Ellice Ave. hotel kicked out of Howard Johnson chain

(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 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!


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3 Responses to Ellice Ave. hotel kicked out of Howard Johnson chain

  1. smelter rat says:

    What evidence do you have to support your claim that Manitoba Family Services was using it for long term public housing? Their staff got to clean up the mess, but it wasn’t their mess. Dig a little deeper.

  2. theviewfromseven says:

    My apologies for the error. A correction has been made to indicate that there were long-term residents who were offered assistance by Family Services.

  3. Lionel says:

    I used to stay there and it was not bad if you had an outside monthly rented room and stayed away from eating there. Indian Affairs used to use the hotel for out of town northern aboriginals in Winnipeg for medical appointments.
    The basic operation was racist in that the natives stayed on the 2nd and 3rd floors and the tourists and business people stayed on the 4th and 5th. The upper floors were renovated and passable while I was there but the lower floors were disgusting.
    The staff were in constant terror of their paycheques bouncing and the housekeepers were too few to do a passable job. The bar was filled with intoxicated natives and the house specialty cocktail was “The Dirty Hooker” which was very appropriate. There were many assaults both sexual and physical that took place while I stayed there in one of the monthly rooms. It seemed that it was a regular stop for all emergency services(police,fire and ambulance)

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