WINNIPEG — The landmark Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre has joined Choice Hotels Canada’s Ascend Hotel Collection. For more than 100 years, the Hotel Fort Garry has been the showpiece of Western Canada’s most historic street, Broadway, and Manitoba’s marquee destination for business, conference groups, special occasions and romantic getaways. The hotel becomes the 22nd property to join Choice’s Ascend brand in Canada and the fifth this year.
The National Historic Site was completed in 1913 by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and is a premier example of Châteauesque design, a distinctly Canadian style of architecture combining the monumentality of the Renaissance with the ornamentation of the Gothic Revival.
“This striking hotel is absolutely a jewel in the crown of the Ascend Collection in Canada,” says Rob Alldred, director of Membership Development, Ascend Hotel Collection at Choice Hotels Canada. “We know our guests are going to be excited about staying here.”
The Fort Garry Hotel offers 240 guestrooms, including 19 suites. The property began an extensive renovation in 2014 with more than $5.4-million spent on capital improvements in all guestrooms, including new 48-inch flat-screen televisions, wireless high-speed internet, furniture updates and accessories, as well as flooring replacements, modernized decor, re-painting, and HVAC repairs. The hotel retains its elegant display of lavish materials, mouldings and top-of-line finishes in all the guestrooms.
“We’re very pleased to be joining the prestigious Ascend Hotel Collection,” says Ida Albo, owner of the Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre. “We’re excited about the advantages, including access to an award-winning rewards program and an established centralized reservations system.”
The ground floor Palm Lounge has 20-foot vaulted ceilings, masterful arches and a “window-wall,” while the seventh floor features the majestic Crystal and Concert Ball Rooms, complete with 18-foot ceilings, stained-glass windows and original Tiffany chandeliers. The nationally recognized Ten Spa on the 10th floor is among the best in the country and offers a full complement of therapeutic and rejuvenating facials and body care treatments.