Backpackers Winnipeg Guest House International, Winnipeg

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Do not stay here. Unsafe, aggressive owner. Bedbugs!

Do not stay here. Bill, the host who lives upstairs with full access to the entire building, was lewd with some of the female 14 year old youth I was traveling with. He was racist towards the people of colour I was there with (for example, demanded to know where they were from. When one shared she was born in Canada he said he didn't believe her and demanded to know where she was born). He was drunk on our second night (slurring and mixing up words, walking unsteadily, and smelled of liquor) and became aggressive with the adults and youth in our group (it all started when he came into the common space where some of us were watching tv and playing cards and angrily said "who the hell are you people" and then demanded we turn off the tv and answer his questions because we were "staying in his home"). He became increasingly aggressive when one of the leaders asked him to calm down and not talk to the youth this way. Our entire group of 16 youth and 3 adults locked ourselves in a bedroom while we sorted out what to do. He sat outside the room and would not leave, stating that he wanted to look each of us in the eye. Late in the evening we were able to find a hotel that could accommodate us. When he realized we were leaving he began screaming at the 3 young female staff, demanding they come out of their room and face him and stating it was their fault we were leaving (they had been in bed the entire time before this). They also packed up and left due to his state, even though they were volunteer workers from Europe and had nowhere else to go. Shortly after leaving we found a bedbug on one of our jackets. One youth had some bedbug bites after sleeping there the first night. The hostel was very dirty and uncomfortable, even before the host was inappropriate and aggressive. I hope he gets the support he needs, but I would not recommend anyone stay here.

Age 31 | Canada

Response from the accommodation:

Unfortunately much of this was just made up by Ms. Aida MWanzia from a group called Pathways that helps under privileged children living in Vancouver’s East Side. (We noticed - she didn’t seem to want to leave a name – but there it is) When Aida insulted the owner with something she completely made up – (“You called me ‘Babe’”) her group were happily escorted out of the building and refunded in full. (Management also takes great offense to being called a ‘racist’. That is called libel Aida. ) (There were no bugs, lewd comments etc.etc.) A night previously the group was completely unsupervised for hours on end. The Hijib wearing girls just started wearing blankets from this place on their heads instead - like ghosts. (Pics and vid available on request.) Management checked on the children in the basement a few times – no sign of any adult supervision but after 11:30 pm management unfortunately fell asleep. Activity later recorded by security cameras –saw kids throwing things at each others heads, and one girl took out a ceiling tile. (This was about one in the morning. Supervisors from Vancouver completely disappeared about 9 pm) A perhaps more accurate version of staying at this place would possibly be from your Hostelz reviewer who stayed here anonymously or the Facebook page that has over 350 likes (No one has ever been asked to ‘like’ the page or leave a positive comment anywhere) You could also check – with Lonely Planet, or Christian Williams from the Rough Guide who recently tracked down management and spent time at Lake of the Woods this summer (2018) as the Guest House was closed because of water damage..

good feeling

The guest house has been my home from sept 1 to sept 26 /2017 and I enjoyed every day.

The occupants are good people and the proprietor is very entertaining.

daniel from Waregem
Age 72 | belgium

Pretty good -- clean and safe.

I stayed in this hostel several times over the years. Always vibrant and friendly and safe. Close to attractions. Hospital nearby if medical attention is needed.

Age 50 | Canada

Feel right at home!

Backpackers Winnipeg Guest House International was one of my favourite hostels traveling across the country. Bill, the owner, is hilarious and very good to his guests. He took my friend and I out for a Winnipeg beer and made us feel at home. The place is clean, the wifi works, and I would go back again!

Age 23 | Canada


We had good times! This is an old house with lots of charm! The owner is amazing! We will return. Thanks for all.

Claire et Bruno
Age 25 | Française

Not A Good Place To Stay If You Want To Sleep

This Place is Old And Rundown. It is Not Kept Clean, The Shower Is Dirty. It is hard to sleep there because cars go by there all night long. And when big trucks go by the whole house shakes. It is hard to find a place to park there. You would have a better sleep in your car then in this place and it is over priced, 30 dollars for a rundown room.

Age 28 | Germany

Backpackers Winnipeg Guest House International makes you feel right at home in this old house that has been converted to a hostel.

The Location

Backpackers Winnipeg Guest House International is located on Maryland approximately a fifteen-minute walk to the downtown center. On a quiet residential street that allows for parking, you are not far from the hustle and bustle of the city while still having some relaxing peace and quiet.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The building here is set up as an old house. There are three floors to this building and the bedrooms are located on the first and second floor. The dorm rooms are spacious and comfortable and have cozy beds. There are multiple bathrooms on the top and basement floor of the hostel -- one of them even includes a bath. These bathrooms are also spacious and well cleaned and maintained.

Common Spaces

The major common spaces in the hostel are the kitchen and living room on the main floor and the games room in the basement. The kitchen is somewhat small but has all of the utensils and cooking appliances that you may need to cook great meals during your stay here. There are comfortable couches and a television in the living room for enjoying some relaxation. The games room in the basement level has a foosball table and flyers with information about the area and other information for places across Canada. They also have washers and dryers down here that you can use for a cost.


The guy who runs the front desk is helpful and friendly and has maps of the area and ample information about where to go and things to do. It is recommended that if you are going to stay here that you call in advance to let them know that you are coming as they have a security lock on the front door, which requires a code to get into the building, keeping it secure. If he is not there to let you in, you won't be able to register, however he is around for the most part. This is a great place to stay while you are in Winnipeg and it is highly recommended as your first port of call for Winnipeg hostels.


Good Value

Great place. there are no beds on the top floor. Well kept. New stove. New microwave. Great restaurants and a Subway 100 meters away. Ten minute walk to downtown. Bus to airport and GreyHound is right in front of the place. Enjoyed the barbecue in the back yard.


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