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Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa

8.9 | Very Good | #1 out of 2 hotels in Summerland

Highly praised Summerland lakefront resort offers kitchen suites, outdoor pool & hot tubs

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking
  • Numerous guests found the rooms to their liking, spacious, well equipped, very clean with comfortable beds
  • Many enjoyed the beauty within and surrounding the resort, with great views
  • Guests enjoyed meals on site and next door
  • Guests appreciated the hotel amenities, pool, hot tubs, BBQs, boat rentals, day spa
  • Wi-Fi rated as excellent by guests
  • Many felt the hotel provided good value and wanted to return
  • Limited restaurant service on site
  • Parking can be limited when hotel is very full
  • Some found the beach area a little small
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
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Editor's Review
Updated Jan 20, 2016
This resort offers private beach access on Lake Okanagan with lakeside boardwalk and walking trails, 4 minutes' drive from Summerland's town centre. Offering condo-style units with full kitchens, this property offers the comforts of home in a tranquil setting.

The entire property is smoke free. All suites include free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV with cable, a DVD player, an iPod dock, a full kitchen, a living area with sofabed, a gas fireplace, a dining table, 1 or 2 separate bedrooms, bathrobes and a soaker tub. Rooms are furnished with 1 queen, 2 singles or 1 king bed. Room extras include a second bathroom, a private balcony and a lake view. Accessible rooms are available.

Free underground parking (one space per suite) is available on site. Pets (1 or 2 under 50 lbs) are welcome for $25 per night, per room to a maximum of $100. If requesting a pet-friendly room please reserve with the hotel directly.

The Bistro is open October to May for breakfast and lunch on weekends only, and July and August for breakfast, lunch and early dinner (closes at 7 pm). Adjacent to the resort, Local Lounge • Grille offers upscale dining and outdoor patio with lake views. It is open for Sunday Brunch and serves dinner Wednesday to Sunday. Guests also recommended Zia's Stonehouse in town for great food and service and reasonable prices, a 5-minute drive away.

Hotel amenities include an outdoor heated pool, two outdoor hot tubs, a fitness centre, a day spa, a variety of boat and jet ski rentals (includes tubing and wakeboard), familiy activities, a liquor store, a convenience store, grocery delivery, guest BBQ areas, a guest laundry and meeting rooms.

Access to Highway 97 is 3 minutes away by car. The town centre area, which features the Summerland Arena, shopping, restaurants, the Community Arts Council and the Centre Stage Theatre, is a 4-minute drive away. The Sumac Ridge Estate Winery and the Glengarry Golf and Country Club are 7 minutes away by car. The Penticton Regional Airport (YYF) is about 20 minutes away by car. (All travel estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on January 20, 2016: up to 2 pets can stay in a guest room for $25 per night
The Good
This hotel was well loved by its guests, many stating that they planned to return, or were returning guests.

It was the perfect place to get away and relax. The suites with full kitchens allowed for a home-away-from-home for many guests who loved to sit out on the balcony, overlooking the lake with a glass of wine, or watch the sunrises and sunsets. Guests enjoyed cooking in the guest BBQ areas and many enjoyed meals at the restaurants on site.

One guest who had stayed for his 20th time said of the location, "Located on one of the only protected lakeshore areas, it is unique. Short or long walks can be had with lovely surrounding ambiance." Other recent comments from guests: "The lake is incredible and it's located in wine country." "A waterfront walkway leads to great beaches, a fishing pier, a playground, and spray park. Awesome for kids!" "Close to Peachland (Bliss Bakery),Bottleneck Drive wine tour, Giants Head Mtn (spectacular view),15 min to Penticton, spectacular views in Naramata."

Guests spoke highly of the rooms. They were very clean and well maintained, with comfortable beds and well-equipped kitchens. Guests loved the views and often said the property was beautiful. One recent guest said, "Walking around the hotel is a treat in itself at night."

The staff were well reviewed, helpful and accommodating to guests. One recent guest said, "Staff at the hotel were very responsive to our enquiries."

Guests that came with dogs felt the hotel was very dog friendly, with treats and bowls upon arrival. Others said there were lots of kid-friendly activities.

Guests enjoyed renting kayaks, jet skis and other boats and found the rates reasonable. The outdoor pool area had a spacious deck with lounge chairs for sun bathing and plenty of towels for guests.
The Bad
The hotel had some weak spots. 

One, was that parking could be limited during peak season, as guests all having their own cars would meet up at the resort and share a room. (It seems that the hotel has reserved one parking spot per room now.)

Food options on site were limited and there were no cheap options for a quick breakfast in walking distance. Also the restaurants were not open certain days even in high season. Some guests drove to Summerland or even Penticton for dining.

The beach in front of the hotel was small according to some and sometimes taken over by ducks (the area is a wildlife reserve).

Occasionally guests missed having a small grocery store on site for basics such as milk and bread.

Occasionally guests complained about the air conditioner shutting off or not cooling below 20 degrees celsius.
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Sources gave this hotel an average score of 4.5 out of 5, with 96% of 392 guests recommending the property. ranked this hotel #1 out of 4 hotels in Summerland, with an average score of 4.5 out of 5, from 837 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
8.9 / out of 10
"Very Good"
Ranked by Guests
1 / out of 2
hotels in Summerland

The average guest rating for Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa is 8.9 out of 10 based on 2279 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa at #1 out of 2 hotels in Summerland.

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13011 Lakeshore Drive South, Summerland, BC