Thanks to a trip to the arctic cold I had to stay two times two nights in Winnipeg. Looking at available options I choose the 5 start Fort Garry hotel. Good location, close to the town center and the railway station and the website did not look too bad. I learned the hotel had been build by the same company (and probably the seem people) that had build the railway in order to give their passengers a decent stay at the beginning or end of their journey. So I had imagined an old style, wood all over and traveller friendly hotel. Unfortunately that's not the case. When the taxi driver dropped me and my luggage off at the steps to the hotel entrance in the freezing cold I waited in vain for somebody who would step in and give me a hand with the luggage. I could have frozen to death but no one came out. When I had hauled up my luggage and went through the revolving door the doorman welcomed me with a ".. freezing cold out there, no?" When I suggested he could have gone outside and give me a hand he just looked like that was not part of his job description. Well, the hotel was a big disappointment with electric heaters that make the room too hot, too dry and too noisy, with my room at the ninth floor it took a measured 4 minutes before there was warm water and a breakfast without bread, a slice of cheese or ham. Yes - it is an old style hotel with high ceilings and broad stair cases but service wise I would not rate it higher than a youth hostel. It needs a revamping, starting with the personnel who have no interest and the rooms. Now it is no more than a run down relic of recent history.
- 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