Sunday, September 27, 2009

Saskatoon Inn review

It's not often that I am so pleasantly surprised by my accommodations that I race to the computer, eager to commend the venue and its staff. This week while staying in Saskatchewan at the Saskatoon Inn and conference centre, 2002 Airport Drive, I couldn't help but do just that. From check in to check out the service here was exceptional. To begin with I arrived much earlier than check in time on a Wednesday, not intentional just the way flights worked out. A convenient airport shuttle was perhaps a five minute wait and baggage appeared without delay at Diefenbaker Airport. Despite the fact that I was a good two or three hours before their suggested check in time of 3 p.m. my room was ready and much to my surprise, it was larger, cleaner and generally exceeded all of my expectations. While in town for the FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) conference put on by the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, I ventured around town briefly to see the downtown area and visited the Midtown Plaza. An apparent highlight of the shopping tour is the city's new Lululemon store, across the street from the mall. The conference organizers did an expectional job here selecting this Inn. The setting was beautiful and the food was good. There is a fitness centre, small but worth a visit, a winding shallow pool that looks more like a river and a good deal of natural materials went into the internal architecture of the building. The only tiny complaint I could begin to think of was the slow speed of room service. But the restaurant on site Botanica was lovely and service there was very good. Not a whole lot of variety there though. While I loved this spot for business and couples travel it is not ideally suited to family, unless your children are quieter travellers than mine.

thriftymommagogo recommends the Saskatoon Inn as a $$$$ 1/2 out of $$$$$.

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