The choices run the range of what you would expect in a typical U.S. city. But there's an interesting wrinkle on Portage Av. that we discovered quite by accident. The high-rise Holiday Inn Airport (2520 Portage Av.), which is far enough from the airport that it isn't a distraction, has converted 20 rooms on its second floor into Kidsuites.
Last spring, these rooms were remodeled to include a smallish main room for mom and dad -- and a second smallish-and-cool room for up to four kids.
The kids' room includes two bunk beds, a CD boombox, a color TV and a Nintendo 64. Games are available for rental at the front desk and, combined with being on the same floor as an expansive swimming pool-and-recreation area, the Kidsuites are a neat place to pass a couple of a days -- if you can handle rooms without a view of the outdoors. Kidsuites cost $99 per night, compared with $83 for a standard room, and should be booked about three weeks in advance. 1-204-885-4478.
The standard room rate is $79 per night, and there's even an adult version of the Kidsuite -- the Vice Regal, which runs from $179 to $199, depending on the time of year. "It has 22-foot-high ceilings," said Sherraine Christopherson, the Fort Garry's sales manager. "You walk into the dining room and down three steps into the living room and back into the bedroom." 1-204-942-8251.
There are a couple of small amusement parks -- Grand Prix Amusements and Tinkertown -- along the nearby Perimeter Highway, which make a good energy release after the tour.