These hotels were chosen for not only being close to the airport, but for overall value based mostly upon what guests had to say about the hotels. It seems that Saskatoon has expensive hotels with negative feedback, so I did my due diligence and chose those who had very good to excellent ratings overall.

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Editor's Top 10 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$182 CAD
Historic luxury hotel in downtown Saskatoon on the river, with dining, indoor pool and spa 
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • Many reviewers found their beds to be comfortable
  • Many guests found the location ideal for exploring the downtown area on foot
  • Many reviewers praised the views of the river from their guest rooms
  • Several guests praised the food at the on-site restaurants
Cons
  • A few reviewers thought that the room rates were expensive
  • A couple of guests thought that their rooms were small
  • Some guests were disappointed with slow service at the restaurant
Lovingly called the Bezz from loyal repeat customers, the Delta, newly renovated in 2012 is a classy castle-like hotel which is well-located close to the downtown core, restaurants and riverside attractions. It is 15 minutes to the airport, has pool, fitness centre, day spa and fine dining on site. Wi-Fi is free but parking is an extra $12 per day.
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Book from ~$152 CAD
Family-friendly Saskatoon hotel 6 min to XYE with free shuttle, indoor pool and waterslide
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, breakfast, parking, airport shuttle service
  • Rooms were very clean with comfy beds said guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by guests
  • Staff were friendly and accommodating said guests
  • Many were satisfied with the free breakfast offered
  • Location handy to highway, university, airport and downtown
  • Good value at this hotel said guests
Cons
  • Breakfast buffet needed more professional food handling set up
  • In-room jacuzzi not big enough for 2 according to one reviewer
  • Some guests could smell second hand smoke in the hallway
Days Inn is also highly rated, a 5 star hotel which offers free parking, Wi-Fi, breakfast, and airport shuttle. The ride to the airport is only 8 minutes and it's 10 minutes to downtown. It has a pool with waterslide but no restaurant on site. The closest restaurant is only a 6-minute walk away.
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Book from ~$116 CAD
Saskatoon airport hotel 3 min to YXE with free parking and free hot breakfast
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi (and free wired Internet), free breakfast and free parking
  • Several guests found the hotel conveniently located for accessing the highway
  • Many guests complimented the hotel's free breakfast
  • Several guest reviewers found the staff to be polite and helpful
  • Many guests found the rooms to be clean and comfortable
Cons
  • Some guests found the hotel overpriced
  • Some guests complained of dated decor
The cheapest hotel of my picks, the Country Inn is a 3 star with friendly staff, but no pool or restaurant.It offers a good free breakfast, parking and Wi-Fi and is only 4 minutes to the airport, while 10 minutes to downtown. The Shark Club Bar & Grill and Denny's restaurants are a 6-minute walk or 1-minute drive away, according to Google Maps.
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Book from ~$147 CAD
Comfortable rooms with well-liked restaurant, 6 minutes to downtown & airport
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing major highways
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and accommodating service
  • Several guests praised the food at the on-site restaurant
Cons
  • A few guests thought that the room rates were expensive
  • A few reviewers were disturbed in their rooms by noise
  • A couple of guests noticed homeless people loitering near the hotel
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Book from ~$142 CAD
Popular downtown Saskatoon hotel with restaurant, Starbucks, indoor pool and jacuzzi suites 
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for exploring the downtown area on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Several guests found their beds to be comfortable
  • A few reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurant
Cons
  • A few reviewers thought that the on-site hot tub was too small
  • Parking is $15 per night
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Book from ~$229 CAD
Stylishly renovated rooms in downtown Saskatoon with river walk, restaurants & waterpark 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, dog stays, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were very clean and well appointed with comfortable beds
  • Location was handy to downtown restaurants, shopping and the river trail
  • The waterpark was a hit with children and their families
  • Wi-Fi rated as excellent by guests
  • Guests enjoyed dining on site
  • Staff were well liked, very friendly and accommodating
Cons
  • Valet and self-parking are $15 per night
  • Noise transfer an issue for a few guests
  • A few guests judged their rooms to be small
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Book from ~$125 CAD
Downtown Saskatoon boutique hotel in a historic building with popular pub & many freebies
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, breakfast, parking, local calls, pet stays
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • Many guests liked the on-site pub for food and beer selection
  • Many thought the central downtown location was prime
Cons
  • Several guests found their rooms to be small
  • Noise disturbances from the pub a problem for some
  • Some guests found the parking limited
  • Guests offered mixed opinions of value for price
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Book from ~$172 CAD
Highly recommended west Saskatoon hotel with indoor pool, waterslide and free hot breakfast
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, all day coffee, local calls
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the free breakfast
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Many guests described their rooms as new, clean and well appointed
  • Several guests found the location convenient for accessing nearby restaurants and shopping
  • A few reviewers thought that the hotel offered good value for the money they spent
Cons
  • A few guests were disturbed by noise from neighbouring rooms
  • A few reviewers thought that the indoor pool was too small
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Book from ~$125 CAD
Modern all-suite hotel near SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon with indoor pool and waterslide
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking
  • Numerous guests praised their clean, spacious and modern rooms
  • The hotel's staff were found to be friendly and accommodating
  • Several lodgers enjoyed the quality and variety of the free breakfast
  • The hotel was praised for its proximity to the Credit Union Centre and highway access
Cons
  • A few guests complained about the hotel's lack of on-site restaurant and the lack of restaurants in the area
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Book from ~$146 CAD
Highly praised downtown Saskatoon hotel near river with resto-bar, indoor pool & waterslide
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, pet stays, local calls
  • Rooms were very clean with comfortable beds and some with nice views of the city and river
  • Staff were friendly and efficient
  • Location convenient to mall shopping, good restaurants and river trail
  • Guests often thought the food was excellent at Aroma
  • Guests loved the pool and waterslide
Cons
  • Underground parking is $15 per night
  • Several guests were disappointed to discover that the waterslide was only open on the weekends
  • Some found the washrooms small

