Fairfield Inn Winnipeg Airport Hotel

When  I was growing up in Winnipeg, there was pretty much just one choice for a nice hotel with close proximity to the airport. That was the International Inn, which several years ago, changed its name to the Victoria Inn. In March, 2000, Starwood Hotels opened the Sheraton Four Points Hotel, which at the time, was right at the airport terminal, and you just had to cross the street to check-in. Total convenience and lovely amenities.


The new terminal at James Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg provides many diversions for shopping, dining, and lodging.

But in 2011, a brand new terminal opened at an adjacent location at the James Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg, along with two new hotels offering a prime location. And there are now at least a dozen quality hotels within a five-minute drive of the airport.


I loved the black and white theme used in the bathrooms of the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Winnipeg.

fairfield inn winnipeg is conveniently located close to the airport

I had the pleasure of recently accepting an invitation to spend three nights at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott (spread over two separate occasions) and fully enjoyed it. The rooms have a number of different configurations, but are all spacious, tastefully furnished, and feature bright black and white washrooms.


This is just part of the breakfast offerings at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Winnipeg.


I really enjoyed the breakfast buffet at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Winnipeg Airport location.

There is a fabulous complimentary breakfast available each morning that offers hard boiled or scrambled eggs, terrific pork sausages, freshly-cut fruit, yogurt, a selection of baked goods, oatmeal, and self-made waffles, accompanied by juices, coffees, and teas to taste. And on the occasion when I had to leave the hotel at 3:30 a.m. to catch a red-eye flight, a bagged breakfast was handed to me on departure so that I could enjoy it when I got to the airport. Now that’s service!


The welcoming front lobby of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Winnipeg pictured above reflects the multi-cultural personality of the hotel. We spoke at length to staff who were recent immigrants from China, the Philippines, and Latvia and noticed others who also were likely newcomers to Canada. This is a terrific re-enforcement of Winnipeg’s multi-cultural persona.


There’s a great pool and waterslide for families to enjoy at the Fairfield Inn Winnipeg.


During my most recent stay, the hotel was busy with families from nearby centres who came to Winnipeg for sports events. Being just five minutes from the airport and ten minutes from downtown, the Fairfield Inn and its sister property the Homewood Suites by Hilton (both situated on the same parking lot on Ellice Avenue near Empress Street) offer terrific well-placed lodging at affordable pricing.

My thanks to the staff and management of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Winnipeg Airport for the opportunity to share my impressions here with you.

Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I'm currently researching and writing volume II of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate". Volume I was published in September, 2013.

35 Responses

  1. Tuhin says:

    That pool! Wow!!
    Seems like a perfect place to spend a weekend!

  2. Sushmita says:

    The place looks good and relaxing dear, may it be the breakfast or the pool looks good.
    Since I had a pretty tied up week would love to relax and have fun on the slides and pool 😀

  3. Fairfield Inn looks like a good option for a night (or several nights) near the Winnipeg airport. It’s nice that they did a bagged breakfast for the red-eye flight.

    • Hi Donna and thanks for your comment. Isn’t it amazing how many choices we now have for quality near-airport accommodations? It is indeed the little things that make a property stand out from the others. Cheers!

  4. Bola says:

    Hi Doreen. This is one beautiful hotel and going on the waterslide would be my adventure.

  5. Wow, I have been to resorts that did not look this nice.
    Right from the outside to the inside of the rooms, that hotel is spectacular. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  6. Erica says:

    What are the yellow and blue posts coming out of the center of the pool? I kept staring at the picture, deeply fascinated but couldn’t figure it out. I would have loved that water slide as a child. I imagine it is super popular with families. Seems like a very nice hotel Glad you had such a good stay. And so nice that the gave you a breakfast to-go for your wait at the airport.

  7. Jen Monks says:

    It looks like the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Winnipeg is a lovely spot for families. I know my kiddos would love that water slide and the breakfast there. I’ll keep it in mind if and when we go to Winnipeg.

  8. Phoenicia says:

    The Fairfield Inn looks ultra clean – even down to the swimming pool. One thing I have noticed are some hotels do not pay attention to detail. On the surface the rooms look clean but dig a little deeper and you will find they are not.

