I’ve held a certain fascination with the Canadian railway hotels for as long as I can remember. I hadn’t visited Hotel Saskatchewan in ages, so I jumped at the opportunity to spend one night at Regina’s crown jewel while I was back home in Canada during the holidays. The historic hotel is the fourteenth hotel in the nationwide chain constructed and previously owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway. Needless to say, it was an absolute delight checking into these iconic quarters.
The hotel opened in 1927 and the extravagance of that decade is evident in every detail. The property was purchased by Marriott in 2015 and has since been renovated and updated. These updates stay true to the integrity of the original design. In fact, stay true is appropriately Hotel Sask’s tagline.
With all the bells and whistles of a big city hotel, Hotel Saskatchewan offers the intimate charm available only in the prairies. I felt like Eloise as I roamed the halls in search of the grand ballroom. Decorated beautifully for the holiday season, you’ll encounter life-size nutcrackers, gingerbread houses, and wreaths at every turn.
After a restful night’s sleep, my mom and I brunched at Circa 27 where we indulged in their glorious buffet. While buffets often have bad reputations, the one at Circa 27 serves up fresh croissants, endless fruit, house-made muesli served with coconut, vanilla yogurt and culminates with an omelette bar. The restaurant’s name pays homage to the year the hotel opened. Circa 27 has a regal air to it; spacious yet intimate with its plushy chairs, chandeliers, and an ornate art deco brass piece inserted into one of the exterior windows.