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Just off Hwy 97, free basic continental breakfast, great staff, clean rooms

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Many guests were pleased with the hotel's proximity to downtown and highway access
  • The staff were praised for their helpful and accommodating service
  • Several lodgers enjoyed their clean and well-equipped rooms
Cons
  • A few guests complained of worn rooms and poor Wi-Fi signals
  • The free breakfast was described as starting too late and having only basic options
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 6, 2014
Overview
Located about a 1-minute drive from Highway 97 and a 3-minute drive from Vernon's city centre, the Schell Motel is geared towards road travellers who require a centrally located hotel with extended kitchen amenities, an outdoor pool and easy highway access.

Each of the hotel's guest rooms offers free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a desk, a hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. Rooms with a kitchen and one or two separate bedrooms are also available, as are smoking and non-smoking rooms. The hotel is not wheelchair accessible.

The hotel also offers a heated outdoor pool, a hot tub, BBQ facilities, a business centre, vending machines, a free continental breakfast and free parking. Pets are permitted upon request (please contact the hotel for details).

Polson Park is roughly a 9-minute drive from the hotel, while Village Green Mall and Vernon Airport (YVE) can both be found 7 minutes away by car. Turtle Mountain Vineyards are about a 3-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets permitted on request, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: January 17, 2014)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's location, staff and rooms.

The hotel's location was convenient for many reviewers. They described it as safe and close to a grocery store, downtown Vernon, golfing, highway access, restaurants, the farmers market and shopping.

Numerous guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received and characterized the staff as friendly, accommodating and helpful with directions and suggestions. One patron remarked, "The staff at the Schell can't do enough to help and whatever we needed be it more sugar,coffee etc, or directions they were just excellent".

Several lodgers enjoyed their accommodations at the hotel. They described their rooms as clean, quiet and well equipped, with comfortable beds. A few travellers were disappointed with their lodgings, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were some common complaints about the rooms and free breakfast.

Although several lodgers were pleased with their clean and well-equipped rooms, a few reviewers criticized their accommodations. They reported dated decor, poor Wi-Fi signals, worn bathrooms, a lack of toiletries and cigarette odours in non-smoking rooms.

The hotel's free breakfast was a disappointment for a few guests. They described it as basic with no fruit, yogurt or hot items and complained of it starting too late in the morning (8 am).
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Sources
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.5 out of 10 from 106 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #14 of 19 Vernon hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 44 reviews.

The author called the hotel on January 17, 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.
Guest Reviews
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hotels in Vernon

Rated 6.0/10 based on 59 reviews

Ranked #24 out of 25 hotels in Vernon

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Map Marker Schell Motel
2810 35th Street, Vernon, BC