Finding a Hotel in Saskatoon

• A Travel Guide for Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Not only is Saskatoon, Saskatchewan one of the country's sunniest cities, it is also one of its most culturally sophisticated with plentiful performing arts, festivals and events. The area's abundant hotels ensure that travellers from every destination will find a good night's sleep after a busy day enjoying all the city has to offer. Visitors should note that in addition to the cost of the hotel room they will find a five per cent Provincial Sales Tax, five per cent Goods and Services Tax and a two per cent Destination Marketing Fee on their hotel bill.


Whether visitors are looking for family fun, culturally enriching events, diverse dining experiences or satisfying shopping opportunities, they will find it in Saskatoon's exciting downtown core. The area is home to a number of museums and galleries, musicians and street vendors, several river trails, copious festivals and events, the Midtown Plaza and Kinsmen Park. With nearly half of Saskatoon's hotel rooms also found downtown, visitors are bound to find accommodation suitable to their needs in this area. A number of downtown hotels are ideally located beside the Kiwanis Memorial Park, along the river on Spadina Crescent East, such as the Sheraton Cavalier.


Travellers arriving or departing from the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport can choose from a number of hotels located conveniently nearby. Many of the area's hotels are found on major thoroughfares, including Circle Drive, Idylwyld Drive (Highway 16) and Airport Drive. The Best Western Harvest Inn is a consistent, full-service property situated only minutes from the airport and features free wireless high-speed Internet, satellite TV, on-site dining, and business and meeting facilities.


Visitors travelling with children will appreciate that a number of hotels offer a variety of services and amenities geared to families, making a stay fun as well as restful. Hotels may make family travel more economical by providing free stays or dining for children under a certain age or by offering complimentary continental breakfasts. Amenities offered range from in-room conveniences such as games, movies, fridges and microwaves to features like children's welcome kits, pools, playgrounds and guest laundry facilities as well as services such as child care and family package accommodation deals. The ultimate in family fun, the Travelodge provides extensive kid-friendly amenities, including 11 themed rooms, a 76-m (250-ft) water slide, two swimming pools, two whirlpools, a Ruckers Express, Pizza Hut Express, full-service restaurant, coin-operated laundry, high-speed wireless Internet, and in-room microwaves and mini-fridges.

A pet-friendly destination, Saskatoon is home to a number of hotels that welcome pets. These hotels vary in regard to pet policies and services but can include goodie bags, pet beds and area information packages geared towards pets and pet owners. Hotels may charge a cleaning fee and may also have restrictions on the size and types of pets allowed to stay. Pet owners can enjoy all the comforts afforded by pet-friendly luxury hotels such as the Park Town Hotel, which features a pool, hot tub, exercise facility, on-site dining and a gift shop.


With spaces ranging from small, intimate banquet rooms for 10 to reception halls for over 500 guests, weddings of all sizes can be accommodated in Saskatoon. Couples will find the look and services that best suit their dreams and budgets with facilities that offer everything from catering and bar service to wedding planners and special wedding packages that include discounted guestroom rates. The Delta Bessborough Hotel makes weddings effortless with a variety of banquet and reception spaces, full catering and bar services and excellent hotel amenities for wedding guests such as deluxe suites, a water park, fitness facility and on-site restaurants. The lovely Bessborough Gardens, located behind the hotel, make for an excellent wedding ceremony location.

The city also does meetings and conferences in style with intimate meeting rooms for 10 or lecture spaces for 600. Meeting spaces often include staging areas and state-of-the-art audio-visual systems. Hotels with conference facilities typically provide guests with access to executive suites, on-site swimming pools and exercise facilities, dry-cleaning service, concierge, 24-hour room service and business centres. The Ramada Hotel specializes in full-service conferences with space for up to 350. On their own time, conference guests can take a dip in the hotel's tropical-themed pool or can practice their swing at the indoor driving range.


In this picturesque, green city, many of the area's hotels are taking steps to keep it that way by implementing a number of environmentally friendly initiatives. Projects range from guest-involved linen reuse and recycling programs for cans, paper and plastic to the use of biodegradable cleaners and energy-efficient light bulbs. The Saskatoon Inn Hotel and Conference Centre has gone so far as to create a green meeting package, which includes recycling bins, linen reuse and the elimination of items with disposable packaging like creamers, sugar packets, bottled water and juice boxes. This hotel also purchases locally grown goods whenever possible, uses energy-efficient bulbs, recycles paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and aluminum and has a guestroom linen reuse program.

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