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Econo Lodge Winnipeg

6.8 | Fair
MAP

Updated hotel near downtown Winnipeg with clean rooms and very good customer service

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • Many guests were pleased with their clean and updated rooms
  • Guests found the location convenient for accessing the hospital, university campus and downtown Winnipeg
  • Guests said Wi-Fi and breakfast were adequate
  • Many guests were pleased with the value the hotel provided and found the rates affordable
Cons
  • A few guests complained of musty odours and noise transfer
  • The hotel's surrounding area was "sketchy" according to a few lodgers
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 12, 2014
Overview
Located about a 1-minute drive from Health Sciences Centre and a 5-minute drive from Winnipeg's city centre, the Econo Lodge Winnipeg is geared towards travellers who require an economical and centrally located hotel stopover with a free breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Each of this hotel's air-conditioned guest rooms offers free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a mini-fridge and a microwave. Hair dryers are available upon request. Rooms with a desk are also available, as are smoking and non-smoking rooms. 

Wheelchair-accessible rooms are not available.

The hotel also offers meeting/banquet space, a business centre, guest laundry, vending machines, a free breakfast and free parking. One pet per room is permitted for an additional $20 per pet, per day. 

Portage Place Shopping Centre and Burton Cummings Theatre can both be found 5 minutes away by car, while the University of Winnipeg is a 20-minute drive away. Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG) is an 8-minute drive from the hotel. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, 1 pet/room $20/pet/day. (Call Date: January 31, 2014)

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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's staff, rates, rooms and location.

Many guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received and characterized the staff as helpful, friendly, accommodating and informative. One patron remarked, "The entire staff was accommodating and friendly and bent over backward for me during my visit".

The hotel's rates were praised by numerous lodgers. They described them as excellent, budget friendly, affordable and great. 

Several reviewers enjoyed their accommodations at the hotel. They found their rooms to be clean, updated, quiet, well equipped and functional, with comfortable beds. A few guests had complaints about their lodgings, however (see below).

The hotel's location was convenient for several travellers. They described it as close to restaurants, downtown Winnipeg, Health Sciences Centre, shopping, the Exchange District and the University of Manitoba. A few patrons had complaints about the hotel's location, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the hotel's rooms and location.

Although several reviewers were pleased with their clean and comfortable rooms, a few guests criticized their lodgings. They reported limited TV channels, cigarette odours in non-smoking rooms, musty odours and a lack of hot water and in-room hair dryers. Noise transfer from the hallways and guests in adjacent rooms was also reported.

While several travellers found the hotel close to downtown Winnipeg and Health Sciences Centre, a few patrons complained about the hotel's surrounding area. They described it as rundown and "sketchy".
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Sources
Hotels.com guest reviews rated the hotel 3.9 out of 5 from 37 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.9 out of 5 with a 97% recommendation rate from 35 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #45 of 62 Winnipeg hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 7 reviews.

The author called the hotel on January 31, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
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