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Holiday Inn Express Saskatoon

8.4 | Very Good | #6 out of 28 hotels in Saskatoon
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Well-liked downtown Saskatoon hotel with indoor pool, free: airport shuttle & hot breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, airport shuttle, parking, local calls, lobby coffee, newspapers
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent in online surveys
  • Rooms were clean and spacious with comfy beds
  • Location was convenient to business offices, mall shopping, restaurants
  • Staff were pleasant and polite, with good restaurant suggestions
  • Free breakfast with hot choices well liked by guests
Cons
  • Noise disturbance an issue for some
  • A few guests felt the area could be undesirable to walk around in at night (due to panhandlers)
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Shuttle
Free Parking
Free Internet
Editor's Review
Updated Jun 28, 2017
Overview
This hotel is located right at the city centre, near the junction of the city's main arteries, providing quick access to the city. It's also in walking distance of restaurants and mall shopping.

The smoke-free hotel has 122 rooms on 4 floors with elevator access.

All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free wired Internet, free local calls, a flat screen cable HDTV with pay-per-view movies, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a desk with ergonomic chair, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and climate control. 

Some rooms include a sofabed, a separate bedroom, 2 TVs, a larger 42" flat screen TV, bunk beds, a living room, a microwave, a kitchenette (stovetop, full-size fridge, microwave, sink), dining table, 2 bathrooms, a soaker tub and bathrobes. Accessible rooms are available.

Rooms are furnished with 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed.

Free outdoor parking is available on site. 

A free airport shuttle operates on demand from 8 am and 11 pm. 

Pets are welcome for $10 per day.

A free hot and cold breakfast buffet is supplied weekdays from 6:30 am to 9:30 am and weekends from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm. 

Free coffee and freshly baked cookies is available in the lobby. 

There is no restaurant on site, but guests will find several restaurants in walking distance: Martino's, Saigon Rose, Sunrise, and Chianti Cafe are all less than 6 minutes on foot.

Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a fitness centre, a business centre, dry cleaning, free newspapers, safety deposit box, ice machine and meeting/conference space.

What’s nearby? Midtown Plaza offers shopping about a 2-minute drive or 9-minute walk south. The Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre is an 11-minute walk from the hotel. The Saskatoon Zoo and Forestry Farm Park is a 13-minute drive. The University of Saskatchewan is 6 minutes by car. 

Getting around: John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (YXE) is a 10-minute drive, without traffic. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed by hotel June 27, 2017: shuttle details
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The Good
This hotel was well liked by many of its guests who found it looking like new and very clean, with pleasant staff at the front desk.

The rooms were often described as spacious, well equipped, and quiet, with comfortable beds.

The hotel's breakfast was the typical Holiday Inn Express buffet with special cinnamon buns, pancake machine, eggs, a choice of bacon, ham or sausages as well as baked goods, fresh fruit and yogurt. Guests found it satisfying and served in a comfortable dining area.

Many took pleasure in the cleanliness of the pool and hot tub and found them refreshing and enjoyable. Several were pleased to be treated to freshly-baked cookies and coffee in the lobby, and others were pleased with the reasonable room price.

Some guests enjoyed the central location which they found handy to downtown businesses, the train station, the Meewasin trails, downtown shopping and restaurants. Others used it as a base for accessing various tournament locations around the city.

Guests also appreciated: all day coffee along with ice water, cookies and fruit in the reception area, and ample space to walk dogs near the hotel.
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The Bad
Although the hotel received a lot of praise, it had some weaknesses according to some guests.

Some reviewers mentioned that the hotel is in an area of town that is a little run down or sketchy and some advised not to walk after dark in the area. It seems that the hotel is monitoring the security of the hotel and parking lot as has been stated by the management's responses and also the following guest reviewer, " It is not in the best area of Saskatoon, but I noticed security patrolling the parking lot and hotel at night, so security does not appear to be an issue."

Some reported noise disturbance from: loud music until 10 pm from the pool in the pool-facing rooms, guests in rooms above and below, the hallways, the stairway, doors opening and closing, an AC unit, the street and the train tracks.

Although the Wi-Fi received high scores from guests in online surveys, occasionally guests reported slow Wi-Fi and difficulties connecting during their stay.




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TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #19 out of 38 Saskatoon hotels with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 195 reviews.

Expedia.ca guests rated this hotel with a score of 5 out of 5, based upon 2 reviews. 

Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
8.4 / out of 10
"Very Good"
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6 / out of 28
hotels in Saskatoon

The average guest rating for Holiday Inn Express Saskatoon is 8.4 out of 10 based on 808 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Holiday Inn Express Saskatoon at #6 out of 28 hotels in Saskatoon.

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315 Idylwyld Drive North, Saskatoon, SK