Kelowna is an interesting place to visit, situated on Lake Okanagan in the Okanagan Valley. It seems to have everything a traveller could want, from golf courses, to wineries, to beaches and parks; there are plenty of things to do and see. In Kelowna it's easy to find a hotel that is close to both airport and downtown as it is not that spread out. I chose 3 out of the 10 hotels located closest to the airport, for airport convenience, customer satisfaction and overall value.
Aug 5, 2013
8.9 | Very Good
Comfort Suites Kelowna
2656 Highway 97 North
7.6 km from Kelowna Airport
Book from ~$125 CAD
Indoor pool and waterslide, spacious suites, and comfortable beds
Comfort Suites is ranked # 1 out of 25 hotels in Kelowna and has a high customer satisfaction rate at 9.1/10. It's a 3 star hotel that offers free Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast, is only 14 minutes to the airport and 8 minutes to downtown. An all-suite hotel with clean, spacious and well-appointed rooms, it also boasts a 40 foot waterslide and pool for the child in you. It does not have an on-site restaurant, but it's a 2-minute drive to Orchard Park Mall which has a full-service restaurant (Milestones) and it's about a 9-minute walk to Joey Kelowna restaurant. It is located right on Highway 97 making it convenient for accessing area attractions.
8.1 | Very Good
Super 8 Lake Country
9564 Highway 97 North
7.7 km from Kelowna Airport
Book from ~$80 CAD
Comfortable Winfield-Lake Country motel with hot tub, free breakfast & kitchenettes
Super 8 Lake Country is located in Winfield only 8 minutes from the airport, but a little farther to downtown Kelowna at 20 minutes. Although it has no elevator to the second floor and may not be suitable for all guests, travellers seemed to think it offered good value and reported pleasant experiences at this hotel. It's a 2 star with a 7.6/10 rating that offers free breakfast, Wi-Fi and parking, but you should note that it has no on-site restaurant. It's located on Highway 97 about a 7-minute drive to The Greek House restaurant.
8.7 | Very Good
Fairfield Inn & Suites Kelowna
1655 Powick Road
8.2 km from Kelowna Airport
Book from ~$105 CAD
Outdoor pool and water slide, clean rooms and good food at the free breakfast
The more expensive Fairfield Inn & Suites seems to be a great choice: ranked # 2 out of 25 Kelowna hotel properties with an average guest rating of 9.0/10. This is a 3 star hotel that has an all-year, heated outdoor pool with 48 foot waterslide, spacious and nicely-appointed rooms, and good free breakfast with many hot items (which includes to-go bags for those who have to dash to the airport). It has easy access to Highway 97 and is located in a big box shopping area, about a 5-minute drive to Orchard Park Mall & Milestones restaurant, 8 minutes to downtown and 10 minutes to the airport. Although this hotel does not have an on-site restaurant, The Cactus Club Cafe is a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
Luxurious fully-equipped villas, minor complaints about distance from shopping
Located a 7-minute drive from the airport, this hotel retains a peaceful quietness despite the nearby show of airplanes lifting off and landing. One downside of the remote location of this hotel is the sparsity of local shops and corner stores. For instance, the nearest corner store is a 7-minute drive or nearly a 1-hour walk from the hotel.
Buildings 1-4 are closer to the pool, hot tub and exercise room. Building 10 may be difficult for people with mobility issues. Take note that the Bellasera hotel is slightly off the maps of public transit in Kelowna: it's a 40-minute walk to the 23 bus stop, and then a transfer to the 97 bus to reach downtown for a total transit time of 1 hour and 40 minutes. For this reason, the Bellasera hotel is recommended for travelers with a car, or who have budgeted for numerous taxis. By car, the trip to downtown is 20 minutes.
A stunning view of the Okanagan Lake and Valley is available from most rooms, as the hotel consists of a dozen small Tuscan-style villas. This hotel is recommended for golf lovers, who can take advantage of being adjacent to the Okanagan Golf Club.
5.6 | Mediocre
Canadas Best Value Inn Kelowna
2679 Highway 97 North
7.4 km from Kelowna Airport
Book from ~$69 CAD
Reasonable rates and clean rooms, close to Highway 97
Canada's Best Value Inn Kelowna is a 6-minute drive from the Kelowna Airport and right on Highway 97, making it quite accessible by car. Guests opting for public transit can take the #23 bus and transfer to the #97, for a total travel time of 30 to 35 minutes from the airport to the hotel, including a 9-minute walk from the bus stop to the hotel.
Bus route 97, which stops about 10 minutes away on foot, goes directly from the hotel to downtown Kelowna. The whole trip will take under 30 minutes, while guests with a vehicle can make the trip in 10 to 15 minutes.
Right across the road from the hotel is the Kelowna Grand Prix and Speed Zone, where you can spend an afternoon racing on a zig-zagged track. Scandia Golf and Games is a 4-minute walk away, and a 30-minute walk or 10-minute bus ride will get you to the beautiful Ben Lee Park.
Book from ~$74 CAD
Basic budget hotel on Hwy 97 near shopping and restaurants with mixed guest opinion
The Howard Johnson Kelowna is located on Highway 97, in a pocket of other hotels, just bordering a residential zone. From the airport, you can reach this hotel by taking the #23 bus, then the #97 south, with about 10 minutes of walking on the end of your journey, and a total travel time of 35 to 40 minutes. For a more direct route, reserve a shuttle trip from the airport.
To reach downtown Kelowna from this hotel, take a 12-minute walk north along Highway 97 to reach the bus stop, then take bus #97 south directly to downtown. This trip will take about 30 minutes total by bus, or 15 minutes by car.
