Fort Garry Hotel
Travel Blogs from Winnipeg
Since train arrival times in Canada are apparently something of a guessing game involving wegee boards and a healthy dose of 'blind mans bluff', we decided to overnight in the capital of Manitoba, Winnipeg (home of the windiest street corner in the world- Portage & Main- and it's usually a bone chilling Arctic wind at that!!). DH was positively …
... the lobby and up to his office, in which he has no windows, poor guy! I'm not going to complain too loudly about my paperwork load either, after seeing what he has to deal with. We dashed outside to the car, and I'd mentioned earlier to Hugh that I'd like to get a photo of the amazing reindeer sculpture rising up out of the ground near the front. It was minus 39, and on the windiest corner in Manitoba, good old Portage and Main, so freezing cold I was expecting my camera ...
... was my busy and successful first half of Monday. We went and hung out at Polo Park to have lunch and indulge in a pastime we both like doing, people watching! There were certainly plenty of them there, rushing around frantically, loaded down with last minute Christmas shopping. It was a nice feeling to know all my gifts were already baked, boxed or wrapped, many of them already delivered, it had been a lot of organizing, but saved my sanity at the last.
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... rather than doors, things are looking real bad folks!"! So much of the route is single track, and it's very clear who takes priority. It's the freight trains. We were forever stopping to let freight trains pass us, and the first 3 days of running ahead of time soon developed into an 8 hour delay by the time I got off!! As Eric, our Canadian friend, said during one if these stops amongst miles of flat prairie land, "oh come on, just frickin' build two tracks - ...
... at our hotel and put his coat on - first time since Canim Lake. We called our hotel's shuttle phone from the airport and it was only a matter of minutes before he showed up. As he drove us around the corner we were just getting warm and comfy and he let us out about 150m up the road! We didn't know it was so close.. we could have walked. We later caught a bus to downtown Winnipeg to have a quick look around and ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews Fort Garry Hotel Winnipeg
Beatiful Chateau Hotel
Have stayed here twice now. Nice lobby and incredible weekend brunch (though not good value at $37). Hotel is well located and is always bustling with people - popular choice for weddings, graduations, etc... Not your typical downtown hotel. Rooms are pleasant but lack some of the modern conveniences in washrooms, ventilation, closets. Live music nightly in the Palm Room. Elevators are VERY slow, so you'll need to be patient. Overall, a very nice place to stay and probably the most charming hotels I've stayed in on the prairie.
My husband and I have just returned to Victoria after spending a week in Winnipeg. Over the past number of years the Fort Garry has had millions of dollars spent to refurbish this lovely (1912) hotel back to its grandeur. They have done a wonderful job.
Extraordinary! What a wonderful surprise
We came to Winnipeg for a wedding held at the Fort Garry, expecting an average experience. To our surprise, and the surprise of our many guests (there were more than70), it turned out to be the experience of a lifetime! From the well turned out guest rooms to the breakfast, to the lounge, to the catered meals, to the help of the concierge when we wanted to find a place for that "special" restaurant, the Fort Garry met all of our expectations, and at a fair price. We would highly recommend this hotel. It is world class by any standard! We will be back.
This is a great hotel! The Breakfast was the best I'd ever had . The rooms were not all that large but they had character it was like you were back in the 1930's in an elegant hotel. As for the city it was way better than I had expected. Friendly people and lots of great places to eat. As for the night life night clubs every where you look! I will be back.
