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Budget-friendly Winnipeg hotel with indoor pool and waterpark but many dissatisfied guests

Pros
  • Free wireless Internet throughout the hotel, and free parking for cars, buses, and trucks
  • Guests spoke highly of the waterpark
  • Considered an economical place to stay according to guest reviewers online
Cons
  • No elevator access to 2nd storey
  • Some concerns regarding cleanliness and odours from reviewers across sites
  • Noise was cited as an issue for several guests across hotel reviews online
  • Several guests complained about a lack of expected amenities such as coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and shampoo
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 19, 2014
Overview
Thriftlodge Winnipeg is a budget-friendly hotel that offers an indoor pool and waterslide and is centrally located in Winnipeg about a 10-minute drive to Winnipeg's international airport (YWG) and yet only 7 minutes to downtown's Portage Place Shopping Centre.
              
This two-storey walk-up has 72 guest rooms and meeting room space that can accommodate up to 150 guests.
The 100% non-smoking and air-conditioned property has an on-site restaurant and bar called The Cave which serves Canadian-style food. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Hotel amenities include a waterpark with indoor pool and waterslides, hot tub, (no sauna as is mentioned online in some places), guest laundry, free self-parking which accommodates buses and trucks, casino with VLT's, game room and ATM. The hotel is pet-friendly and charges $10 per pet per night. Children under 16 stay free. There is free wireless Internet throughout the hotel.

Room amenities include television, hair dryer, table with lamp and chair, AM/FM clock radio, and refrigerator. The hotel offers the following room configurations: 2 Double Beds, 1 Queen Bed, 2 Double Beds Accessible and 1 Queen Bed Accessible.

Thriftlodge Winnipeg is located  a 12-minute drive to the Forks Market and River Walk and a 15-minute drive to the Assiniboine Park and Zoo. (Google Maps is referenced for all estimated driving times.)

Check-in is after 12:00 noon and check-out is before 11:00 am.

Verified by the Front Desk Agent on June 22, 2012: free wireless Internet throughout hotel, no elevator, restaurant hours, room amenities, no sauna available, children under 16 stay free, pet policy, smoking policy and free parking
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The Good
There were not a lot of guests who spoke favourably about the hotel in recent online reviews used for this summary, however, several guests were pleased with the room prices.

There were some recent guests who commented favourably about the hotel's waterpark saying they found the pool and slides enjoyable.

Some guests also appreciated the hotel's location stating that it was close to the airport.

A couple of the recent reviewers found the hotel staff to be friendly, but the staff received mixed reviews with some saying they were unhelpful and even rude. 
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The Bad
Of the recent reviews posted online from a few hotel review sites (which were used for this analysis), there were some recurring complaints.

Several reviewers described the hotel as old and not clean, and a few guest reviewers complained of unpleasant odours at the hotel.

Noise was another common complaint from guests who reviewed the hotel online. More than one guest mentioned that there were many people who were walking and talking loudly in the hallways late at night. Another guest complained of traffic noise, and yet another said the hotel had paper thin walls.

Another theme across reviews from several sites was concerning a lack of expected room amenities such as coffee makers, irons, hair dryers and shampoo. There was mention of towels being paper thin and sheets being threadbare. Some other complaints from guests reviews were simply stated as: poor television, poor internet. One guest claimed to have requested a fridge only to discover it did not work after their food had spoiled.

Most reviewers across various sites, who stayed recently, did not recommend the hotel and said they were not returning.
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TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel 47th out of 57 properties in Winnipeg and it was given an average rating of 3 out of 5 points from 21 reviews.

Hotels.com guest ratings averaged 3.9 out of 5 points from 8 reviews.

Booking.com gave the hotel an average rating of 5.3 out of 10 points from 7 reviews.

Expedia.com guest ratings averaged 1.8 out of 5 points with 25% of guests recommending the hotel from 4 reviews.

Verified by the Front Desk Agent on June 22, 2012: free wireless Internet throughout hotel, no elevator, restaurant hours, room amenities, no sauna available, children under 16 stay free, pet policy, smoking policy and free parking
Editor's Analysis by Scott B.
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Guest Reviews
5.1
Mediocre
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47 / out of 48
hotels in Winnipeg

Rated 5.1/10 based on 393 reviews

Ranked #47 out of 48 hotels in Winnipeg

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Map Marker Thriftlodge Winnipeg
1400 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg, MB