We decided to spend the night at the Fort Garry after our company Christmas Party in December 2009. While I've been to several functions at this venue, I've never acutally stayed overnight and have always wanted to.
There were many friends who stayed the same night we did so we had the chance to see many different types of rooms, although we all payed the same amount. Some were much larger than others. Ours happened to be quite small. But I suppose when you're dealing with olden day (?) construction, large rooms weren't necessarily required.
Having stayed at the Banff Springs Hotel (which was one of the best experiences of my life) I think I expected too much out of the Fort Garry. Especially because we're dealing with lame old Winnipeg. The bed was really comfortable, but the rugs and the rest of the furniture was quite worn which didn't make it feel clean. It's almost like at one point they tried to modernize the rooms but have since tried reachieve it's historical authenticity. The free standing lamp in the corner did not compliment the room at all. The TVs & phone systems need upgrading. I love old things, but there is no reason that the hotel could not be upgraded old. I also felt it was innappropriate how the banquet staff kept having to come and empty our ice machine on our floor in order to serve their parties.
I nice treat was coffee service in the morning. As the rooms are not outfitted with individual coffee makers and fixings, the complimentary coffee service was a nice touch. They were prompt and polite as well.
We stayed for the Sunday Brunch which is complimentary with a Saturday night stay. It was really wonderful, but now having done it once, I don't think I would ever have to do it again. There is SO MUCH FOOD. And it's all quite tasty but it seems wasteful when there are so many starving children in this world.
I would recommend that given the chance, all Winnipegers should take advantage of this little bit of history in our city, but I wouldn't necessarily send out of town guests there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre is a classic chateau-style hotel and national historic site situated in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. This former Grand Trunk Railway hotel has been a Winnipeg icon since 1913 and is only minutes away from major downtown attractions including the Forks Market. Relax in one of our 246 guestrooms or suites featuring: our exquisite bed ensemble with feather mattress, down duvets and pillows, and fine Italian linens. All of our guests enjoy 24-hr delivery of complimentary coffee/tea, cookies & newspapers. Enjoy the Fort Garry’s award winning Grand Sunday Brunch or legendary daily breakfast. We will attend to your guests in luxurious elegance from an intimate dinner to a magnificent banquet of 600 with four grand historic ballrooms, 16 conference and meeting rooms, and Winnipeg’s only Glatt Kosher service. Experience the award winning, versatile culinary fare of The Fort Garry. Fully equipped fitness centre with indoor running track and indoor swimming pool. Winnipeg’s world-class Ten Spa with authentic co-ed Turkish hamam, dubbed “The hottest, steamiest, most exotic place in Canada” by the Ottawa Citizen. Yoga Public, Canada’s largest yoga playground & sanctuary for individuals looking for a source of physical and spiritual inspiration. Yoga Public offers a program of more than 100 classes per week and offers variety of yoga style and TRX classes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fort Garry Winnipeg
- Hotel Fort Garry
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