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Samesun Kelowna

7.4 | Good
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Well-liked Kelowna hostel near beach with dorm rooms, free Wi-Fi and free breakfast

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free breakfast
  • Many guests praised the hotel's central location and proximity to the beach
  • The hotel's staff were found to be friendly and helpful
  • Some lodgers were satisfied with their clean and comfortable rooms
Cons
  • Some guests complained of noise disturbances during their stay
  • Small rooms and poor ventilation were reported by some lodgers
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 5, 2014
Overview
Located along Highway 97 and about a 3-minute drive from Kelowna's city centre, SameSun Backpackers Lodge Kelowna is geared towards travellers who require centrally located hostel-type accommodations with free Wi-Fi, a free breakfast and easy highway access.

Each of the hotel's four- or eight-bed dorm rooms offers free Wi-Fi, lockers and a shared bathroom. Rooms with a private bathroom and cable TV are also available and the hotel is not wheelchair accessible. All rooms are non-smoking, however, the hotel has designated smoking areas. Daily, weekly and monthly rates are available.

The hotel also offers a hot tub, a communal kitchen, a communal lounge, a games room, BBQ facilities, guest laundry, a business centre, vending machines, free parking and a free continental breakfast. Pets are not permitted. 

Lake Avenue Beach Access is about a 7-minute walk from the hotel, while Towne Centre Mall can be found 2 minutes away by car. Okanagan Lake Bridge is roughly a 3-minute drive away and Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is an 18-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, no pets, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: February 15, 2014)

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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with compliments going to the hotel's location, staff and rooms.

The hotel's location was praised by numerous reviewers, who described it as safe and close to the waterfront, downtown Kelowna, nightlife, the beach, the library, public transit and restaurants. One patron noted, "This hostel was about a 5 minute walk from the heart of downtown Kelowna, awesome location if you want to be within easy walking distance of everything".

Several lodgers were pleased with the level of customer service they received during their stay. They characterized the staff as friendly, helpful and responsive.

Some guests were satisfied with their accommodations at the hotel. They described their rooms as clean and comfortable, with large bathrooms. Some travellers criticized their lodgings, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about noise transfer and the rooms.

Some guests complained of noise disturbances during their stay. They reported noisy guests in adjacent rooms and the common areas disrupting sleep, as well as some street noise.

Although some reviewers were satisfied with their clean and comfortable rooms, some guests were disappointed with their accommodations. They reported small-sized rooms with little room for suitcases, worn decor, poor ventilation, sweat odours and uncomfortable beds.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #9 of 17 specialty lodging in Kelowna with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 35 reviews.

Booking.com
guest reviews rated the hotel 7 out of 10 from 27 reviews.

The author called the hotel on February 15, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
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Map Marker Samesun Kelowna
245 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, BC