We landed at the Travelodge in Saskatoon by chance -- the hotel of our choice for which we hoped to use points to book was out of our reach. So we used the "random hotel" service offered by expedia.ca. Once we found out this was our hotel, I dutifully dropped it into tripadvisor.com and my heart sank. It seems folks have not been too happy with the place. But the deal was good and done was done. When we arrived, my heart sank further. The corner of two very very very busy roads with a sportsbar onsite. But done was done. We asked for a quiet room, and the hotel was empty. Wow, was I surprised to see the hotel fill at the rate it did. I think by 21:00 it was *completely* full. My heart was in my shoes -- I figured for sure this would be a series of sleepless nights. We ordered room service pizza and a movie (it was my daughter's birthday) and bunkered, expecting the worst. There was no worst! I don't know if it was the suggested room from the staff or the respectful nature of people in Saskatoon, but we had a perfect night. Followed by several more restful nights! So, I was happy with the Travelodge! Onward -- it is a tired and sprawling facility. The staff were very reasonable. There is an offsale, fuel, and a Denny's within walking distance. And lots of restaurants within walking distance (just be careful, the intersection is *not* set up for pedestrians). My kids loved the waterslide, although the level of supervision could have been better. My 7 year old was bulldozed by a teenager at the bottom of the slide for whatever reason -- she was very upset and scared, he was very upset and scared, it was all an accident, but had the attendants been paying attention, it could have been avoided. All in all, I would definitely return, this was a pleasant surprise for an "airport" hotel. Consider it!
I've stayed at the Travelodge in Saskatoon frequently throughout the past year for business. Overall, the service is always quite good and the rooms are clean.
The hotel itself is not in an ideal location - the traffic around Circle Drive can get very congested around rush hour. However, it is ideal if you are wanting a hotel in close proximity to the highway if on the road the next day.
The hotel is an absolutely maze inside. The elevators are inconveniently located so be prepared to have to walk up the stairs with your luggage! Pay attention to how to get to your room - I got lost numerous times. I ended up needing to cross through the hotel pool in order to get to my room - not ideal! I would recommend a room that is not near the pool (unless you are there with kids) - otherwise it can get quite noisy.
The rooms are clean and nicely decorated (complete with a Keurig!). The hotel has several meeting rooms (however the ones downstairs always smell like barn for some reason). The restaurant has a good selection of food with an excellent lunch buffet.
Just a note: I was booked to stay at the Travelodge in May. When I arrived, the front desk staff stated that I did not actually have a reservation and they had no more vacancies. It turned out that I had actually been booked in at the Thriftlodge, as bookings are made for both through the same 1-800 number. You would think that the booking staff would be extra careful to book guests into the proper hotel, but apparently this did not happen. Make sure you are very clear if you are wanting to book at the Travelodge or at the Thriftlodge (no thank you!).
This was a combination business/family trip. We stayed for one night and it was great. The best part was the separation of pool areas - the waterslide for big kids and the other pool area for the little kids.