Penticton and some of the smaller surrounding communities have a very good selection of hotels. I analyzed all the hotels listed below and compared guest comments, ratings, rankings, amenities, prices, location and atmosphere of the hotel based upon professional and travellers' photos and decided on the places I would personally like to stay at (or should I say those I'm planning to stay at)!
Jul 26, 2014
8.4 | Very Good
Cove Lakeside Resort
4205 Gellatly Road
38.5 km from Penticton Airport
Book from ~$122 CAD
Spacious lakeside rooms, delicious food on site, some concerns with restaurant waits
Cove Lake came out on top in my analysis. Guests gave high scores for spacious and clean rooms with quality linens and comfy beds, modern decor, great customer service and beautiful views of the lake. If you like privacy like I do, they have private balconies, beach and marina. There's a full-service spa and green space with BBQ on site for relaxing meals outdoors. There's a very well-reviewed on-site restaurant with patio overlooking the lake (sounds like heaven) and things to do on site, such as tennis courts and outdoor pool with waterslide. You won't have to venture too far to find a golf course (Shannon Lake, 10 minutes) and winery (Mission Hill, 9 minutes). It's a little far from the airport at 44 minutes driving time, but I wouldn't be going to Penticton to stay near to the airport!
8.3 | Very Good
Ramada Inn & Suites Penticton
1050 Eckhardt Avenue West
3.3 km from Penticton Airport
Book from ~$113 CAD
Hotel with well-appointed rooms, on-site restaurants, seasonal outdoor pool and 2-acre courtyard
If you want to stay closer to town to take in the summer festivals or a concert, I would suggest the Ramada Inn. It has very high ratings 8.8/10 and is ranked # 1 hotel property in Penticton (out of 6). It has two restaurants on site and guests have given a lot of praise to the food there. There's nice decor with spacious, clean rooms, comfy beds and linens and guests have really enjoyed their courtyard with 2 acres of green space, outdoor and indoor pool and BBQ area. They're right in the middle of it all with only a 5-minute drive to downtown Penticton and Cherry Lane Shopping Centre and a 5-minute walk to the South Okanagan Events Centre and Penticton Trade & Convention Centre. If you like to golf, they are located adjacent to the Penticton Golf & Country Club. This hotel is only 12 minutes to the airport.
8.6 | Very Good
Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa
13011 Lakeshore Drive South
15.5 km from Penticton Airport
Book from ~$118 CAD
Secluded lakefront location, self-contained suites, on-site restaurant and spa
Summerland is another beautiful resort hotel tucked away in a quiet and restful place. It's only 20 minutes to the airport and 16 to downtown Penticton. Right on the lake with gorgeous vistas, restaurant (guests say good food) with patio overlooking the lake, high customer satisfaction, condo-like units, boat rentals, private beach and BBQ area. A winery and golf club are only 7 minutes away and it's still close enough to Penticton to take in the Peach Festival or Challenge Triathlon.
7.8 | Good
BEST WESTERN PLUS Inn at Penticton
3180 Skaha Lake Road
1.4 km from Penticton Airport
Book from ~$84 CAD
Hotel in south Penticton with free breakfast, two pools, courtyard and playground
This hotel is a about a 9-minute drive from the airport.
If you have a car or cab at your disposal, you can drive 9 minutes from this hotel to downtown Penticton. Alternatively, you can take the #3 bus to get there.
From the hotel, it is a 2-minute drive or 13-minute walk to Skaha Lake Park which offers a lot of recreational activities.
Book from ~$86 CAD
Outdated furniture and decor at this centrally located hotel with pool and BBQ area
This hotel is about a 9-minute drive from the airport and only 5 minutes' drive to downtown. There is direct public transit access from this hotel to downtown via the #5 bus.
The Penticton Skatepark is a 3-minute drive or 11-minute walk from this hotel. The Penticton Lakeside Resort Convention Centre and Casino and the Art Gallery of the South Okanagan are both a 7-minute drive away or a ride on the #5 bus.
Book from ~$93 CAD
Guests liked the proximity to shops and restaurants but felt the hotel needed updating
This hotel is a 10-minute drive from the airport.