6 Other Hotels Close to Saskatoon Airport

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Book from ~$101 CAD
Hotel near Saskatoon airport (YXE) with good staff and updates but mixed room reviews
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Several guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • The hotel's rates were found to be reasonable and affordable by some lodgers
  • Some reviewers were satisfied with the cleanliness and comfort of their rooms
Cons
  • Some guests reported worn rooms and noise transfer during their stay
Location
Located right off of Airport Drive, the Heritage Inn Hotel is a 5-minute drive away from the airport, while downtown is just 15 minutes away by car. This hotel would be a good choice for those with layovers or simply wanting close proximity to the airport or Highway 16.
Getting Around: Public Transit
For door-to-door service, this hotel can be accessed by taking the #12 bus, for a total trip time of about 7 minutes.
Dining
Breakfast is not included in the room rate, but Seasons Cafe and Eatery features all-day service, including a $2 kids menu, while Heritage Lounge offers drinks and pub fare with a Wednesday night special on wings. 
Parking
Free parking is available at the hotel during the course of your stay.
Entertainment
A fitness centre, including treadmill, elliptical and stationary bicycle, is available on site. Passes and discounts are often available for local entertainment and attractions, so guests should ask upon check-in to see what's available.
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Book from ~$147 CAD
Saskatoon airport hotel 2 min to YXE with free shuttle, free daily parking and indoor pool 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, airport shuttle, local calls
  • Many guests liked the newly renovated rooms and found them spacious, clean and well appointed
  • Staff were friendly and helpful, according to guests
  • The location was handy to the airport and the highway
  • Many liked the restaurant for variety and quality
  • Guests found the free airport shuttle convenient for early morning flights
  • Many felt the hotel provided good value
  • Wi-Fi rated excellent by guests
Cons
  • Extended (park-n-fly) parking costs $10 per night
  • A few guests complained of booking errors and overcharges
  • Slow or awkward elevator service, according to some
  • A few guests did not like the frosted sliding glass doors to the bathroom
Location
Located on Airport Drive, the Saskatoon Inn is only a 6-minute drive from the airport and is located just a 3-minute drive from the Trans-Canada Highway. Downtown Saskatoon is a 15-minute drive away. 
Parking
Parking is available at this hotel for free for both regular and over-sized vehicles.
Getting Around: Public Transit
A public bus, #12, is available for transportation between this hotel and the airport. The total trip time is about 7 minutes, including a 2-minute walk from the bus stop to this hotel.
Getting Around: Free Shuttle
This hotel offers a free shuttle to and from the airport by request.
Dining
While breakfast is not included, the on-site Botanica Lounge serves breakfast and lunch buffets as well as full-service dinners. Room service menus, available from breakfast to a late night snack (11:30 pm), will be sure to satisfy hungry and weary travellers.
Entertainment
Botanical gardens offer a setting for a casual stroll or random photo shoot. An on-site fitness centre, complete with elliptical, treadmill, stationary bicycle, free weights and sit-up board, is available for guest use. Also available is an indoor heated pool and hot tub.
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Book from ~$128 CAD
Older hotel near Saskatoon airport with free shuttle but many guest complaints
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free airport shuttle
  • Many reviewers were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • The hotel was praised for its proximity to highway access and the airport
  • Several lodgers enjoyed their clean and spacious rooms
Cons
  • Some guests complained of worn decor and fixtures in their rooms
  • Noise disturbances were reported by a few lodgers
  • Some guests considered the hotel poorly cleaned and poorly maintained
Location
Located on Circle Drive and the Trans-Canada Highway at the off-ramp from Highway 12, the Louis Riel Trail, the Sandman is a 5-minute drive from the airport, and a 14-minute drive from downtown.
Parking
