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The Columns
Ranked #3 of 15 Winnipeg B&B and Inns
Victoria, Canada
1 review
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“Western Canada's Best B&B”
Reviewed 22 April 2013

For the last five years (most recently in March 2013) I've gone to Winnipeg two or three times a year in connection with work I do for University of Manitoba Press. My great good fortune has been to stay at The Columns during my visits. Not only is the house a lovely old heritage house conveniently situated in downtown Winnipeg, beautifully restored, but also its guest rooms are each well appointed with everything a guest could need; the beds are without exception (I've tried them all by now) comfy and welcoming; and breakfasts alone are worth flying to Winnipeg to eat. April, who plans and prepares the breakfasts, and Diamond, her husband, are the perfect hosts and great conversationalists and by now I consider them friends. That goes for the cats, too, who are welcoming and charming!

Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed 18 April 2013

I have had the pleasure of working with April at The Columns on several occasions and the service and hospitality is second to none. April goes above and beyond to make your stay a real pleasure. When we have people travelling from out of town we have "put them up" at The Columns and there is never a disappointment. Most of our "folks" have never stayed at a B & B before. Once they have experienced The Columns they are seeking out B & B's for additional travel across Canada....although one of our associates has told me her first B & B stay was at The Columns and she has never had another B & B that has measured up since. April's breakfasts are over-the-top phenomenal and delicious - what a great way to start the day. Thank you April for making us feel like friends and for making ourselves and our guests so comfortable in your beautiful home.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 18 January 2013

We have stayed here two times so far. For a 2 bedroom suite in a B&B it is wonderful value. April is a wonderful hostess, happy to chat and quick to provide help/service if needed. The hot breakfasts she provided were very good as well. Unlimited access to the washer/dryer was fantastic, especially while travelling with babies/toddlers who are inevitably messy. If travelling with infants and toddlers, she is able to offer booster seats, a playpen (with blankets for baby to sleep in), and a changing area with change pad and cloths.

Cons:
- She has a couple of cats. In the winter time, they are inside. They stay mainly on the main floor/dining area but we caught them upstairs on the 3rd floor as well. I took 24hr Allegra during our stay and my allergies didn't bother me - probably because the room we were in was cat free.
- Sky lights on the top floor, and no window coverings. If you are staying in the summer time, or want to sleep in, you will be blinded by the sun. In the winter the sun isn't too much of a bother. There is no way to cover the windows, so bring an eye mask if you are looking for uninterrupted sleep.

Expect the decor to be dated, and some renovations to be a bit incomplete - its an home over 100 years old and the suites haven't seen major renovations (though they have been working at it).

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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australia
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49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2012

I was picked up by April at the airport, not knowing and what to expect when i arrived at the accommodation. I was here for two nights - one night en route to Churchill and one night enroute Vancouver on my way back to Australia.

It was like walking back in time, to the year 1902. The beautiful large mansion exquisitably decorated. my mind bogled, so old but so warm a wonderland in front of a mirror. I was shown to my room. wow the bed was so big, the bathroom was huge - you could hold a ball and dance in it. Just everything was so inviting. it exceeded my expectations. After the long awaited refreshing and hot hot shower, i thought i would watch TV. Had second thoughts and slept like a log.

At breakfast time, there was so much to choose from and the special entrees on both mornings were yummie. All at a very long table containing the settings which gleamed and twinkled I met another guest from Germany and New Zealand. you could say we had a continental breaky.

I was excited to leave for Churchill by train en route, but i was very very sad to leave en route to Vancouver when the time came to depart, I said my goodbyes to Diamond, Josh, Max the dog and the two cats.

I totally recommend this B & B, it was reasonably priced for the wonderful friendly service which was availed to you.

