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“A Couple of years ago..” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Rancho Motor Hotel

El Rancho Motor Hotel
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877 Westminster Avenue West, Penticton, British Columbia BC V2A 1L1, Canada   |  
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Ranked #11 of 43 Hotels in Penticton
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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“A Couple of years ago..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

I had the pleasure of staying at the El Rancho Motor Hotel for a prolonged stay. At the time I was in Penticton for work, so El Rancho became my temporary home which could have rolled over to a permanent home if I had chosen to stay. What keeps the place fond in my memories is the sincerity and friendliness of Gail and Bill. The room we stayed in was clean and quaint. It's location, albeit not glamorous was near to the town center and not too far from the lake for the summer months. Gail and Bill are always willing to help and listen if they aren't themselves busy and doing the good things they do. They are avid fans of the local hockey team, so if you are in the area long enough take the time to join in on their joy of cheering the home team, The Penticton Vees.

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  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Stayed here for 2 weeks in July. The motel is super clean, bed was very comfortable and the rooms are quiet. Also have wifi service. The hosts will go out of their way to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Will definitely stay here again on my next visit to Penticton.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kelowna, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

My partner and were looking for short term accomodation while initially planning to move from Penticton to Calgary. We stayed at the El Rancho for a period of 3 months. Managers Bill and Gail were so welcoming, friendly, warm and caring! Our room was very clean upon check-in! Trina the chambermaid was outstanding for the duration of our stay. They all made us feel right at home!! Great location and very close to all amenties! I would highly recommend!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lower Mainland
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

Let's face it: the Ritz-Carlton this is not. But what the El Rancho might lack in elegance the owners make up easily with super-friendly service and dedication. We've stayed there twice between Jul and Aug '11 and both times our hosts were extremely accommodating.

What you get:

* a nice, clean place 2 blocks from the beach and close to the downtown core
* firm mattresses in A/C'ed rooms w/ fridge and m/w
* an almost unbeatable nightly rate
* the nicest hosts around

I'd go back there in a heartbeat (and, in fact, will do so everytime we go cycling up to the Okanagan)

Room Tip: The rooms on the side of the building that only get the morning sun are quite a bit cooler.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Prince George, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2010

Needed a room for a few days as our son was attending the hockey school in Penticton. Found this gem through reviews on Tripadvisor and decided to give it a try. The friendly one on one service was a very pleasant surprise, and our room was very clean. It had everything we needed including a kitchenette at a rate that would be impossible to beat elsewhere. While there we encountered some bad luck with our truck and were delayed 3 nights (over the weekend and in peak season). Gail and Bill, the managers were so understanding and accommodating. They assured me they would have a room for us so I didn't need to panick. Simply the best motel experience we have ever had and we will most certainly stay again. Thank you for everything Gail & Bill!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BC
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2009

Needed a hotel on a Friday during the summer high season. At $80 a night this was a bargain as most hotels were in the area of $100+ Easy to find, just a few blocks from the beach and found the owners/staff very friendly from the start. It's definitely an older motel but the room was maintained well with a really nice full kitchenette. Other hotel owners could follow the example of the El Rancho and take the same amount of pride in maintaining their accommodations. The place was probably built in the 60's or 70's and is in better shape then a lot of newer hotels.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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edmonton
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2009

Due to delays, we arrived on a Saturday night late at night, long after other places had closed their doors. We called El-Rancho and they were nice enough to let us a room. Although the furniture was dated, the room itself was very clean and quiet. I didn't even know there was anyone in the next room. Lake Okanagan is a short 3 block walk. There is restaurant across the street which serves breakfast until 2pm for those night owls. We were both very pleased with our stay and would have no problem recommending this hotel and would certainly stay here again. Very good value.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 877 Westminster Avenue West, Penticton, British Columbia BC V2A 1L1, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Okanagan Valley > Penticton
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Ranked #11 of 43 Hotels in Penticton
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