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Mariaggi's Theme Suite Hotel & Spa
Ranked #11 of 63 Hotels in Winnipeg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 May 2009

My wife and I tried out the day spa option, and it was really fun. Our first stay there. We liked how you can get away for an stylish break without leaving the city. Parents like us will appreciate the getaway while the kids are at school or visiting friends for a few hours. We enjoyed the spacious Morocco room.

The theme suite idea is really well executed with authentic furnishings and top quality fixtures. I thought it could have been tacky, but it wasn't. We brought along some fine cheese and crackers, and were given ample time to enjoy the room including hot tub and steam shower before a massage. Two RMT massage therapists arrived and set up two tables and gave us both a one hour relaxation massage. It was all very professional and pleasant.

Afterward we were given lots of time to do whatever. We played billiards on the nice table and listened to music on the great sound system, using CDs from their library. There is also a huge TV.

I would recommend this place for a couple celebrating a special occasion. It would be great to combine with a night at the theatre or symphony or gallery, as it is right in the heart of the cultural centre of Winnipeg. It is not a typical hotel, so you can't expect a built-in restaurant, etc. There are several excellent restaurants nearby and they can also arrange for meals to be delivered to your room. We just brought chocolates and cheese, etc as were there for just a few hours.

The themes are quite nice and varied! The India room looks fabulous. I see that they are upgrading the reception area. It is a little hard to notice the front entrance as the hotel is upstairs from street level. Winnipeg's 'Exchange District' is charming and worth a wander around the cafes, shops and galleries.

The price is not cheap by Winnipeg standards, but this is really the sort of place you go to for one night for a special occasion. The theme thing is sort of like a real getaway to a destination without all the expense, hassle and time required for a foreign vacation.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 May 2009

I have stayed in 3 suites at this establishment: Hawaii(approx dec 01), and more recently Acupalco/Mexico(Mar 08), and the Jakarta penthouse suite for 2 days (dec 25-26th 08). Hawaii and mexico are small but nice rooms. The Jakarta Penthouse suite is ridiculously overpriced, considering the Steam shower didn't work (and they neglected to tell us of course, they played dumb even though there was a great big hole in the wall where they took the steam unit OUT...), they have pretty little strings of lights everywhere... but they don't change any bulbs so nothing works, and unfortunately their actual beds themselves (in all 3 suites that ive stayed in) are horribly old, uncomfortable, and they didn't even have sheets on the bed.. just a very old quilt. The fireplace only worked when you played around with it for a long time which was annoying, and i basically felt as though everything was super outdated and cheap. On top of it all, their staff is incredibly intrusive, knocking on your door constantly, and all we really wanted was to be left alone so we could enjoy each other(and that happened all 3 times we stayed there). Also, being in the exchange of winnipeg, you hear firetrucks all night long. I pass this information along because it is a "theme suite" and people pay (more) for the ammenities that are in the room...or in this case werent.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank relaxojunkie
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Reviewed 14 February 2009

My wife and I stayed in the Morocco room for a one night, Valentines Day retreat. The room itself was lovely and well done as a theme. It was clean and pleasant to stay in. Curiously, there is no provision given for clothing, saving for a single coat rack in, of all places, the bathroom. This would be a problem for a stay of any length as our clothes had no place but the floor. The bed - just a mattress alone on a platform - was not on par with the room and wasn't the most comfortable for sleeping or lounging.

The reason for our negative overall experience - and I almost rated it as terrible - was the classless feel to the service we received. Beginning with the reservation process there was an underlying "take it or leave it" attitude that continued through to the end of the stay. Rather than feeling as a welcomed guest, it felt more as if they were doing us a big favor by allowing us to stay at their hotel - despite the $400+ fee for one night. We were warned - as though children - not to lose the room key or they would charge us $500.00 to replace it. "Don't mess up the room, or it will cost you extra" They insisted on taking us through the room, item by item, showing us how to turn lights on and off, how to turn on the shower and steam room, etc. To me, this seemed like a unnecessary intrusion into our time - just give me the key, if I have a question be available for me to ask you.

As a previous reviewer has mentioned, nothing is included - everything is an extra cost. We could easily have bumped our cost up substantially by adding what would normally be included at other theme room hotels we have stayed at. Parking was a miserable affair. They recommended that we park in a certain parkade - at our own additional cost of $14 for 1 night - but failed to tell us that it would be locked up the next day, requiring us to walk around and around the parking deck all the way to the 5th level to retrieve our vehicle in sub-zero temperatures.

