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HI-Winnipeg Downtowner
Melbourne, Australia
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“A disappointment”
Reviewed 15 April 2012

This hostel was once a motel. We had a private room which had once been a motel room but it was very run down, although everything still worked.

Reception was friendly and the vegetarian restaurant on the same level is excellent. The communal kitchen and lounge area were completely uninviting.

WiFi throughout the building was good.

A big plus is that the Portage Mall is located only three minutes' walk away but just as big a minus is that to get there you have to walk past a lot of poor, non-Canadian people and run a gauntlet of panhandlers.

The hostel is bordered on two sides by several high-rise, low-rent apartment blocks which house a lot of the people who use the mall.

We stayed here a week and would have done better in a motel. Don't be deceived by this hostel's rather appealing website, in reality it's a rundown dump in a bad area.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

This hostel could be a million times better with just a few simple touches.

Overall we had a great stay here, the location is good, the room is really spacious, the staff are fairly friendly and the vegetarian restaurant downstairs is delicious.

However, the hostel feels very institutional and bare. It doesn't feel homely at all. We had a private double with ensuite and it was huge! But the bedspread and bathroom looked old and the floors were cold concrete. It was clean though and provided everything we needed.

For price and location, I would stay here again, but I hope the owners come to realise that an HI is meant to be a travellers home on the road, not a pit stop for workers in need of cheap accommodation.

From the reviews I read of this place in advance, I was expecting something much worse, but it is fine - safe, clean and relatively comfortable.

Do try the Nut Burger at the Vege Restaurant, it is melt in your mouth lovely.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 8 October 2011

I'll start with the pluses, great staff, kitchen and internet (but only in the lobby). Apart from that the place seemed really run down. Mouldy bathroom with no lock on the door. Broken door on the locker where I was supposed to safely store my belongings. $5 deposit to borrow a towel that smelt like it had been used to dry a wet dog. Although the location is great during the day at night it seems like an unsafe area to be in. So nights are spent either on your laptop (if you can get a signal) or watching the tv that has poor reception. So far I've loved Hi-Hostels but this one was a real let down.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

This has got to be the worst HI I have stayed in in Canada.

The place was run down.

It was fairly warm outside the night I stayed here. The air conditioner in the room didn't work and to open the window the blackout blind has to be up half way (large window with small opening). When I tried to roll up the blind it didn't roll up and the whole thing fell off the mount.

The room was dusty and I really didn't want to take off my flip flops. The bathroom in the room had no ventilation and there was rust in the tub. The bunks weren't all that great either, they squeaked a lot.

Even though there was WiFi in the place, I couldn't get a signal in my room.

Paying to park at a hostel is annoying.

Avoid this place if you can!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Inishowen Peninsula, Ireland
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

My experience here may have been a bit skewed by the awful experience I had in another Winnipeg hotel the previous two nights. The HI seemed like paradise in comparison. I came to the HI last minute and thankfully they had availability. The staff are really helpful and there is an excellent vegetarian restaurant on the ground floor (try the parsnip ravioli, mmmm). The rooms are really outdated, but I think the staff try their best to give their guests a good experience though by organising a pub crawl on Thursday nights, having a pretty good bar and rec room, and of course the restaurant. There's a good vibe in the place. I hope they'll do something with the rooms and make a jewel for young travellers to Winnipeg.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about HI-Winnipeg Downtowner

Property: HI-Winnipeg Downtowner
Address: 330 Kennedy St, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2M6, Canada
Region: Canada > Manitoba > Winnipeg > Downtown Winnipeg
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Winnipeg
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,403 - ₹ 4,567
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located right in the heart of Winnipeg's vibrant downtown, HI-Winnipeg's Downtowner hostel is in the center of the country's most diverse mix of cultures. We are close to the city's finest attractions including the Forks (the future site of the Human Rights Museum), the award-winning Manitoba Museum, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the incredibly dynamic National Historic Site, the Exchange District. The Exchange is known for all of its vibrant shops, restaurants, and entertaining nightlife. We are also located about a 20-minute walk from our very own Osborne Village. On the Osborne strip you can find an array of local only shops, restaurants, stellar pubs. Ask our staff about the hot-stops in these areas for shopping and great night out. Also, ask about how you can receive discounts from our partners in the area with your HI Membership! ... more   less 

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