Editor's "Best Value" Picks Aug 12, 2014 | Musetta R.
Why these hotels?Winnipeg has a lot of hotels and most are in the mid-price range, so there's a lot to choose from. You can pretty much stay anywhere in Winnipeg and be within a reasonable drive of everything you want to do. There's a lot of hotels that offer good value here and are a short drive to restaurants, the MTS Centre, The Forks, golfing, theatre and even the airport. I've highlighted below a couple of hotels that I think offer exceptionally good value for the price, and the newest and most modern hotel in Winnipeg which should provide a memorable and special experience.
I like the Mere Hotel for its style and location. It’s a brand new boutique hotel with modern décor in Winnipeg’s Exchange District, close to downtown and The Forks. The hotel has been welcomed into the city with a lot of enthusiasm from local, as well as out-of-town guests, and enjoyed for its ultra-chic style and high-tech amenities. Spacious guest rooms feature sumptuous beds, nespresso machines and TVs that greet you when you walk in, along with a glass-enclosed rain shower, plush towels and bathrobes, and Molton Brown toiletries. Guests took pleasure in the giant touch-screen media wall in the foyer to answer questions and direct you, and the hotel’s bright exercise room with views of the river. Cibo restaurant is located next door and provides a pleasing atmosphere along with breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, bottled water, juice and energy bars, which are stored in the guest room’s mini-fridge. The Forks Market is a 15-minute walk or 3-minute drive from the hotel.
The service-oriented Econo Lodge Winnipeg South at 1105 St. Mary's Road (not to be confused with the other Econo Lodge in Winnipeg) is my pick for exceptional value. This highly-rated motel (with no elevator) is situated across the street from the St. Vital Shopping Centre, close to shopping, restaurants and entertainment, and only a 3-minute drive from the Trans-Canada Highway. It was renovated in 2012 and guest reviewers have noted clean, tastefully decorated and well-maintained rooms featuring flat screen TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges and safe deposit boxes. There’s a popular pub-style restaurant on site, Tapp’s, where guests enjoyed great meals with amazing service. Free amenities include Wi-Fi, parking and a hot breakfast which includes homemade muffins and fresh waffles.
I like the well-maintained Travelodge Winnipeg East for its friendly service, excellent facility and good value. This smoke-free property (with no elevator) was renovated in 2009 and all guest rooms were modernized with attractive beds and furnished with the added modern conveniences of mini-fridges and microwaves. This property maintains an indoor tropical courtyard in the pool area, along with sauna, whirlpool and kiddie pool. It also features an attached 5-pin bowling lane, with snacks available, where guests can enjoy times with their families and friends. The well-liked on-site Marquee Restaurant & Lounge is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also offers room service. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi for guests, as well as free parking and local calls. It has good highway access, located just off Fermor and the Trans-Canada Highway and is located about 15 minutes from downtown 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
Downtown Winnipeg 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.
Forks Market 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 Osborne Village is a young and hip neighbourhood centred around Osborne Street. You'll find some great restaurants and interesting shops here.
Polo Park 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.
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