First Luxury Boutique Hotel Opens in Saskatoon

Published: Mar 20, 2012

Opening of The James Hotel a testament to Saskatchewan’s vibrancy

Saskatoon, SK -- A family legacy of hospitality continues with the opening of The James Hotel, a boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Saskatoon. 

The 59-room and suite property, nestled on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, is the city’s first luxury hotel.

“The calibre of The James, both in its design and approach to service, sets it apart from all other hotels in Saskatoon,” says Paul Leier, President of Cavalier Enterprises Ltd. “This investment is a testament to the strength of the local economy and the type of traveller the city now attracts.”  

The hotel is independently owned and operated by Paul, Mark, and Scott Leier, the third generation in a family of hoteliers.  The James Hotel, through its name and commitment to service, pays homage to their grandfather, James Peter Leier.  Born in Odessa, Russia in 1909, Leier made his first foray into the hotel business in 1935 in Loon Lake, Saskatchewan.

The James blends luxury and quality with a warm, relaxed atmosphere. While it takes inspiration from the refined intimacy of a classic European hotel, it is also defined by a modern and welcoming design aesthetic.

“There has been an unmet need in our city for a hotel that offers unparalleled service in a thoughtfully-designed environment,” continues Paul Leier. “We are catering to travellers looking for a premium experience, whether they’re coming for business or pleasure.  We are committed to providing each of our guests with personalized service.” 

Prior to a 20-month, “spare no expense” renovation, the perfectly situated building that is now The James Hotel housed apartment residences.  As a result, many of the rooms boast larger than expected floorplans and all of the suites include private furnished balconies with picturesque views of the city or the South Saskatchewan River.  Guests’ accommodation choices include spacious studios, one, and two bedroom suites, or the breathtaking 1,600 square foot James Penthouse.

Guests are treated to an array of services and amenities designed to enhance their stay.  Rooms feature Simmons® Beautyrest Black® Collection king beds with luxurious linens, while Carrara marble bathrooms boast Brazilian Arabescato vanities and soaker tubs.  All rooms feature complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and wired Internet access, iPod docking stations, and Keurig® in-room brewers. Included with each night’s stay is a chef-attended breakfast served in the Odessa Room.

About The James Hotel
The James is a luxury boutique hotel located in vibrant downtown Saskatoon, on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River.  Its spacious and thoughtfully-designed suites provide a fresh perspective on the guest experience, offering travellers uncompromised quality and comfort for a truly memorable stay. 

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Joan Fior
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306-664-0691 (direct)
306-361-3621 (cell)

101-202 Fourth Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0K1
Phone: (306) 242-1206 | Fax: (306) 242-1955 | 1-800-567-2444