My friend and I went to Winnipeg for Thanksgiving and stayed at the Hotel Fort Garry for three nights, Tuesday through Thursday. We loved the hotel and had several other wonderful dining experiences.We stayed in a basic room, $119 (Can) with two queen size beds. We enjoyed the fluffy down quilt beds, and the room was actually quite large.The bathroom was well maintained and the water pressure in the shower was amazing.But the best was yet to come. Having been told while checking in that breakfast was included in the room price, I went right down the first morning. This is no token continental breakfast. The white-jacketed servers brought orange juice and coffee immediately. Then you can ask the chef at a cooking station to cook you whatever kind of omelette or eggs you would like. One morning the omelette special was crab-and-cream-cheese. The chef also offers you bacon (Canadian bacon of course), hash browns, waffles and french toast. I restrained myself!In addition, there is a large pastry table with croissants and other goodies and another area to get fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, cereal and milk.Another bonus at breakfast is a free newspaper when you come in -- your choice of three, including the Winnipeg Free Press and the National Post. This is a very important "perk" for me. When you're done with breakfast, you just sign your check and turn it in as you leave. According to the check, if we had not been guests, the price is $17. We never skipped breakfast.The parking at the hotel was amazing. We never once were more than 5 spaces away from the hotel's back door. Perhaps it was partially because we were there in the middle of a week. The catch is that parking costs $10 per night extra.There were a few details about the hotel that could have been improved. The pop machine in the hall near our room dispensed HOT cans of pop. The room doesn't have its own thermostat and was just a bit on the cool side. The TV channel selection wasn't the best. But we were not there to watch TV and none of these details detracted from our experience.We liked the location -- walking distance to The Forks shopping and some nice restaurants. The credit union across the street from the hotel changed our American cash for no fee (just try to get that in Quebec City!).We had a delicious supper at Bombolino's, which I would describe as kind of neuvo Italian, and which is a few blocks from the hotel on Broadway. Broadway is a lovely parkway style street with rows of trees illuminated by strings of white lights. What a beautiful welcome to downtown Winnipeg when arriving at night.We also had fine dining at Dobruvnik's, a well-established continental restaurant in an old house on Assiniboine Avenue (along the river) and we had a good experience at a small Japanese restaurant, also on Broadway. (sorry forget the name, starts with A) We also had good food at Dansk, a tiny Danish restaurant, though we had to drive to get there.The drivers in Winnipeg are very polite. Even when we weren't sure what we were doing or slowed to find an address, no one honked or was rude.We took in an excellent Inuit art exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. And we did a little shopping in the Exchange District and went to a Ukrainian Cultural Center.We definitely would like to return to Winnipeg.
I was in this beautiful city for the annual Folklorama. This is a city that bases itself on its multiculturalism and Folklorama is a perfect example. The Hotel Fort Gary is a beautiful hotel. The architecture takes you back into the twenties and thirties. The rooms are generously big and I will be coming back next year.
Wonderful place to stay!
My friend and I decided to take a trip to Winnipeg and randomly chose the Fort Garry. The location is great, the hotel is historical and elegant looking with friendly staff. The food is out of this world! We had Sunday brunch and it was like no other brunch I have ever seen or tasted. The rooms were very nice (and pretty) and very clean. Service was excellent. We both feel lucky that we chose this hotel and if I return to Winnipeg, this is where I will stay.
The Best Hotel ever!!
My husband, myself and another couple stayed at the Fort Garry on the 27th of June. AWESOME could never begin to describe our experience! King size feather beds imported from Italy, lucious robes in your room, the most wonderful food I have EVER eaten on the Sunday Buffet. I have been all over the world, and never had anything better, ever, anywhere! Go, experience the best room, food and service anywhere!!!!!!!
There are no other hotels in Winnipeg
If you are staying in Winnipeg you must stay at the Fort Garry. The charm radiates from the stone walls on the outside right through to the historic furniture in the rooms. Have a glass of wine in the lounge with Nadine the barkeep and make sure you don't miss the best breakfast in Western Canada.
My husband and I planned a quick get away from the hectic lives we had been wrapped up in. After looking at other hotels in Winnepeg, we decided to stay in one of the Corporate Junior Suites in the Fort Garry. The hotel itself is grand, the staff is dressed impeccibly and is very friendly. When we got to our room I couldn't stop saying wow! There was a large corner tub, king sized bed, leather furniture, marble bathrooms, three head shower, bathrobes, hardwood floors, closet space with drawers, an incredible veiw, and large screen television. It was a beautiful and inviting room. We ordered room service that evening. The food was wonderful and actually very reasonibly priced. The staff the brought the food was very friendly. We had breakfast delivered to our room the next morning by hanging a request on the doorknob of our room. We were able to select the time we wanted it delivered. Along with the breakfast, we were given a complementary newspaper to read while we enjoyed our breakfast. After a day of sight seeing, we returned to our perfectly made up room. I have never felt so relaxed. When I am getting wound up in my personal life and I need to calm down, I just think about our stay at the Fort Garry and start mentally planning our next get away there and it always relaxes me. Just a side note, the US exchange rate makes it an incredible stay with no holds barred a reasonable price.