Greater Saskatoon Accommodation Options
Saskatoon is an important destination in Canada for several reason—it's Saskatchewan's biggest city, it's home to the reputable University of Saskatchewan, it provides a gateway to the pristine wilderness of the northern part of the province and it has a unique and distinctive culture that celebrates the rich Aboriginal history of Canada. But it's this city's vibrant and lively ambiance that makes it popular with visitors from around the globe, regardless of their reasons for stopping in.
When planning a trip to Saskatoon, there are several different accommodation options to consider, ranging from plush hotels in the middle of it all to quiet bed and breakfasts and campgrounds on the outskirts.
Most visitors flock to Saskatoon's downtown region, where a selection of both old and new buildings line its busy streets and the concrete sprawl of the city gives way to lush green riverbanks. Downtown offers a diverse mix of urban amenities like restaurants and shops, and easy access to parks and trails. It is here that the majority of Saskatoon hotels have set up properties, and a selection of both big-name and locally-owned hotels offer visitors places to rest right in the heart of the city. The nicest and priciest hotels are situated along Spadina Crescent, which runs along the riverbank and gives guests one of the most rewarding views in the city. There are also several hotels in this area catering to the business traveller.
West of downtown is the historic community of Riversdale, which got its start as a vibrant arts and cultural district and still retains this charm today. Riversdale and the adjacent community of Caswell Hill each have a selection of properties that will suit travellers who find the downtown hotel prices a little out of their budgets.
On the other side of the river—just south of downtown in the neighbourhood of Nutana—is the trendy cultural area around Broadway Avenue. With an eclectic mix of shop, pubs, restaurants and live theatre, it is here that the cultural diversity, historic charm and lively spirit of Saskatoon is most evident. A few hotels are scattered in this area, as well as some bed and breakfasts and extended stay accommodations.
The University of Saskatchewan is situated north of Nutana, where visitors will also find a selection of hotels.
Airport Industrial Area
Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport is located not far from the downtown core at the junction of Highway 16 and Idylwyld Drive. In this area, a number of large hotels offer convenient accommodations for travellers and visitors to the city. Furthermore, most of the hotels here also offer conference facilities. Guests to this area of the city will find several chain-brand restaurants and bars, but those seeking nightlife or cultural destinations would be best venturing into the central core.
Hotels and bed and breakfasts can also be found in the west end of the city, many of which are located along 22nd Street and centred around the Confederation Mall. Saskatoon also offers a handful of campgrounds located on the outskirts of the city for those travelling with tents or RVs.
OUTSIDE THE CITY
Those who wish to bypass the city might be interested in staying in nearby Martensville, a small city that is known for its abundant lakes, multiple parks and recreational opportunities, as well as its race track. Martensville offers both bed and breakfasts and hotels.
West of Martensville is the town of Warman, which is famous for being officially the largest town in Saskatchewan. Warman has a selection of indepedently-owned hotels and motels for travellers to enjoy, as well as a campground.