All hotels in Jasper are expensive, and many have negative reviews. Even though I was booking six months in advance, some hotels in Jasper were already sold out. After extensive research, I reserved a room at the Sawridge Inn. My final bill was $522.62 for the two nights.
The hotel is a giant courtyard in the interior and the rooms are arranged around it. Either you have an inner courtyard-facing room, or an exterior outdoors-viewing room. My room faced the courtyard. Looking out my window, I could look directly down onto the people dining below. One morning, I opened the curtain and had a shocking view down a woman's cleavage who was eating breakfast.
The room was hot when I arrived, and there was no external ventilation. I turned on the room air conditioner, and it was extremely noisy. I found the source of the vibration, and jammed a wash cloth in the unit...which seemed to help. The room was never adequately cooled by the old (perhaps 1970's? vintage) control unit.
There was a severe problem with the hot and cold variance in the shower. As you were taking a shower, suddenly the temperature of the water would turn to scalding. This was extremely alarming. My understanding is that there are devices hotels can use to prevent this; obviously they are not installed. This hot surge happened every time I took a shower (sometimes more than once).
The formal dining area is in the same atrium as the pool. During my stay, noisy children seemed to be in the pool during all hours the pool was open. If you attempted to dine during this time, the ambiance was ruined by screams and splashes. When eating a late breakfast, we were forced to shout across the table in an effort to overcome the background annoyance. In addition, you could smell the pool's chlorine from our table.
If you do decide to book a room, try to find out about the "breakfast vouchers". Our waitress seemed surprised that we did not have them. We had to pay full price for the breakfast buffet. The cold buffet seemed like a much better deal than the "hot" buffet; the pancakes and eggs were not worth the extra $$.
The "fitness room" consisted of two pieces of older cardio equipment in an extremely small room facing the pool. There were no weights. For a hotel of this size, two workout machines are completely inadequate. The hotel should not be permitted to advertise a "fitness center".
There was free WiFi in the room, but the keyboard/TV interface was an additional $10 / day.
There was a coffee maker in my room and a small refrigerator. The room was clean. We had two double beds in the room, which made the small room feel cramped.
The hotel is the last one on the main drag through town. It is too far to walk to the downtown restaurants and back. You have to drive and try to find parking.
Due to the high price of the lodging, I ended up being unhappy with my stay at the Sawridge. Next time I will look for lodging outside of Jasper. I would rather spend two nights in a tent than pay that high price again for a room with nothing special.
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