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Clean but dated budget hotel in east Kelowna with free breakfast, free parking & free Wi-Fi

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls, continental breakfast and parking
  • Guests described rooms as clean
  • Many guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • A few reviewers found the hotel well located for accessing the highway and restaurants
  • Guests enjoyed the continental breakfast with fresh waffles
Cons
  • Several guests found the in-room furnishings dated and worn
  • Several guests found the in-room air-conditioning unit noisy
  • A couple of guests said that their rooms were small
  • No elevator to 2nd floor
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Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Free Internet
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 19, 2015
Overview
This hotel is situated on Highway 97, east of downtown Kelowna. With no on-site recreational facilities and no on-site restaurant, this property is well suited for guests looking for basic, budget-friendly accommodations.

All rooms are smoke free and include free local calls, a TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, an iron and ironing board, a desk, a hair dryer and air conditioning. Select rooms also include a sofabed.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, while free wired Internet is available at the on-site business centre. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are not available. This hotel has two floors and no elevator. Pets are not permitted at this hotel.

A free continental breakfast is served daily from 7:30 am to 10 am. This hotel does not have an on-site restaurant, however, there are a few restaurants, including a Starbucks Coffee and an A&W, with a 3-minute walk of the hotel.

Free parking is available on site. Other on-site amenities include a 24-hour front desk, a business centre and ice machines.

The Orchard Park Shopping Centre is 6 minutes away by car, while the Kelowna Golf and Country Club is an 8-minute drive away. Attractions in downtown Kelowna, including City Park beach, the Kelowna Art Gallery, Lake City Casino, nightlife and restaurants, are about 12 minutes away by car.

The University of British Columbia and the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) are both within a 10-minute drive. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on September 15, 2014: Free Wi-Fi, breakfast hours, pet policy, wheelchair accessibility, in-room and on-site amenities.
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The Good
While many guests said that this hotel fell short of their expectations, even for a budget property, there were a few positives found for this hotel.

Among the reviews sourced for this editorial, many guests thought that the room rates were reasonable.

Several reviewers found their rooms clean. A couple of guests specifically mentioned that their rooms were generally comfortable, while a couple of other reviewers said that their room had received some recent upgrades. However, some other guests expressed concerns about the condition of their rooms (see below for more details).

A few guests found the hotel well located for accessing the highway, while a few other reviewers found restaurants and shops nearby.

Several reviewers complimented the staff for their friendly service, but several other guests did not (see below).
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The Bad
Many guests were generally unimpressed with their stay at this hotel and several reviewers said that they would not stay at this hotel again.

Several reviewers noted that the in-room furnishings were worn and dated, while a couple of guests said that their rooms did not meet their cleanliness expectations. Many reviewers complained that the air-conditioning unit was noisy, while a couple of other guests found the rooms small.

A few reviewers were disappointed that the hotel did not have an elevator.

As mentioned above, several reviewers found the front desk staff unfriendly.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.4 out of 5, with 79% of 323 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #23 out of 34 hotels in Kelowna, with an average score of 3.5 out of 5, from 194 reviews.

The author called the hotel on September 15, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
6.4
Fair

Rated 6.4/10 based on 292 reviews

Ranked #36 out of 41 hotels in Kelowna

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Map Marker Howard Johnson Kelowna
2639 Hwy 97 North, Kelowna, BC