Blog 2017-02-13T22:50:41+00:00

Upcoming Festivals in Mississauga

May 23rd, 2017|

By Lisa Marie Brennan

The city of Mississauga is no stranger to excitement. There are lots of ways to enjoy the warmer weather, spend next to nothing, and have lots of fun in the process. Check out some of the activities slated for spring and early summer.

Carassauga (May 26th to May 28th)

This three-day festival showcases the cultures of more than 70 countries at different pavilions around Mississauga. Each unique pavilion features exotic foods and entertainment from the country described. See here for further information.

Bread and Honey Festival (June 2nd to 4th)

Head into quaint Streetsville for this 45th annual delicious festival. It includes a wide selection of carnival games, rides and educational demonstrations for the entire family. Be sure to bring your appetite and a sweet tooth, as bread and honey will be plentiful. The last day of the festival features the Rotary Pancake Breakfast.

Check out the website for further details.

LEGENDS’ Row (June 3rd)

This prestigious ceremony honours the accomplishments of well-known people who live in or are from the city of Mississauga. Although the concept is still relatively new, past honourees include Ontario Women’s Hockey founder Fran Rider and internationally-recognized Streetsville band Billy Talent.

Inductees have their stories presented on a display called a Totem. These displays are featured in conjunction with historical panels, outlining the small villages and hamlets from those communities who made up the city of Mississauga at amalgamation in 1974. The new structure that will house the totems will be at Celebration Square and will be unveiled on June 3rd.

Celebration Square Activities

Located right in the heart of downtown Mississauga, across from Square One Shopping Centre, Celebration Square offers a dynamic and diverse mix of concerts and festivals. Here’s a list of some of the upcoming events in store.

Mississauga Marathon (May 5th-7th, 2017)

Mississauga Marathon race weekend is one of the most popular running events in the GTA. The weekend features two days of racing over a variety of distances (2k – 42.2k) and can draw up to 10,000 runners over the weekend. The start line for the marathon is moving to Celebration Square. See here for a map of the marathon.

Movie Nights (May 25th to August 31st, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.)

All you have to do is grab some friends and a blanket and prepare to watch movies under the night sky at the city’s biggest outdoor theatre. The movies are a mix of older and newer titles to appeal to all tastes.

Spring lineup includes:

Thursday May 25 – The Secret Life of Pets

Thursday June 1 – The Karate Kid

Thursday June 8 – Ghostbusters

Thursday June 15 – Sing

Check here for a more extensive movie list.

Thursday June 22 – The Jungle Book

Canada Day Celebration (July 1st, 2017)

The rich history of Canada is told through live performances and an energetic concert. There will be more than 25 food trucks to keep your hunger at bay, along with activities to pique the kids’ interest and a powerful fireworks finale. See here for further information and for upcoming summer events.

If you stay at Platinum Suites, you will be steps from the action as our furnished apartments are across the street from Celebration Square!

Riverwood: Nature’s Hidden Paradise in the Heart of Mississauga

May 2nd, 2017|

By Lisa Marie Brennan

You can live in the same city for 50 years and still discover new and wonderful things at every turn if you just look. This is not always easy because stepping outside of our comfort zones can be difficult. We have our usual coffee stops, shopping, and parks we like to frequent.  They’re safe and familiar. The ‘burbs are practically designed that way.

After 36 years in Mississauga, my own family recently changed things up and discovered the wonder of Riverwood Conservancy. It’s truly a hidden gem, located on land in Central Mississauga that was once used by First Nations as original trading grounds. Riverwood is a volunteer-run organization that provides programs and services to the community about nature. It is 150 acres of beauty and can offer a true appreciation of what nature has to offer.

As a bird lover, my son was delighted by the Riverwood Bird Trek, which enabled him to get up close and personal with many beautiful birds of the forest. Having chickadees feed from his tiny hand was a wonder – I’d never seen him hold still for that long!

It’s a trail of beauty, with changing topography: The journey begins at McEwan Field Station, continues past a deep ravine and down to the Credit River. Interpretive signs along the way will let you know which birds to be on the lookout for, including cardinals, tree sparrows and downy and hairy woodpeckers. There are dips and peaks to keep things interesting.

It’s more than wilderness though: the Chappell House Gardens will delight you. This heritage building was constructed in 1919, as well as the MacEwan Terrace Garden. Click here to find out more information about Riverwood and how you can get involved.  Even if admission wasn’t free, the rich experience here is priceless.

If you are in town, staying at Platinum Suites, Riverwood is a great destination to check out – you could get there by bus – it’s a single street route along Burnhamthorpe Rd. Hope to see you there!

