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Kelowna International Hostel
Ranked #10 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Kelowna
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wouldn't stay here again if you paid me...”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

From the moment we arrived, there was not a good atmosphere. The other guests were unwelcoming and distant. Then we were told they had got our booking wrong, so asked if my friend and I could sleep in separate rooms. We fought against it and they eventually managed to sort something (miraculously). Then our room absolutely stank. It was dark and dingy and both me and my mate suddenly felt very uncomfortable.

We booked and paid for 2 nights, but stayed only the 1. That day we stayed out as late as possible, then the next day got up and booked straight into the SameSun down the road for the following 3 days - I can't stress the difference enough. Friendly, welcoming, clean, tidy etc etc.

If you go to Kelowna, don't even think about staying here - go to SameSun all day long!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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  • Sleep Quality
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Nelson, Canada
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5 reviews
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Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for a night on a stop over in Kelowna. Great hostel for sure and I have stayed in a lot over my years of traveling. Rooms were great with huge storage for bags and gear. Bathrooms were well taken care of, updated and clean, clean, clean. Kitchen was not huge but was super clean and has everything you need plus a bonus of pancakes and coffee in the morning. Really nice deck and outside area to hang out. Staff were really friendly and informative. While not always at the front desk (filling multiple roles I would assume from my past working in hostels) the staff were easy to find and happy to help. Overall a great night and for $25 you can't beat it. Plus the communal guitars in the living room was awesome!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP
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44 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2013

From all the hostels I've already been, this was the most cozy one. The place is beautifully decorated, the beds and mattresses are new and they have a cute outdoor area. They worry with cute notes so you put your things on the lockers (that are huge =D) so they can keep the floor always clean, what is nice. The kitchen is also good. And the location, even if it's not that close to downtown, offer you a supermarket, coffee shops and boutiques in a 5 minutes walking distance.
The problem for me is that you never know who works there! When you need something you always take a while to find someone to help you, it doesn't seem very professional. And also, it seems that everybody knows each other and are not very open to let you in, so, if you're traveling by yourself, maybe it's not your best call.
Still, if you're with friends and want to spend some time in the lovely Kelowna, it's a good place to stay. Specially because the fares are very nice!

Room Tip: Rooms on the 1st floor are quieter!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Kamloops, Canada
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75 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Intercity hop to shop in Kelowna- Mother with teen aged girls made this a really fun get away! The free pancake breakfast was a nice surprise but sadly we couldn't stick around for movie night with the gang. We booked a private room for the 3 of us which was a bonus. Met lovely world travelers totally enjoyed our visit! This was a first for the girls who were inspired to hit the road with a backpack when school is completed.

Room Tip: You can find what you need at this hostel~
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Cambridge, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2013

KIH is the best hostel there is by far in the OK Valley, and possibly beyond. With daily activities, and warm staff, it is hard for guests not to feel at home. The staff makes it their goal to ensure that guests feel comfortable and welcome. They bring one another together through pot lucks, free spaghetti and movie nights, nights out on the town, beach days, free pancake breakfast and coffee every day, and much more. Weather you travel solo or with a friend, you are bound to leave with a couple others on your way out. KIH is not just a roof over backpacker’s heads but a home we share together, as a family.
I spent just over 3 months there and it was some of the best times of my life! The people I met are friends I will cherish for the rest of my life, as are the memories. The hostel itself is small, but carries a warm atmosphere throughout; the rooms are quaint with lockers for your belongings, decent kitchen and large fridge where guests can keep their food. Everything is clean and well maintained, guests really get a bang for their buck while staying here!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Whistler, Canada
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Stayed here in February 2012 and was the best hostel experience of my life. I was only there a week but met some fantastic people that I will hold in high regard for a long time to come.

Small and basic it has everything you could dream of, laid back living area, FIFA tournaments one evening, a combined staff-guest night in the town/city centre at the weekend.

The hostel is clean, friendly and easily accessible with a bus stop just outside.

Crystal I think the owners name is - I don't know if anyone's told you this but it is the unspoken jewel in the BC backpackers eye.

Live the dream kids x

Matt

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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60 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2012 via mobile

Nice small-ish hostel with a good atmosphere. Great value for money as free pancake breakfast included and other things such as free pasta nights and movie nights. Location could be better as it is a 20ish min walk in to town

  • Stayed September 2012
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Property: Kelowna International Hostel
Address: 2343 Pandosy St, Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 1T5, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Okanagan Valley > Kelowna > South Pandosy - K.L.O.
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Kelowna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Kelowna International Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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