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Motel or hotel style rooms with amazing outdoor pool, on-site dining and mini-fridges

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free off-site gym passes
  • Numerous guests enjoyed their clean and spacious rooms
  • The on-site restaurant was praised for its quality and variety
  • Several lodgers felt the hotel provided good value and affordable rates
Cons
  • Some guests reported noise disruptions during their stay
  • The hotel's Wi-Fi was a source of complaint by some reviewers
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 12, 2014
Overview
Located just off the Trans-Canada Highway and about a 7-minute walk from McGuire Lake Park, the Podollan Inn Salmon Arm is popular with travellers who prefer a boutique-style hotel with an on-site restaurant and an outdoor pool.

The hotel consists of two buildings: one is a motel-style walk-up with smaller and cheaper rooms and the main building has an elevator servicing more upscale boutique-style rooms.

Basic motel-style rooms are air-conditioned and come with either a patio or balcony with an exterior entrance. The motel-style rooms offer the following amenities: free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a mini-fridge, a coffeemaker, a desk, iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Standard rooms offer two double beds.

Boutique-style rooms may come with a kitchenette (includes stove-top and dishes), a sitting area with a sofabed, bathrobes, dual-head walk-in shower, soaker tub, microwave, mini-fridge and fireplace, and offer a variety of bed types.

Hotel amenities include a free-form luxury seasonal outdoor pool, one or two outdoor hot tubs, meeting/banquet space and free parking. On-site dining is offered at Table 24, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pets are permitted for an additional $15 per night, and the hotel offers wheelchair accessibility.

Shopping is available 5-minutes away by car at the Centenoka Park Mall, while the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre is about a 3-minute drive northeast. Shuswap Lake General Hospital is approximately a 3-minute drive northwest, and Kelowna International Airport (YLW) can be found roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes southward by car. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent on March 14, 2013: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets permitted for $15/per night, wheelchair accessible.
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The Good
The majority of the reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's rooms, restaurant and value.

Many reviewers described their rooms as spacious, clean, well equipped, and modern, with nice lake views and comfortable beds and pillows.

The on-site restaurant was a source of numerous compliments by guests who described it as using local organic items and providing a good variety on the menu. It should be noted however, that some guests found the wait for their food to be too long.

Several patrons were pleased with the value the hotel provided. They described the rates as reasonable and affordable.
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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 Wi-Fi.

Noise disruptions were experienced by some guests. They reported highway noise in lake-facing rooms, as well as noise from guests stomping above, the outdoor fountain system at night and the in-room air conditioning units.

A few reviewers complained of the hotel's free Wi-Fi. They described it as intermittent, slow and sometimes non-existent.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #2 out of 8 Salmon Arm hotels from 86 guest reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8.1 out of 10 from 127 reviews.

The author called the hotel on March 14, 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.
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Map Marker Podollan Inn Salmon Arm
1460 TransCanada Hwy NE, Salmon Arm, BC