I stayed here in April 2012 from Minnesota as part of a group traveling for business to Winnipeg. The exterior of the hotel is absolutely breathtaking: it is rare to see this kind of architecture in such excellent condition outside of Europe or New York.
The lobby is exceptionally beautiful and a throwback to a time none of us were likely living. I very much enjoy taking in history such as this and was very impressed with the lobby's beautiful marble and accents. The round dining/cocktail room with the pianist in the evening was a nice touch, as well. Great service from our very handsome server, as well.
Check in went well, though they made no mention that breakfast was included in my rate, which when traveling on business, is easily overlooked if you were not in charge of the reservations. It was efficient, professional, and polite.
My room on the 8th floor was just fine. I can't stand when other reviewers on TripAdvisor complain about how "worn" a hotel of this age is. While the elevators and other high-traffic areas needed some touch ups from excessive use, this can be said of just about any hotel. My room was meticulously well cleaned and comfortable, though the temperature tended to fluctuate between incredibly hot or incredibly cold - I wasn't quite able to find a happy medium. In the hotel's defense, the weather did fluctuate quite frequently during my stay, so this is to be expected. The small window in my room was sealed shut - just a heads up.
The room was in very good condition (outside of some stray strings in a corner from the carpet-laying), and showed minimal signs of wear. The bed was also incredibly comfortable and I appreciated the arm chairs. It might be time to upgrade the TV sets to flat screens, however, though the channel selection was quite extensive. I very much appreciated the 24-hour complimentary coffee and tea service, and was VERY surprised to see how well-presented it was, complete with a sugar cookie or biscotti. Very nice touch.
Breakfast in the morning was quite good, with on-site chefs cooking up fresh omelets. There was a nice assortment of oatmeals with dozens of fresh fruit and sugar toppings, as well as danish and muffins. As an American, I was a bit surprised to see a bill presented to me for breakfast when it was included with the rate - I had to fill out my room information. It never appeared on my bill so all's well that ends well, I suppose.
During our banquet functions, I was a bit discouraged to see that the banquet staff failed to skirt our buffet table all the way around, leaving a gaudy 'bald' spot on one end. As a sales manager in a hotel who deals with banquet space on a daily basis, this is a small detail that should not be overlooked, especially at a hotel of this caliber. Mistakes happen, though. It should also be noted that our catered breakfast buffet was about 30-45 minutes later than what our order indicated, which aggravated many of our clients, though the banquet server was very friendly and apologetic - it certainly wasn't her fault.
I don't attest to know much about Winnipeg, as it was my first trip and I didn't have much time to explore, but the hotel seems to have a solid location to many hotspots downtown. It's hard to justify paying $15 a day for wi-fi internet access (or $25 for several days), but business is business, I suppose. If I ever make it back to Winnipeg, I would definitely consider staying at the hotel again. People who complain about the age or condition of the hotel should probably just stay at a hotel build this century. If you enjoy history and a clean room - you'll love this hotel.
- 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
- Fort Garry Hotel Winnipeg, Manitoba