Image: Flickr

Top Scenic Parks in Mississauga

April 29th, 2017|

By Lisa Marie Brennan

At quick glance, Mississauga appears to be like any big city — congested and bustling. Simply put, a concrete jungle. But this city of more than 700,000 people has a lot of tranquil nature escapes if you know where to look. Here’s just a glimpse of how much greenery one can find.  

Lakeshore Promenade Park/Harbourfont

This scenic harbourfront is nestled in quaint Port Credit – one of Mississauga’s oldest pockets. It’s here that I’m most reminded of lazy summers in Cape Cod. Enjoy long walks along the pretty harbourfront while taking in the sounds of the rushing water, children laughing and birds flying above. When you’re hungry, grab a bite to eat at Snug Harbour restaurant, with its breathtaking view of the lake. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to visit the city’s working lighthouse. See the website for details.

Kariya Park

This beautiful park is situated right in the heart of downtown Mississauga, within walking distance of the Square One Shopping Centre. The park was officially opened in July 1992, honouring the eleventh anniversary of our twin-city relationship with Kariya , Japan. Take in the array of sweet-smelling pine, gingko, sweetgum trees and rhododendrons as you roam the tranquil pond, stroll garden, and hill garden. Kariya Park is certainly a mix of various forms of Japanese gardens all rolled into one. Click here for more information. Kariya Park is walking distance from your rental apartment at Platinum Suites! Here is more about what is in the area.

Erindale Park

This is the largest park in the city and features five picnic areas, five barbecues, six comfort stations, a playground and opportunities for fishing, hiking and canoeing. Active outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round here. Take your time walking through the David J. Culham Trail. Sometimes one can spot deer and other wildlife and catch breathtaking views of the Credit River. Bird watchers will truly be in Heaven as they look for their favourite feathered friends.  See here for more information about location and parking.

While you stay with us, ask your Platinum Suites customer service expert how to get around, and how to enjoy the beauty of the city.

image: Wikimedia Commons

Airbnb WiFi Woes Disrupted my Business Trip

March 31st, 2017|

I have never been a fan of hotel settings. They’re noisy, bustling, and if you’re unlucky enough to have a family with children in the room next to you, you’re in for a sleepless night.

Given the nature of my work, I frequent hotels more than I’d like. I’m an entrepreneur and am back and forth to the Greater Toronto Area a few times a year. After the last incident in a hotel, where I listened to screaming children running up and down the halls all night, I decided to look for a quieter alternative for my next business venture.

Airbnb for business travel looked promising. Instead of a hotel, I could rent the quiet room of somebody’s home, and have some peace for the duration of my stay. I was really excited about my trip to Mississauga because of this. The house I settled on was at the end of a quiet, tree-lined street, tucked away from a busy intersection.   I had good vibes about this peer-on-peer rental service I decided to take a chance on.

It wasn’t long before things began to unfold, and not for the noisy reasons I thought.

As a business traveller, a reliable Wi-Fi connection is crucial to the success of my business and communication with clients. When I had settled in for the evening on the first night of my stay, I noticed the password for Wi-Fi was not working. The owner of the house was not around and I was forced to do my work in a local restaurant that had free Wi-fi available. It was a huge inconvenience. When I finally did get the password sorted out the next day, the Internet connection would fail intermittently throughout my stay. If that wasn’t bad enough, every time I made a call on my cell phone, the connection was so terrible that the calls kept dropping. I soon realized that a reliable Internet connection cannot be guaranteed in someone’s home, unlike an establishment.

When I returned home a few days later, I mentioned my experience to a friend. He told me about Platinum Suites – fully-furnished, extended-stay apartment rental suites in the heart of downtown Mississauga. He reassured me that Platinum Suites have spacious units with multiple rooms. Because of this, I’d have less chance of hearing noise than if I was in a one-bedroom hotel room.  

The best part is they are designed for extended stays, so business needs such as Wi-Fi, privacy and conference rooms are available at Platinum Suites. Business trips can contribute to a company’s growth, but only if the traveller benefits from the visit. The next time I venture to Mississauga, I will look into staying at Platinum Suites.

By Lisa Marie Brennan

Where Entrepreneurs Should Stay While Considering Mississaug

March 25th, 2017|

As a small business owner, I had set my sights on Mississauga as the city to increase my chances of entrepreneurial success. This jewel of the Greater Toronto Area is a diverse hub of business opportunities and getting to know what the city had to offer before planting roots was essential.

When planning a stay in Mississauga to get a better feel for the area, I stayed at Platinum Suites.  These fully furnished apartment rental suites caught my eye, above other extended-stay establishments, for one key reason: location. Platinum Suites is located right in the heart of downtown Mississauga. It is just minutes from Square One, the second largest shopping centre in Canada, City Hall, Celebration Square, and the tons of local businesses and restaurants. In a nutshell, this is where the action is.

