Grant Hall Hotel returned to its Glory Days
What if I told you that you could find a place in Saskatchewan where time appears to slow right down? Where people stop when you cross the street and where you can chat with random people in local restaurants. Well, I found it and that place is Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Dave and I went to Moose Jaw a few weeks ago for the weekend. We were fortunate enough to stay at the Grant Hall Hotel, which is a beautifully renovated 90-year-old hotel that’s right in the middle of the downtown.
To walk into the Grant Hall Hotel is to feel like you are walking back in time. Rather than a big, modern check-in counter, there was an antique desk outfitted with modern amenities. There are a couple of seating areas with comfortable couches and chairs that invite you to sit down and chat for a while.
History of the Grant Hall Hotel
The Grant Hall Hotel was built in 1927 in Moose Jaw. It was named after an official of the Canadian Pacific Railway after he helped with funding for the construction. It was built for those who appreciate the finer things in life, as demonstrated by the opulent decor, particularly in the common areas. But by the 1960’s, the Grant Hall Hotel had fallen on hard times. It was sold and renamed the Westward Moter Inn. The clientele continued to be less and less affluent, the hotel eventually closed in the late 1980’s, where it sat, vacant, until someone with a dream of returning the hotel back to its glory days purchased it in 2001.
The Grant Hall Hotel reopened in 2013 when the majority of the renovations were completed. They still have a bit to finish, but all of the common areas have been beautifully renovated. You honestly cannot tell that the hotel was not maintained for any length of time as the renovations maintained the period in which the hotel was built.
Lobby of the Grant Hall Hotel
The Grant Hall Hotel is a boutique hotel with 58 rooms. The rooms contain antique and vintage furniture – although the bed was new and super comfortable! The armoire housed fluffy robes on one side and a television on the other. The bathrooms have clawfoot bureaus that they used for the cabinet, and the whole area is very comfortable.
The Grant Hall Hotel has what is probably Moose Jaw’s nicest restaurant. The dining room sources local products on their menu, which contains options such as Wollaston Lake Trout, prairie tenderloin, rack of lamb, and stuffed chicken alfredo. The beautiful dining room has high ceilings that are adorned with crystal chandeliers and crown moldings. Tiffany style lanterns provide some ambiance while fresh flowers add a spot of colour. The service was amazing in the dining room, and we were able to enjoy our meal in the relaxed atmosphere.
The lounge in the hotel matches the rest of the hotel’s decor. Comfy seating and a big wood bar make the lounge area welcoming and inviting. There’s also a roof-top patio that’s open in the summer. We were there for the kickoff to summer, and they had a live band and BBQ food available.
You also get a free continental breakfast served in the dining room with your stay.
I think you can have the nicest hotel (or store, restaurant, etc) but if the service isn’t up to par, it doesn’t matter. The Grant Hall Hotel obviously understands this. We had amazing service, from the time we checked in until the time we checked out. The people working the front desk remembered us and greeted us every time we came in or out. The service in the dining room and lounge were second to none. This is what will bring me back to the hotel!
Located at 401 Main Street North, the Grant Hall Hotel is within walking distance to many of Moose Jaw’s attractions. You can shop all along Main Street and head for lunch at one of the restaurants and pubs that dot the street. Mosaic Place, Temple Garden’s Minerals Spa, and the Mae West Theatre are all within a 10-minute walk. Right behind the hotel is Crescent Park, a 28-acre park that has wildlife, walking paths, pool, and playground. Crescent Park is also home to the Moose Jaw Art Gallery.
Moose Jaw Lodging at its finest
My new favorite place to stay in Moose Jaw is the Grant Hall Hotel! It has everything I need in a hotel, plus a ton of charm. You can check out the Grant Hall Hotel here, or visit their Facebook page here.
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Have you ever stayed at the Grant Hall Hotel in Moose Jaw? Leave a comment with your favorite thing about it!