City’s newest hotel to open soon on urban reserve – Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg’s newest hotel, the Wyndham Garden Winnipeg Airport, is almost ready to welcome guests.
The 132-room Long Plain Madison Reserve hotel — located at 460 Madison St., a few blocks from the Polo Park Mall — will open in early October, but most facilities will be open for business by mid- august.
The hotel includes a swimming pool and waterslide, restaurant, lounge and cafe.
“It’s a wonderful property,” said Joel Waterman of Sparrow Hotels, who will manage the hotel. Sparrow also owns the Inn at the Forks, the Norwood Hotel and the Mere Hotel and manages the cafe at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
The hotel has a large glass-enclosed ballroom with a total of 5,800 square feet of flexible meeting space, including meeting space for seniors.
Waterman said a grand opening was originally planned for early August, but global supply chain delays meant some in-room amenities were unavailable and management was unsure certain technologies would be fully ready. to operate.
“We gave ourselves a grace period,” Waterman said. “It will be better if it is open a bit to be ready for the grand opening.”
In the meantime, the guest rooms, restaurant and cafe and meeting rooms will be open to accept reservations from mid-August.
The hotel is owned by Long Plain First Nation and will be operated by Sparrow Hotels.
The three-acre Madison Reservation – bounded by St. Matthews Avenue to the north, Madison Street to the west, Silver Avenue to the south and Kensington Street to the east – has been officially set aside as a reserve in 2013 after being acquired from Manitoba Hydro as part of the realization of Canada’s Treaty Land Entitlement to Long Plain First Nation that dates back to 1994.
It entered into a Municipal Services and Development Agreement with the City of Winnipeg in 2010, which enabled development of the property to begin.
The urban reserve already includes a Petro-Canada convenience store and a 28,000-square-foot commercial building that houses Yellowquill College, Manitoba’s only First Nation-owned, operated and controlled post-secondary institution that has been delivering programs to First Nations for 37 years. — and a number of other offices of Aboriginal organizations, including the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.
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