One of the things you notice when visiting Windsor, Canada is the abundance of parks and open space. The downtown core fronts a long stretch of riverside parkland that runs from the Art Gallery of Windsor all the way to the Essex district in the north. Bike and footpaths wind through the Bert Weeks Memorial Gardens, the Great Western Park and Festival Plaza. Easily reached from Detroit through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel or over the Ambassador Bridge, downtown Windsor offers hotels with water or city views and one that is a full-fledged casino.
Holiday Inn Windsor Downtown
Located in the very center of the downtown district, the Holiday Inn Windsor offers sleek sophistication and a complete array of services for both the business and leisure traveler. Walk into the lobby and the feel is that you are in someone’s living room. You are greeted with potted plants, an aquarium and a seating area with sofas, club chairs and a fireplace. Rooms offer the same clean-lined contemporary furnishings with views of the river or cityscape. Take a dip in the hotel’s indoor pool or walk the five blocks to the Windsor Water World with its pools, slides and play areas. Enjoy a meal at On The Avenue, open all day. In the summer, dine outside on a patio overlooking downtown. In the evenings, slip into party clothes and head for the Allure Night Club, on the Holiday Inn’s lower level. The riverfront parklands are only four blocks away and a complimentary shuttle will take you anywhere in the city within a two-mile radius.
Caesars Windsor is just as ostentatious as its well-known cousin in Las Vegas, Nevada. At night it is bathed in enough boldly colored neon lights to be seen in neighboring Detroit. Offering 758 rooms in two towers, a 100,000-square-foot convention center and a 10,000-square-foot atrium-style fitness center, this is the largest hotel property in Windsor. The fitness center houses an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, dry sauna and high-end fitness equipment. Guest rooms and suites offer views of the city or the waterfront, depending on the category. Suites include an in-room jetted tub. Located on the hotel’s top floors the Executive Suites offer full kitchens, marble bathrooms and 2.400 square feet of living space. Round-the-clock gaming is available at the on-site casino. The 5,000 seat Colosseum showroom welcomes headline acts from around the world. Enjoy a meal at one of six restaurants, including the Artist Café, Legends Sports Bar and Neros. Festival Plaza and the Great Western Park are right outside the hotel doors.
Fall asleep at night while watching the lights of Detroit flicker from your hotel window. The architectural design of the Hilton Windsor affords at least a partial river view from floor-to-ceiling windows in each guest room. The most deluxe rooms offer a curved, panoramic wall of glass facing the riverfront. The indoor pool and fitness center are also enclosed in glass, letting you take a spin on the treadmill while gazing out at the Detroit skyline. Head outdoors and within steps you are on the jogging trail leading through the gardens and open green space of the river parklands. Two blocks to the south is the Art Gallery of Windsor and three blocks east is Windsor Place. Enjoy a meal at the on-site Park Terrace Restaurant overlooking the river or walk a block or two in any direction and find restaurants such as the Tai Pan House, the Pitt for Pasta and, of course, that Canadian necessity, Tim Horton’s. Pets weighing up to 75 lbs. are welcome, although a pet service fee is charged.
Travelodge Hotel Windsor Ontario Downtown Riverfront
Holding an enviable location on the Windsor waterfront and only a two-block walk from the casinos and restaurants at Caesars, the Travelodge Hotel Windsor Ontario is a deluxe version of its motel cousins. Guest rooms, which are moderately priced, offer either riverfront or city views from a single high-rise tower and high-speed Internet access. Go for a swim in the diamond-shaped pool or burn off a few calories in the fitness center. The on-site Meza Bar & Grill offers a combination of Mediterranean and Canadian dishes or, if you prefer, order room service. Pets are welcome at no additional charge unless damage is done. Step outside the door and follow the walking/jogging/biking trails along the river.