If your tastes include fine dining, relaxing spas, and gorgeous hotel rooms overlooking the stunning South Saskatchewan River, then a visit to Saskatoon — or a staycation! — is for you. With exquisite dishes and cocktails crafted by local chefs, hotels that offer jacuzzis in-suite, and tons of entertainment, you can soak in the best of the best with Saskatoon’s luxurious side.
Delta Bessborough Hotel – 601 Spadina Crescent East
Top photo via the Bessborough / Bottom photo of the Adam Ballroom, via RSVP Event Design
The Bessborough screams luxury with its Bavarian castle design. Named after Sir Vere Ponsonby, the 9th Earl of Bessborough and former Governor General of Canada, it has both royal and historical charm. Unwind in one of their Club Level rooms with a whirlpool, or opt for a room with a riverfront view. The Bessborough has several ballrooms for events and offers delicious dining options too, from Stovin’s Lounge to Samurai Japanese Restaurant.
The James Hotel – 620 Spadina Crescent East
Both photos via The James Hotel
The James’ interior is beautifully modern, and the hotel has played host to a multitude of entertainment and sports celebrities over the years. The James Lobby Bar overlooks the Meewasin Valley and their room options include several suites. The Penthouse suite is 1400 square feet and includes a private dining area, entertainment centre, and a private furnished balcony featuring a fire table and views of the river.
Primal – 423 20th St West
Photo via Carey Shaw
Primal’s simple yet mouthwatering menu offers gourmet pasta and fresh starters, complete with an amazing wine list. Their pasta is handmade with Saskatchewan heritage grains and the atmosphere is cozy and intimate, perfect for an evening out.
Shift – 102 Spadina Crescent East
Both photos via Cindy La
Shift is located in the Remai Modern Art Gallery, and has a contemporary and modern feel. Their food is delicious, with mains like pan-seared pickerel piccata and duck confit. Depending on the time of year, the menu changes to highlight seasonal ingredients. In warm weather, sit on their patio for a riverfront view as you enjoy one of their handcrafted cocktails.
Flanagan’s Steak House – 243 21st St East
Photo via Chris Beavis
Flanagan’s is located in the historic Hotel Senator, which was one of the city’s first hotels built in 1908 by James Flanagan — hence the name. The menu includes lobster, steak, and succulent appetizers like stuffed mushroom caps. Their wine cellar and antique decor also make for a perfect fine dining experience.
Ayden Kitchen & Bar – 265 3rd Avenue South
Both photos via Bob Deutscher
Owned by Top Chef Canada winner Dale MacKay, Ayden’s menu is unique and innovative, featuring many local ingredients. Their extensive wine list and signature cocktails also make Ayden an excellent choice for drinks and appetizers — try their charcuterie board or beef tartare.
Things to do
Damara Day Spa – 601 Spadina Crescent East
Photo via Damara Day Spa at Delta Bessborough staff
Located in the Delta Bessborough Hotel, Damara Day Spa offers therapeutic massages, romantic couples massages, body scrubs, hand and foot treatments, personalized spa packages, and more, all in a beautiful and relaxing environment.
Persephone Theatre – 100 Spadina Crescent East
Photo via Persephone
Visit Persephone for live theatre right in the heart of Saskatoon’s downtown. The theatre is steps away from the riverfront, and offers a variety of shows, from classic plays to fringe theatre, and even musicals. Persephone is walking distance from many restaurants and hotels, making it ideal for a night out of entertainment.
Outside the city
Elk Ridge Resort – Hwy 264, Waskesiu Drive, SK
Top photo via Stuart Kasdorf / Bottom photo via Greg Huszar
If you don’t mind a drive, Elk Ridge Resort in Waskesiu is an expansive and beautiful resort, complete with a golf course, spa and the Fireside Dining Room and Terrace, which overlooks gorgeous scenery. They offer lodge rooms, townhouses, cottages and cabins, meaning there’s plenty of options for whatever you need.