When I’m travelling to a new location and meeting clients, convenience is everything. I don’t want to worry about commuting all over a bustling, unfamiliar city – especially in inclement weather. Mississauga is large and traffic is inevitable, so any opportunity to walk a short distance to a business meeting is preferable over getting in my car.  

The other defining factor was the spacious units.  If the weather is bad, I have the option of entertaining a client in my own suite at the kitchen table. I can order takeout, or prepare a freshly cooked homemade meal through the convenience of a full kitchen. A private boardroom is also available if I need to accommodate more than a few guests.

On my last business trip, I forgot my printer at home. I was in a panic. The same thing happened again at Platinum Suites, and I was able to borrow one for the duration of my stay, as well as a copier. The convenience, comfort and professionalism made my business trip to Mississauga a stress-free one and I’m looking forward to future visits to the Greater Toronto Area to set some roots down.

By Lisa Marie Brennan

Why First Impressions Matter for Business Travel

March 22nd, 2017|

Accommodation Isn’t Always “Business Travel Ready”.

As an entrepreneur, I take several business trips a year around Ontario. Recently, my travels brought me to Mississauga – the city just West of Toronto, and using Airbnb for my accommodations seemed to be a smart option. For those who aren’t familiar with it, Airbnb is an online community marketplace that connects people looking to rent their homes with people who are looking for accommodations.

In planning my seven-day business trip to the Greater Toronto Area, I decided to take up lodging in a quiet subdivision. What better way to experience the bustling city of Mississauga than by staying right in the community, and not in the middle of nowhere, by the airport. The condo unit listing on Airbnb indicated the accommodations were “Business Travel Ready,” so I assumed I’d have no problems.  I was wrong.  

I’ve heard it said that first impressions are everything, and it’s absolutely true. The damp smell in the condo unit hit me the moment I walked in. I couldn’t put my finger on it and couldn’t even begin to describe the smell. The space also appeared much smaller than the pictures online, which was a problem because I intended on having a few colleagues over for dinner during one of my stays and didn’t want us to feel cramped.

If that wasn’t enough, the closets were missing hangers and there was a real shortage on some of the essentials, like toilet paper and fresh linens. I was really in no mood to argue with the host about the state of the place, and didn’t even discover about the shortage of toilet paper until it became an obvious problem.  These are essential items that are supposed to be well stocked up when a renter agrees to stay in the host’s domain.

After returning from my disappointing experience, I talked with a friend about where he has stayed in the past. He plans all his business trips in the GTA with Platinum Suites – fully-furnished, extended-stay apartment rental suites, located in the heart of Mississauga. They are comfortable, spacious, and most of all, clean. He claims that Platinum Suites states what is offered and sticks with it – a good thing, in my book. I am going to look into what Platinum Suites has to offer for my next business trip, as cleanliness is now at the top of my list when it comes to accommodations.

By Lisa Marie Brennan

Why Quality Customer Service is Key for Insurance Adjudicators

January 26th, 2017|

When disaster in the home strikes – whether it’s a manmade or natural catastrophe — the first place to turn to should be your insurance adjudicator. Chances are, you’re devastated, and maybe even hysterical.  Rightly so. This is the time you need to be heard and guided in the right direction. You’re relying on your insurance adjudicator to make this happen.

Insurance adjudicators are used to dealing with people at their lowest points and are often faced with bumps in trying to ensure policyholders are well taken care of.  Each situation is unique in its own right. For starters, some policyholders may be organized from the get-go during an emergency, and can easily provide the necessary documentation, such as an inventory of damaged and undamaged items in the house. They have a good understanding of what their policy includes.

Others are completely overwhelmed and have little to no idea of what their policy covers. They may expect things they aren’t technically entitled to under their particular policy. It’s up to the insurance company to calmly and patiently walk the policyholder through and assess what needs to be done as soon as possible.

This is where impeccable customer service comes into play. The insurance adjudicator is challenged to be one step ahead of the game and think of things the policyholder may not.  Does this person need temporary housing? Is transportation an issue that impacts where you temporarily place this family? Without a valid driver’s licence, for example, temporary housing has to be conveniently located so the policyholder can get to and from work.

At the end of the day, policyholders want to feel that their unique life situation is important to their insurance company. They don’t want to be “just another number.”  Dragging one’s feet in opening up a claim or being impatient with policyholders will only encourage them to shop around for a company where they do feel respected and listened to.  How to provide the best information in a timely and calm way is crucial for insurance adjudicators in developing a long-lasting relationship with policyholders.

By Lisa Marie Brennan

Sorry Kids, Temporary Housing Doesn’t Have to Mean Junk Food

January 15th, 2017|

A few days ago, your family’s lives changed forever when falling trees from a bad storm caused extensive damage to the interior and exterior of your Greater Toronto Area home. With massive renovations needed, you and your husband decided the best thing was to stay elsewhere while your home was repaired. It certainly was not a suitable living environment for two children.