Free outdoor parking is available during the course of your stay.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Guests can take the #12 bus between the airport and this hotel, for a total trip time of about 15 minutes. However, guests may want to note that the bus stop is 4 minutes away from the hotel on foot.
Getting Around: Free Shuttle
A pre-arranged free shuttle is available to and from the airport.
Dining
While breakfast is not included, guests can enjoy Denny's for 24-hour dining, or Shark Pub & Grill for lunch or dinner, as well as pub fare or drinks, both located on site.
Entertainment
An on-site fitness centre with a number of machines and free weights is available as well as an indoor heated pool and hot tub.
Other Tips
This hotel charges a mandatory deposit of $250, regardless of payment type.
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Book from ~$144 CAD
Indoor pools and water slide, but complaints about service and outdated decor
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Several guests found the location convenient for accessing major highways
  • A few reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurant
  • A couple of guests thought that the indoor pools and water slide were value-added features
Cons
  • Many guests thought that the in-room decor and furnishings were dated
  • Many reviewers described the front desk staff as rude and unhelpful
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were expensive
  • Several reviewers were disturbed in their rooms by noise from within the hotel
  • Several guests complained about unpleasant odours in their rooms
  • A few reviewers discovered cleanliness inconsistencies
Location
Located at the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and the Louis Riel Trail, the Travelodge is a 6-minute drive from the airport and a 10-minute drive from downtown.
Parking
Free on-site parking is available during your stay.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Located 4 minutes away on foot from the nearest bus stop, guests can travel between the airport and the Travelodge on the #12 bus. The entire trip, including the walk, will take about 16 minutes.
Getting Around: Free Shuttle
A free shuttle to and from the airport is available when arranged at booking.
Dining
While breakfast isn't included in the cost, Fixin's Homestyle restaurant prepares daily breakfasts, while Oscar's Lounge is open for lunch and dinner. Both are located on site.
Entertainment
Two indoor pools, two hot tubs and a 250-foot waterslide are sure to entertain the kids, or the kids at heart. For the more fitness-minded, the extensive 24-hour on-site fitness centre includes a wide variety of machines.
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Book from ~$95 CAD
Basic, but clean rooms and comfortable beds, 2-min. drive from Yellowhead Hwy
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking and free local calls
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers found the beds comfortable
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • A few guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • A couple of reviewers found the location convenient for accessing the highway
Cons
  • A couple of guests thought that their rooms appeared dated
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Book from ~$129 CAD
Comfortable Saskatoon motel an easy drive to city centre with pet-friendly rooms
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Many guests praised their clean and modern rooms
  • The hotel's rates were described as affordable by numerous reviewers
  • Several lodgers complimented the staff for their friendly and professional service
Cons
  • Noise transfer was reported by some guests
  • The hotel's lack of green space was disappointing to a few pet owners
Location
Located on the Trans-Canada Highway, this Super 8 is a 7-minute drive from the airport and a 10-minute drive from downtown. Across the street is the River City Centre shopping plaza.
Parking
This Super 8 Motel offers free parking for regular and over-sized vehicles.
Getting Around: Public Transit
This hotel is not easily accessible by public transit, but guests can take the #12 bus between the airport and a stop that is located about 16 minutes on foot from the hotel. The total trip time is about 31 minutes.
Dining
A free continental breakfast is available on site and other restaurants can be accessed nearby within a 6-minute walk. 

