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Places to Stay in Windsor ON

• A WorldWeb.com Travel Guide for Windsor, Ontario.
Sitting along the banks of the Detroit River and surrounded by Lake Erie, the smallest of the Great Lakes, is the city of Windsor. A stone's throw away from Detroit, Michigan, Windsor is a destination that offers a plethora of activities and attractions. As the final destination along the Underground Railroad, as well as home to one of the first underwater highway tunnels in the world, Windsor is also a place of history. Visitors to the area will find a multitude of museums, parks, gardens and historic attractions when making the trip to this diverse and vibrant city. From comfortable hotel suites to historic bed and breakfast properties, Windsor accommodations are able to cater to varying tastes and preferences.

HOTELS & MOTELS

Travellers staying in Windsor will find that there is no shortage of hotels and motels. A host of properties, from large chains to local family-owned operations, are ready to cater to the unique needs of visitors. There are also numerous options throughout the city, such as those located near the Canada-US border, and those in the hub of activity in downtown Windsor.

Detroit-Windsor Tunnel
For a riverside stay, and easy access to Detroit via the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, visitors can opt to stay at the Windsor Downtown Travelodge Hotel. This option features both basic and leisure amenities able to suit the needs of business and leisure travellers alike. With a downtown location, the hotel is also near many of Windsor's attractions and amenities. This includes Casino Windsor, a 24-hour gaming casino that is one of the largest in Canada, the University of Windsor, and a host of parks and museums.

Those looking for a luxurious stay in Windsor, the Quality Suites Windsor is an all-suites hotel in which all rooms include French doors and separate living and dining room areas. The downtown hotel is also located within easy access to the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, as well as an array of activities and attractions, including the Casino Windsor, the waterfront, classic restaurants and hot bars.

Ambassador Bridge
If cross-border travel via the Ambassador Bridge is preferred, the Comfort Inn Ambassador Bridge is located directly en-route to the bridge, along Huron Church Road. In addition to this convenience, the hotel is also located within easy access to Highway 401, ideal for those entering Windsor from other parts of Ontario. The hotel features an array of amenities including a 24-hour on-site restaurant, and proximity to shopping and other services.

Located right between the bridge and the tunnel is the Hilton Windsor. This riverside property boasts views of the Detroit skyline, and is also within reach of attractions such as the Windsor Raceway, the North American Black History Museum and Point Pelee National Park.

Downtown Windsor
Those planning a downtown Windsor stay will find an abundance of hotels to chose from. The Holiday Inn Windsor Downtown, which is within walking distance to the Chrysler Theatre and a short drive from Detroit's Cobo Convention Centre, is ideal for the business traveller. An indoor pool, on-site lounge and proximity to downtown attractions will also appeal to the vacationing guest.

The Days Inn Downtown Windsor is a more economical option that has the added bonus of being near all downtown amenities including the Windsor Casino, an abundance of shopping, dining and other entertainment areas. Guests will also find the convenience of being located within minutes of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.

Airport
If using the Windsor Airport, visitors will find a few accommodations available in the area. The Howard Johnson Express Inn Windsor is less than 1 km (0.6 mi) from the airport, as well as about a 10 minute drive from the city centre. The hotel also offers an array of guest services, including a complimentary continental breakfast.

The Ramada Limited South Windsor is also less than 1 km (0.6 mi) from the Windsor Airport, as well as is located in the lively area of South Windsor. Visitors will find a host of entertainment including shopping malls, restaurants and other commercial services. The hotel itself features amenities such as indoor and outdoor tennis, a lounge, a beauty shop and RV parking.

BED & BREAKFASTs

Those wanting the ultimate in quiet and relaxation can opt to stay in a Windsor B&B, where breakfast is provided and the number of guests staying in a home is limited. For an even more unique experience, Windsor features a few historic homes that have been converted into bed and breakfast properties.

Found within the historic community of Olde Walkerville and within walking distance to the banks of the Detroit River is Argyle Manor Bed and Breakfast. Built in 1923, this Georgian style manor was originally a rectory for nearby St. Anne's Church. Today, the manor features modern comforts and amenities combined with the home's historic character.

Located just a short distance from the Argyle Manor is Ye Olde Walkerville Bed and Breakfast. A 1903 Victorian manor, the B&B provides luxurious accommodations in a relaxed atmosphere. With its location along Monmouth Road, Ye Olde Walkerville manor is also near downtown attractions including the Casino Windsor.

OTHER

Several other accommodation options are available in the Windsor area including several extended stay suites and and a few campgrounds. Although campgrounds are limited in this area, the Windsor Campground is a large tenting and RV property that also features a few cabins for rent.

The University of Windsor Conference and Accommodation Centre also provides affordable accommodation options between May 1 and August 27. This includes hotel style suites at the Alumni Hall and Conference Centre, as well as a youth hostel with shared facilities.

TRANSPORTATION

Windsor, located on the southernmost tip of the province of Ontario, is one of the most southerly cities in Canada. It is bordered by Lake St. Clair to the northeast and Lake Erie directly south, as well as sees the Detroit River running along the north to southwestern edges. The city is found directly south of Detroit, with the two being separated by the Detroit River.

Those travelling from Detroit will find that accessing Windsor is made simple via the Ambassador Bridge, a 2,804-m-long (9,200 ft) suspension bridge. Another option is the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, a 1,573-m-long (5,160 ft) underwater highway that runs below the river's surface. Highway 401 is also a major route for those coming from other parts of Ontario. Travel from Toronto is about 362 km (226 mi) away, while London is about 172 km (107 mi) away.

For commuter flight travel, the Windsor Airport offers frequent flights between Windsor and Toronto. International travellers should fly to Detroit's Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and then travel by car or shuttle to Windsor.

Once in the city, visitors can rent a car, use a taxi service, or ride on public transportation to get around. Transit Windsor offers extensive bus services throughout the Windsor area, as well as a cross-border shuttle service between Windsor and Detroit.

CLIMATE

As Ontario's southernmost city, Windsor boasts a humid continental climate, making it one of the warmest cities in the province. Highly affected by the lakes and rivers surrounding the city, Windsor is much warmer than it should be in the summer. However, those bodies of water are also the cause of that bitter Windsor cold in the winter.

Summers in the city are humid and sunny, with July being the warmest month of the year. On average, temperatures will rise to the upper 20s Celsius (low 80s Fahrenheit). Rain is moderate and averages at about 9 cm (3 in) in the summer. While this summer climate is one of the warmest in Canada, the winter in Windsor tends to be bitter. While winters rarely hit the negative double digits, they are cold and wet because of proximity to the lakes and rivers. January is usually the coldest month with an average minimum temperature of about -8C (18F), and a mix of rain and snow falling throughout the month.

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