Long discussions with your insurance company landed your family in an extended-stay suite for an undetermined amount of time. In the moment, you were so panicked that you really didn’t understand what your family’s needs would be during your time away from home. Sure, this place was comfortable enough, but comfort was about the only thing you and your husband thought of as important at the time. Food should have been an equally important goal, considering you and your husband spent all of last year trying very hard to lose weight.

You have a little kitchenette with a microwave, and although that’s okay for heating up some TV dinners, you’re growing weary of eating less than subpar. Your kids are delighted by all the convenience food, but inside you’re cringing at how depleted your diets have become. It’s also getting expensive eating most meals out, or ordering in.

A little research leads you to a website for Platinum Suites – fully furnished extended-stay apartment rental suites. They look clean and comfortable, but what catches your eye is that they include a fully functioning kitchen. A perk like this would not only help you save money during your stay, but would allow your family to get back on track with dietary needs – much to the kids’ dismay!
By Lisa Marie Brennan

What Does a Recipe Tester do When She has Lost her Kitchen?

January 8th, 2017|

Your entire career rides on the fact that you have access to a fully functional kitchen. After all, you’re a freelance recipe tester and your “office” is your kitchen. Last week, an electrical fire caused your entire Mississauga bungalow to be destroyed. You not only lost a lot of your precious belongings, but your beautiful workspace went up in flames.

Although it’s devastating on many levels, what worried you most was how to maintain productivity during a disaster. As a freelancer, if you don’t work, you don’t get paid, and setting up a makeshift office in a coffee shop as you have seen others do every morning wasn’t going to cut it for you. What if your insurance company placed you in an extended-stay establishment that merely had a little kitchenette with a microwave? Testing recipes requires a lot of room and access to a complete kitchen. A microwave and a hot plate are useless for testing gourmet international recipes.

Thankfully, your insurance company recommends Platinum Suites – fully furnished and spacious rental apartment suites that include a fully functioning kitchen. There, you could move seamlessly from your home to Platinum Suites and have little to no interruption to your work schedule. With deadlines looming, this was a huge relief and one less headache you had to worry about during one of the most stressful times in your life.
By Lisa Marie Brennan

Life as a Freelancer when Disaster Forces You into a Hotel – With Kids

January 1st, 2017|

You chew the end of your pen in frustration and look around you. The kids have cabin fever and are tearing the place apart in boredom. Your creativity as a writer has been completely stifled working in these cramped conditions. With deadlines looming over your head, all you need is a little bit of peace to be alone and write.

When you agreed to your last writing project, you didn’t think your life was going to be like this.

Hindsight really is 20/20. Things changed drastically a few days ago when a tree fell during a freak storm, destroying your Mississauga home. A quick call to your insurance company found your distressed family in a cramped extended-stay suite for an undetermined amount of time. The place is clean enough, but the lack of space is a real problem. It’s small, with a bed for your husband and yourself and a sofa bed for the kids. What you needed was multiple rooms, so you could have a quiet place to do your work.

Watching your kids jump from bed to couch is far from a suitable work environment.

After spending some more time researching your options, you come across an ad for Platinum Suites – fully furnished apartment rental suites that are comfortable and spacious. They offer multiple rooms, so you can achieve the privacy you so desperately need while on deadline. And with location right in the heart of downtown Mississauga, you’d be right near an amazing library to get some extra worktime in.

It’s time to give your insurance company a call back and see if you can look into this promising option.
By Lisa Marie Brennan

House Fire? Tell Your Insurance You Prefer a Home Over a Hotel.

December 26th, 2016|

Picture it – you arrive home in a panic to find your apartment building, or home, engulfed in flames. Most of your belongings – some of which you have spent years accumulating – are destroyed. These kinds of situations happen often, and, of course, without warning.

Within hours, your peaceful way of life is turned upside down and you have to find suitable living arrangements for your family. Stressed to the maximum, you start perusing your options.

Your first thought is that an extended-stay hotel suite would be the wiser choice over a standard hotel room because they are better equipped to deal with your needs. But even extended-stay hotels are limited because they tend to be cramped and do not include multiple rooms, en-suite laundry or fully functioning kitchens. There’s literally no privacy and comfort for your family while dealing with the stress of leaving the home.  No matter how much you adore your pesky little sister, everyone is still crammed in one room for the duration of your stay.  

Most people don’t know this, but you can often request for your insurance company to put you up in a short-term apartment rental condo, like Platinum Suites, which is much more comfortable and has ample services for your family’s needs. Platinum Suites offers fully furnished and spacious executive suites. You can relax knowing that Platinum Suites will work directly with your insurance company to take care of everything, even temporary storage for your belongings. All you have to do is move in.

