OverviewLocated about a 5-minute drive from the Salmon Arm Hockey School on the Trans-Canada Highway, the Super 8 Salmon Arm is geared towards travellers who require an centrally-located hotel with a free breakfast and in-room mini-fridges and microwaves.
This hotel has 39 air-conditioned guest rooms, each offering free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a coffeemaker, a desk, and a hair dryer. Standard rooms offer two double beds, while rooms with a jetted tub and a sitting area with a sofa bed are also available.
Hotel amenities include a hot tub, a business centre, free parking and a free continental breakfast. Pets are permitted for an additional $15 per pet per night, and the hotel also provides wheelchair accessible rooms.
Home Restaurant and Subway provide dining under 5 minutes away on foot, while shopping can be found at Centenoka Park Mall (about a 6-minute drive southwest of the hotel).
Okanagan College is roughly an 8-minute walk southwest, while the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre and Salmon Arm Curling Club are both a 1-minute drive westward. Herald Provincial Park is approximately 30-minutes north by car, and Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is about a 1 hour and 15-minute drive south of the hotel. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
Verified with a front desk agent on March 13, 2013: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets permitted for $15/pet per night, wheelchair accessible.
The majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's location, staff and rooms.
Numerous lodgers praised the hotel's location. They found it to be close to highway access, a gas station, a convenience store, as well as several fast food outlets and hockey arenas.
The hotel's staff were a source of many compliments by reviewers and were depicted as accommodating, knowledgeable and courteous. One guest remarked, "the front desk staff went out of their way to suggest nearby attractions and restaurants we should experience while in town".
Several guests described their rooms as clean and well equipped, with nice lake views and comfortable beds and linens. It should be noted however, that a few guests complained of stained and worn carpets.
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, a few common complaints were made about noise transfer and the free breakfast.
Some guests reported noisy heating/air conditioning units, as well as traffic noise in highway-facing rooms. These guests recommended booking rooms at the back of the hotel if possible.
While some guests were satisfied with the hotel's free breakfast, several others reported a very limited variety. In addition these guests complained that the breakfast room was too small and crowded when the hotel was fully booked.
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #7 out of 8 Salmon Arm hotels from 49 guest reviews.
Expedia.com guest reviews rated the hotel 3.4 out of 5 with a 90% recommendation rate from 30 reviews.
The author called the hotel on March 13, 2013 to verify some information.