I booked a room in the Valley Star on the basis of its Trip Advisor reviews, and I must say that my experience was generally very positive.
The beds were quite comfortable - much more so than the much more "posh" Penticton Lakeside Resort, where I had stayed a week previously! - and I had an excellent night's sleep. Road noise was minimal and non-intrusive.
Lots of hot water & great water pressure in the shower; nice big towels.
Unit had EVERYTHING. Two Queen beds, two upholstered chairs, a desk/chair, table with three chairs by large window, full size fridge, gas stove (full size), kitchen sink, microwave, flat screen TV, and fast WiFi.
Very clean overall. Very helpful and friendly owner - was a pleasure to do business with.
Here's the downside of this Motel, because it was what stopped me from rating this place at 5 stars. It *IS* an old facility, and though it is very obviously under good care and is very well-kept, there is that "old motel" smell in the room, most noticeable on the pillows and the upholstered chairs. Could be from the cooking in the room, or just too many people passing through for too many years. Not sure how that could be rectified; it is a feature in every older hotel/motel we've ever stayed in. It's not "awful", but it is there.
Also there was no clock (except clock on microwave), and the reading light over one bed was completely & obviously broken. And the toilet paper holder was lying on the bathroom counter, perhaps in the process of being repaired? Three things very easy to fix. (Room #23.)
I would stay here again, but I would probably bring along my own pillow.
I would recommend the Valley Star to friends, but I would also mention that it is older, and that it has the expected small glitches. But great job, Valley Star owners, in your obvious loving care of all of the details. You're on the right track!
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