Ellice Ave. hotel kicked out of Howard Johnson chain
December 24, 2009 3 Comments
(Updated Dec. 24)
It was check-out time for all guests at the now-former Howard Johnson hotel at 1740 Ellice Ave. one Friday in late November as the City of Winnipeg ordered the hotel evacuated due to fire code violations, the presence of bedbugs, missing sinks and other health and safety related problems.
As reported by the Winnipeg Free Press on Christmas Eve, it’s now check-out time for the Howard Johnson hotel chain as well. The hotel franchise terminated its franchise agreement with the 1740 Ellice Ave. property, having grown frustrated with the problems at that location.
Here’s a recap of the hotel’s problems:
- Dec. 23: Hotel shut down again; franchise agreement reported terminated
- Mid-December: Hotel allowed to re-open top two floors
- Nov. 27: Hotel shut down and ordered evacuated
- Aug. 23: CJOB News reports that the hotel was held up by three armed males at about 1 a.m., one of whom punched the front desk clerk in the face.
- May 16: Former employee (using what appears to be a real name) confirms Toronto guest’s complaint, noting that “every week it was a different room that we would find bed bugs in” during the six months she worked there.
- May 10, 2009: Two men rob the front desk clerk at gunpoint
- May 31, 2008: Guest writes on TripAdvisor.com of being “greeted by a group of vagrants begging for money in a smoke/gob filled entrance. The hotel was filthy, mold stains all over the walls and carpets, the ceiling was falling down in the corridor from old water damage. “
- April 22, 2008: CJOB News reports that a Toronto man is suing the hotel after being bitten by bedbugs during a stay at the hotel.
Incidentally, one guest wrote in early 2008 that “the health inspector should shut it down” after finding blood stains and stains from other bodily fluids in the room. He seems to have gotten his wish!