Avery Products Canada: Giving Back And A Back To School Giveaway

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It's almost time for back-to-school–and while this is a good thing in many ways, (hello, routine!) I'm sad my favourite season is almost over. We've had a wonderful summer that included some travelling and we've made the most of these hot, sunshiny days.

Even though I'm not heading back to school as a student, I share the excitement with my boys (or for my boys?)–my oldest is going into grade eight (I can't believe it!) and my youngest is heading into grade five. The best part about back-to-school? Shopping for school supplies, of course! I love stocking up on paper, pens, pencils, backpacks, and binders. Isn't it fun getting organized?

I love shopping for products that give back, and this year, I'm happy to be partnered with Avery Products Canada because they give back in a big way–and Avery has some amazing products not only for back-to-school, but for the office, too.

Avery Products Canada has partnered with the Pinball Clemons Foundation (PCF) and multiple school board associations across Canada on their third annual #AveryGivesBack campaign. This year, Avery will be donating 50,000 binders to under resourced students so they can have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom. With the help of the PCF, several Canadian school boards, and Hannah Alper, Avery aims to unlock student enterprise and inspire youth to reach their full potential. There is nothing like receiving support, encouragement, and the tools to thrive in school, especially for young students who need it the most.

"Avery Products Canada is delighted to work with PCF and various school boards and student organizations on this excellent program to give back to your Canadian students. We believe in supporting others and extending a helping hand where possible" says Lynn Livesey, General Manager of Avery Canada.

For every binder purchased, Avery will donate one to a student in need. Join the movement with Avery Products Canada and share your back-to-school shopping finds with the hashtag #AveryGivesBack on social media.

To help make your back-to-shopping easier, I'm giving away two Avery packages of must-have school supplies, including binders, dividers, and file folders. To enter, just leave me a comment below telling me what you're looking forward to this fall. I will select a winner randomly on August 24th. 

Good Luck!

Must-Have Travel Essentials

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I love everything about summer—the hot weather, backyard BBQ's and pool parties, time off with my family, and, of course, going on vacation.

I travel as often as I can, taking a couple of big vacations a year, with lots of weekend trips throughout the year. If I could travel every other week, I would. From airports to hotels and the journey in between, there is nothing I don't love about getting away, making new memories, relaxing in favourite hotels and just taking in the sights and sounds around me.

As you plan for your summer or fall getaway, remember this: you don't need to overpack. Trust me. When you're a smart packer, bringing with you only the travel essentials you need, travelling will be easier, and less complicated. I was on Daytime Ottawa recently, talking about must-have travel essentials.

Here's what you need to pack before you travel: 

Carry-on luggage

I usually pack a large suitcase when I travel—even for weekend getaways. I don't do well with trying to plan outfits and shoes ahead of time! For my recent press trip to Portugal I was determined to pack only a carry-on and... success! I brought only travel-sized beauty products with me, and only two pairs of shoes. (That was agonizing, you guys). Travelling with only a carry-on makes getting in and out of airports a breeze, and you'll have an easier time deciding what to wear once you arrive to your destination, because you don't really have a choice since you didn't bring your entire wardrobe with you.

I received two pieces of carry-on luggage to review for my summer travels: the Swiss Gear Global Traveller in silver, and the TravelPro Pathways carry-on hard-side spinner in dusty rose. Both pieces of luggage are amazing, sturdy, and can pack way more than you think possible. Both pieces of carry-on luggage are light-weight, have a top and side handle for carrying options, lined zippered pockets inside, and wheels that spin 360 degrees, so you can move your bag in all directions—just like a Rimowa. They are both stylish and functional. There is a 10 year warranty with Swiss Gear, and a lifetime warranty with TravelPro (for defects to wheels, zippers, extension and carry handles). I put both to the test in Portugal, Paris, and Miami.

Beauty products

I've learned that less is more when it comes to packing beauty products; pack only your essential items. On my most recent vacation, I managed to pack all my beauty must-haves into a carry-on. I bought small containers from the drug store so I could easily bring only what I needed, and I labelled the outside of each container with a Sharpie to easily identify each item.

For skin care, I love everything from Elizabeth Arden, especially the Prevage line. The day and night cream keep my skin smooth, moisturized, and protected. The Prevage Anti-Aging Moisture Cream has an SPF of 30, so you don't need to worry about applying extra sunscreen on vacation. Another skin care product I can't live without (travelling or not) is the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum. These capsules are perfect to use day and night, and really help my skin feel and look soft, while improving skin tone and clarity and minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. (Also, they're perfect to pack in a carry-on, since they are not technically a liquid).

