About the Homestay
**During COVID 19
HOST & GUEST REQUIREMENT
Wear a mask and practice social distancing upon entering the the main door and when interacting in person.
**Short Stay booking: guests must undergo quarantine for 14 days outside my home to be able to accept your booking.
This is for the safety for the guests and for everyone at home. Hope for your kind understanding and consideration.
Note: Please follow immigration guidelines for covid 19 protocols upon arrival in homestay.
***Our home is your home while you are here....
Family home in a 3 bedroom apartment that overlooks the CN Tower in Toronto.
**About 6-7 minute walk to the subway, 2 minutes walk to bus stop,
**2 minutes (4 bus stops) to reach Eglinton W. subway station
**30 minutes to downtown Toronto.
Very close to Malls and small eateries, convenient to almost everything.
**Supermarket is just beside the building. They sells hot meals to go.
**Access to use my kitchen to cook anytime. (temporary not available)
**Coffee is provided (self serve) (temporary not available)
Guests can access:
**FREE unlimited internet
**outdoor swimming pool in the summer.
**Public metered parking
I am a retired banker and I have 2 children ages 26 and 27. My son lives with me to help me out and my daughter lives on her own but comes to visit once in a while.
My family joined the homestay program in 2004.
Our guests/students comes from different countries.
I have 2 bed rooms that are available for students/guests:
***1st room has a queen bed, (single/couple)
***2nd room has 2 single beds + pull out bed ( 1 or 3 people) when 1 guest is accepted, room is private unless requested.
Children must be 10 years old and up.
**Host must know the approximate age of guests.
**Age limit: not over 70 years old, for peace of mind.
50% additional charge may apply for infant/baby/toddler under 5 years old.
- Non Smoking
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Our home is 30-35 minutes to downtown Toronto. Lawrence Square (small Mall) is 15 mins walk and there's Yorkdale Mall, 3 subway stops from the closest subway from my home. We have a Urban Fresh sobey's grocery store beside my building.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Amusement Park
- Water sports
- Sports arena
- Health club
- Bus Stop
- Train station
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
**Maintain the cleanliness of the rooms and kitchen after use.
**Respect everyone in the home.
**Friends are not allowed unless you have permission.
**No drinking alcohol, drugs and smoking.
**Open communication is very important to avoid misunderstanding.
Cancellations for advance bookings/Booking updates:
***Guests who wants to cancel reservations, must notify host, 4 weeks before arrival, to be able to accept new guest.
***Remaining balance must be paid upon arrival***
***Minimum booking is at least 1 week and maximum is up to a year. Confirmed short term bookings should notify host if there are changes.
Check in - 10:00 AM
Check out - 11:00 AM
***This rules applies when there is a guest departing and a new incoming guest..... on the same day***
***Guest should consider the time of arrival in Toronto to avoid overlapping of time for check ins and check outs****
All guests that are coming from Brazil should consider the time of arrival in Toronto when selecting flights. Check-in should be at least 8:30 - 9AM.
Smoking is not allowed.
I can honestly say I was overwhelmed with how welcoming and friendly Imelda and Kevin were and I would glad that this homestay was recommended to me and I honestly cannot recommend this homestay enough myself!
I was recommended by friends who were living in Toronto to stay with Imelda for my holiday and she certainly exceeded expectations. Imelda was very hospitable and accommodating, and while I may not have been in the apartment much each day, Imelda and her son Kevin were very friendly and very welcoming into their home. I can't recommend her enough.
I really liked the stay. Although I only was there for 1 month I could enjoy my time there. Imelda and Kevin were always very helpful, Kevin even gave me his Nintendo switch. Good place to stay to work or explore Toronto (20min subway to downtown).
I stayed here twice, back to back bookings. Great homestay!
Imelda and Kevin’s homestay is great and I highly recommend staying here. They are very welcoming, helpful and friendly. A homestay experience that made me feel like I was at home with family. Thanks so much for being so great!
It was a pleasure to stay with Imelda and her son Kevin, the apartment is very neat and tidy, it is located in a quiet neighborhood yet easy to access public transportation to get you where ever you need to go. Both of them were very friendly and willing to open their house to me as well as provide me with any assistance I required from day one. I would definitely recommend this place for anyone else that is looking for a place to stay.
Imelda and her son are very kind. It is very easy to go downtown Toronto with the public transportation system from her place. Everything was like I expected it to be. Therefore, a really great experience.
It’s was a amazing experience! It was my first time staying with a home stay and I loved the experience. Imelda is a incredible person! So kind and friendly, always helped me in what I needed. Imelda’s home is very organized, cleaned, and quiet a few minutes from the metro station. If you will go to Toronto, I recommend to stay in Imelda's home!
Imelda is so kind! Her apartment is quiet and clean. I loved my stay!
What can I say about Imelda that the others have not already said? Pay attention to all the previous comments, everything is true! Imelda is a hostess committed to all human beings. My husband and I are newcomers in Canada and Imelda has helped, advised and guided us from the simplest to the most complex situations in this moving walk, and for that we are infinitely grateful. Imelda besides welcome us into her house, which by the way, all the rules are clear, as her place, this is also part of having felt confortable by the Badian-De La Cruz Family. One plus, his son Kevin who also lives there, is a great guy! See you soon Imelda and Kevin! ¡Gracias por todo!
How do I book?
Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 199 $£€ for longer term bookings) using a choice of payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal (not available in certain countries). You then pay your host on arrival or as stated by your host on their profile and agreed by you on booking. Please be cautious if a host requests advance payment if its not included on their profile. Our hosts have been advised that if they wish to request advance payment they must make this explicit in their profile. We do not recommend the use of Money gram or Western Union.
When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.