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Popular downtown Kelowna hotel with retro decor, outdoor pool & kitchenette rooms

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, downtown shuttle, local calls, coffee in lobby, bike and roller skate rentals
  • Rooms were clean with comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants, the marina and downtown attractions
  • Staff were friendly and professional
  • The area shuttle, outside decks and many amenities were a hit with guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • No elevator
  • Parking was a little tight for larger vehicles
  • Noise transferred from other guests at times and a neighbouring club on weekends
  • Some guests found small rooms with no counter space in the bathroom and no closet
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Review
Updated Aug 30, 2017
Overview
About the hotel: Right downtown near the beaches, playgrounds and splashpark of City Park which borders Okanagan Lake, this fun and funky motel with retro decor, offers many fun amenities including an outdoor pool, ping pong lounge, Wii games and roller skates making it popular with families and guests looking for an entertaining hotel experience that is young at heart.

The motel offers 52 smoke-free rooms on 3 levels, with exterior corridors and no elevator. Some rooms are on the basement level.

All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a 43" LED TV with cable, a mini-fridge with small freezer, a desk, a hair dryer, and air conditioning.

Some rooms include a sofabed, a separate bedroom, an upholstered chair, a living room, a kitchenette (2-burner stove top, mini-fridge with freezer, cookware, dishware), a full kitchen, a table with 2 chairs, a soaker tub and lake views.

Rooms are furnished with 1 double + 1 queen, 1 or 2 queen beds, 1 king + 2 twin bunk beds, or 1 king bed.

Guests should note: An iron and ironing board is available on request. There are no coffeemakers in the rooms, but there is a free 24-hour coffee station available for guests in the lobby.

Free outdoor parking is available on site.

A free area shuttle is offered to guests in a vintage Chevy Greenbrier van.

Pets are welcome (dogs/cats) for $20 per room, per night to a maximum of $45 per week.

There is no restaurant on site
, but guests will find several restaurants including Earl’s Kitchen + Bar, Pita Pit and Social 242 Lounge & Grill within a 2-minute walk.

Hotel amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool, an outdoor hot tub, a sun deck, a sauna, a ping pong lounge, Wii games, comic books, free bike rentals (including a tandem bike and kid’s bikes), free roller skates, a private mini-disco lounge with fog machine, a record player, board games, colouring books, a typewriter business station, a rooftop patio. A 24-hour front desk and a meeting room.

This hotel offers a bicycle and motorcycle friendly program.

What's nearby? Downtown Marina offers pleasure crafts for rent a 2-minute walk away. Kelowna Art Gallery is an 11-minute walk. Prospera Place arena is 14 minutes on foot. Capri Centre and the Orchard Park Shopping Centre are both within a 9-minute drive. The University of British Columbia – Okanagan campus is a 23-minute drive away.

Getting around: The bus stop is a 3-minute walk. The Okanagan Hwy and Lake Bridge are both a 1-minute drive. Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is a 24-minute drive. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed by hotel on Aug 29, 2017: guests can store their personal bikes in the room and more than 1 pet is allowed in a pet-friendly room

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The Good
This hotel was well liked for its retro-theme, many included activities and fun atmosphere.

Rooms were clean with a cool retro theme and comfortable beds with quality bedding.

Guests liked the location. It was across from City Park which overlooks the lake, an easy walk to restaurants and an easy drive to wine tours in Okanagan wine country.

Staff were friendly and professional.

Some guests thought the hotel offered good value.

Guests also liked: friendly free shuttle service, good coffee and tea in the lobby, many decks to relax on, views of the lake and comfy seating at the rooftop deck, and extras like ping pong, roller skates, bikes and record player.

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The Bad
There was some negative feedback online.

Recent room complaints were: small rooms, no table in the room, bathroom not well insulated for sound, not enough counter space in the bathroom (small pedestal sink), no coffeemaker in the room, no closet and not much drawer space.

Noise disturbance was mentioned from: neighbouring rooms, guests partying and making noise on the outside corridors (although the staff helped greatly in this regard), traffic (rarely mentioned) and in-room heater/AC unit.

Other comments found were: no elevator, pool was small, shady people in the area and parking was a little tight for larger vehicles.

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Sources
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8.9 out of 10 from 281 reviews.

TripAdvisor.ca guest reviews ranked the hotel #12 out of 34 Kelowna hotels with an average rating of 4out of 5 from 124 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4.3 out of 5 from 322 reviews.

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Map Marker Hotel Zed Kelowna
1627 Abbott Street, Kelowna, BC