We travelled to Kelowna for a wedding on the weekend. 3 Adults and 1 baby. We found this place through online group buy and thought it would be worth a try.
Right on highway 97, easy to find. The road entrance/exit is on the east side of the boulevard so you will need to head northbound to enter, and head northbound to exit. U-turn is necessary. Almost everything is within a few blocks. Downtown is about 10 mins drive.
The Reservation and Arrival
The reservation was a bit messy because of the group buy restriction; and it took a couple calls to sort things out. Upon arrival, we found Dave the general manager to be quite helpful. He gladly arranged a 2 queens room for my family on the back side of the complex and gave us the scan key-card.
I would admit that looking from the outside, it was presented as a two star hotel. But once we open the door to our room, we were surprised to see a newly renovated three star class hotel room. It has two queen beds with clean linens and pillows, a work desk, an LCD panel TV, a microwave (excellent for us with babies), a fridge, an iron with board, a corner for hanger rack and luggage rack, an air conditioner, and an awesome bathroom.
The bathroom has granite tile floor, all around tiled walls, a new style bath tub, with above class faucet and shower head and an outward curving shower curtain for more room. The towels were clean and fresh. The sink is outside of the bathroom, typical style of two star hotels; but it has granite top, fancy faucet and a hair dryer. The bathroom itself is almost up to par with a four star hotel.
I heard the highway 97 facing rooms can be noisy in the morning, but our back side room was totally fine. We slept through the night with no issue. The beds are soft. Pillows are good height. The blanket is adequate for the room temp. AC unit was a bit noisy, which is typical unless you have central air. Bring ear plugs if you want to sleep through a hot summer night.
The Breakfast, and the WAFFLES!
The hotel room comes with free continental breakfast, with the famous Waffles! The breakfast room is inviting. It has a few tables with an open kitchen. It gives you the feeling of eating breakfast at home. Dave is there happily to make waffles for guests and make sure supplies are refilled when needed. Breakfast served from 7:30am to 10am. You can walk in any time and expect Dave to make you great waffles. And yes, the waffles are great! Dave is friendly and approachable so we had some great conversations while eating breakfast. This makes us feel right at home.
People have different respectable opinions, but I found Dave to be very friendly and helpful. The backside room arrangement was very thoughtful, especially for family with babies. The breakfast service was great. The office closes at 11:30pm but when I phone front desk at 12 midnight, Dave answered the phone and provided me with a wine bottle opener. I thought this was exceptional hospitality and added the human touch to this two star hotel. There is Free WiFi in every room. Speed is comparable to my Rogers 3G. And if you need, Dave has a computer in the lobby for guest to use. The checkout was painless and fast.
Considering this is listed as a two star hotel, I think Dave has put in the extra effort to run it like a three star hotel. The new renovation, the extras like LCD TV, Free WiFi, Free continental breakfast, the exceptional service, all exceeded a two star hotel. So if you're looking for a good place to stay in Kelowna at a good price, this is worth considering. And you get great waffles too!!!
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Kelowna Hotel Kelowna
- Howard Johnson Kelowna Okanagan Valley