on November 15, 2008
Upon our arrival to Winnipeg we were able to call for the complimentary shuttle service from the airport to the hotel. A friendly young man promptly arrived and whisked us over to the hotel. I say "us" as I connected in Minneapolis with my new found friends Cindy, Susan and Celeste from Indianapolis. It was really nice to have made the acquaintance of Cindy months before this trip through TripAdvisor. By this time, we were already like new BFFs.I got checked into the room ahead of my roommate that I was doubled up with by the tour operator, so I was able to snap up some photos of our two room suite. It was very spacious and open. In the bedroom was all that you would expect in a hotel room, two queen sized beds, a dresser with a TV on it, nightstand complete with clock radio and telephone.The other room of the suite was a nice sitting area with a sofa, work desk area and a wet bar. The bathroom was accessible from either the bedroom or the sitting room. This room also had a nice sized television and telephone.It was also very nice to have free WiFi access from inside the room, making connecting to the Internet and sending e-mail a bonus. Guests were also provided with a complimentary newspaper each weekday morning of their stay.Since we were only here for one night, there wasn't much use in getting too comfy, I didn't unpack anything but toiletries.When we came back through Winnipeg five days later, we had a different room/suite. It was interesting that the second room was very different from the first in terms of layout, etc. My second suite had an open window between the bedroom and sitting room area. This limited the privacy particularly since I wanted to stay up later than my roommate to do some travel writing. It wasn't much of an issue however; as she slept with a sleeping eye cover that prevented the light in the sitting area to keep her awake.Generally speaking, however, the amenities of the two floor plans were similar. The bedding and pillows were plentiful and very comfortable. I had outstanding nights' rest on both evenings here. I was surprised at the relative lack of airport noise, but then again, this was Winnipeg and not New York City!This is a full service hotel with meeting and convention space, a restaurant and lounge and business center. While the cost of our hotel rooms in Winnipeg were part of our tour package pricing, I did look up the rates for the Hilton Suites and found them to be very reasonable . . . approximately $150/night (CDN).
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