In the end, we realize that the same quality experience - better in fact - can be had at 2/3 the price. Indeed, we have had many stays at other places for much less that were better, overall experiences. The difference is in the service, the extras and the feeling of being welcomed, appreciated guests.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank dbam
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Reviewed 25 January 2009

To make it short, we paid over $375.00 for $1 worth of candles and a steam room. It took 15 minutes to get hot water, the room was cold (freezing breeze came into the room) and the room smelled like stale smoke. The breakfast we paid for but didn't have was supposed to be in a neighboring restaurant next door... it only opened at 11h00. Knowing better, I wouldn't have paid no more that $100 for the room.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with family
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5  Thank Enforcer1
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Reviewed 13 May 2008

My husband booked the Mexico suite as a surprise for me - I was very surprised - and we had nothing with us upon our arrival (I had been working in the yard). The woman at the front desk was very nice and told us not to worry - there was shampoo and conditioner in the room and anything else we needed - we should just ask. The shampoo and conditioner was a bottle of "Head and Shoulders" (not romantic) and everything else was at an extra cost. Lowell - I believe he is the owner - came to the room and tried to convince us to order dinner, with no mention of the price. We said that we would think about it - my husband told me that the dinners are between $75.00 - 150.00 for 2 people for pasta or steak, about triple the cost of a similar dinner in a restaurant. We decided to get one of our kids to bring us some food. We borrowed a few music CD's - also an extra cost, and my husband had ordered the breakfast for the morning. The breakfast consisted of 2 VERY stale muffins, 2 delmonte fruit cups (the type you would put in a child's lunch) and 2 bottles of juice (again - not very romantic). We were very hungry by the time we left.

I contacted Lowell - explained the things that we enjoyed - the jacuzzi and the steam shower, the concept of the hotel etc. but told him that it felt somewhat "cheap" as opposed to romantic - that someone was trying to save a few bucks. Lowell was pleasant, but did not even offer us our money back for the breakfasts - which I'm sure remained in the fridge to be resold.

We have been to other romantic "couples" places that cost less, (Inverness Falls Resort is our favorite) and found that they felt much more romantic and luxurious - with everything included. This could be a great hotel with just a few changes - the finishing touches and a feeling of being pampered rather than an extra cost for everything.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank sunpeggers
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Reviewed 12 November 2006

We stayed here 2 years ago, and have yet to see a review, so thought that maybe we should add one. The hotel is a bit of a mystery if you haven't been here before - they don't really advertise (they don't need too I don't think -they have bookings a year in advance).
When we stayed here they had about 9 different rooms. We wanted the Rome room but it was already booked, so we took the Africa room (how fitting since my husband lived in Africa during his childhood).
They have since added other rooms. I really would like to stay in the India room-it is something else.
All of their rooms are something else though. The owner I understand travels to get genuine artifacts for his suites-these are not cheap-looking rooms. They are wonderful. Each room has a hot tub, as well as standard room amenities including tv/stereo/dvd player.
When we had booked the room, we planned to arrive around 11pm after our wedding reception-they told us to come during the day to pick up the key since there wouldn't be anyone to open the door. We thought that slightly strange, but it worked out ok. They have lots and lots of DVD's to borrow-you just have to ask (if I recall correctly-I don't think there's a fee). This is a couples only hotel. I hope that eventually we can stay here 1 weekend/year-locking ourselves in our room and spending quality time as a couple. This is a wonderful place. The hotel does not have a restaurant (or it didn't when we stayed here) but there are lots of restaurants in the Exchange district where this hotel is located, as well as being close to The Forks, downtown, St. Boniface (20 minutes walk over the bridge), Manitoba Museum (a real treat even for Winnipegers). I highly recommend this hotel for honeymoons (2 or 3 day visits), anniversaries.

  • Stayed: May 2004, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Mattie291
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Reviewed 16 August 2012
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Room Tip: Il n'y avait pas de piscine et pas de gym. Les couleurs et le decor de la chambre du Japon invit...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 231 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0S4, Canada
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Region: Canada > Manitoba > Winnipeg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Winnipeg
#3 Spa Hotel in Winnipeg
#14 Business Hotel in Winnipeg
Price Range: $390 - $396 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mariaggi's Theme Suite Hotel & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mariaggi's Theme Suite Hotel and Spa offers our guests a wide range of romantic getaway suites, scrumptious diners and wonderful relaxing massage from licensed massage therapists. Our attention to detail in room design far surpasses the standard hotel of the day. Plan your great escape today and Getaway Without Going Away!!! All romantic theme suites have:*Large whirlpool tub.*Steam/shower room with speakers inside the steam room.*50" TV, DVD, 200 Watt Stereo System.*Fireplace.*Romantic Dining for Two.*Small Refrigerator and Microwave. India and Caribbean also have:*Waterfall hot tubs.*Pool Table. China also has:*Infra Red Sauna.*Vichi Tornado Shower.*Multi-jet Hot Tub. Some suites have direct access to private or shared outdoor spaces. Our 3000 sq.ft. Jakarta Tropical Penthouse has: All the above plus...*Baby Grand Piano.*Bar Area.*Dining Area. *Darts and Pool Table. Mariaggi's is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, honeymoons or just a great escape from the kids. ... more   less 
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