The Delta Hotel Bessborough has 225 guest rooms, meeting facilities, and five acres of private waterfront gardens in downtown Saskatoon. It is named for Sir Vere Ponsonby, 9th Earl of Bessborough and 14th Governor General of Canada and was known until acquired by Delta Hotels formally as "The Bessborough Hotel", and still often in short-form, The Bess (said 'bez').
It was built by Canadian National Railway from 1928 to 1932 and is designed in the same Château-style as many of Canada's other railway hotels. Canadian Pacific Hotels purchased Canadian National Hotels in 1982. The Bessborough was placed under CP Hotels' subsidiary Delta Hotels during the 1990s. In 1999, CP Hotels and Delta Hotels were placed under Fairmont Hotel and Resorts.
On December 31, 1928 Sir Henry Thorton, President of the Canadian National Railway, announced that they would build a similar hotel in Saskatoon. The hotel was designed by Archibald-Schofield of Montreal. In February, 1930, the excavation of the site began utilizing a steam thawer and gasoline excavator.
On May 30, 1931, Walter Pratt, General Manager of Hotels, Sleeping and Dining Cars of the Canadian National Railway announced that Sir Vere Ponsonby, 9th Earl of Bessborough and Governor General of Canada had given consent for the hotel to be formally named “The Bessborough”, the hotel was under construction from 1928 to 1932. The Earl and Countess visited the hotel under construction in 1932.
Construction was completed in 1932 but due to difficult financial times the hotel failed to open until Horace N. Stovin became the first official registered guest on December 10, 1935.
It was acquired by the Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust in 1998, and in 1999, a $9,000,000 restoration of the Bessborough Hotel was completed, returning many of its historical features.
The hotel underwent a major renovation in 2003.
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