Winnipeg/Mere Hotel

The Mere Hotel, a sleek modern hotel with 67 rooms, sits right on Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Red River. 

Opened just a year and a half ago, its well-lit lobby’s flanked by an electronic wall clock/mural-sized screen where you can select “create art” and draw a wild pattern via hand motion sensor. 

Winnipeg/Mere Hotel

The hotel’s website depicts a colourful bar-accented building that’s every bit as vibrant in real life. Rooms are well equipped with a number of outlets, free wifi and lots of modern accents. Bedside lighting and dimmers are also pretty cool room features. 

The friendly staff sees to a top-notch experience, from dining tips to checking local schedules and opening times.

Winnipeg/Mere Hotel

I like the open design concept for storing luggage and hanging clothes – everything’s in one handy spot – with luggage at an easy to reach height. 

Another welcome feature is a bedside dimmer switch, one of which turns on soft lighting under the counter for the perfect night light.

Winnipeg/Mere Hotel

Help yourself to free snacks, juice and water in the mini fridge (wine bottles are clearly priced). A wall-length wooden counter top sits under the mounted flatscreen HDTV. A Zen-like wooden bench with cushion invites relaxation time (in my case, with a view of the river). 

Winnipeg/Mere Hotel

Rooms are spacious and a section of the window opens for fresh air (or choose airco). The bathroom fixtures are all high quality (including Euro brand Grohe); the large shower includes both hand-held and rain shower heads. 

Winnipeg/Mere Hotel

The Mere uses a geothermal heating and cooling system, motion sensor thermostats and LED lighting in many areas for energy efficiency.

On-site electric vehicle charging station and locally-sourced products add to the hotel’s reduced carbon footprint. The Mere also has a small fitness room workstation for guests down the hall from the lobby. 

Winnipeg/Mere Hotel

Try to book a river view room, giving you gorgeous morning sunrises (lots of sun in Winnipeg: 318 days of the year on average).

Winnipeg/Cibo Waterfront Cafe

Cibo Waterfront Café is right next door, open from 7 am to midnight.

Fresh, wholesome meals are served here daily. The modern, well-lit interior features lots of wood tables and sand-coloured brick walls; some parts of the restaurant have a lovely Red River view. There’s also an outdoor patio for winding down after a day of touring the city.

Winnipeg/Cibo Waterfront Cafe Winnipeg/Cibo Waterfront Cafe

I enjoyed a divine creation from Cibo’s kitchen one night: a flatbread pizza topped with spiced pumpkin, candied pecans, thick applewood smoked bacon, crispy sage and creamed ricotta.

Winnipeg/Mere Hotel
[At night, the exterior changes colour, reminding me of the Northern Lights!]

If I Could Change One Thing

Insulation could be better. I shouldn’t have to hear the neighbor’s TV at 7:30 in the morning, even if I am already awake, but I did. A new hotel of the standard could have easily added more padding between its rooms. 

The Mere Hotel is located at 333 Waterfront Drive in Winnipeg.

I stayed at the Mere Hotel courtesy of Tourism Winnipeg. Opinions, as always, are my own.


  • Comment by Elinor — October 27, 2015 @ 3:46 pm

    I was at Cibo’s in May, after an early morning run alongside the river and past the Mere Hotel. Was so impressed, I went back for lunch. Loved the building and location views.

  • Comment by Ariane Colenbrander — October 27, 2015 @ 5:17 pm

    Hi Elinor! Have you seen it at night? Reminds me of the Aurora Borealis – gorgeous!

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