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Budget hotel offering kitchenette suites, near Hwy 16 and the airport, with varied guest opinion

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, continental breakfast, local calls, and parking
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing highways and area attractions by car
  • The staff were complimented for their friendly service by several reviewers
  • Several guests appreciated the selection provided at the free breakfast
  • A few guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • A few reviewers found the beds comfortable
  • Several guests described the hotel in general as dated and in need of upgrades
  • Several reviewers were disturbed by partying guests and traffic noise
  • The rooms were described as small by several guests
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Sep 15, 2014
This hotel is a 1-minute drive south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway), north of the downtown area. Within a minute drive of the Saskatoon International Airport (YXE), this property is geared for travelers in need of convenient airport access. Additionally, with no on-site recreational facilities and few on-site amenities, this property may be attractive to the budget-conscious traveler. 

Both smoking and non-smoking accommodations are available. All rooms include a 27" flat screen TV, a desk, a coffeemaker, and air conditioning. Select suites also include a kitchenette with a microwave and mini-fridge, while other suites are furnished with a sofabed. Irons and ironing boards are available on request.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, while free wired Internet is available in all guest rooms and the on-site business centre. This hotels has two floors and no elevator, however there are wheelchair-accessible rooms on the ground floor. Pets are permitted in select rooms for an additional fee of $10 per night.

A free continental breakfast is served from 6:30 am to 9:30 am on weekdays and from 7 am to 10 am on weekends. This hotel does not have an on-site restaurant, however there is a McDonald's restaurant next door and a pub within a 3-minute drive.

Free parking is available on site. Other on-site amenities include a 24-hour business centre, a 24-hour front desk, dry cleaning service, meeting rooms, safe deposit boxes, luggage storage, and ice/vending machines.

Downtown Saskatoon, which features TCU Place and Midtown Plaza, and the University of Saskatoon are both 8 minutes away by car. The Dakota Dunes Casino is a 12-minute drive away, while the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo 14 minutes away by car. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)

The author called the hotel on September 12, 2014 to verify on-site and in-room amenities, breakfast hours, and pet policy.
The Good
Previous guests of this hotel did not seem overly impressed with their experience, among the reviews used for this analysis. However, several reviewers thought that the hotel met their expectations for a budget property.

The location was found to be convenient for accessing the highway and area attractions, by many guests, while a couple of other reviewers found shops and restaurants nearby.

The staff were complimented for their friendly service by several guests.

Several reviewers appreciated the selection of food at the free continental breakfast.

Many guests described their rooms as generally clean. A couple of reviewers thought that their rooms were recently painted, while a couple of other guests noted that their rooms had new furniture. A few reviewers found the beds comfortable.

A few guests thought that the room rates were reasonable, while a couple of other reviewers appreciated the free parking.
The Bad
There were several common concerns found for this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. While some reviewers thought that the hotel was simply in need of improvement, some other guests mentioned that they were not likely to return.

Several guests described the hotel in general, and their guest rooms, as in need of repairs and upgrades. Several reviewers specifically mentioned that the in-room carpeting was dirty, while a couple of other guests said that the doors were difficult to open and close. Several reviewers found their rooms small and cramped.

Several guests complained about noise from guests partying in the parking lot, while a couple of reviewers were disturbed by traffic noise.

A few guests noted that the in-room mini-fridge settings were too cold and that their food and drinks froze overnight.

A couple of reviewers thought that the on-site parking lot was too small.

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Sources gave this hotel an average score of 2.9 out of 5, with 73% of 143 guests recommending the property. ranked this hotel #25 out of 33 hotels in Saskatoon, with an average score of 3 out of 5, with only 19% of guests recommending the hotel, based upon 83 reviews.

The author called the hotel on September 12, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews

Rated 5.7/10 based on 210 reviews

Ranked #26 out of 27 hotels in Saskatoon


7 out of 10 | Garret stayed March 09, 2013

"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"


2 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed July 19, 2012

"The less said, the better. One of the worst places I stayed ever. And I am travelling a lot."


8 out of 10 | Daniel stayed January 02, 2012

"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."


5 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed November 25, 2011

"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."

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4 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed November 08, 2010

"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."


5 out of 10 | Chad stayed November 04, 2010

"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"


3 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed November 27, 2003

"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."

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