Keep your travel bag simple when packing make-up—a red, nude, and pink lipstick (along with some powder, eye shadow, blush, eyeliner, bronzer, and eyebrow pencil) is all you need. 

Ton Cosmetics is a fabulous new company based in Canada, and made in Canada—created by two sisters who had an amazing idea to create a brand that simplifies the beauty products people need, by helping them select the right shades of nude, pink, and red lipstick. They came up with nine variations of a single colour (nude, red, and pink) ensuring the perfect colour match for everyone's skin tone and complexion. I have tried the nude and red lipstick, and I love them both—especially because they are super long-lasting, and keep my lips soft and moisturized.

My biggest struggle when travelling is doing my hair, because I'm used to going to the salon for a blow-dry a couple of times a week. (I really hate blow-drying my own hair). If I'm not able to make it to a blow-dry bar on vacation, the next best thing is making my blow-dry last as long as possible.

Design.Me hair products–the hair spray and magic powders–work incredibly well to help keep any blow-dry last for days, and they come in travel sizes, too. The Hold.Me hair spray delivers a light, medium, or strong hold; all you have to do is twist the nozzle, and voila! It gives hair shine, hold, UV protection, and volume. The Puff.Me magic powders are like dry shampoo, but better. I've never had a product work so well in my hair, making my blow-dry last for days, while adding volume and texture.

Another must-pack item? The Conair Travel Hair Dryer, because it is small and compact, and ideal for travel. It's small but mighty, with dual voltage, 2 heat and speed settings, a folding handle, and affordable (at $29.99, and available at Walmart). Pack the Mini Pro Straightener in your carry-on, and you're good to go! This little straightener is perfect to bring anywhere, because it's so small, and delivers excellent results, like eliminating frizz, adding shine, and straightening hair, even when it's humid outside.


I love a company I can trust, that delivers what they promise, and has plenty of options—a company like Swimco.

I have partnered with Swimco for the last couple of years, reviewing bikinis and one-piece bathing suits, as well as sun hats, beach bags, and flip flops. Shopping Swimco online is easy and efficient, and I know I'll receive my package within days of placing my order. 

Swimco carries a large selection of cover-ups, beach wraps, flip flops, and beach accessories, like bags, sun hats, and sunglasses. You can do all your vacation shopping in just one place—easing your stress levels, and eliminating your need to go store to store to find the perfect, well-fitted bathing suit. My must-have piece this season? The beautiful kimono. It's a great beach accessory, and the perfect way to cover-up as you enjoy lunch by the ocean or pool.

Beach Accessories

Poppy and Peonies sells the cutest accessories for summer, from purses that'll take you from day to night, to must-have beach hats and bags. (How cute is this lemon beach bag?). Their new jewellery collection consists of fruity-themed earrings, adding the perfect touch to your vacation look.

Comfortable shoes

It took me a while to realize I don't actually wear all the shoes I pack in my suitcase, and stiletto heels are not ideal for cobblestone streets in Europe. I'm better off in cute wedge heels or flats. For travel, the best shoes to wear is a comfortable and stylish sneaker. My most comfortable pair of shoes are the Aimee Sport Tie sneaker by ECCO. This classic lace-up leather shoe comes in blush and goes with everything–like jeans an a cute t-shirt.

The ECCO Shape 65 Block Ankle Sandal is a great pair of shoes that are perfect to wear in the evenings with little dresses, jeans, and sweaters. These shoes are comfortable, like all ECCO foot wear, and super stylish; they've got a great block heel, cool crossing, wide straps and a secure ankle strap. The soft leather lining provides additional comfort.


I love Indigo because they carry a little bit of everything I love, from books to home decor to gifts for all occasions. I love stocking up on books to read for my travels, and while I'm shopping for books, I pick up other travel essentials, like beach towels and travel accessories.

Happy and safe travels!

Disclaimer: I partnered with these companies and brands and received the products mentioned in this post and on my segment for review. All views and opinions are my own. 

Summer Fun With Tremblant Living

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One of the great things about living in Ottawa is how easy it is to plan a weekend getaway somewhere that's close to home—like Mont Tremblant. Skiing is the best part about Tremblant in the winter, but there are countless things to do in the summer months, too: golfing, cycling, go-karting, horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking, tennis, swimming, zip-lining, gondola rides, sailing, canoeing, shopping, fine dining, and lake cruises on the water. (And if you love driving, you have to check out the Circuit Mont Tremblant, because it's considered one of the finest racing circuits in North America).

