I looked for good value in downtown Winnipeg, but also gave consideration to the quality of service and the type of amenities offered along with customer opinion. For the more expensive, luxury hotels I gave more weight to the uniqueness of their amenities and setting and put less consideration to the price as guests seeking luxury accommodation expect exclusive offerings and are not as fussy about the prices being charged. My picks are all good hotels in the downtown with each offering a different type of stay to their guests.

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Editor's Top 7 Picks

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Book from ~$117 CAD
Comfortable and popular downtown Winnipeg hotel with free hot breakfast and indoor pool
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free hot breakfast buffet
  • Many guests enjoyed their spacious, clean and well-equipped rooms
  • Many guests enjoyed the hotel's free hot breakfast for freshness and selection
  • The staff received many compliments from guests who said they were friendly and accommodating
  • The hotel is located in a prime downtown area, within a short walk of the Forks Market and restaurants
  • Many guests appreciated the value offered at this hotel
Cons
  • A few guests thought the parking lot was a little small and did not allow enough space between the cars
  • A couple of guests complained about the size of the 32" flat screen TVs
I like the friendly and accommodating Humphry Inn & Suites in Winnipeg downtown for great value, location and cleanliness. There's an indoor pool for guests who like to swim, the rooms are spacious with comfy beds and the hotel affords a peaceful and quiet stay. The location has good eating a short walk away, with several great restaurants nearby. Guests can explore the nearby Forks Market which is a prime destination for visitors to the city, and it’s handy to public transit and the VIA rail station. As well as one of the most reasonable prices in downtown Winnipeg, the hotel offers a free hot breakfast, free parking and free and fast Wi-Fi!
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Book from ~$159 CAD
Comfortable hotel in downtown Winnipeg with spacious rooms, comfy beds & on-site dining
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests found the location convenient for exploring the downtown area on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Many reviewers described their rooms as clean and well-appointed
  • A few guests enjoyed the indoor pool and hot tub
Cons
  • Several guests thought that the parking fees ($15 per day) were expensive
A well-priced and central hotel, Holiday Inn & Suites Winnipeg Downtown offers renovated and comfortable rooms a short walk from the University of Winnipeg, Art Gallery and MTS Centre. It caters well to both business and leisure guests offering free Wi-Fi, a work desk and business centre as well as large flat screen TVs with pay movies, indoor pool and hot tub. Families may enjoy obtaining a suite with added microwave, mini-fridge and sofabed. The Peppermill Restaurant is on site serving three meals a day, plus guests can relax at the lounge on site or grab a Starbucks. Recent guests reported pleasant stays at this hotel with friendly staff, clean and comfy rooms.
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Book from ~$146 CAD
Winnipeg luxury hotel with old world elegance near the Forks with day spa and indoor pool
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free local calls, free national newspaper, free 24-hr coffee & tea room service
  • Guests generally enjoyed the rooms, finding them clean and comfortable and the beds received rave reviews for comfort and quality linens
  • Staff were friendly, helpful and competent said guests
  • The location was prime for it's proximity to the Forks, downtown restaurants, shopping and entertainment
  • The spa was considered to be top notch by guests
  • The hotel provided good value according to guest reviewers
  • Many guests enjoyed meals on site, with the buffet breakfast receiving rave reviews
Cons
  • Parking costs an extra $15 per night for self-parking and $20 for valet parking
  • A few guests found the room's decor tired and televisions to be old
  • Guests reported a lack of functional work desks with uncomfortable chairs and few electrical outlets
Offering world-class dining and spa, the elegant Fort Garry Hotel, built in 1913 in Canadian chateau architecture, is the grand lady of Winnipeg. Located in the heart of Winnipeg it offers nearby access to the attractions, restaurants and shops of the Forks and downtown Winnipeg including the MTS Centre and Portage Place shopping centre.

Guests enjoyed its inspiring and grand interiors, dining on site, breakfast buffets and the lounge with live entertainment and thought it was tastefully updated with comfortable beds. Coffee and tea service is delivered to the rooms upon request. The classic Fort Garry Hotel is an affordable luxury hotel which never goes out of fashion and always offers first-class service.

