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“Stayed here lots, its a good budget motel” 3 of 5 stars
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Carmi Motor Inn
1473 Main Street, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 5G4, Canada   |  
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Ranked #31 of 43 hotels in Penticton
Vernon, Canada
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“Stayed here lots, its a good budget motel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I've stayed here a few times over the years for conventions. In fact a good portion of the people involved have stayed here too. It's not a five star, but it is what it needs to be. The place is clean, there are fridges in most rooms, the beds are ok, and the staff/reception are always courteous.
I see a few other complaints here about the pool, but whenever I have stayed here, the pool has been clean.
It's one of the cheaper motels to stay at, and if you're trying to save a few $$$, then this is your place.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Comox, Canada
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41 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

We had planned to camp in Penticton, but made the mistake of arriving on a Friday - without a reservation. Of course, many of the hotels & motels were full as well, but we finally phoned the Carmi and they were able to hold a room for us.

This motel is located right in the middle of Skaha and Okanagan Lakes. It really is a central location and there are lots of restaurants and stores in the area.

There is no question that this is an older hotel. However, it had everything we needed. There was a fridge, micro, kettle and coffee maker (w/coffee). The room (2 beds) was very large and we had lots of space for the three of us. The bathroom was smaller, but it was clean. The cleaning staff seemed to do a good job of cleaning up and leaving clean glasses and cups. There was also more than enough soap, shampoo and towels provided.

The outdoor pool was very clean. There was plenty of seating provided and they even had pool toys like noodles and mattresses for guests to use.

If you are expecting something very modern, like a BW or Hilton, don't stay here. But, if you are looking for a clean place to stay, with everything you need without huge prices, this is a good option. For the three of us, it was just over $100/night (plus taxes, of course).

One other note, DH lost his cap and sunglasses. Turns out he left them at the front desk and they were there waiting when he finally thought to go and ask. Certainly they provide honest service!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

I have stayed at the Carmi for 3 years in a row. The motel is very unassuming located next to the Dairy Queen on Main Street. The rooms are a throwback to the late 60's/70's, and many of the rooms are strange sizes and on the dark side. The motel looks like an Alpen style with white outer walls accented with dark brown beams. If you are looking for a Holiday Inn style hotel with the same generic look, there is a Best Western down the road and it will cost you. The Carmi's rooms depending on the season are generally $79 -$89 for a simple queen bed. If you were to try to get a room at one of the motels on the strip by the Okanagan Lake beach in Penticton, you would pay @ $129.00 per night. (Campsites in Kelowna can run you $75 a night to tent)
The rooms are clean, but as I said they are dark, so it is not for a family where cleanliness is the biggest factor in choosing a room. The beds are fine, not too hard, not too soft, but don't expect top of the line mattresses at these prices - you won't wake up with your back out of joint.
They do have a pool which is kept quite cool for cooling off during the hot summer days.
The shower's water pressure is ample, although the towels are a washed out chocolate brown (to keep with the decor). Yes there are chips in the porcelain sink and the furniture is literally from the 60's and 70's, but as I've said this place is all about saving you money so you can spend it eating out, or touring the wineries. Kitchenettes are also available (make sure you wash all the dishes and glassware otherwise they charge $30), and each room has an air conditioner (yes the old kind that hang out the windows.)
So, overall the hotel would rate an average to poor for it's look and dated decor, but the money you save for sleeping there for 6 to 8 hours a night will have you smiling the next morning. Many others have given this place negative reviews... and they probably expected much more but clearly they wanted the cheap price... you get what you pay for! (Next time, ask to see the room before you pay for it.) If you want a nice clean, pristine bright room... you're gonna pay over $120 a night for it... the B&B's are way over that price!

Room Tip: Ask to see one or 2 rooms (I think the best rooms overlook the parking lot/pool area)
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2011

Our team stayed at the Carmi and it was a very good experience. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The staff was very accommodating and helpful. The team had a great time in the pool which was spotless and cleaned every day. It's not a 5-star hotel but if you're looking for a motel with a reasonable price, it's a great place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2011 via mobile

As the only other review of the inn mentioned: the receptionist was polite and accommodating. The room smells like it has been smoked in for he past 40 years. The pool was green with algea and motel in my opinion the inn should be condemned.

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2009

It is with a heavy heart that I write this review..... So I will start with the good. The lady/owners at the front desk were super nice. We rolled into Penticton on a weekend at 2pm with no reservations, so we were lucky to get anything I guess. They showed us a room, we were horrified, asked them to hold it, drove around trying to find something else to no avail so we went back and they were true to thier word and held it for us. We had a room on the main level adjacent to the Dairy Queen parking lot so we had headlights and gay music coming in our room windows for the better part of the evening. The rooms had appliances salvaged from a mueseum. The washroom was so getto and nasty I threw out the sandles I used to shower with. The hotel room had that funky deoderizer smell and it was so strong it burned your nose. The walls had mystery stains on them. The sheets were clean but the materess felt like it belonged in a brothel. Dark and dank are the best words to describe the experince overall. Would be better off in a tent honestly. I wish I had snapped some pics to prove how bad it was.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1473 Main Street, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 5G4, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Okanagan Valley > Penticton
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #31 of 43 hotels in Penticton
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