Downtown Windsor is located just 15 minutes the Windsor International Airport and The Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway, connecting Highway 401 to southwestern Ontario. The city centre is also only 7 minutes from VIA Rail Station and is within easy walking distance of the International Bus Terminal. We boast 1,925 guest rooms in the city centre as well as over 4,000 guest rooms region-wide, ranging from economical to highly rated four-diamond properties
All of our downtown properties are within walking distance to the city centre’s dining, theatre and entertainment venues. In addition to outstanding meeting facilities, Windsor offers superb shopping and entertainment establishments, many delicious culinary choices, a variety of attractions, breathtaking waterfront parks and gardens, and fascinating historical landmarks.
We were once an important stop on the Underground Railroad, and an important centre for whiskey production, and as a result we were a major smuggling port during the Prohibition.
A crucial international gateway located in the city centre, the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel is an underwater highway tunnel connecting Detroit, Michigan in the United States, with Windsor, Ontario in Canada. Over 13,000 vehicles pass through the tunnel every day entering downtown Windsor.
The city centre offers an abundance of opportunities to escape the ordinary! Our myriad of festivals includes Balloonapalooza, Bluesfest International, Bookfest Windsor, Carrousel by the River, Media City Film Festival, Summerfest, Windsor International Film Festival, Windsor Rib Fest, Windsor-Essex Pride Fest and Winter Fest, to name but a few.
Downtown Windsor is also home to the new Adventure Bay Water Park and the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre. The water park boasts a wave pool; activity pool with basketball and floatable features; slide; a lazy river; a tot pool and slide; and numerous water play features such as bubbling jets, mini cannons, and tipping cones.
The brand new state-of-the-art aquatics facility features a 10 lane 71m competitive pool, a 10m dive tower, and a therapy pool and has fast become home regional, provincial and national swim meets.
Downtown Windsor is also in close proximity to Windsor-Essex’s burgeoning wine region. Growing some of the world’s finest vinifera and French hybrid wine grapes, Essex Pelee Island Coast boasts award-winning, world class wines and naturally produced ice wines. The region is a winemaker’s paradise and is blessed with 17 unique wineries, 36 growers, and creates $13,559,700 in retail value. On the same latitude as northern California and the Tuscany region of Italy, Windsor-Essex wineries are further south than the renowned Bordeaux and Burgundy wine regions of France.