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10 Pet-Friendly Winnipeg Hotels that Welcome Furry Family Members

For those of us who travel with fur babies, it’s good to know that more and more hotels in Winnipeg are welcoming pets, with some even providing special amenities.

Most hotels simply request that you let them know about your pet when booking the room so that they can assign the appropriate space and make sure you both are properly taken care of.

One trend is to have pet-friendly rooms on or close to the ground floor, great for quick exits when taking Buddy for a walk. When it is time for a walk, designated play areas are often close by and some hotels even provide toys and clean-up bags.

It’s generally not a good idea to leave pets unattended, but in some cases they can be put in a kennel (brought by you) if you need to quickly pop out of the room. Occasionally, you might find that front desk staff (when they aren’t too busy) will even allow a well-behaved cutie to keep them company. It’s also good to remember that hotels usually prefer it if you set up a time with staff to come in and refresh your room, either when you and your pet are out or when your pooch has been tucked into its kennel for a nap. 

For the owners of well-behaved pets, hotel stays have thankfully become a joy, not the headache of days gone by.

Hotel near a forest

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At the Hilton Garden Inn Winnipeg South, near the tony neighbourhood of Tuxedo Park, dogs and cats are welcomed. As a special bonus, you are a quick drive away from Assiniboine Forest, a treed tract laced with nature trails for dogs to explore.

The pet fee per stay is $35 and there is no weight restriction. Pet rooms are located on the first and second floors and the number of pets per room is limited to two. Dogs must be leashed in public areas and cats are not allowed to roam the halls. A grassy area outside the hotel is an approved destination for dogs to do their business.

Rooms are spacious, ranging in size from 450 square feet to 650 square feet, with a King or Queen bed, work desk, mini fridge, microwave, 42-inch LCD TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and coffee/tea maker. On site, you’ll find a convenience store, restaurant, lounge, fitness center and indoor saltwater swimming pool. Don’t forget to bring Duke or Dottie’s bowls, pet bed and treats, as these are not provided.

Hilton Garden Inn Winnipeg South

Top rated
Winnipeg
9.0 Excellent (501 reviews)

Bigger dogs invited

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If you own a big dog, the Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel is the place for you. Two pets up to 80 lbs are allowed per room and the fee per pet is $15 per night. It’s important to call ahead and make your reservation because pet-friendly rooms are limited. Cats are also welcome, but birds or reptiles require prior approval from the hotel.

Additional charges may apply if excessive cleaning or repair is required. The hotel can supply you with stoop-and-scoop bags and there’s a lot out back where you can take your pet to do their business. Come prepared with your own bowls and pet bed. Occasionally, doggie goodie bags are offered, but there is no guarantee they’ll be in stock.

It’s easy for you and your best fur friends to get comfy in rooms that come with 32-inch LCD TVs, Queen or King-sized beds and mini-fridges. Other human amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, a health club, indoor pool, spa tub, restaurant and lounge, plus a breakfast buffet for an additional fee.

Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport

Winnipeg
8.3 Very good (1579 reviews)

Get the royal treatment

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The Fairmont Winnipeg happily checks in furry chums and their humans. The fee is $20 per stay per pet. There is no weight restriction and you are allowed more than one, depending on size.

This is the place where Fido or Miss Meow get treated like royalty ­– dog treats, bowls and beds are all waiting for them on arrival. In some cases, if the staff is not busy, they’ll even babysit a well-behaved doggie in the back office or take him out for a short walk.

For humans, hotel amenities include a 24-hour health club, indoor heated saltwater pool, hot tub and sauna. The elegant Velvet Glove Restaurant and Lounge offers regional cuisine and room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel also offers concierge services, laundry and parking (all for a fee).

Fairmont Winnipeg

Winnipeg
8.3 Very good (1337 reviews)

Pets with a view

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If Rover appreciates a cityscape, the Alt Hotel in the sports and entertainment district will provide him with a great place to scope out downtown. House pets and their owners are lodged on the 12th floor (the hotel occupies the 10th-19th floors).

Pets must be confirmed upon reservation and there is a one-time fee of $30 per stay. Pet beds, bowls, treats and leash, if needed, are offered. One dog or cat per room is allowed. If you run out of supplies, there are drugstores and grocery outlets nearby to pick up pet food, clean-up bags and other items.

This is a new hotel, so there’s no grass growing yet, but nearby Millennium Library has some open spaces that Spot can sniff out. You’ll be able to get cozy in rooms that are either 250 or 350 square feet, and come with flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. There is a 24-hour gym and Altcetera cafe offers snacks, coffee and, in the evening, alcoholic beverages. Plus, there is a 24-hour business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services.

Alt Hotel Winnipeg

Top rated
Winnipeg
9.0 Excellent (600 reviews)

Blankie for Bowser

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Near the University of Manitoba, the Best Western Plus Pembina Inn & Suites offers rooms on the first and second floors to pet owners. Dogs, cats and small house pets like hamsters are welcome, as long as it is noted upon reservation. The fee is $15 for one pet and $20 for two. A maximum of two pets are allowed per room and there is no size restriction.