Summer in Tremblant is full of amazing festivals, sporting events, and music shows. The 24th edition of the International Blues Festival of Tremblant is taking place July 8th to 16th, and this popular event is perfect for music lovers who love R&B, blues, country, and folk music. This year's lineup is great, and most shows are free and open to the public, taking place in different venues all over the mountain, from the Place Saint Bernard to the Place des Voyageurs.

Even with so much going on in Tremblant, my favourite thing is staying at one of the luxurious Tremblant Living properties, where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings in a luxury condo or chalet, year round.

I had the privilege of reviewing the gorgeous Manor Chalet, just minutes from the village, this spring. It was my second time reviewing this property, and we loved it even more the second time around. The Manor Chalet is the most prestigious home in the Tremblant area, surrounded by a tranquil forest complete with a private mountain stream that the children love.

It's the perfect home for large groups—there were 14 of us enjoying this home, and there were even a few bedrooms left unoccupied. (The house sleeps 22 people comfortably).

The almost 12,000 square foot Manor Chalet has a large heated indoor pool with hot tub, a backyard BBQ and fire pit, a play structure for kids, a games room (with a pool table), a gym, a fully-equipped professional kitchen with lounge area, a dining room that seats 14, and a spacious living room. There are 9 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, so guests have ample room and privacy, as well. The house comes complete with free WiFi and an awesome Sonos sound system where you can listen to your favourite music while swimming.

When you book a stay with Tremblant Living, you'll be well taken care of; the vacation rental specialists and concierge team are at your service to help you plan your perfect trip, and will assist you with whatever you need, from restaurant recommendations and reservations to filling the fridge with items you desire. They'll also make spa reservations for you, arrange an in-house massage, and leave ski equipment rentals in your property.

As much as we loved venturing into the village from the Chalet, we enjoyed our time in the house even more, because there was so much to do. The children—all eight of them—played games of hide-and-seek, swam for hours on end, went for walks around the property, enjoyed the mountain stream and bridges, and played football outside, while the adults enjoyed cooking, relaxing, hanging out by the fire pit, and enjoying the view.

If you're looking for somewhere to get away this summer, I highly recommend booking a home through Tremblant Living. You will love every minute, and will probably start planning your return visit by the time you're driving home, heading back to reality.

Disclaimer: I partnered with Tremblant Living for my review of the Manor Chalet and received the home for three days in compensation for my review. All views and opinions are my own.

The Jaguar I-PACE: Luxury And Sport Combined For A Sweet Ride Into The Future

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I've always been a car girl. My father was in the car business his entire life and I grew up learning a lot about cars. I was most familiar with European vehicles, as they were almost exclusively what my father sold on his lot. I had a lot of fun learning to drive stick-shift in an old VW Rabbit when I was 17, and that began my love affair with driving.

One of the first question I ask people is what they drive. I like to find out why certain cars appeal to people, and if I don't like their answer, I try to sell them their next vehicle. A car is not just something that takes you from point-A to point-B. I think driving should be an experience that gets you excited; even if it's your morning commute to work. As we head into the future with the vehicles we purchase, a lot will be changing. Electric vehicles are where it's at—and I've got my eyes on the new Jaguar I-PACE.

I was invited to Portugal with Jaguar Land Rover last week to test drive the brand-new, all-electric Jaguar I-PACE. The entire experience was incredible, thrilling, educational, and fun. I'm so thankful I said yes to this opportunity to learn about this EV, and to put the I-PACE to the test in Europe.

Although the I-PACE has been in the making for four years, it beat other car companies like Porsche and Audi and it's already pre-selling at a rapid rate. Simply put, the Jaguar I-PACE is most definitely the leader of the pack, with its only competition being the Tesla.

"Where other companies talk about the future, we build it. We have torn up the rule book to create the newest member of the PACE family, the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE. With zero tailpipe emissions, no CO2, and no particulates, it moves us dramatically closer to our vision of a clean and sustainable future." Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover

Over the course of two days, we drove the I-PACE on the highways, through tight, small village streets, up twisty mountain roads, and even went off-roading. All in a luxury SUV, no less. And let me tell you: this vehicle performs.

