The Marlborough is not for everybody, so be sure to know what you're getting into. Other reviews here recommend to stay clear from this hotel, but if you're low-budget and do not mind putting up with some stuff, the Marlborough is pretty decent.
Our room was spacious (two double beds) although it hasn't been renovated since the 80s. The bathroom was cozy, but the tub was chipped and the water from the sink faucet came out brown at times. My partner drank from that tap and didn't feel sick, so it must be safe, but these are things you need to be aware.
The hotel is pretty quiet, although the walls are a bit on the thin side, so if you have very loud neighbours, you might hear them. The most annoying thing for us was the pipe humming and somebody above us was using the water. It last for a couple of seconds (and never happened at night), but that's the kind of stuff you get for the cheapest rooms in town.
There is a pool (not for swimming - too shallow and in a shape) and a waterslide that is great for the kids. They also have a very good hottub that I especially enjoyed.
Some reviews here have talked about the rude staff, but nothing happened to us. They were friendly and helpful.
The highlight of the Marlborough is it breakfast that is included in the price. It is a limited menu, but even vegetarians will find some fruit plate. We had the eggs and bacon and it was delicious. Beware: it's a busy spot and service might be a bit longer than it should.
As for Internet, the hotel is WiFi and it's free! This is a great bonus!
So all in all, it is a decent hotel if you're looking for something cheap and are not bothered by chipping tubs and a little bit of noise. The most important thing for us is the cleanliness and good night sleep, and that's what we got. However, if I were going back to Winnipeg, I would probably look into other options. But sometimes, when you travel on a budget, you get what you pay for.
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