Amenities include a pet blanket for Bowser to curl up in, treats and a water bowl. The hotel is located beside the Red River and there’s a trail for walks at the back of the property.

Free perks for humans include a hot breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi, daily newspaper and parking, as well as soup and snacks on Sunday-Thursday evening. Relax in the heated indoor swimming pool, waterslide and hot tub. There is also a business center, laundry and fitness room, all open 24-hours. 

Best Western Pembina Inn & Suites

Top rated
Winnipeg
8.7 Excellent (897 reviews)

Up to three’s company

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Travelling with two dogs and a cat? The Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites allows up to three pets per room, with a maximum weight of 75 lbs each. Make sure you let the hotel know that the fur kids are coming when you book and each will be presented with a toy upon check in, along with treats.

Designated floors are second and third and although there is no pet sitting available, well-behaved dogs and cats can remain unattended in a room for short amounts of time, as long as they are in a kennel. When it’s time to go outside, there’s a conveniently located area at the back of the property that is fenced and gated.

The hotel has a restaurant, lounge, news stand, on-site convenience store and electric car charging station, as well as 24-hour room service and free Wi-Fi. Plus, there is a fitness center and indoor swimming pool.

Hotel Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites

Winnipeg
8.3 Very good (1497 reviews)

Home away from home

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At the Homewood Suites by Hilton Suites Winnipeg Airport – Polo Park, pets of up to 50 lbs are invited for a sleepover. Cats can come to the PJ party as well, but it’s a no go for anything more exotic. The fee is $25 per stay and although no special amenities are provided, there’s a trail nearby for walks. The hotel recommends you bring a kennel to safely stow your pet while staff come in to refresh the room.

Studio, one- and two-bedroom suites are spacious and come with full-sized refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher. The suites have separate living and sleeping areas.

While Woody snoozes in his kennel or waits for you with another family member, you can enjoy a free hot breakfast buffet, complimentary Wi-Fi, indoor swimming pool, and fitness room. Parking is free and there is an on-site convenience store, coin laundry, foreign currency exchange, ATM and snack shop.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Winnipeg Airport-Polo Park

Top rated
Winnipeg
9.0 Excellent (908 reviews)

Your hotel is your castle

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At the Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg’s castle-like architectural landmark, dogs are welcome as long as they are 50 lbs or less. There is a fee of $50 per stay and you are allowed up to two dogs. Cats are not invited. Generally, the pet rooms are on the lower floors and the hotel can provide food and water bowls.

Nearby Upper Fort Garry Heritage Provincial Park offers green space for leashed walks. For off-leash fun and socializing, Bonnycastle Park is just a short walk away.

Treats for humans include complimentary cookies, coffee and tea in the morning delivered right to your room from 7-11am. Cocktails are served in the elegant Palm Lounge, where you can also indulge in American cuisine with an international twist. On special holidays such as Easter or Mother’s Day, a decadent brunch is available.

On the 10th floor, you’ll find the spa, featuring Canada’s only co-ed Turkish bath. For workout fans, there’s a 7,000-square-foot fitness centre with weight room, indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, steam room and indoor running track.

The Fort Garry Hotel

Top rated
Winnipeg
8.7 Excellent (2088 reviews)

Near the airport and a park

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Common house pets are welcomed at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Winnipegincluding dogs, cats, rabbits and hamsters. One caveat is that they must be under 50 lbs. The fee is $25 per stay and two pets are allowed in designated rooms located on the second floor. When navigating public spaces, a leash is required for dogs.

Two blocks away you’ll find Westview Park, affectionately known as “Garbage Hill” since it is located on top of an old landfill site. Don’t let that name put you off as this is a favourite green spot for walks and there is an off-leash dog park for running off steam with other furry friends.

For humans who want some exercise, the hotel offers a heated indoor swimming pool and fitness room. Each suite comes equipped with a microwave and refrigerator, plus there is complimentary Wi-Fi and a free hot breakfast buffet with omelettes, waffles and fresh fruit.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Winnipeg

Winnipeg
8.4 Very good (393 reviews)

Boutique for fur babies

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Check into the Mere Hotel with your four-legged friend and you’ll be directed to a room with a King bed on the first floor. The fee is $25 per night and you are allowed two pets of any size. Both dogs and cats are welcome.

Located on Waterfront Drive skirting the Red River, this 67-room boutique hotel is walking distance to the historic Exchange District and Stephen Juba Park, where you can take Tallulah on a leashed walk.

Hunker down in your room, pick a show you will both enjoy on the 40-inch flat-screen TV and crack open the complimentary bottled water, juice and snacks from the minibar. You’ll have to bring treats, bed and bowls yourself. There is also complimentary Wi-Fi and a 24-hour fitness center.

Mere Hotel

Top rated
Winnipeg
9.1 Excellent (1137 reviews)