Living with a Reno is Not Worth the Stress. Just Leave Home and Stay Here!

December 19th, 2016|

Divorce. Death. Moving. These are all major stressors in one’s life. But there’s one missing: renovations. Yes, renovations are considered by some experts to be among the top 5 stressful events in life.

Life during a reno is plain awful. Sure, you could tough it out and stay in your home while it’s been fixed up, but you can appreciate the challenges in doing so. Depending on the extent of the reno, construction workers will be coming in and out of your home all day. You’ll have to deal with the noise, and inhale the fumes and dust caused by the work. Sometimes it may be too dangerous to stay because the machinery and materials that are being used could cause physical injury, especially to young children or those with health issues.

Instead of exposing your family to such an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous situation, it may be best to temporarily vacate your home. If you don’t have friends or family nearby, or cringe at the thought of spending a few days with your mother-in-law, it’s time to look for a hotel, right? You can talk to your insurance company about hotel suites for reno stays, but there is a better and more affordable alternative for when you need a place to stay: Platinum Suites.

These fully furnished executive suites offer way more perks! You’ll get a full-sized kitchen, which allows you to save money and eat in for the duration of your stay. If any of your family members have specific dietary restrictions, you won’t have the challenge of finding safe meals in a restaurant.

You’ll get a washer and dryer in your suite, eliminating bothersome trips to the laundromat. Best of all, you’ll be right in the heart of downtown Mississauga —a bustling city in the Greater Toronto Area, with access to shopping centres, entertainment and diversity.

So whenever the unfortunate need to leave your home for a short time arises, talk to your insurance company about putting your family up at Platinum Suites. There you’ll feel as comfortable as you would at home.  

Basement Floods Left Many Homeless. Here’s the Hotel Suite Alternative They Didn’t Tell Us About.

December 12th, 2016|

It was a moment in time we won’t soon forget. The heavy rains falls in Toronto and Mississauga in June, 2013, flooded many people’s homes. The Greater Toronto Area received a record 126 mm of rain, setting an all-time one-day rainfall record. The inclement weather backed up sewers and left drivers stranded in their vehicles in flooded roadways. 80 percent of homes lost power.  It was a disaster.

With climate change being the new norm (need proof? Insurance companies are reassessing home insurance risk), do you feel ready to deal with what could come next? What if water pours into the basement you’re renting and floods it? Are you aware of what your insurance policy covers?

No one wants to think about disaster coverage when the weather is nice, but it’s important to remember the same weather patterns that make November unseasonably warm, sometimes are the same ones that bring a polar vortex or sudden precipitation.

Insurance companies are well aware of this, which is why coverage is changing all the time. In addition to discovering what is protected in emergency situations, ask if you are covered for temporary housing if such an event should happen. Having to relocate during an emergency can be very stressful on you and your family. Perhaps you have children who don’t adjust well to change. Your husband may have a strict gluten allergy and you are worried about having to eat at restaurants that may or may not accommodate his needs.

Let your claims specialist know that you prefer to have your family stay in a fully furnished and spacious apartment rental suite such as Platinum Suites, with en-suite laundry and full kitchens. They are located in downtown Mississauga, across from Square One Shopping Centre.

In a furnished rental, your family can live day to day as close to the way you were living before the disaster struck – in comfort and safety.

Relocating When You Live Car-Free in the ‘Burbs

December 5th, 2016|

For the first time in your life, not having your driver’s license is a real concern. Up to now, you’ve always managed to live in a convenient, accessible and walkable neighbourhood in Mississauga. You rarely have to ask family or friends for rides because grocery shopping and plazas are close by. If you ever needed to get around to somewhere further in the Greater Toronto Area, a bus stop is just steps away.

Yesterday, your basement apartment was flooded and you suddenly need to seek refuge outside of your home. Finding a place that’s accessible for someone without a licence can be tricky. You need to be able to easily access public transit so you can get to your job in Toronto. With the weather getting colder, convenience practically trumps comfort in terms of where you will stay until your apartment is dry and safe to return.

After spending some time on the phone with your insurance company, to see what you’re covered for during emergency situations, they recommend Platinum Suites – fully furnished and spacious apartment rental suites that are designed for extended stays. The greatest thing about Platinum Suites for you, is location. They are conveniently located in downtown Mississauga, so you won’t have to look for alternative ways to get to and from work. Another perk is en-suite laundry, so you can avoid making the trek to a coin laundromat carrying loads of dirty clothes – in winter, to boot. These are all bonuses in your book and you feel relieved that during an extremely stressful time in your life, some things don’t have to change.

By Lisa Marie Brennan

Emergency Housing: Where Will You Stay During A Home Disaster? Why A Hotel Won’t Cut It.

November 30th, 2016|

2016 will be memorable for a lot of not-so-great reasons, but if you lived in Mississauga, Ontario, there was an event that locals will always remember: The day a whole city block shook to its foundations.

