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Saskatoon Thriftlodge

Saskatoon Thriftlodge is a 3 star hotel in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 1825 Idylwyld Drive North, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
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$93
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Convenient location but not a guest favourite

Pros 
  • Convenient location, very close to airport
  • Relatively low price compared to other nearby accommodations in the area
Cons 
  • Out-dated rooms
  • Poor Internet service
  • High ratio of negative reviews compared to positive
  • Right next to train tracks, can be noisy
  • Hotel price for a motel, due to convenience of location and pricier hotels nearby

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Feb 17, 2012
Overview
The Saskatoon Thriftlodge gets bonus points for having a location on the strangest street name ever, Idylwyld Drive in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. That’s a mouthful. Reviews of this 2-storey, 55 room establishment are both scarce and somewhat polarized. Any reviews found were more or less very positive or very negative with not much in the way of a mushy middle. Average ratings from reviews across multiple sites ranged from 7 out of 10 (on a 10 point scale) and between 2 and 4 out of 5 (on 5 point rating scales). If someone was to objectively take all of the reviews and come up with an average description of what the guests thought, the label would probably be ‘Just OK.’
The Good
A common thread throughout a handful of reviews from various sites was the cleanliness of the hotel and the customer service. A few comments found on Booking.com mentioned that the hotel was clean and a good value for the money. In addition, comments found on Google Places and TripAdvisor.com all mentioned that the customer service and front desk staff were courteous and helpful. Some reviewers mentioned that the hotel met their expectations, especially considering the relatively low price they paid for a room.

The Bad
A lot of negativity towards this hotel can be easily found on TripAdvisor.com, which out of all the sources used for this analysis had the most reviews to browse. Half of all the reviews on TripAdvisor.com gave it the lowest rating possible, 1 point out of 5 (classified as ‘Terrible’). Common complaints ranged from poor in-room Internet service to out-dated rooms in bad condition. Some went as far to say that even at the relatively low rate, it was still too expensive for the quality. Contradictory to some of the positive comments regarding the staff, there were a handful of complaints regarding the professionalism and quality of the customer service, however these complaints seem to have arisen from specific situations and not directed as an overall comment on all staff.
I checked out the following sources for this analysis, here’s what I found...

Booking.com uses a 10-point rating scale. Out of the 7 reviews found at the time of this analysis the average rating was 7.1 points. Positive reviews commonly mentioned staff, while the negatives tended to focus on the low quality of the interior.

TripAdvisor.com had 12 reviews, the most out of all the sources used for this analysis. Overall the Saskatoon Thriftlodge did not fair well as 6 out of the 12 reviews gave it a ‘Terrible’ rating, (1 out of 5 points). In addition, 4 reviewers gave it only 2 out of 5 points, or a ‘Poor’ rating, making more than half of the ratings negative. Guests generally were not happy with the quality of the rooms and the customer service they received in regards to specific situations.

Google Places hosted 7 reviews at last check, which averaged to 3 out of 5 stars. This ‘OK’ rating was pretty much in line with all other reviews found on various sites. Positive reviews reinforced that for the price this facility met expectations as a decent motel. Negative reviews, as with other sites, focused on the poor quality of the rooms.

Expedia.com uses a 5 point rating scale. All reviews averaged to 4 out of 5 points, which was relatively high compared to the average rating from other review sites. However, there were only 3 reviews at the time this analysis was done and only one of which was actually positive in nature.
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Guest Reviews
5.9
Mediocre

#26 out of 28
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 5.9 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 107
Guest Recommended: Mixed
Guest Ranking Explained

Saskatoon Thriftlodge is #26 out of 28 hotels in Saskatoon ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
Guest Recommendations and Comments
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Dayton from Richard, SK CA rated Saskatoon Thriftlodge on April 28, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Unknown
Maurice from Bellevue, SK CA rated Saskatoon Thriftlodge 7 out of 10 on March 17, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Garret from Kenora, ON CA rated Saskatoon Thriftlodge 7 out of 10 on March 09, 2013 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"close to airport and decent rooms"
"nice shaw HD cable on a LG HDTV bed was nice room was warm and clean only down side was the shower...cold and hot everytime another room used water other than that it was good"
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Kanata, ON CA rated Saskatoon Thriftlodge 2 out of 10 on July 19, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The less said, the better. One of the worst places I stayed ever. And I am travelling a lot."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Daniel from Stanley Mission, SK CA rated Saskatoon Thriftlodge 8 out of 10 on January 02, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"nice experience"
"What I appreciated most was the friendley staff and their helpfullness. My room was very comfortable and quiet due to the policy of noise control and of no partying. My only suggesting as to how to improve the room is to provide more shelving in the bathroom. Currently, the bathrooms have no space other than the sink basin to place ones toiletries."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Drake, SK CA rated Saskatoon Thriftlodge 5 out of 10 on November 25, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"I've stayed at this hotel before in non-smoking rooms. This time was a smoking room. It seems like the smoking rooms are not keep up to the same standard as the non-smoking rooms. The bed was not as comfortable. The condition of the bathroom was very poor."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Dashi from Winnipeg, MB CA rated Saskatoon Thriftlodge 7 out of 10 on September 07, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Shawn from Vancouver, BC CA rated Saskatoon Thriftlodge 9 out of 10 on June 24, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Spruce Grove, AB CA rated Saskatoon Thriftlodge on February 04, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Midale, SK CA rated Saskatoon Thriftlodge 4 out of 10 on November 08, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The stains on the back of the bathroom door ...the toilet that would not stop running...the tv that did not work properly...etc The only thing that was good is that the sheets appeared to be clean and the Service at the desk was alright also."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Chad from Nipawin, SK CA rated Saskatoon Thriftlodge 5 out of 10 on November 04, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"alright i guess...if your in a pinch"
"housekeeping deffinatly needs improvement, dirty face cloth in bathroom, and hair in the drain. whole bathroom needs fixing. deffinatly wasnt worth the money we paid, felt like it shouldve been about half the price"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Garry from Melfort, SC CA rated Saskatoon Thriftlodge 8 out of 10 on October 24, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review
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Hotel review by guest is Positive
Jamie from Estevan, SK CA rated Saskatoon Thriftlodge 9 out of 10 on January 13, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Estevan, SK CA rated Saskatoon Thriftlodge 3 out of 10 on May 28, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Verified Guest from Winnipeg, MB CA rated Saskatoon Thriftlodge 3 out of 10 on November 27, 2003 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Dead bolt was none functional. Gum and cigarette burns on the floor. Cement walls. Water warped furnishings. Incessant banging noises at night. No alarm clock, or any clock in room. Overall digusting."


Amenities

  • Business Center
  • High-speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet Friendly
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Security Guard
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Wake-up Service
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Photocopier
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Pool Indoor
  • Luggage Storage
  • Vending Machines
  • Free Parking

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