This is a budget-friendly hotel
Not only has this cutting-edge property (pictured above) played a key role in the revitalization of downtown Winnipeg, it’s given the city a major style injection. A funky art installation composed of more than 2,000 photos of Winnipeg attractions greets you upon arrival, while cheeky “Take Selfie Here” stickers showcase the property’s youthful vibe.
The lobby is crammed with designer chairs, and a communal table facilitates impromptu meetings. Free Wi-Fi runs throughout the hotel, and a well-equipped gym is open 24 hours a day. Though guest rooms occupy a smaller footprint, they make use of every square inch, without seeming crammed.
Guests are within walking distance of city hot spots, but complimentary bikes encourage you to travel in sporty style. —Jody Robbins
Located near the famously windy intersection of Portage Avenue and Main Street, The Fairmont Winnipeg is the posh choice with its indoor, 21st floor pool and top-notch dining. Don’t miss the VG Restaurant, which makes use of local ingredients including herbs and honey from the rooftop garden and bee hives. —Shel Zolkewich
Great for history buffs
Settle into the downtown Fort Garry Hotel, a railway hotel built in 1913 by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Unwind with a Cosmopolitan beneath the ornate ceiling of The Palm Lounge. Then head to the 10th-floor Ten Spa and indulge in the Hamam Fully Loaded, a traditional Turkish bathing ritual. —Shel Zolkewich
This downtown hotel effortlessly delivers prairie luxury at its finest. The 117 rooms and suites feature light Scandinavian-style furniture and rain showers. Business travellers will appreciate the large desks and free Internet access, while leisure-jetsetters will welcome nearby sightseeing opportunities, such as The Forks. It is a National Historic Site where the Assiniboine and Red rivers join and the location of a 6,000-year-old Indigenous peoples meeting place. Enjoy a bite to eat and one of 20 craft beers or wines at The Forks Market. This lively district also plays host to countless festivals and live events.
Nearby: For an in-depth look into human equality, respect and fairness, visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. —Diane Bolt
Though it’s located in the city’s bustling Exchange District, Mere Hotel has a serene vibe thanks to neighbouring Red River and Stephen Juba Park. Grab a route map from the front desk and go for a morning run along the riverside pathways. Rooms at this boutique hotel are stocked with juice and Nespresso machines. —Shel Zolkewich