One house exploded on Hickory Drive, a quiet suburban street, in a blast that sent debris flying high into the sky and shattering windows several blocks away. Luckily very few people were hurt.

Many families were left wondering when they would be allowed back in their homes (dozens were deemed unfit to live in due to structural damage). Even now, months later, dozens of people are living with friends or family, or they have been put up in hotels. Some stayed with rental apartment companies such as Platinum Suites.

Platinum Suites is the solution to the problem of affordable extended stays in Mississauga because a family can carry on normal life as much as possible. Many insurance adjusters and adjudicators are unaware that rental apartments (known as Furnished Suites) are an option as opposed to hotel suites, so policyholders are advised to ask specifically about this option, which provides these advantages over hotels:

  • Families can cook their own meals and shop locally, saving money for both the client and the insurance company.
  • Controlling meals means better health for the family
  • The areas around the rental suites are walkable and close to everything a family needs
  • The monthly rates for rental apartment suites are lower than hotels.
  • Families have privacy and separate rooms, and can access many different amenities to make life as comfortable as possible for everyone.
  • Storage is available in the building, and residents can get help with moving it.

For more information on Platinum Suites for Insurance Stays, please go to this link. http://platinumsuites.ca/insurance-housing/

Diary of a Newcomer: Tips for Moving to Mississauga, Canada.

November 4th, 2016|

I found out about Platinum Suites too late. When I first came to Canada, I decided to stay in Mississauga for a while, as many newcomers to Canada do. So for the first 6 months, I rented the basement of a house that I found online. It made sense at the time I booked it, but there was no way I could’ve anticipated just how difficult this would make my life!

So why didn’t I just stay with someone I knew? Well, I only knew of 2 people living in Canada at the time and I did not have a close enough relationship with either to ask. Anyway, as soon as I reached my basement rental, I knew I would regret what I signed up for.

First of all, the house was in the middle of nowhere. In fact, the neighbourhood was so isolated that I could go for days without seeing anyone! So it was nearly impossible for me to meet new people. Second, it took me forever just to walk to the nearest bus stop. Since I didn’t have a car, I had no choice but to rely on public transportation to run errands. Back home I was used to being able to walk to the grocers. Try doing that during Canadian winters when it’s freezing cold outside, the sidewalks are covered in icy snow and the nearest store takes at least half an hour to walk to!

Had I known about Platinum Suites beforehand, I would’ve definitely booked my stay with them. After all, they are right in the centre of the city, making it easier to meet other people around my age. Everything I could possibly want or need is near Platinum Suites, such as entertainment, a huge shopping centre and public transportation. Instead of wasting my time in some isolated basement in a random neighbourhood, I could’ve been in a lively and fun community, and actually enjoy my first few months in Canada. That’s a lesson I had to learn the hard way.

5 Myths of Mississauga Extended Stay Suites Debunked

June 15th, 2016|

Nothing beats the experience of residing in Mississauga extended stay suites. Nevertheless, if you are still into that thinking mode of, ‘should I or should I not’, here’s a lowdown on everything related to extended stay suites which can get rid of all your preconceived notions about it.  Read on.

Myth #1: Furnished rentals are a mess

Do you have this perception about the extended stay suites? Well, you are certainly wrong. If there is any place that is as clean, fresh and well maintained as your home, it would be extended stay suites.  The fact is that it the premise of the furnished rental business because the whole idea is to provide accommodation to guests as their home away from home. Platinum Suites in Mississauga has a full service housekeeping staff on duty for its guests so that their stay is a fully refreshing experience for them.

Myths #2:  Have limited space to offer

Certainly, you cannot have a bigger misconception than this about the extended stay suites. The real scenario is absolutely opposite to what you think. The fact is Mississauga extended stay suites are quite spacious.  By choosing to stay in an extended stay suite you can get to enjoy a large space with a beautiful view.

And as far as the offerings of Platinum suites are concerned, no matter whether you are searching for a single bedroom suite or for that matter a large accommodation with multiple bedrooms, you can get the most spacious suites by making it your choice. Moreover, you can get separate balcony to relax and a spacious living room along with neat and spacious washrooms. The fact is you can easily entertain your guest and call over friends to stay put with you without worrying much about the clumsiness factor.

Myth #3:  Location might be a problem

This needs to be cleared right now! Mississauga extended suites are located in some of the best possible locations from where the biggest of the malls and restaurants would just take a walk to reach.  No matter what would you search for, you could just get it by travelling a short distance from the extended stay suite.