    Hope you had fun!

  9. I’m with Marquita in avoiding kid-concentrated areas. Ha! Fairfields are very nice when traveling and I love the convenience of an airport connected hotel. Traveling to Milan soon and will stay there for our return flight. So much simpler.

    • Hi hear you, Rose! I’m not much for waterslides, either. 🙂 But the kids and families were enjoying the facilities so much, I couldn’t help but mention them. I must say the hotel was very clean and quiet, and is also perfect for those who just need some rest. Have Fun in Milan!

  10. Cathy Smolinski says:

    Looks like a great place to suggest for my coworkers that is easy to get to from the airport. There are many times I have to catch a red eye and could use a nearby hotel to gain an extra hour of sleep. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

  11. Marlene Van Helden says:

    Doreen, I too have stayed at this bright, spacious Inn and found the staff to be extremely helpful and pleasant. Thank goodness for me, they also speak English, but some of them actually speak 4-5 languages! It was also very nice to be picked up by the Inn at the airport in the early morning hours, the driver was amazing! The rooms and beds are very comfortable and I like the idea that the hotel is close to the shopping areas and other restaurants with a quick ride to the Airport, Polo Park, etc. This is a well-managed and well-maintained location.

  12. Beverly says:

    WOW! I did not realize Winnipeg had so much to offer in the way of hotels that are situated close to the airport. The pool looks amazing and appears to offer welcome relaxing retreat for weary travellers. I love it when a hotel offers a complimentary breakfast. It is quick and a great start to the day.

  13. Linda Strange says:

    Hi Doreen: Fairfield Inn & Suites in Winnipeg sounds really good !. Especially in the snowbird season, we often get stuck with very early departure times. Having trusted information on one of the many hotels near the James Richardson Int’l Airport is most helpful. As you know, one of my daughters travels to Winnipeg at least a couple of times per year. She used to stay with us on the night before her departure, but recently has chosen to stay at a hotel so we don’t have to be up at 3 a.m. to drive her to the Airport. I’ll be passing your recommendation on to her, and to others; especially the part about the thoughtful breakfast-to-go. Thanks, Doreen/

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Linda. And for passing on the word about the Fairfield Inn. There are so many new hotels in and around the Winnipeg airport that it’s difficult to find a good option at a reasonable rate.

  14. Wendy Peck says:

    The breakfast looks amazing, and that can be a lifesaver when you are trying to make the most out of every minute. Thanks for sharing the info about the Fairfield Inn. My sister stays at an airport hotel every time she flies out (my location across the city makes her too nervous about missing her flight). I’ll let her know.

  15. I don’t think you can go wrong staying at a Marriott hotel Doreen and this Fairfield Inn & Suites looks like a great addition. Complimentary breakfasts always are budget friendly but (as you know) can range from a packaged pastry, a piece of fruit or those tiny boxed cereals (without a bowl). This breakfast looks and sounds delightful. If I’m ever in Winnipeg, I’ll check it out.

  16. When traveling, a good hotel is essential to the traveler. It can make or break a trip be it business or personal trip. This hotel looks like it would be a favorite for both.

    • So very true, Susan. As someone who lives an hour from the Winnipeg airport, I often have to overnight either on my way out, due to a really early morning flight. Or on the way back, after a really late arrival. Having a nice facility with great staff makes all the difference to a great stay, even if it is brief. Cheers!

  17. Arienne says:

    Looks like a great place to stay if you’ve got a long connection or even a cancelled flight due to weather!

  18. Marc Smith says:

    I love a good airport hotel and this looks fantastic!

  19. Looks great Doreen! The pool looks so inviting, although I must admit I’d personally shy away from the area considering the kid factor, but that’s just me. As someone who has (also) spent a lot of time traveling and had far too many overnight layovers I know how nice it is to have a nice hotel close to the airport. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Marty. Yes, the infamous layover is becoming more and more common with so many flights being cancelled, moved back or up and causing inconveniences to travellers. Thx for stopping by the blog.

  20. Catarina says:

    The Fairrfield Inn looks like a nice hotel in every respect, Doreen.

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