Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hotel Review: Canalta Hotel Tisdale (Guest Post)

We welcome a hotel review guest post today from Bill W.! Bill has contributed to Rewards Canada previously with some AIR MILES topics. He is a true road warrior staying dozens of nights on the road throughout Western Canada. He saw my post on the Canalta Melfort and was kind enough to provide details on his stay at the sister hotel only 20 minutes away in Tisdale, Saskatchewan.

Here are some of my thoughts….

Very nice and clean hotel, certainly a point that the Canalta chain takes seriously.  Curb appeal is very strong. Even though it is the end of the winter season, the outside of the hotel is still kept very presentable and appealing, the first impression is very good.  The room I had was a 2-Queen room, but with just myself, it was certainly roomy enough. I always find it nice that they have the microwave, fridge and coffee maker as standard items in every room. I find the fridge to be the most useful amenity as keeping drinks cold and a place to store fruits or snacks is important to me.

No issues at all with the room, everything was in its place and very clean.  It’s nice to go to a hotel and actually get glasses made of glass instead of the plastic disposable cups that are more prevalent these days. The bathroom was very clean and the usual amenities were supplied (soap, make-up remover, shower cap and body lotion).  The shower has one of those multipurpose dispensers in it, with shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. I personally prefer an actual bar of soap over shower gel, so it was nice to see that you had an option. The only thing that I found to be lacking was the water pressure. Granted, being on the top (4th) floor and trying to use the shower at 7:00 am (high usage time), I would expect it to perhaps be a bit slow. However, even at 10:00 pm, the volume of water was still low.  No problem if you are taking a shower, but it could take a while to fill the tub for a bath.

Everything in the room was in good working order. They also have wired Internet access in addition to the wireless option. This is nice as we all know that the wireless speed can be “less than ideal” between 7:00 pm – midnight as this is usually a high demand period. As I am sometimes working on systems remotely, the wired option allows for a much stronger and speedier connection. This is one thing that I find to be very important when choosing a hotel.

This location has complimentary magazines and movies in the lobby area that you can take to your room. They do not provide a DVD player, but as virtually everyone travels with a computer, playback would not be an issue. (Tip: Always carry an HDMI cable with you. Even if you aren’t watching a DVD on your computer, you can always connect any electronic device with an HDMI output to the TV and watch things on the “big screen”).

The complimentary breakfast is adequate. There is ample supply of breads, bagels, and fruit.  The hot items were hash browns and sausage patties, but I didn’t see any eggs of any sort. There is  also the waffle station with mixed fruit and whipped cream offered along with the usual syrup.

I find the Canalta chain to be very consistent in the upkeep and operations of their locations.  I have stayed at Canalta hotels in Assiniboia, Drumheller, Humboldt, Oyen, Provost and Tisdale and always find the experience to be very positive. I can honestly say that I have never had a bad experience at any of the Canalta Hotels.

The Canalta Hotel Tisdale
Points required for a free night : 25,000 Canalta Rewards Points for standard room 

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