Budget-Friendly Hotels

Affordable accommodation options in Winnipeg, Toronto and Mexico 

Whether you’re passing through on business, travelling with the kids or looking for that extra-special place to soak up the sun, we’ve got you covered. 

Alt Hotel, Winnipeg

Not only has this cutting-edge property (pictured above) played a key role in the revitalization of downtown Winnipeg, it’s given the city a major style injection. A funky art installation composed of more than 2,000 photos of Winnipeg attractions greets you upon arrival, while cheeky “Take Selfie Here” stickers showcase the property’s youthful vibe.

The lobby is crammed with designer chairs, and a communal table facilitates impromptu meetings. Free Wi-Fi runs throughout the hotel, and a well-equipped gym is open 24 hours a day. Though guest rooms occupy a smaller footprint, they make use of every square inch, without seeming crammed.

Guests are within walking distance of city hot spots, but complimentary bikes encourage you to travel in sporty style. Rates from $149. —Jody Robbins

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Claiming the title of Canada’s largest hotel, the Chelsea boasts 1,590 rooms, a terrific downtown location (just steps from Eaton Centre) and a family-friendly atmosphere. Check into this hotel and watch your kids be wowed as they’re high-fived by Spider-Man, charmed by CT (a chatty robot) and offered popcorn and drinks. 

The Chelsea marked its 40th anniversary in 2015 with a $12-million refurbishment and upgrades to more than half of its guest rooms, as well as its lobby and four on-site restaurants. Working a laid-back, urban resort vibe, it offers an all-day concierge service, an adults-only pool area and free Wi-Fi. But the best part? It’s the second-floor Family Fun Zone, home of the “Corkscrew,” downtown Toronto’s only indoor waterslide. Rates from $145. —Shelley Cameron-McCarron 

Marival Residences Luxury Resort, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

Watching the sunset over the Bay of Banderas is spectacular. Watching it from your personal infinity pool takes things to a whole new level. This tranquil, all-inclusive resort in the Riviera Nayarit is a superlative value. Choose from 162 spacious residences including 27 penthouses with terrace pools. Each residence holds a gourmet kitchen, stylishly decorated living and dining areas and marble bathrooms.  

Four on-site restaurants offer great dining options. After a night at the rooftop Insú Sky Lounge, couples may want to take advantage of the free wedding package, or maybe just the unlimited golf (with a US$69 access fee). The whole family can enjoy a variety of complimentary tours. Kids 12 and under stay free. Rates from US$280. —Debra Smith