Platinum suites  located in Mississauga downtown, are certainly a good example to state when it comes to the location. Basically, choosing to stay in it can make everything an easy access for you. Be it the public transport stops right in front,  Toronto Pearson International  Airport a mere 15 minutes ride away, major highways connecting you to downtown Toronto (20 minutes) or the Niagra falls and the US border (under 2 hours), to  one of the biggest mall in the province i.e Square one and trendy cafes, restaurants, clinics and hospitals, you can find it all in one location with Platinum suites at the center of it.

Myth#4: It’s way too expensive

Furnished rentals being expensive is surely a myth that needs to be debunked. The reality is if you are looking for a cost-effective stay in the city of Mississauga, hotels won’t be your friend. Think about it. With no proper kitchen or cooking ability you are looking at eating out daily or ordering costly hotel food. What about laundry and dry cleaning costs? And don’t forget entertaining guests outside for all those costly dinners or drinks or not being able to accommodate visiting family or friends for a couple of days. What about the emotional and mental costs associated with hotel staying with kids cooped up in a room for extended stays?

Taking all these hard and soft costs for your extended stay, you will find furnished rentals to actually come out more economical and stress free than any hotel. Platinum Suites in Mississauga would be an excellent choice for its price vs. amenities, location and facilities. If you are planning a trip to Mississauga, Canada this winter check out Platinum suites special pricing starting at $99 per night.

Myth #5: Lack of amenities

Furnished rentals or extended stay suites as they are called sometimes have more facilities to offer than most hotels, period. Think of all the amenities you need  in order to have an easy stay be it indoor climate control, free hi-speed internet, a fully equipped kitchen ready for you personal cooking or hosting get togethers, gym, indoor swimming pools, you name it and furnished rentals will have those.

If your choice is Platinum suites in Mississauga, rest assured to be treated with the best of amenities like heated indoor swimming pools, building movie theatre, a modern gym facility, virtual golf, heated in-door parking, free in-room Wi-Fi and TV, well equipped kitchen with diwshwasher, full size fridge, stove and oven and most needed small applicances like coffee maker, toaster and kettle.

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The Top 10 List – Furnished Apartment Vs Hotels

June 15th, 2016|

You’re here on company business, staying in a hotel and that’s certainly not a vacation – we feel your pain. Those are the times when you really miss home for all its warmth and comforts that are usually taken for granted otherwise.
However, all is not lost, below is a list of our top reasons why you can still enjoy the comfort of your home in a furnished apartment vs. a hotel room next time when you are here on company business.

1. Mississauga short-term rentals/furnished apartments are considerably less expensive than hotels, especially for business travels that last for more than a week. When you factor in all the hidden costs that you’re paying on top of that hotel daily rate, this price difference would be very clear.

2. Size does matter! Rented apartments provide the same amount of personal space as one’s own apartment. It is easier to invite more friends and family members over for a celebration or event, if necessary. Most hotels would not allow this.

3. Inland travelers occasionally need to bear high expenses on the car parking facility at hotels. On the contrary, most rented apartments come with free car parking and did you forget about your visitors parking? That’s because that was free as well.parking

4. When it comes to entertainment, apartments are no less equipped than hotels. All short-term rentals have latest in-suite media centers with HDTV’s, access to hundreds of cable television channels including Video on Demand services, DVD players and sound systems.suite-07

5. Business travelers and relocated employees are often required to work from home. Mississauga furnished suites come with free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet connections to ensure that your work is never compromised.

6. Laundry bills at hotels often turn out to be quite high, especially for business travelers. Short term rentals in Mississauga are equipped with in-suite washer dryers. In-suite laundry facility allows short term visitors to save the money that would otherwise have been spent on steep laundry or dry cleaning rates at hotels.

7. One of the biggest differences in hotel living vs. furnished suites is the convenience of a fully equipped kitchen in the furnished suites. From dining sets to cutlery, toaster, coffeemaker, dishwasher to full size fridge and oven, you will be saving in more than one way – eating healthy and much more economical than eating out.

8. Similar to hotels, short term rentals in Mississauga provide excellent recreational facilities. You can go for swims in heated indoor swimming pools or join state of the art gym or play a game of billiard, it is going to be a busy evening.

9. Location is a huge advantage for people who rent furnished apartments in Mississauga downtown. These furnished suites are in close proximity to a thriving commercial area with business centers and fortune 500 companies. From shopping malls, public transport and hospitals to restaurants, cafes and parks, you will be a short distance away from all major highways, Pearson International airport and downtown Toronto.

10. Last, but not the least, Short term rentals in Mississauga have a 24 hr concierge service and security, in-house maintenance crew and a very friendly and helpful staff that would ensure that they make you feel right at home.

5 Reasons Why Furnished Rentals Crush Hotel Staying

June 15th, 2016|

Are you packing your bags for a business trip to Mississauga? Well, considering the fact that Mississauga is going to be your home for the next few months, it is indeed quite obvious on your part to actually miss the vibe of your abode for a while. However, there is an opportunity for you to be at home despite of being away from home. What with the furnished rental apartments in Mississauga, you can’t help but feel the essence of your home in every corner of the space. Read on to know more on this….

