Stayed here in early March 2009 on a business trip. Overall, I got the sense that this is an extremely busy hotel hosting meetings and conventions as well as large groups. While the front desk and catering staff are very friendly and helpful, one gets the impression that they are habitually worked off their feet. As a result of the heavy traffic, the hotel is also looking rather worn around the edges.
Extremely convenient to the airport (not far outside the gate), but not located anywhere you'd like to walk for shops or dining -- it's pretty much located in the heart of the airport industrial park. The only food outlet within easy walking distance appeared to be a Subway outlet in the building across the street. The hotel does provide a complimentary shuttle service, though, to downtown Winnipeg or for a return trip to the airport.
Room amenities / environment:
Stayed in the 500 block of the hotel. Furnishings and decor are somewhat dated. Bedding not the best quality -- sheets were pretty threadbare and the pillows had the consistency of bread dough (I honestly wasn't sure if they were filled with feathers or foam). The room was clean enough, but had an odd smell which persisted, almost as if a pet had peed on the carpet. A light-coloured stain in the corner supported that thought. In the hallway, a heavy rain had caused the roof to leak, with the ceiling tiles pushed aside and plastic buckets set out to catch the drips. A musty smell suggested this wasn't the first time.
Free highspeed internet is available via DSL (cable provided) or wireless. The wireless reception seemed patchy in the guest rooms but strong in the common areas of the hotel.
Plus: Small fridge included in the room, always a welcome touch.
Due to the lack of anywhere else in the immediate area to eat, the only choice is the in-hotel restaurant and lounge. The menu has a good selection and reasonably priced, but don't expect fine dining -- quality is very average.
Didn't test out the water park or other amenities.
Overall, this is an average place to stay for a work trip or an airport layover, but I wouldn't recommend it for the vacationer looking for a higher-end hotel experience.
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- Also Known As:
- Victoria Hotel Winnipeg
- Victoria Inn Winnipeg, Manitoba