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Popular Saskatoon boutique hotel in downtown with river views and a varied free breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking
  • Many guests praised their clean and modern rooms
  • Numerous reviewers enjoyed the quality and variety of the free breakfast
  • The staff were complimented for being attentive and friendly
Cons
  • A few guests complained of noise transfer during their stay
  • The hotel's above-ground parking was described as limited and inconvenient in the winter by a few lodgers
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 13, 2014
Overview
Overlooking the South Saskatchewan River and about a 2-minute drive from Highway 5 in downtown Saskatoon, The James Hotel is suitable for travellers who prefer a centrally located hotel with a free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and easy highway access.

Each of the hotel's non-smoking guest rooms and suites offers air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a minibar, an in-room safe, an iPod dock, a desk, a hair dryer and a bathrobe for each guest. Rooms with a balcony, a separate bedroom, a full kitchen, a dining area and a fireplace are also available, as are wheelchair-accessible rooms.

Hotel amenities include a bar, a fitness centre, meeting space, a business centre, guest laundry, a free breakfast, free bottled water and free parking. Pets are not permitted.

The University of Saskatchewan can be found approximately 6 minutes away by car, while Midtown Plaza is a 9-minute walk away. Persephone Theatre is about a 2-minute drive from the hotel and Saskatoon International Airport (YXE) is a 15-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, no pets, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: November 26, 2013)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's rooms, breakfast, staff and location.

The hotel's accommodations were praised by numerous reviewers. They described their rooms as clean, spacious, modern and well equipped, with comfortable beds and pillows and beautiful river views. 

Many guests were impressed with the hotel's breakfast, finding it to be tasty and delicious, with several hot and cold items and friendly staff. One patron remarked, "As far as breakfast was concerned...it wasn't the usual continental [style] that comes with most hotels. Fresh bacon, farmers sausage, baby potatoes, fruit, yogurt....and an egg station where we could have a fresh omelette....or eggs Benedict!".

The hotel's staff were the source of several compliments by lodgers, who characterized them as friendly, attentive, helpful and accommodating. One guest noted, "Everyone at the hotel was very friendly without being OTT - check-in, breakfast, room service - can't fault their civility and seemingly genuine concern over my well-being".

Several travellers enjoyed the hotel's proximity to shopping, restaurants, pubs, downtown Saskatoon, running trails and an outdoor skating rink. 
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The Bad
While the great majority of reviews consulted for this analysis revealed an excellent hotel, there were a few complaints about noise transfer and the hotel's parking.

A few lodgers complained of slamming doors in the hallways, which interrupted their sleep.

Guests also reported limited parking spots and found the uncovered parking to be an inconvenience in the winter. 
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #1 of 32 Saskatoon hotels with an average rating of 5 out of 5 from 133 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4.9 out of 5 with a 99% recommendation rate from 73 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 9.8 out of 10 from 41 reviews.

The author called the hotel on November 26, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
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Rated 9.7/10 based on 663 reviews

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Map Marker The James
620 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, SK