Perched on the banks of the South Saskatchewan river sits Saskatoon‘s best new hotel. The Alt Saskatoon is the perfect mix of modern design and amenities paired with a location to explore the city from.
This is my Alt Hotel Saskatoon review and why I think it’s the perfect place to stay in the Paris of the Prairies.
What Are Alt Hotels?
As the name suggests, Alt hotels are a little different. Part of Le Germain family, Alt hotels offer it guests “the best of what they want without any extra fluff.” This means attention is given to a comfortable stay in a modern eco-friendly way without overdoing the unnecessary. Think chocolate on your pillows and concierge services.
I have been lucky enough to stay at a couple Alt Hotel properties including one in Montreal. I love them for their spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and breezy check-in process.
Where is the Alt Hotel Saskatoon Located?
As noted, the Alt Hotel Saskatoon’s location is one of its best features. Situated on the shore of the South Saskatchewan River and on the edge of downtown, the Alt hotel Saskatoon is steps from the city’s best shops, restaurants, and bars as well as all of the river valley activities.
What Amenities Does the Alt Hotel Saskatoon Have?
Although Alt Hotel’s offer “less fluff,“ there’s still plenty of great amenities in and around the property.
There’s no on-site dining at the Alt Saskatoon. Instead, you will find AltCetera, a well-stocked pantry with fresh and healthy options curated from local vendors.
Alt Hotels are well aware of the modern-day working situation. The Alt Hotel Saskatoon is no exception to this with an excellent shared workplace. There you will find plenty of seating space along with power options right at the desk. If you are looking for a break, there’s also a great pool table for guest use.
Bokeh on the Plazza
There may not be a restaurant on site but there is a bar! Bokeh serves up local craft brew and creative cocktails 4 – 11 pm Tuesday to Saturday.
The Alt Hotel Saskatoon also features a small but well-equipped gym. This is open 24-7 and allows you to get your sweat on no matter the time of day.
There is secure parking available onsite. That said, I should highlight that it is limited. I was advised that, because the building shares the space with full-time residents, there is not enough spots for hotel guests. If visiting on a weekend, it’s best to secure a space when you arrive and explore the area on foot if possible.
Like all of your Le Germain properties, the Alt Saskatoon features charging stalls (2) for electric vehicles. It is accessible via ChargeHub and is $1 for the first four hours and $4 after that.
Note: Since parking spots are limited, the EV spots are often taken up by non-EV drivers. That was the case on my arrival. Hats off the front desk super host Liza for help contacting one of the drivers to move their car! This made my early departure a smooth one with a full charge!
What Are the Alt Saskatoon Guestrooms Like?
Like everywhere else on the property, the Alt Hotel guestrooms are stylishly decorated with modern highlights of glass, cement, and cool looking light fixtures and bulbs.
I stayed in a spacious Double Queen Bedroom with amazing views of the bridges crossing the South Saskatchewan. The bathrooms are bright and spacious with wonderful toiletry products.
Each room includes a Nespresso machine. This made for a relaxing morning from the cosy seat by the window. I intended to get some work done from the space but found myself taking in the views more than anything else.
Aside from the views, coffee, and design, the star is the incredibly comfortable beds. I had a long days drive ahead of me and was made that much easier thanks to the peaceful rest I got. This is in part thanks to the Alt hotels own line of bedding, something guests can actually purchase themselves through Simons!
What Is There To Do Near the Alt Hotel Saskatoon?
So, I said the Alt Hotel Saskatoon‘s best feature is its location, but what does that actually mean? Here’s what is within walking distance from its front steps.
Remai Modern Museum
Opened late 2017, the Remai Modern is one of Saskatoon’s newest attractions and is located directly across from the Alt Hotel. The museum includes 11 gallery spaces, a restaurant, theatre, and outdoor patios with great views of the river.
Thanks to its South Saskatchewan River location, guests at the Alt Saskatoon are steps away from the walking and biking paths that run alongside it. River Landing is 36 plus acres of parks, paths, and space for special events. This includes live music and farmers markets.
Saskatoon’s lively downtown core is in the Alt Hotel Saskatoon’s backyard. Highlights for me include Drift Saskatoon for trendy drinks and eats, the iconic Cavalier Hotel, and the Ukrainian Musem of Canada. Congress Beer House is also a great place to get some local beer and watch the Roughriders play!
Thanks to its excellent location and comfortable beds, I left the Alt Saskatoon refreshed, relax, and recharged. Whether you are passing through like me or in town to take in the best Saskatoon has to offer, it should all start at the Alt Saskatoon’s front door.