Room Tip: all rooms have a personality of their own
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 15 October 2012 via mobile

We took the train into and out of Winnipeg twice in Oct 2012. April offered to pick us up at the train station, but we opted to walk from the train station to TC, all along the walking/biking path along the Assiniboine river....beautiful trees, riverside and only roughly 1.5 mile...made easy due to our light backpack only lugguages. April accommodated our 1 night stay prior to our train trip to Churchill and longer stay upon our return from Churchill. It is not easy to find B&B would take 1 night stay. All previous descriptions of historical mansion, matured & secluded neighborhood, beautiful & spacious rooms, comfy beds & common areas, marvelous breakfasts are all true. We partcularly like afternoon teas, chocolates and sherry, as well as available washer/dryer for use. So, with all personal services and amenities, the price is right. We did not find problems with lighting in the rooms (we stayed in 2 different rooms, one has a huge balcony) or soft beds. In fact, we felt vert luxurious in beds and slept very well.As to unsafeness around the area, we walked to the forks, the french quarters, the financial area, and the chinatown...we did not feel unsafe though there are some run- down area such as chinatown. However, because TC is a historic structure it needs some maintenance....which reflects nicely throughout the house....just some minor detailings are still needed (caulkings near shower area, windows, overhead lightings). TC is pet friendly (friendly Max and the cats), so if you are allergic to dogs or cats then TC is not for you. During our visits, we met several guests who are repeated and regular guests at TC.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Calgary
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

I’d like to think that a B&B is your “home away from home”, and I can honestly say that is always the reception that is given at The Columns by April and her family. My husband and I travel extensively and always stay at B&Bs. When in Winnipeg, without any hesitation, we stay with April. Her home is a little over 100 years old with all the charm and personality of that era. It is situated on the Assiniboine River in one of the oldest, most respected neighbourhoods of Winnipeg. She is surrounded by beautiful flora and trees, architectural history, and great little eclectic shops and restaurants within walking distance. If touring the town is not your desire, there are many interesting books and conversations to intrigue you. The choice is yours to either enjoy the warm and inviting living room or relax and spend your time in the yard and other outdoor living spaces.

The rooms are spacious, clean and wonderfully decorated. The bedding, towels and all the little extras are always fresh and inviting.

Breakfast, in one word, is unbelievable! There is so much variety and all is homemade and wonderfully presented on beautiful china.

April shares her home and heart with us every time we visit Winnipeg and I can’t ask for anything more! Never a disappointment - always too short of a visit.

Room Tip: Henry Moore room has private balcony
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2012

First, the good stuff: The caretaker is a very nice lady, and her family is nice as well. They have a wonderful old house; very Victorian if you like that sort of thing. The rooms are nice and the suite had a great bathroom with soft towels and accouterments galore. The bed was good, with a ton of pillows. It was a bit too soft since the pillow-top mattress had an extra pillow-top on it. I simply removed the extra one and it was fine. The breakfast was decent since she offered a ton of extra side items such as cereal, cheese, bread, smoked salmon, pancakes, etc.

Now the bad stuff: This bed and breakfast is located near a not-so-good area of town. You have to go through there to get to downtown. There was a murder the night before we got there just two kilometers north of us, but overall, Canada's crime rates are low comparatively, so don't worry too much. Second, the windows upstairs do not have curtains, so in the summer in the morning, the sun comes up and you can't sleep because it's so light in the rooms. One would think that window shades are a requirement so the room can stay dark, but neither room we had had any curtains. This made for not getting a good night's rest at all. The house was under repair when we were there, but it wasn't too bad. Finally, the window air conditioner was so loud that it shook the wall when it shut off. This made it difficult to sleep in addition to the light.

So, the breakfast part of the "bed and breakfast" was the best part, but the bed part was definitely not, so half of the entire point of the stay wasn't great. Still, it was better than poor. The cost was a bit expensive as well.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: The Columns
Address: 5 East Gate, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2C2, Canada
Region: Canada > Manitoba > Winnipeg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Winnipeg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Columns 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Columns is a luxury Bed and Breakfast situated in a heritage neighbourhood in Winnipeg. The 4 guest bedrooms are ultra-luxurious with en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. The Master Suite has 1000 sq ft of private space and includes a private patio - perfect for special occasions and honeymoons. There are 4 outside decks, 2 enclosed porches, a panelled living room and dining room separated by bevelled glass sliding doors, a library, and laundry facilities. There is free WiFi and HD TV in all the rooms. The breakfast is a buffet and includes a hot entree. Prepare to be pampered! ... more   less 
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