Just steps away from the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is a new hotel that has amenities that cannot be found anywhere else in Winnipeg.
The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview (1979 Wellington Ave.) was open for service on Sept. 23, 2013, but a grand opening has been slated for January next year, according to central regional sales manager Jan Dowling.
Hotel general manager Neil Fishman said the hotel has been in development since 2008, but didn’t officially start the project until 2012.
"It was designed to be very unique. This property is unlike any hotel in the city, and it was built and designed that way for a reason. We wanted to be different from anyone else," Fishman said.
Overseeing the runways of the airport terminal, the hotel has 101 guest rooms on six floors, with a restaurant, lounge, gym, and boardroom.
Dowling said chef Anthony Kucera of the Blue Marble Restaurant and Lounge in the hotel grows his own herbs to garnish their dishes.
"It’s all fresh," Dowling said. The restaurant officially opens on Dec. 3.
One of the most notable features of the hotel is that there is an iPad in each guest room, with a customized app that allows guests to access services, such as room service.
"You get a complete city guide with interactive features. You can get directions, phone numbers, and addresses. And you will be able to check in and check out," Fishman said.
If the iPads ever leave the property, a digital tether would alert the staff.
"If it leaves the property, it would shut down," Fishman said.
The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview also offers full PVR service, Netflix, and digital newspapers in each guest room.
The hotel also partnered with Perk Dynamics, a "software development company focused on improving the process of beverage order flow to increase profits and customer satisfaction in establishments that serve coffee, tea and other brewed beverages", according to its website.
"It’s an automated brew system," Fishman explained. "This system is designed to brew lattes and cappuccinos and such, just like at Starbucks."
Fishman stated that he is not allowed to disclose how much the construction of the hotel costs.
After being in operation for over two months, Dowling said the hotel has received many good reviews on TripAdvisor and on comment cards.
For more information about the Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview, visit lakeviewhotels.com/hotels/grandhotel or call 204-505-0145.