Winnipeg Travel Accommodation: Choosing a Hotel or Motel
There are a number of considerations in selecting accommodations that can make the difference between an enjoyable stay and a major headache, whether your trip to Winnipeg is for business or pleasure. You can select a hotel based on its name, features, price range, or its location.
Most of the major hotel chains have properties in the Winnipeg marketplace. If you are familiar with and happy with a chain, or just want its frequent flyer miles, then you will like their hotel in Winnipeg.
Some chains focus on business travellers, in the upper-middle price range. In Winnipeg you'll find: Coast Hotels, CP Hotels, Delta, Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, Radisson, Ramada, and Sheraton. Some chains target families and budget conscious business travellers. These chains are: Best Western, Canad Inns, Comfort Inn, Howard Johnson, Quality Inn, and Travelodge.
Winnipeg has many very fine hotels and motels that may not belong to a chain, like The Fort Garry and the Place Louis Riel All Suite Hotel.
A traveller may need to rely on a specific feature in a hotel. It may be a hotel-wide capability like airport shuttle or business centre, it may be an in-room feature like Internet access or a whirlpool bath (and vary from room to room), it may relate to fitness to stay in shape on the road or to entertain the children, or you may require special suites. We have tried to catalogue them all in the FoundLocally database.
The range of features will vary from hotel to hotel, and sometimes from room to room. If there is a feature that is critical to your stay (ie wheelchair access or coach parking) request it in the Hotel Search screen, to display only to those establishments. Be sure to request this feature when making your room reservation.
Some commonly sought features are:
There is accommodation in Winnipeg to suit any budget. Those on a real budget can stay at the Hostel or (summer times) at U of M Housing (at the University of Manitoba) for only dollars a day. The major corporate chains have suites for any corporate president or even royalty.
Pricing is seasonal. The summer is high season in Winnipeg. Fall through spring (September to June) are definitely the less expensive times to visit. Each hotel's dates for high, low, and shoulder seasons differ a bit so watch your timing or your hotel.
Some hotel locations are better suited for different purposes it. You can search for hotels by "Area". For attending Football games and other sporting events, or when overnighting in Winnipeg before flying, the handiest hotels are those close to the airport.
If you are here to do business you would likely want a hotel in the downtown core. All hotels are within walking distance of downtown shopping, and a short cab ride from the various restaurant and nightlife districts. There are some less expensive hotels just outside of downtown, including the Norwood Inn (just across the Red River) and the Osborne Village Motor Inn (in Osborne Village, across the Assiniboine River)
For family power-shopping stay at hotels close to the Portage Avenue malls or along McPhillips Street Either location is full of the large chains and the "category killer" stores.
If you are travelling north-south, then your best bet is probably one of the hotels in the South on Pembina Highway. There are AZ number of hotels clustered along major cross-streets, the Perimeter Highway, Bishop Grandin Boulevard, McGillivray Boulevard and Grant Avenue (from south to north). If you are driving across Canada (and don't wish to poke around Winnipeg), stay close to the TransCanada Highway and the Perimeter Highway along the south. In the southeast, there are several hotels/motels along Highway 1. In the southwest, there are several hotels on the southern stretch of Pembina Highway