The Jaguar I-PACE is a true Jag. It's luxurious, comfortable, well-designed, and delivers sustainable sports car performance. This five-seat SUV is great for anyone who loves luxurious vehicles, and perfect for families (especially for parents who aren't willing to sacrifice what they're driving just because they have children).

It may look small on the outside, but it's what's inside that counts, right? The I-PACE has exceptional space inside, plenty of storage, (seriously, the storage!) and ample rear trunk space.

Since I'm a newbie to driving in Europe (I never drive in Greece, but I found the drivers in Portugal much more tame) I let my driving buddy take on the harder parts of our road trip—like the first half of our off-roading adventure. We started driving through water (yes, really) and then off we went, up our off-road course. The all-wheel drive system on the I-PACE handled this drive really well, and then our vehicle was put into Adaptive Dynamics, Adaptive Surface Response mode—kind of like cruise control, for getting through rough roads. All we had to do was steer, and thankfully, we didn't steer off the mountain.

Once we successfully completed our off-roading adventure in the I-PACE, we drove to the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve for some more fun—this time on the race track, where we put the I-PACE to the test.

My only experience on a race track is watching F1 Grand Prix, so being behind the wheel of the I-PACE (and an F-Type vehicle) on the track was new for me. In my mind, I was an amazing race car driver, but once I was on that track, reality kicked in. I got over my fear around the second lap around the track, and drove as fast I felt comfortable. Thankfully, I had an amazing instructor beside me, helping me the entire time. Lesson learned? Not only is the I-PACE a sweet car for highway driving, (even long distances) the I-PACE can go off-roading and race around a professional track with sharp turns.

The details:

The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE joins the PACE family of Jaguar SUV's and is the first battery electric vehicle created by Jaguar.

The I-PACE is fast. It goes 0-100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds; not something I put to the test on the highway, but definitely had fun with on the track.

All-wheel drive, 394-horsepower, all-aluminum body, with 50/50 weight distribution, which, I learned, is excellent for handling. Instant torque and the all-wheel drive traction gives the I-PACE the acceleration of a sports car.

The I-PACE comes equipped with an Amazon Alexa Skill, meaning drivers can ask an Alexa enabled device for information held in the Jaguar InControl Remote app.  You can Ask Alexa for any of the information held on the Jaguar Remote app. Things like "Is my car locked?" "What is the charge level?" "Do I have enough range to get to work?" One full charge, by the way, provides a range of 386 km in North America.

The I-PACE has a sleek, coupe-like silhouette influenced by the Jaguar C-X75 supercar with a short, low hood, aero-enhanced roof design, and curved rear windshield.

The Touch Pro Duo infotainment system in the I-PACE (new to Jaguar) utilizes an innovative combination of touchscreens, capacitive sensors, and tactile physical controls to operate key functions while reducing visual clutter in the car.

I-PACE owners can achieve 80 percent battery charge from empty in 40 minutes using 100kW DC fast chargers, and will also have the convenience of using both AC and DC power to charge their vehicle. (It'll take just over 10 hours to charge using a 230V/32amp charger).

The standard glass panoramic roof runs the length of the car and floods the cabin with light, giving the interior added sense of space. Both the roof and side windows absorb infrared light, keeping the cabin cool, even in the sunshine.

You can change the I-PACE's regenerative braking setting between high and low. As soon as you lift your foot from the gas pedal, the car will quickly decelerate, which was helpful on our drive through Portugal's many traffic circles.

The Jaguar I-PACE retails in Canada for $86,500. If you are anything like me (and basically live in your vehicle because you drive so much) it's a true investment, because of the money you'll be saving on gas alone. Plus, it's good for the environment.

All Jaguar and Land Rover models will offer electrification from 2020, giving customers the choice of what they want to drive.

My review

The I-PACE is an amazing and smooth ride, and I loved it. It's really quiet, too. I would absolutely recommend this vehicle to my friends and family. What really stood out for me was just how comfortable and well-designed the vehicle was. The back window is a little on the small side, but after a few minutes I got used to it. (The back windshield has no wiper because the wind swept up through the hood of the car puts enough wind to clear the rain off your vehicle while you're driving).

The navigation system was my favourite part. It was much better than some of the other vehicles I've put to the test recently; it's so simple and the GPS was so helpful. (Especially when you're in a European country and not familiar with any of the roads).

What's really great about driving the I-PACE? The enjoyment of the ride, and knowing you're doing your part to help the environment. You not only look stylish in an I-PACE, you look smart.