The Kelowna Grand Prix and Speed Zone is a 2-minute drive or 20-minute walk from this hotel. Scandia Golf and Games is also a 20-minute walk away, or about a 3-minute drive. Ben Lee Park is 10 to 15 minutes away on foot.
Book from ~$79 CAD
Pet-friendly east Kelowna motel with indoor pool, free parking and suites with kitchen
This motel is adjacent to the Days Inn Kelowna and likewise is located 15 minutes down the 97 Highway by car, or a 45-minute bus ride on the #23 and then the #97, including about a 12-minute walk from the bus stop to the hotel. An airport shuttle ride or a taxi may be more convenient for those without cars, especially travellers with heavy luggage or small children.
To get to downtown, walk about 12 minutes north along Highway 97, then take the #97 bus south directly to downtown for a total transit time of 30 minutes, or 11 minutes by car.
This motel is close to some of the best parks in Kelowna! Ben Lee Park is just a 15-minute walk east, and the parks of Dilworth Mountain are about 45 minutes west by foot.
Book from ~$69 CAD
East end location near big box shopping, but cleanliness inconsistencies
From the Kelowna Airport, this hotel is 15 minutes down the 97 Highway by car, or a 45-minute bus ride on the #23 and then the #97, which includes a 12-minute walk from the bus stop to the hotel. An airport shuttle ride may be more convenient for those without a vehicle, especially travellers with heavy baggage or small children.
To get to downtown, you can walk 12 minutes north along Highway 97 to catch the 97 bus going south. This trip will take about 30 minutes in total by bus, or 15 minutes by car.
This hotel is close to some beautiful natural sites and parks. Ben Lee Park is just a 15-minute walk east through a residential area, and Dilworth Mountain's parks are about 45 minutes west on foot.
Book from ~$77 CAD
On Hwy 97, clean, comfy rooms, outdoor pool with sun deck, hot tub, friendly & well-priced
This hotel is located on Highway 97, about 15 minutes south of the Kelowna Airport by car. It neighbours a residential area with natural parks nearby. This hotel is accessible from the airport by bus. Guests can take the #23 from the airport, switch to the #97, and arrive at a stop that is a 13-minute walk from this hotel. The total transit time is about 40 minutes. Guests with heavy baggage or small children and no vehicle access may want to plan for a shuttle or taxi.
From this hotel, public transportation is fairly accessible. Walk north along Highway 97 for 13 minutes to reach the bus stop, then take the #97 bus south to reach the heart of the city in about 30 minutes total. By car, the drive to downtown is about 12 minutes.
Extended parking is available at this hotel. Guests interested in this option should contact the hotel directly for details.
Guests of this hotel are in a prime location to explore the natural wonders of Kelowna on foot. A 50-minute walk will take you to Dilworth Mountain and Ben Lee Park is about 16 minutes away on foot.
Book from ~$111 CAD
Pools, sports courts, and free Wi-Fi, but concerns about worn and dated furnishings
This hotel is also located on Highway 97, about 10 minutes south of the Kelowna Airport by car. Guests looking to take the bus from the airport to the hotel should take the #23 from the airport. There are two transfer options available. Guests who don't mind an 8-minute walk from the final stop to their hotel can transfer to the #97 bus, for a total transit time of about 40 minutes. Guests with small children or heavy baggage may want to transfer to the #8, because although the total trip time is about 51 minutes, the #8 bus stops only 3 minutes away from the hotel on foot.
You can reach downtown Kelowna from this hotel in about 20 minutes by walking south along Highway 97 for 8 minutes and then taking the #97 bus south. Otherwise, drive for 8 to 10 minutes to arrive in downtown.
This hotel offers free extended parking for guests.
This hotel is in a prime location for nature lovers. To the east, Ben Lee Park is a 20-minute stroll. To the west, the parks of Dilworth Mountain are about 40 minutes away on foot.
Aug 5, 2013
About a 15-minute drive from downtown Kelowna, the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is nestled in the Okanagan Valley, surrounded by golf clubs, natural parks, award-winning wineries and the Okanagan campus of the University of British Colombia.
You can take the #23 bus right from the Kelowna Airport to the University of BC's Okanagan campus, where you can transfer to other public transit lines (97, 4 or 8) to get to the heart of the city. A one-way bus fare for adults is $2.25, but if you plan to use transit frequently, you can get a day pass for $6.00 or 10 tickets for $20.25. Prices are reduced for children, students and seniors.
The #23 bus stops about 3 minutes on foot from the main building. All of the hotels below are accessible by public transit from the airport, although some of the trips are a bit long and may require more than 10 minutes of walking.
There's also an airport shuttle bus located outside the south terminal building entrance that will take you directly to your hotel or other destination, with a reservation. To get an estimated cost or to reserve your shuttle trip, contact the shuttle company.
If you prefer to drive, you can pick up a rental car at one of four approved car rental agencies at the south end of the short-term lot.
Long-term and short-term parking are available at the airport. The charge for 24 hours of long-term parking is $11, up to a weekly maximum of $52. Short-term parking is $1.50 for the first hour and then $2.50 for each following hour.
All of the following hotels offer free short-term parking to guests. Long-term parking availability is specified by hotel below.
Before security, dine at the WhiteSpot Restaurant and Lounge from 5 am to 8 pm, or at Tim Hortons from 4:30 am to 10 pm. After security, you can eat at another WhiteSpot Restaurant and Lounge from 4:30 am to 10 pm or hit the Skyway Cafe and Bar any time of the day! In a hurry, you can take your meal from the WhiteSpot Restaurant after security to-go on the plane.
The main terminal building, located on the south side of the airport plot, is the hotspot for airport attractions and dining -- plus, it's open 24 hours. If you have time to spend at the airport, visit the wishing well in the main terminal building, where local artworks are displayed, or pick up something at the main terminal’s wine shop, which sells local vintages.