Generation Next In Airport Hotels: The Grand Winnipeg
While times, they are a-changing, the vast majority of airport hotels are still conservatively-designed chain hotels. The Grand Hotel Winnipeg Airport, part of Preferred Hotel Group, could be the next generation of stylin’ airport boutique hotels that have it all goin’ on.
To prove our point here are 10 things that we loved:
1. It brings back the golden age of flying – We’ve all heard tales of a time when one wore their Sunday best to fly and martinis were copious. We’ll never get those days back, but with The Grand’s design scheme we can still pretend. Colours in the hotel are tarmac grey paired with sky and Robin’s egg blues. The addition of whites makes the hotel feel crisp and laundered. It feels like optimism, all shiny and new.
2. Artwork – The hotel doesn’t bill itself as an art hotel, but it should. All of the artwork in the hotel—the rotating images behind reception, in the rooms and throughout the public areas—are photographs taken by the hotel's owner, Keith Levit.
3. The Room – Spacious and well-thought out, full of flat spaces and cubby holes for our stuff. We had a Deluxe Runway View room (620 sq ft) and—calling all location scouts—it looked directly out onto the apron and runways.
4. Local food done really well – Fresh ingredients including the kitchen’s homegrown micro greens made for a great dinner, and you should see that walk-in wine cellar!
Not ones to apologize for noticing and appreciating the minutiae of a hotel because we do sweat the small stuff, some small but important deets are below:
5. Toiletries – They’re Crabtree & Evelyn’s La Source, which perfectly matches the sky blue and whites in the hotel. Coincidence? We think not.
6. Complimentary water – available 24 hours a day by calling the front desk and comes in glass bottles that are recycled
7. Toto toilet, Grohe faucets and Duravit sink – because we like high-end plumbing
8. Self-serve Starbucks coffee bar in the lobby – it can even make you a macchiato
9. In-room DVR (and iPad) – so you don’t have to miss "The Blacklist" while on the road
10. French-press coffee – ‘cause we love that robust taste
Rates in March start at for a $160 CAD ($144) for a Deluxe King and $180 CAD ($162) for a Deluxe Runway View.
[Photos: Janice Tober]
While Janice stayed as a guest of the hotel, the opinions expressed are most definitely her own.