Tips For Staying Near Saskatoon Airport

Location
Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (YXE) operates to a limited number of National and International hub cities. Seasonal service includes flights to the Dominican, Cuba and Mexico. 

Located next to the Louis Riel Trail Highway, and within a short distance of the Trans-Canada Highway, it is only a 15-minute drive to the city centre and the South Saskatchewan River.
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Dining
Available in the main terminal building are a Tim Hortons (4:15 am to 11 pm) and Crossroads Grille (6 am to 8 pm) which provide a place to grab a bite to eat pre-security, while sending someone off or awaiting loved ones. 

Post-security, the last stop to grab something of sustenance before boarding would be at the To-Go lounge open from 4 am to 8 pm.
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Parking
There are 1,100 parking spots in the public lot at a fee of $1 for every half hour, with a daily maximum of $12. Also available is a complimentary overflow lot during peak seasons when the public lot is full. Extended parking is available for a fee of $84 per 7-day week. 

A complimentary "Park and Wait" area is designated for those waiting in their vehicles for passengers. 

For those leaving their vehicles, parking can be paid for with cash or credit, but a lost ticket will result in the daily maximum ($12) being paid. 

Extended parking at the airport may be your only option if you plan on leaving your car for awhile, as most of the hotels featured below do not offer this service.
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Getting Around: Driving
There are a number of car rental services available at the airport, as well as pre-arranged limousine services. There is a taxi coordinator on duty at the designated taxi stand at the pick-up and drop-off area during all flight arrival times. Taxis can be arranged with United Blueline Cabs for both metered rates, or prestige service zoned rates.

Guests interested in these options can refer to the airport's transportation page for phone numbers and other information.
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Getting Around: Public Transit
Saskatoon Transit system is easy to navigate and has a well-thought-out website for visitors to Saskatoon. Bus #12 serves the airport, and the stop is on site.

A single ride cash fare is $3 for adults. Teenagers with high school ID cards can ride for $2.50, while children 6 and up can ride for $2. Children 5 and under ride free with any fare-paying passenger.

On weekends, a family of up to two adults and three children can purchase unlimited travel for 24 hours for only $7.85. Another option is the Go-Pass Card, which can be loaded with 10 rides for $23 (a savings of $7 overall).
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Other Tips
The airport provides baggage carts free of charge in the terminal building and parking lot for all travellers using the airport.

A "Mail-it-Home" program exists for those who may have brought something to the airport that is not allowed on the plane. Travellers can purchase, for $5, a pre-stamped envelope to mail their item home for safekeeping.

There are volunteers called Airport Ambassadors that assist passengers with answering questions, giving directions and other needed assistance. The volunteers can be found at the Saskatoon Shines Reception Centre in the arrivals area of the terminal.
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