Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hotel Review: Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon

Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon
SPG Category: 4

Points required for a free night 10,000 Starpoints

Cash+Points Requirement: 5,000 Starpoints + US$75 per night for standard rooms
Photo credit: Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon
Continuing the reviews from our latest family trip in Saskatchewan where we had a stay at the Canalta Hotel Melfort (see the review here) that was then followed up by a stay at the Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel for a couple of nights.

It seems like the Rewards Canada family is always staying at Westin or Four Points hotels and can't recall the last time we actually stayed at SPG's Sheraton brand so we were excited to try the brand again.

We arrived at the hotel around 1pm and our room was ready for early check in. Being an SPG Gold Elite member we were offered a suite for our stay but as is usually painful for families, suites in many hotels like this one only have one bed and a pullout. Fine for families with little kids but my kids are getting older and growing like weeds so a double pullout couch just doesn't cut it. Instead we stayed with our originally booked two queens room but were provided the room on the 8th floor which is the club lounge floor that came with access to the Club Lounge.

Here are pics of the room we got on the 8th floor:

Rewards Canada's youngest photo bombing the bathroom pic!

The room was decent sized for our family with more room than what we had at the Canalta earlier in the week. It was clean and well appointed with the beds being super comfortable, we all got great sleeps on the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds! Bathroom was nice however guessing that we were on the 8th floor in this relatively old building the water pressure was only so-so. The only other issue is that for part of the first day the heat didn't work in the room. While it wasn't exactly freezing outside, it still is Sasktachewan in March so the room was cold. The room had the motion sensor thermostat meaning the heat only operated when someone was in the room but even with us in the room the heat didn't turn on. A quick call to the front desk had maintenance up in a few minutes with a small heater for us but after he reset the system somewhere outside our room the heat started up again and we had not issues for the rest of the trip. It was nice touch for them to bring up the portable heater though! Overall the service in this hotel was great from everyone from the front desk, to maintenance, to housekeeping and the lounge staff.

Despite the room and service being great overall the highlights of the stay were the Club Lounge and the of course the water park! The food in the lounge was very good overall with decent hors d'oeuvres and offered great hot foods for breakfast as well. Its nice having access to the lounge, especially for breakfast. The service from the lounge attendants was great and the overall atmosphere of the lounge was amazing. Here are some pics from of the lounge and some of the food offerings:

And then there is the water park. River Country Waterpark as it is called offers two pools, two hot tubs and a large water slide. It was a hit for the kids as they spent tons of time on the slides and in the pools while Mom and Dad relaxed in the hot tub and even the pool as it is heated to a nice temperature. We didn't get any photos of the Waterpark but here is one from the Sheraton Cavalier website:

If your travels take you to Saskatoon this is definitely one of the places that should be on your list to stay at. I know the hotel books up quite often especially on Friday and Saturday (my wife wanted to stay here last year but it was full so she stayed next door at the Delta Bessborough) so be sure to book early if you know you are off to Saskatoon. And the pricing isn't that bad during slower periods, we stayed on a Sunday/Monday and the hotel was under $150 per night.

Have you stayed at the Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon? What are your thoughts of the hotel?


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