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Carmi Motor Inn
2.5 of 5 Motel   |   1473 Main Street, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 5G4, Canada   |  
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Ranked #24 of 44 Hotels in Penticton
Calgary, Canada
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31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Home base”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This place serves as a great base. It is in the middle of penticton, and close to downtown. The rooms are a little outdated, but unless you are hanging out in their, who cares. They have a nice pool to take a dip in and outside patio area. The wifi is very spotty and drops randomly, just use the DQ wifi it's easier.

I will be staying here again

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Daveinthesouth
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Penticton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We looked around town before picking a place. This one was 1/3 the price of everywhere we went to. To our surprise our room had a queen and 2 singles, perfect for what we needed as well as a small fridge and microwave. Room was very clean. Not a 5 star but exactly what they claim " an inn " The staff was so friendly and helpfull. They opened up the pool when he asked, said " kids come first" Pool was open till 10, which was wonderful as we arrived here later in the evening. I would come back again for sure

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank desirooroo
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

A big group of us stay here every year and we love it. Never once had a problem. House keeper is super sweet and nice, the family that run it are great, it's clean, very affordable and is near a lot of key places.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Shanimal-xo
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Vernon, Canada
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213 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
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.

Room Tip: AS noted in other reviews, there is a Dairy Queen adjacent to the North side of the motel, so ask fo...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Darren_in_BC
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Comox, Canada
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88 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
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
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Comoxbox
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Vancouver
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79 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Victoria, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 Thank carlcurt
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Address: 1473 Main Street, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 5G4, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Okanagan Valley > Penticton
Amenities:
Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #24 of 44 Hotels in Penticton
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Carmi Motor Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
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