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Penticton motel on Okanagan Lake with cabin-style rooms, kitchenettes and picnic area

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's proximity to the waterfront, highway and restaurants
  • The hotel's staff were complimented on their friendly and accommodating service
  • Several lodgers enjoyed their clean and well-maintained rooms
Cons
  • A few guests reported dated decor and limited cooking utensils
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few lodgers
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 2, 2014
Overview
Located about a 4-minute drive from Penticton's city centre and a 4-minute walk from the waterfront, the Riverside Motel is geared towards travellers who require a centrally located hotel with kitchenettes near the water.

Each of the hotel's air-conditioned guest rooms comes equipped with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a balcony or patio, a mini-fridge and microwave and a seating area. Rooms with a kitchenette, living area and a sofabed, a separate bedroom, a DVD player, a hair dryer and an outdoor dining area are also available. The hotel is not wheelchair accessible. All rooms are non-smoking, but the hotel has some designated smoking areas.

Hotel amenities include a BBQ area, guest laundry and free parking. Pets are not permitted. There is an area for swimming in the river nearby.

LocoLanding Adventure Park can be found 2 minutes away on foot, while Cleo Cherry Lane Shopping Centre is about 10 minutes away by car. South Okanagan Events Centre is a 4-minute drive from the hotel and Penticton Regional Airport (YYF) is roughly an 11-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets not permitted, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: November 9, 2013)

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

Numerous guests praised the hotel's location, finding it close to the beach, shopping, highway access, restaurants, the river channel, LocoLanding Adventure Park, Skateboard Park and Walmart. One patron remarked, "I loved that this motel was close to the beach without being on the noisy waterfront. It's also just across the street from Adventure Land and Coyote Cruises (the start of the channel)".

The hotel's staff were the source of many compliments by reviewers, who characterized them as friendly, helpful and accommodating. One guest remarked, "Awesome staff - so flexible and willing to help make our stay - however short - easy and pleasant".

Several lodgers were pleased with their accommodations at the hotel. They described their rooms as clean, quiet, spacious, well equipped and well maintained, with nice mountain views. A few travellers had complaints about their rooms, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few complaints about the rooms and noise transfer.

Although the majority of reviewers were pleased with their clean and well-maintained rooms, a few lodgers criticized their accommodations. They reported small-sized rooms, dated decor and a lack of cooking utensils in some rooms.

Noise transfer was mentioned by a couple of guests. They reported noisy in-room air-conditioning units, as well as noise from guests in adjacent and overhead rooms.
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Sources
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8.3 out of 10 from 41 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #10 of 43 Penticton hotels with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 from 39 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3 out of 5 with a 50% recommendation rate from 2 reviews.

The author called the hotel on November 9, 2013 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.
Guest Reviews
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hotels in Penticton

Rated 7.8/10 based on 103 reviews

Ranked #7 out of 19 hotels in Penticton

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Location
Map Marker Riverside Motel
110 Riverside Drive, Penticton, BC