Hotels in Windsor

Windsor is a city that has plenty to offer its visitors: and not just in terms of tax-free gambling in its famous casino, either. Cultural festivals, a lively nightlife, and beautiful summer weather make it an excellent choice for a city break in Canada.

Most of the hotels in Windsor are concentrated along the waterfront, where the Detroit River separates the city from the United States. The riverfront is a popular spot with locals and tourists, with landscaped parks and unrivalled views of Motown across the water. The boardwalk is always lively, with musical performances taking place throughout the year.

For a small city, Windsor is very cosmopolitan: over a fifth of its residents were born outside of Canada. As a result it’s a great place for adventurous foodies, with Time Out magazine highly recommending Windsor’s great range of Vietnamese and Pakistani restaurants. The lively Little Italy district makes for an interesting day out, whether you’re picking up ingredients in a specialist shop or just drinking in the atmosphere at a pavement cafe.

Nowadays Windsor’s biggest industry is car production, but in the past it was smuggling. During the prohibition era the city saw plenty of rum running, with Windsor’s own Purple Gang acting as a major supplier to Al Capone. Alcohol is still a major export in Windsor, with plenty of vineyards, distilleries and breweries producing lovely local brews.

Not all the smuggling in Windsor was bad, either. The city was an important stop on the Underground Railroad. One of the city’s most important sites, the Sandwich First Baptist Church, was started by Underground Railroad refugees. It’s now considered as a National Historic Site of Canada, along with François Bâby House: once a strategic building in the war of 1812, it’s now home to the Windsor Community Museum.

Windsor is known for its annual festivals, the most famous being the International Freedom Festival. It’s co-hosted with neighbouring Detroit, and the two-week long event always ends with a massive fireworks display: one of the largest in the world. Another unmissable event is Bluesfest International, which takes place in July and attracts famous blues artists from across the world.

Hotels in Windsor make a great base for getting out and exploring the surrounding area, whether you fancy venturing into Detroit or heading out into picturesque Essex County. Whatever you’re visiting Windsor for, with Skyscanner it’s easy to find the right accommodation. You can see at a glance which hotels have the best amenities, the best reviews, and the best prices.  

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