We loved the location as it was right at the end of Jasper and straight onto a variety of hikes and so, very quiet. A lovely stroll up the street took you into the centre of Jasper and gave you the opportunity to view some of the other hotels, the wonderful scenery and wildlife. The facade of the hotel is welcoming and inviting with a lovely old fashioned carriage on the lawn in front. The reception was very elegant with a couple of nice pieces of artwork by a local artist.
Our room had been pre paid as part of a package holiday yet we were shocked to be told that we were required to pay a fee for each night we were staying there, refundable at check out. We didn't have a credit card and so had to pay 400 dollars in cash. There was no mention of this when we booked with our travel agent and so put a black mark on our first experience of Jasper. Apparently this is normal procedure...( this was brought up with our rep and the fee was not requested at our next hotel on our itinerary).
Our bags were brought to our room by a lovely young man who then showed us how to put the lights on in the room. The lamps had their switches in a strange place...The coffee and tea items were in a drawer to the right of the dressing table, nice touch as it was all kept out of the way. Room was looking over the pool area and had no windows or ability to view outside which meant that we had to do a quick run to the entrance of the hotel each morning to see what the weather was doing. It also meant that if anyone was having a really good time in the pool area you knew about it. But to be fair it did tend to be on only the afternoon, and, generally we were out most of the day experiencing Jasper!
The room looked as if it had been recently refurbished and was a lovely muted, neutral colour. Two large beds, lots of room to move around and a large flat screen TV on the wall opposite the beds ideally situated with info on the hotel and a variety of channels to choose from. Our air con worked fine, even the maintenance man checked with us that it was ok. We did need it when we stayed as it was unseasonably hot for Jasper at this time of year. The beds were extremely comfortable with a variety of pillows to choose from. The radio alarm clock was put to good use to get up early and view the wildlife!
Bathroom was good, very clean, again, refurbished with some good toiletries, hair drier, robes to use. Shower was good. Towels changed every day if needed. Lots of mirrors with a full length mirror by the door and the wardrobes had mirrored fronts too. Safe, iron and ironing board in the wardrobe too. We didn't hear any noise from our neighbours or any noise in the corridors so had a great nights sleep each night. It could be dark during the day and when the lights were on in the room for privacy the curtains did have to be closed, as small niggle. But I do agree with other reviews that the design of the hotel was probably a bit 'out there' in the 70's....
I had a continental breakfast one morning by myself and one of the members of staff purposely invited me to sit in a nice quiet section of the breakfast area, this was a lovely thought and much appreciated as there were a few other guests there who looked as if they were part of a tour. The breakfast was very good, lots of fruit, pastries, yogurt, muesli, etc.
We dined at the Hearthstone Lounge one evening and it was ok. There are lots of other dining options in Jasper and we did try a couple. The hotel next door has a lovely menu, we can recommend that one. The Champs bar seemed very dark and a bit dated so we didn't try anything in there. To be honest, the main restaurant in the hotel is quite close to the entrance and is open to the pool area and just didn't appeal to us. A few people have mentioned a smell of chlorine but there was absolutely no smell of this when we were there.
I used the pool, jacuzzi and steam room. I couldn't find the sauna, is there one? The pool was barely large enough to get a couple of strokes in, so was more of play area rather than a serious swimmers one. The jacuzzi was very warm- controls were on the wall to turn to get it to come on btw... The steam room was very nice, it too looked like it had been recently refurbished. There was a locker area which required a bring your own padlock to secure it and a good shower to use. There were no towels to use, although it did state that towels would be available- the lady in the spa area kindly lent me one though. Children were allowed in the steam and jacuzzi areas.
The fitness suite was in a separate room next to the pool area and had free weights and some cardio equipment, not much room to move about though and I would think that 2 or more people would be a bit uncomfortable. We had every intention of using this facility but ended up doing so much walking that we just wanted to rest each evening.
A real treat was the use of a washer and drier at a dollar each, detergent could be bought at the reception for a dollar too which was sufficient for two washes!
The spa area looked good but I didn't try anything.
We loved that there was a fridge in the room, my husband doesn't drink tea or coffee and so a steady supply of cool drinks was appreciated. There is a great supermarket a couple of hundred yards down the street, everything you can think of, and more, there. A good juice bar located inside too. We loved the 'bear paw bakeries', there are two in town, lots of freshly baked goodies.
Jasper is a really small town, really only 2 streets to it. Lots of eateries to choose from ranging from burger bars to steak restaurants. We took a few photos of Jasper main highway with literally no traffic on it early in the mornings. We felt really safe here. There are a few good sports shops and a couple of high end shops but don't come to Jasper expecting to shop till you drop. There are the usual touristy tacky shops too.
Jasper is all about the wildlife, solitude and scenery. It delivers.
We completed a number of hikes around the area and hardly saw anyone. Wildlife spotted included: elk, bear, coyote, woodpecker, osprey, lots of squirrels, more squirrels.
Back to the hotel- my husband wanted to give the Sawridge a five rating. From his point of view it delivered all he required, a great base to sample Jasper, a lovely room with all the amenities you require, very clean in a great position, very safe with helpful staff.
If we were to return to Jasper I would have no hesitation in staying here again, it is what it is, a great base.
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