I was invited to Portugal to review the I-PACE with Jaguar Land Rover. All views are my own, and you can read more about the I-PACE in an upcoming issue of Luxe Ottawa Magazine. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact me.

Luxury And Comfort At Four Seasons New York Downtown

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New York City is always a good idea, no matter the season. As much as we love visiting NYC in December, it's even more enjoyable in the spring. My family and I just spent the most gorgeous weekend in New York City, and we were fortunate to be given the chance to review the Four Seasons New York Downtown once again. (I am writing a travel article for LUXE Ottawa Magazine about this incredible hotel, but I wanted to share some highlights with you here).

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown  received the AAA Five Diamond Award for 2018, one of only 11 hotels with this recognition in New York City—and it's no surprise that Vogue Paris calls the FSNY the best hotel in downtown New York City. There are so many reasons to love this luxurious hotel—and here are just a few:

Location: The Four Seasons New York Downtown in lower Manhattan is located in the city's hottest district. From the hotel, you can easily walk to the World Trade Centre, Oculus, (where you can enjoy some great shopping and dining options, like Eataly and Century 21) Greenwhich Village, the High Line, Tribeca, SoHo, and the Meatpacking District. It's a short walk from the Brooklyn Bridge, too.

Service: The service at Four Seasons New York Downtown is the best, simply put. From the warm welcome as soon as walk in the stunning front doors, friendly staff, and attention to detail throughout the hotel, you'll instantly feel welcomed, and made to feel at home. I love how well the staff treat my children. Despite the fact that it's a very luxurious hotel, it's also a very family-friendly hotel, which makes us feel much more comfortable when we're travelling as a family.

Accommodations: There are 161 guests rooms and 28 suites in the Four Seasons New York Downtown. We stayed in the 900-square foot Hudson Suite, a very spacious suite overlooking the Oculus and One World Trade. The suite is stunning—from the modern, large entryway, guest bathroom, dining room table for four (perfect for our family), large living area with plenty of seating, and a private bedroom with a huge walk-in closet—you'll never want to leave the luxurious comfort of this suite. The master bathroom is my favourite part—the oversized tub and in-mirror television is the perfect way to relax after a full day of walking the city.

Dining: We had the pleasure of enjoying in-room dining breakfast for two days, and the food was delicious. From an extensive menu featuring eggs, sausage, bacon, muffins, avocado toast, (Vogue Paris says: "The Four Seasons is the home of the best avocado toast in the city") smoothies, and Belgian waffles, it was the perfect way to start our busy days in the city that never sleeps. You can also dine at CUT by Wolfgang Puck in the hotel, one of the finest restaurants and bars in Downtown NYC—a place that's always buzzing late into the night.

The spa and pool: The hotel's huge 75-foot indoor pool is perfect year-round for everyone's enjoyment, and is considered one of the best hotel pools in NYC. My boys especially loved swimming in the pool first thing in the morning, or after a day of exploring. Make sure to take some time to enjoy the spa, as well; The Spa at Four Seasons New York Downtown blends "high-technology treatments with luxurious, natural products designed to indulge the body and the mind." I had an incredible full-body massage the last time I visited, and it was so relaxing. (And if you still have calories to burn after walking the city, you can always head to the hotel's 24-hour fitness centre for some exercise).

You'll find out more about this hotel in the heart of New York City in my upcoming magazine article. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email me. I'd be happy to help you plan your perfect stay in my favourite city, at this incredible hotel.

Thank you, For Seasons New York Downtown, for the most memorable experience and stay. We loved every minute, and appreciate all you did to make us feel so welcomed. We can't wait to return.

Six Wines Perfect For Spring Entertaining

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Warmer days are here again, and I couldn't be happier. With only a month left of school, we are already getting into summer-mode at home, making the most of our evenings with bike rides, soccer games, and swimming.

This season, it's all about making the most of our time outside—and hosting friends and family for backyard BBQ's. Tis the season, after all.

If you're not sure what to serve, perhaps start with a wine menu to set the tone and select the food after you've figured out the drinks.

Here are six wines perfect for entertaining this season:

Think pink! E&J Gallo White Zinfandel is an excellent choice. This refreshingly sweet wine is even yummier when you mix it with soda water, and garnish it with fresh berries. It's a perfect spring cocktail to enjoy in the sunshine, and a beautiful drink to serve your guests as they arrive.

Get your grill on. With grilling season upon us, having a delicious red wine like Alamos Malbec is a must for your wine rack—this red from Argentina has easily become one of my favourite red wines. It's not too heavy, and pairs well with food you're serving on the BBQ. (Try it with grilled burgers and rib-eye steak—delicious!).

