Visitors to Saskatoon, the second largest city in Canada's Saskatchewan province, will find a nice selection of hotels from which to choose, including some likely to fit every taste and pocketbook. Set in the heart of the Canadian prairies, Saskatoon has a population of roughly 250,000 and a surprisingly diversified cultural scene, earning the city the nickname of Paris of the Prairies. The South Saskatchewan River bisects the city, adding to its natural appeal.
Delta Bessborough Hotel
This striking hotel, built to resemble a French country chateau, dominates the skyline of downtown Saskatoon. Frommer’s identifies the hotel, which is part of Canada’s Delta chain, as “one of western Canada’s great luxury hotels.” In 2003 Delta completely renovated the hotel, which was originally built in the 1930s. Signature Club rooms, designed especially for business travelers, feature down-filled duvets, attractive furniture, spacious work areas, mobile phones and wireless Internet access. Although they lack some of the business amenities, standard rooms are equally large and luxurious, according to Frommer’s. The on-site Samurai Japanese Steakhouse serves high-quality meals with the added attraction of table-side teppanyaki food preparation. Other amenities include a small health club, sauna, hot tub, heated indoor swimming pool and business center.
Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Saskatoon
Located in center-city Saskatoon, this 166-unit, high-rise hotel offers plenty of business-friendly amenities but also makes an ideal base for vacationers who want to be in the heart of downtown Saskatoon. Business amenities include a business center, meeting rooms, audio-visual equipment and exhibit space. The hotel lies within easy walking distance of the Midtown Plaza Shopping Center and TCU Place, Saskatoon’s arts and convention center. The Great North American Grill, the hotel's on-site restaurant, specializes in comfort food served up in a casual but elegant setting. Also popular are the restaurant's lunch buffets and Sunday brunch.
A good choice for families with children, this center-city hotel features a three-level recreation complex that includes multistory water slides. The on-site Aroma Mediterranean Resto-Bar serves up local cuisine with a Mediterranean flair and is a good place to stop for anything from pizza fresh from the wood-burning oven to a New York strip steak. The Aroma features an open kitchen layout so that diners can watch their food being prepared. While all of the Radisson’s rooms and suites are spacious and attractively decorated, Frommer’s says the hotel’s executive suites, located on the top floors, come with plenty of extras, including couches, chairs, dining tables, work areas and large baths with whirlpool tubs.
Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon
Close to the campus of the University of Saskatchewan and the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, the 249-unit Sheraton Cavalier enjoys a convenient downtown location overlooking the South Saskatchewan River. Frommer’s singles out the hotel as a good choice for vacationing families because of such family-friendly amenities as its indoor water park that features children’s and adult swimming pools, as well as two large water slides and hot tubs. Refurbished in 2007, the Sheraton's guest rooms and suites have an upbeat modern feel and are decorated in soft colors that are easy on the eyes. Other hotel amenities include two restaurants, fitness center, and business-club rooms with services and facilities to meet the needs of business travelers.