Writer of novels and other stuff. Surf Scoter is my summer retreat. I love Nova Scotia! But Toronto's pretty good, too.
We stayed with Meredith and Avi for a month while we were relocating to Toronto. We had a comfortable and quiet suite, and upon arrival there were some treats left for us! The neighbourhood was great, with lots of restaurants and bars. Meredith left us with some recommendations which were helpful since we were so unfamiliar to the city. We would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Toronto!
Another perfect stay with Meredith! But now with a microwave and a zombie book!
The apartment was very cozy and warm - even in the midst of the "polar vortex." The bed was really super-comfortable, everything was clean and convenient, and Meredith made sure that I had everything I needed throughout my stay. But the best part of the place is the neighborhood, which is just a pleasure to be in, with great coffee shops and restaurants on every block, and a lakeside path within easy walking distance. I'll definitely be coming back the next time I'm in Toronto.
Meredith's apartment was everything we needed and more. Set on a lovely, safe and centrally located street, we didn't have to wander far to find great restaurants and shops (much appreciated during a Canadian winter!). The apartment itself was impeccably clean and comfortable - the bed felt like sleeping on a cloud. Meredith and Avi were incredibly kind and accommodating. All in all, an excellent and highly recommended experience!
This review is not only for Avi and Meredith's generosity but also for their cool pad!
We were among the over 380,000 Torontonians affected by the severe ice storm that left us without electricity, heat and water. Meredith and Avi opened their home to us and our relatives visiting from France and offered it to us for free! We were so grateful and happy because we thought our Christmas was ruined but thanks to their kindness and generosity; we were able to celebrate Christmas in a warm, clean and safe environment.
The apartment is lovely and self contained! We were able to cook our Christmas dinner there so that made it even more amazing! We had everything we needed for our comfort and Avi was always there to help. The only way to ever truly thank Avi and Meredith is to pass on their generosity to others in need.
Thank you so very much!!!
Yann, Kelly-Ann, Marieke and Françoise
Meredith and Avi were perfect hosts. Any time I needed assistance they were immediately helpful (laundry, supplies, other random help!). Th space is perfect. I was worried it would be too small for my one month stay, and was worried I might not have enough storage for my many suitcases etc. To the contrary: there is ample closet space in the unit and the space is cozy and perfectly suited to a stay of a month (or two?). There was a cold beer in the fridge for me when I arrived and coffee for the morning; what more does a girl need!
The neighborhood is also wonderful with more restaurants and cafes than you could ever want!
I thank you both greatly for a wonderful stay! Duke also enjoyed his visits with Prue (spelling?) the most friendly of dogs!
Response from Meredith:
Thanks, Jocelyn! Prue LOVED meeting Duke, too.
This is a review from my Dad, who stayed at Meredith's place: "Meredith and Avi were wonderful hosts.. The place was clean, a nice comfortable bed, nice kitchen and bathroom and great WiFi. There are a number of really nice restaurants in the neighbourhood all within walking distance. This is my second time staying there. It is as advertise, no surprises, a great deal! I would definitely stay there again."
Thank you, Meredith! You are a wonderfully kind hostess. We truly enjoyed staying in your little apartment. It was lovely and clean. We also greatly appreciated all your help with Kinch. Thanks again!
The description of the space is perfectly accurate - Cool Pad in Hot Hood. The space was what I needed after each day at the tradeshow.
The community was amazing!! Really loved the emerging scene of an up and coming neighbourhood. Amazing restaurants and shops.
Will stay again.
I just spent a month in Meredith's "cool pad". It was perfect. It was impeccably clean and had everything a person would need for an extended stay. The sofa bed was made up as a bed and was quite comfortable. The kitchen area was well appointed and I was able to cook several meals there, but if you do not want to cook there are hundreds of restaurants in close proximity. The space had its own entrance so you can come and go as you like and transportation by bus or street car is a short walk away. It is also important to note that there are many shops and even a large grocery store within easy walking distance so you would not even have to use transportation except to get downtown or for sight seeing excursions.
As a host Meredith was welcoming and when I arrived in Toronto fairly late, she provided some essentials for breakfast as well as homemade muffins! She also provided a nice notebook with some personal recommendations for restaurants in the neighborhood. She quickly responded to any questions I had but otherwise left me alone to do my own thing.
Meredith was a great guest (Airbnb hosts usually are ;) and we were happy to host her here in Hidcote. Highly recommended!
Meredith was a wonderful guest, kind easy to communicate with at all times and really looked after our place. A welcomed guest
Meredith and her son were a pleasure to host. Excellent communication, friendly, tidy and responsible. I welcome them back any time.
Meredith is head-over-heels in love with this place and would hog it all to herself if she could figure out a way to live there all the time. Luckily for everyone else, she's offering it up. I haven't stayed here (yet) but I've been thereabouts on the Cabot Trail, and it's all that and more. And I've been to Meredith's Toronto home thousands of times. She's the most kind and gracious hostess, and everything is always just so. This is her first summer renting to guests. It's what they call a "find".
Meredith is a well-traveled, well-rounded individual with impeccable taste. Her retreat in Cape Breton is highly recommended to nature lovers and/or the writerly type. I have no doubt that everything will be in order for your arrival, and that you will leave refreshed and restored.