Drink your dessert. I don't know about you, but I definitely try to skip heavy dessert when I'm in my bikini! Instead of serving a traditional dessert, end your meal with a glass of chilled Barefoot Moscato. This wine goes well with fresh fruit (my favourite summertime dessert) and cream for a simple and delicious treat.

Warm days, cool drinks. If you're too hot for red, go with white. A light, delicious white wine I love is Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc—a must for spring and summer. This is a dry, crisp wine from New Zealand, and pairs nicely with grilled fish and salads. The perfect white wine to sip as days get longer and warmer.

Cheers! There is always a reason to celebrate, so you should always have a delicious bottle of La Marca Prosecco ready to toast for those everyday moments worth celebrating. (Last day of school, upcoming vacation, work milestone, birthday, anniversary, girls night... you get the idea!). This Prosecco from Italy is a nice drink to enjoy along with some salty foods, like nuts or kettle chips.

Simple elegance. Although spring and summer makes me think cheerful and light, a more premium wine like Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County is an elegant choice to serve at your dinner parties this season. It's a beautifully balanced wine with dark fruit and a flourish of spice that pairs nicely with pasta dishes.

However you're celebrating this season, enjoy—and cheers to warmer days and summer nights with the people you love.

Disclaimer: I received bottles of wine to review for my post. All views and opinions are my own.

To Mom With Love: A Mother's Day Tea

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Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend in honour of Mother's Day? This Saturday, May 12th, Koyman Galleries in Ottawa is hosting a special Mother's Day art show featuring the latest art work from local artist Katerina Mertikas–my mom. 

Enjoy a tea and special treats while browsing the two-floor, open-space gallery, while looking at the beautiful pieces of art. 

If you're stuck on what to buy your mom this year, might I suggest a beautiful new piece of original art? I love the idea of buying gifts that never lose their value, gifts that can be enjoyed for years to come, and gifts that can be passed down, to the people I love. 

The art show begins May 12th, and Katerina Mertikas will be present during the show. If you can't make it that day, not to worry–the art show runs until May 28th. 

Happy Mother's Day! 

Club InterContinental Toronto Centre

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We drove through five hours of pouring rain as the ice storm was starting on our drive to Toronto last weekend, to experience the renovated Club InterContinental. Although the weather was less than perfect, Club InterContinental definitely made up for that–especially with the very sweet welcome we received to our room upon arrival.

We had the pleasure of staying in one of the newly renovated suites, and enjoyed the sophisticated decor in our spacious room. A large bedroom, a separate living room with a very comfortable pull-out couch, two bathrooms (with Aveda products) and beautiful views of downtown Toronto, including the CN Tower, made our stay here memorable and enjoyable. (We also enjoyed the in-room dining, and were so pleased with the options and quality of food).

"The renovation of Club Intercontinental has been a very special project for the hotel," says General Manager, Alex Hakim. "It was important to provide our business and leisure guests with a luxurious and comfortable environment. We offer a vast amount of exclusive amenities and services at the Club InterContinental, allowing our hotel guests to feel at home with an extra touch of sophistication." 

Guests staying on a Club level floor can enjoy complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, as well as afternoon tea, evening hors d'oeuvres, (you can expect food like sliders, pizza, chips, salsa, guac, salad, fresh bread, and so much more) and all-day refreshments. All this can be enjoyed on the eighth floor, next to the Club Library, where you can relax in one of the plush chairs and couches, while browsing through a selection of magazines and newspapers. (The Club Lounge has some amazing Nespresso machines, too!).

When you stay at Club InterContinental, you can avoid the hustle and bustle of the main lobby and check-in privately on the eighth floor. Also included during your stay is complimentary pressing of two pieces of clothing, and personalized private shopping experiences for many fine retailers in Toronto, with limousine drop-off service downtown.

When you're not enjoying the Club Lounge and the delicious food, make sure you visit the third floor swimming pool–my youngest son loved the large pool, and the hot tub. There is also a luxurious spa on the third floor, where you can treat yourself to a facial, massage, manicure or pedicure.

If you're travelling to Toronto this spring or summer, either for business of pleasure, make sure you stay at the InterContinental Toronto Centre, connected to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The hotel combines affordable luxury, an ideal location, fine dining at Azure Restaurant and Bar, spa treatments, and great service.

Thank you for making our stay so wonderful, InterContinental Toronto!

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