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Book from ~$197 CAD
Luxury downtown Winnipeg hotel well-liked for fine dining, spacious rooms and indoor pool
Pros
  • Many guests thought the hotel was in a good location, close to downtown
  • Many enjoyed spacious, clean and comfortable rooms at this hotel
  • Many complimented the hotel's food via restaurant, bar, room service and banquet
  • Many guests were impressed with the outstanding service of the staff
Cons
  • Wi-Fi costs $14.95 per 24 hours
  • Parking, an extra $18-$25 per night, plus tax displeased some guests
  • A couple of guests thought the food was pricey at the restaurant and lounge
The classy Fairmont Winnipeg is a popular downtown Winnipeg hotel with upscale amenities. This makes for a great business as well as leisure hotel close to the Exchange area and the Forks which is well maintained with renovated guest rooms and lobby. The Fairmont is linked to the Winnipeg Walkway that connects many of the downtown buildings by way of underground pathways, malls and skywalks. Guests find this a handy way to access office buildings, Portage Place mall and the MTS Centre during the cold winter months. Guests say the staff provide exceptional service at this hotel.
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Book from ~$195 CAD
Boutique luxury Winnipeg hotel at the Forks Market with restaurant and day spa
Pros
  • Free wireless Internet throughout, free newspapers, free local calls, free voicemail, free downtown shuttle
  • Many reviewers enjoyed the location for being so central and within walking distance of so many activities
  • Beds comfy, rooms modern and well-furnished, according to guests
  • Restaurant service and food spoken of highly by guest reviewers
  • Wi-Fi was said to have worked in lobby and lounge
Cons
  • Self parking is $12 and valet is $17 per night
  • A few guests complained of extra parking charges
  • A couple of guests complained about the hotel not having a pool
  • There were mixed reviews concerning the value based on room prices
The highly rated Inn at the Forks is a luxury boutique hotel located at the city’s old historic centre, now called The Forks which features shops, restaurants, farmer’s market and museums. It’s a newer property in a park-like setting with spacious and well-appointed rooms. There is a gourmet restaurant on site with seasonal patio and day spa services. Wi-Fi is free at this hotel and guests can take advantage of the hotel’s free downtown shuttle service to access restaurants, shopping and offices.
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All-suite downtown Winnipeg hotel offers clean rooms with comfy beds and full kitchens
Pros
  • Free wireless Internet throughout, free daily newspapers, free local calls
  • Many guests thought the rooms were spacious and clean and the beds comfy
  • Many guests liked the hotel's location for its proximity to downtown Winnipeg venues, shopping and restaurants
  • Many guests thought the hotel offered good value for the price
  • Many guests appreciated the newly renovated rooms with full kitchens
  • Many guests thought the hotel was quiet
  • Some guests liked the extra security in place of needing a hotel key card to use the elevators
Cons
  • Some guests were concerned about the safety of downtown Winnipeg after dark
  • Parking is an extra $11 per day
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Book from ~$169 CAD
Elegant boutique hotel in Winnipeg's Exchange District with stylish and modern decor 
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free in-room juice, water and snacks
  • Several guests found the hotel within walking distance of restaurants
  • Many reviewers thought the staff were well trained, helpful and kind
  • Numerous guests enjoyed modern and spacious rooms
Cons
  • Parking costs $10 per day
  • Several guests complained of noisy air conditioning
  • A couple of reviewers reported limited parking and small spots
  • Some guests thought the bathroom's glass wall with pull-down shade did not provide enough privacy for those using the washroom

3 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Downtown Winnipeg

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Book from ~$81 CAD
Historic downtown Winnipeg hotel with cheaper rates and mixed guest opinion
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast, free local calls
  • Many guests liked the location of the hotel and some mentioned the close proximity to the MTS Centre
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were priced affordably
  • Some guests enjoyed the free breakfast on site
Cons
  • Numerous guests felt that the hotel was in poor condition
  • Several guests thought that the hotel had an unsafe feeling to it
  • Occasionally guests complained about the hotel's parking
  • Guests found the gym equipment to be old and non-functioning
  • Some guests described questionable clientele at this hotel
  • Some guests complained of strong odors at the hotel
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Book from ~$130 CAD
Older downtown Winnipeg hotel with restaurant and free Wi-Fi but mixed reviews
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free airport shuttle service
  • Many guests found the downtown location ideal for accessing destinations on foot
  • The staff were frequently described as friendly and welcoming
  • Several reviewers found their rooms clean and spacious
  • Several guests thought that the free shuttle was convenient and quick
Cons
  • Parking costs $9.45 per day
  • Several reviewers thought that their rooms were dated and in need of upgrades
  • A few guests complained that the Wi-Fi service was slow and unreliable
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Book from ~$166 CAD
Classy downtown Winnipeg hotel near MTS Centre with fine dining, rooftop and indoor pools
Pros
  • Free wireless Internet throughout, free weekday downtown shuttle, free local calls, free newspapers, free cots and baby cots, children under 6 eat free
  • Many guests were well pleased with the staff of this hotel
  • Comfy beds with nice linens according to guests
  • Attached by skywalk to the MTS Centre
  • Many guests were pleased with the location saying it was within walking distance of attractions and restaurants
  • Guests liked their newly renovated rooms and the ambiance of the hotel
Cons
  • Self parking is $18 per day and valet parking is $24 per day
  • A couple of guests thought the room and restaurant prices were high