Downtown Penticton is a 4-minute drive away, a trip on the #5 bus or a 15-minute walk.
Arrive at the Okanagan Lakeshore in 3 minutes by car or 9 minutes on foot. The South Okanagan Art Gallery is located 4 minutes away by car, 20 minutes on foot, or via the #5 bus.
7.8 | Good
Days Inn & Conference Centre Penticton
152 Riverside Drive
3.8 km from Penticton Airport
Book from ~$97 CAD
Two pools and courtyard, short walk of Okanagan Lakel and several restaurants
It's an 11-minute drive from the airport to this hotel.
To get to the heart of downtown you can drive or cab for 5 minutes or even walk it in 20 minutes. Transit routes #16 and #1 go there as well.
Days Inn is only about a 10 minute walk to Lakeshore Drive for a great day at the beach of Okanagan Lake or you could go tubing at the River Channel.
7.5 | Good
Penticton Lakeside Resort Convention Centre & Casino
21 Lakeshore Drive West
4.2 km from Penticton Airport
Book from ~$118 CAD
Lakefront hotel with an indoor pool and three on-site restaurants
You can get to this hotel in 12 minutes from the airport.
Located in downtown, this hotel has easy access to public transit.
Guests can reach the Okanagan lakeshore in 2 minutes on foot, or walk 6 minutes to the South Okanagan Art Gallery. The South Okanagan Event Centre is about a 5-minute drive away.
Parking is extra at this hotel and costs $5 per day except for business-class rates.
1-minute walk to beach, on-site heated outdoor pool, suites with kitchenettes
It is 19 minutes from the airport to this hotel by car. This hotel is right in the community of Okanagan Falls on the shore of Skaha Lake.
While this hotel is about a 20-minute drive from downtown Penticton, with no public transit options.
You can get to the Christie Memorial Provincial Park and Skaha Lake on foot in about 2 minutes, or go for a 16-minute walk or 3-minute drive, to the Okanagan Falls Provincial Park.
8.2 | Very Good
Holiday Inn Kelowna Sw-Westbank
2569 Dobbin Rd (Hwy 97)
40.4 km from Penticton Airport
Book from ~$104 CAD
West Kelowna-West Bank hotel with indoor-outdoor pool and suites with kitchen and jacuzzi
This hotel is located 42 minutes north of the Penticton Airport. It is found along the coast of Okanagan Lake in the town of Westbank.
From this hotel, it is a 38-minute drive to downtown Penticton, and a 15-minute drive to downtown Kelowna. You can also reach Kelowna by walking 5 minutes then taking the #97 bus for 27 minutes.
This hotel is a 3-minute walk from Westbank Town Centre Park, and a 9-minute walk from Westbank Skatepark.
Jul 26, 2014
The Penticton Regional Airport (YYF) is located about 12 minutes south of downtown Penticton. Many tourists come to Penticton and the neighbouring communities via this small regional airport on Air Canada Jazz planes, from Vancouver's international airport. This tiny city, sandwiched between Lake Okanagan and Skaha Lake, is big on charm. With lakes and beaches, in a semi-arid fruit belt, there's a harvest of plenty to discover.
Car rentals are available from the airport and are provided by Budget Car & Truck Rental, National Car Rental and Best Choice Car & Truck Rentals. There are also a lot of taxicab and shuttle companies to help you get around the city.
While the public transit buses do not reach the airport directly, they do service the commercial area and residential neighbourhoods of Penticton with modern, low-floor buses that are equipped with bike racks. The bus fare for Penticton public transit is $2 per ride for adults and students and ten rides purchased at once cost $15. Fares are even cheaper for seniors and children.
At the airport, short-term parking is under $1 per hour to a daily max of $3. Extended parking is also available with rates of $14 per week and $40 per month.
The one and only restaurant at the Penticton Regional Airport is the Sky High Diner which is open from Sunday to Friday from 8:30 am to 6 pm. It's currently closed on Saturdays. The friendly staff there serve up soup, sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken strips. I'm told that if you ask nicely, they will even make you a salad. :)
The Penticton Flight Club, based at this airport, allows children to take a flight with the pilot and learn about airplanes.