyalty within your business, but if you can do it then it’s definitely a bonus! Have your employees learn the names of your frequent customers. They will love that you took the time to remember their name; it will make them feel respected. You’ll begin to form a trustworthy relationship in the long run to keep them coming back repeatedly.

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Top Restaurants to Treat Your Significant Other on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast and furious this year and restaurants are going all out to help you celebrate that special someone in your life. If you’re coupled up on this Valentine’s Day and looking for a special restaurant to treat your significant other, we have a list to help guide you. Whether you’re looking for romance, an incredible experience, or a fun night of dancing, we’ve got you covered.

 

Breakwater Dining Room

Cost: $75

Location: The Waterside Inn, 15 Stavebank Rd S, Mississauga, ON

This elegant fine dining restaurant located at The Waterside Inn, is a beautiful, spacious room with decedent food, and attentive staff. The truly delicious menu and selection of more than 470 different types of wines has won several awards for the restaurant over the years. With this restaurant, your special night out doesn’t have to end when you get the bill, Breakwater is located in the heart of Port Credit, which is beautiful and boasts many activities to keep you busy.

 

Lula Lounge

Cost: $175 per couple

Location: 1585 Dundas Street W, Toronto, ON

What better way to show your love for your significant other than to dance the night away to Latin music at the top salsa-dancing club in Toronto? Lula’s is pulling out all the stops this Valentine’s Day with a three-course meal during a special performance, followed by salsa dance lessons. Make sure you purchase your ticket ahead of time if you want to experience the Latin fever this Valentine’s Day.

 

360 Restaurant – CN Tower

Cost: $65 – $79

Location: N Tower, 301 Front St W, Toronto, ON

If you’re looking to splurge on your significant other this Valentines Day, the 360 Restaurant is hands down the place to go. Fine dining at a 350 metre high revolving restaurant will give you an incredible experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Take in breathtaking 360 degree views of the Toronto skyline and lake Ontario from the city’s iconic landmark, the CN Tower. Your significant other will be over the moon with excitement over this special date night.

 

Spice Lounge and Tapas

Cost: $45

Location: 52 Lakeshore Rd. E., Mississauga, ON

For those of you looking for a great deal, you’re in luck! Spice Lounge and Tapas has a house special every Tuesday, including a jug of sangria and your choice of 3 entrées for only $45, and just your luck Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year. This small restaurant with dim lighting will make for a more intimate date night and enhance the romance factor.

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