I recently got a taste of the artistic side of Canada’s Winnipeg, initially through staying in an area called the Forks, which is where there are there are a number of shops, bistros and art galleries as well as the building of the Museum of Human Rights which is in progress nearby, slated to open in 2013.
I had a stint in Winnipeg before heading north and then again at the tail end before heading back to the states and my first stay was at The Inn at the Forks, nestled in the heart of the Forks.
They tout 117 guest rooms with a variety of options including kings, queens or suites and they’re spacious ranging from 350 to 1,200 square feet. Wifi is reliable and free and the bathrooms are modern and hip. (see left).
With a Deluxe room, you either get a three piece bathroom with a spa body shower and tub combo or a four piece bathroom compete with a separate stand up shower and a single person contoured tub.
The suites have fireplaces, a mini fridge, Keurig single cup coffee brewers and a Bose Wave radio with an iPod connection. The suites bathrooms are all done in slate and the walk in showers have overhead rain showers and jetted tubs.
My favorite part of the hotel was the service and the complimentary shuttle. There are a handful of hotels that wear a star higher in Winnipeg that don’t offer the shuttle service, which frankly is a nice feature if you plan to spend any time in the city without a car or if you have one but want to dine about town and drink a nice bottle of wine. The staff is also incredibly friendly and helpful.
Below is one of their suites.
The lobby is a tad on the small side, which may give the impression that the rooms and hospitality isn’t as top notch as it is.
They also have a spa adjacent to the lobby.
The Riverstone Spa at Inn offers massage, wraps, facials and wax treatments. I had a clarifying facial type of treatment when I was there which included fairly basic extractions. Oddly enough, they didn’t use a steamer on my face however. Facial treatments also include a complimentary makeup touch up with their Jane Iredale mineral makeup line. They do enzyme exfoliations, and use brightening extracts such as bearberry, licorice and a gentle form of kojic acid for a slight lightening effect.
They offer a 75 minute detox facial which includes exfoliating fruit acids and a pure algae mask to balance and detoxify your skin. Included in the treatment is a hand or foot massage plus a Diem Chan facial reflexology treatment.
The 90 minute anti-aging facial includes oxygen infusion. The facial is therapeutic in nature to enhance cell renewal and regeneration, the goal to provide visible results after just one treatment. Included is an application of collagen and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), plus a stress relieving scalp massage, a hand or foot massage and a Dien Chan facial reflexology treatment.
Their signature facial is 90 minutes long. It starts with nourishing and detoxifying the skin with a customized aromatic blend of botanicals, minerals and essential oils. Next, a soothing eye mask will hydrate and reduce puffiness, then a lip treatment will soften and plump your lips. A Hot Stone arm and leg massage will calm your body and mind while hot stones are placed on your chakra energy points. And finally, you’ll receive a light application of our exclusive mineral makeup.
You can also ‘tub’ it if you want to relax afterwards.
Disclosure: I was hosted by Inn at the Forks and Tourism Winnipeg during my stay but all of my opinions are completely my own.
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