Tips For Staying In Downtown Winnipeg

As Manitoba's largest city, Winnipeg is a popular destination for all types of travellers. Known as the "Gateway to the West", Winnipeg serves as Canada's geographical mid-point and is easily accessible by all means of transport. And as with every capital city, visitors are guaranteed a healthy selection of hotels in the downtown area, with several points of interest to keep them busy.

Gateway To The West
Located on the eastern edge of Canada's prairies and bordered by the Trans-Canada Highway, downtown Winnipeg is often a convenient place for road travellers who require a stopover hotel when travelling across the country. 

What makes a good stopover hotel? For me, it's all about the free breakfast, free parking and proximity to the highway. Humphry Inn and Suites (a CHG Editor's Pick) offers each of those features and is a 1-minute drive from the nearest Trans-Canada Highway access point. Those travelling by train will be pleased know Winnipeg VIA Rail Station is within a 2-minute drive of Humphry Inn and Suites, and within an 8-minute drive of all downtown Winnipeg hotels.

It's Your Business
Business travellers won't be disappointed with the quality of hotels they have to choose from in downtown Winnipeg. The newly-renovated Delta Winnipeg and The Fairmont Winnipeg are both well-reviewed online by former guests, and each offer ample meeting space, on-site dining, an indoor pool, as well as fitness and business centres. Both hotels are within a 4-minute drive of the Winnipeg Convention Centre and within a 6-minute drive of the Manitoba Legislative Building.

Culturally Speaking
Named the Cultural Capital of Canada by Canadian Heritage in 2010, Winnipeg has no shortage of history. The Exchange District, located to the north of Portage Avenue and Main Street in downtown Winnipeg, is a National Historic Site of Canada and houses some 150 heritage buildings. If you'd like to stay right in the Exchange District, The Fairmont Winnipeg is a good choice.

Alternatively, situated at the heart of Winnipeg, just a few blocks south, the Fort Garry Hotel, built in 1913, and styled in Canadian chateau architecture, is also rich in historical significance. Itself a National Historic Site of Canada, this landmark luxury hotel was originally a Grand Trunk Pacific railway hotel. It’s located near to the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, where Upper Fort Garry was originally built. It offers a world-class spa and dining although somewhat old-fashioned, yet elegant rooms and is walking distance from downtown attractions, restaurants and shopping.

The Forks, situated at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers, is considered downtown Winnipeg's most popular public meeting spot, and that is in keeping with the last 6000 years of history! Here, you'll enjoy browsing the gift and craft shops, checking out exhibits at the various museums, dining in popular restaurants and some of Winnipeg's best patios, sampling snacks of various cuisines, enjoying an ice-cream along the peaceful riverwalk and taking in the beautiful scenery of its park-like green space. The modern and inviting Inn at the Forks is the perfect hotel for those travellers who wish to make The Forks their Winnipeg resting spot. It offers a free downtown shuttle for exploration and shopping, free Wi-Fi, an on-site spa for relaxation and refreshment and on-site dining with patio. It's also highly rated by former guests and enjoyed for its prime location and creature comforts.

Looking to catch a game or be entertained? MTS Centre has you covered. Plus, it's only a 3-minute drive from both The Fairmont Winnipeg and Humphry Inn and Suites. If art is more up your alley, the Winnipeg Art Gallery can be found within a 4-minute drive of both these hotels. 

With so many things to see and do, visitors will have no problem staying entertained while in downtown Winnipeg!
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