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Guests loved the beds at this hotel and the kid-themed rooms, with separated bedrooms, bunk beds and Xbox gaming system. This is a great hotel for accessing the airport and also for taking little children to enjoy the especially kid-friendly waterpark which has various waterslides and is shallow enough for toddlers and babies at one end. Families can also bring the furriest member of the family to share in some great family times.
The on-site Chicago Joe’s Restaurant and Sports Bar serves three meals daily and offers a lunch buffet on weekdays plus daily in-room dining. Guests are given a 3Bite Guarantee on meals.
It’s not super close to downtown (15 minutes) or the airport (24 minutes) but it makes up for that with TLC. Guests really enjoy the hospitality and relaxing in the hotel’s saltwater indoor pool and hot tub. It’s family friendly with a waterslide for the kids and pet friendly offering Fido dog treats and blankets at check in.
It provides good value with a lower room price and many free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, a hot breakfast, airport shuttle, coffee and cookies and light meals in the evening.
Guests really like the staff here and find the suites spacious and well appointed with kitchenettes. There is a hot tub and fitness centre on site for some hot soaks and exercise.
Choosing A Hotel in Winnipeg
Quick Summary of Most Popular Areas
Downtown Hotels: central to most everything, a good selection of shopping, restaurants and the MTS Centre venue
Forks Market Hotels: a popular spot in the downtown area for tourists and locals alike where you can find boutique shops, art galleries, food stalls, restaurants and a variety of things to see and do
For most people visiting Winnipeg, staying in the downtown area will make good sense since it's quite central to everything. Still, you'll probably want to have a car if you're going to be in Winnipeg for more than a day or two, or if you're attending events or meetings outside of the immediate area in which you'll be staying. Parking will set you back about $10 for a day, and about $6 if you're just there for the evening. Parking is free, for the most part, everywhere else in the city.
Unlike larger mixed use urban areas like Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal, Winnipeg's downtown is more like a central business district, and less residential than other cities. Still, there is a lot of activity, dining and entertainment options in the downtown area.
If you're looking for something to do downtown, the Forks Market area (named so for where the Red River meets the Assiniboine River) is worth exploring. Half park and half market, it's a great place to walk around and spend a couple of hours. Situated along the river front, it's popular (even among locals) for its summer patio scene, snack stalls, food market, museums and shops. A four-season destination, in the winter, there are even ice skating trails on the Red River.
Little Italy (around Corydon Street)
Little Italy is a short strip along Corydon Avenue (about 5 minutes drive from downtown) which is best known for its restaurants, lounges, ice cream gelaterias and boutique clothing shops. A great place to grab dinner and a passeggiata stroll on a warm summer night.
St. Boniface (the French Quarter around Provencher Street)
Just over the Red River from the Forks Market (via the Provencher Bridge) is St. Boniface, Winnipeg's culturally french neighbourhood. Along the main drag of Provencher Blvd are a few shops, and restaurants. In the winter, it's home to Festival Du Voyageur, a festival the explores the historic lifestyle of French settlers and fur traders, and celebrates French-Canadian culture, music, food and heritage.
Osborne Village is a young and hip neighbourhood centred around Osborne Street. You'll find some great restaurants and interesting shops here.
Located about a 15 minute drive from downtown, and about 10 minutes to the airport, Polo Park is a large and modern shopping mall with over 200 stores. While Winnipeg may never be known as the shopping or fashion capital of Canada, if you're just dying to wander the aisles of a big box store in the area or in need of some retail therapy, you'll probably find what you're looking for here. The Winnipeg Stadium, home of the Blue Bombers, is also located here, and you'll also find a decent selection of chain restaurants in the area.