A cost-effective proposition:

The best aspect of availing furnished rental apartments in Mississauga lies in the fact that it is available within the parameter of an affordable zone. Undoubtedly, while relocating to the city, booking a hotel might have been the first thought to strike, however, one can’t negate the truth that booking a hotel is a matter of huge investment. Moreover, when it comes to choosing a hotel, there could be a possibility of a hidden cost to lurk around always. However, as far as furnished rental apartments are concerned, rest assured you would have clarity about each and every aspect related to the expenses.

Luxury at its best:

By opting for furnished rental apartments you can stay in an abode oozing luxury in every sense of the word. The fact is you would be inundated with everything that is required for an individual to have a luxurious lifestyle in the truest sense. Furthermore, despite of luxury being in common for both hotel and furnished rental apartment, one thing that drastically sets each other apart is the home like environ that the furnished rental offers and which the former no matter how hard tries fails to match miserably.

Comfort above all:

Comfort is the most prime aspect which nobody likes to compromise with. And the thought of being out of comfort zone even for a minute is enough to upset you, thus, imagine being away from all the comfort of your home during your visit to Mississauga!! Well, it’s not even a matter of a day or two that you can adjust with the circumstances of a hotel. Basically, when it comes to business tours, you never know, it might just get extended to a longer period than you expect. Hence, in such a scenario, the ideal space to stay put would certainly be the furnished rental apartments. No matter what kind of comfort and ease you look for, you would find it all in the furnished rental apartments without a shred of doubt.

A healthy atmosphere:

Clichéd as it may sound, but indeed “health is wealth”. And when one is in a foreign land, it becomes even more imperative to take care of one’s well being.  Therefore, it is advisable that you book a furnished rental apartment instead of a hotel as for its bustling atmosphere; a hotel may cause you a contagious disease to deal with. Furthermore, in furnished rental apartments, a well equipped kitchen can be found with all the necessary amenities and this can certainly prove to be doubly beneficial for you as you can eat healthy in an affordable way unlike the hotels where you have to splurge money to have a full course meal with no guarantee of cleanliness.

Convenience of location:

Location certainly plays a key role. Choosing to reside in a hotel or for that matter in a motel may make your bear huge conveyance expenses. However, picking a well furnished rental apartment can get rid of all these additional expenditure simply because all the well-reputed and credible furnished rental apartments in Mississauga are located in the close proximity of all the commercialized areas.

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11 Points to consider when selecting a furnished apartment.

June 15th, 2016|

Deciding on a furnished apartment implies checking on small, but important factors. When viewing an apartment to reside, ensure the amenities and the required lifestyle features in the apartment augment your convenience and comfort. Here is a checklist to consider before initiating your short-term rental apartment hunt.

Fully Equipped Kitchen ­– Does the kitchen come fully stocked with appliances, utensils and dinnerware/cutlery? For your short term stay make sure that the kitchen is equipped with everything that would enable you to comfortably prepare your food and entertain your guests.
Individual Thermostat – Is there individual control over the apartment temperature thermostat or will you have to depend on the landlord/ building management to control the air conditioning or heating?

Windows – Do windows open properly and are they strong with enabled security features especially if you are at the ground floor?

Closet Space and Storage – Does your closet have adequate space to store your belongings and are you able to reach the cabinets and shelves comfortably?

Washer and Dryer – Does the apartment even have an in-suite washer-dryer? How big is the size, will it handle at a time a couple of jeans or large towels or blankets? In case, the laundry rooms are common, understand the cost, check the room and note if there are broken machines.

Electrical System – Check for enough outlets to fit electronics in convenient locations. Some old apartments may lack features for the new electronics, so without fail check it.

High Speed Internet – Does the apartment come with a complimentary Wifi Internet connection that is fast enough for all your needs? If it’s a wired connection only, would you be able to use your tablets?

Pest Control – A must activity, check for bedbugs, mice and cockroaches by entering the building on the bedbug registry or simply do a google search with the building name and address.

Parking – Is the parking free with indoor access? Also ensure if there is sufficient visitor parking for your guests. Check for your car fit by visiting the parking slot allotted to you. Check for safety and security features.

Package Delivery – Does the apartment have a concierge office to deliver packages or every time you have to check with the post office to collect it?

Maintenance – Is there a maintenance crew on-site and is it available 24/7?

There is a need to consider these factors before deciding on an apartment so that you are comfortable. Carefully go through this list and avert any premature move expense. Do not decide on the first apartment you come across, take some time to understand the details and go with the checklist. In this way you will not miss important things and at the same time, you will have all the essential amenities ensuring your comfort.