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Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre
Ranked #9 of 44 Hotels in Penticton
Sicamous, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“With Some Updates...Could Be Amazing”
Reviewed July 19, 2014

The hotel staff were very friendly and always helpful. We stayed in one of the Penthouse Suites on the top floor for 3 nights. It was a pretty nice room, with wonderful views of the lake. It was however a little dated, much like the rest of the hotel and really needed some renovations. The carpet was lifting up in some areas. With our room we received complimentary parking, and $25 each day for breakfast at the Hooded Merganser. The room had 2 bathrooms, both with a vanity and toilet. One had a 2 person tub, the other had a shower. Like many hotels I've stayed in, the water pressure in the shower was terrible. I ended up deciding on a bath part way through the shower in order to wash my hair. I don't know why it's so hard to find a hotel with a decent shower. Also, both bathroom floors sat higher than the room floor, so I was constantly stubbing my toe when going in to the bathroom. The hotel also has a pool and hot tub. Both in desperate need of renovations. The hotel has a beautiful private beach, with loungers available for use by hotel guests.

Room Tip: Definitely spring for the lake view rooms! Gorgeous.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed July 16, 2014

Nice clean hotel. Could be brighter. Rooms average. Beds Comfy. Beautiful patio bar that turns into nightclub at night. Quiet and relaxing during the day. Turns Crazy in the evening. Also you have to pay a cover charge to sit on the patio at night. Unless you can stand the loud music & young adults? I would not recommend it. We ate dinner at the Bufflehead. Food & service were good. The Hooded Merganser for breakfast was very good. You also are charged for parking even when staying at the hotel.Casino is Average. Also Dark! The casino bar was hopping and the service at the bar was great! Vicky is Amazing!

Room Tip: Higher floors have better views. Choose lake view or you get to look at the parking lot!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed July 14, 2014

A quick two night getaway to take my mom wine tasting. We booked two 'beach view' rooms for about $241 plus taxes per night each. I read mostly positive reviews of this hotel so was looking forward to a beach-side resort style place.

We were given two adjoining rooms on the third level. I don't recommend this level for the beach-view rooms as it's right over a very large roof so most of your view is dominated by the roof with some city-park and beach in the distance.

The hotel immediately struck me as very dated and dark. The 90's heavy and dark decor didn't suit or compliment the bright beach-side location. The lobby and commons areas need to take advantage of this and be renovated in a bright and airy way with light colours and modern, clean and minimal furniture.

The rooms had a very dated heavy dark 90's feel as well. They did little to inspire a beach or lakeside mood, in fact they were bordering on depressing. The furniture might have been considered high-end in it's day but looked excessively dated and some of it was rather worn. The lining from under the armchair was hanging off, the carpet edges were fraying badly and the top sheets were torn in several places. It wasn't awful and in fact was relatively clean, it just didn't look fresh, welcoming or inviting at all. I hope they're planning some significant updates soon or I anticipate more 'meh' reviews.

We dined in the Hooded Merganser for dinner which was enjoyable. Food was pretty good, standard fare of seafood, steaks, some bowls and salads. My only complaint was the bread, $5 for four brown & serve hamburger buns spread out on a dinner plate.., come-on guys where's the artisan bread basket?... you're in wine country.

Overall I'd caution recommending this place unless you get a great deal. Splurge for the lake- views, the beach-views are just ok and will leave you wanting more. The staff seemed pleasant as well but I hope a big reno is in the cards, they've got the great setting but are not keeping pace with the high-standards of this area.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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godpr, General Manager at Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre, responded to this review, July 30, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to write this response and for your careful considerations. We would also like to thank you for choosing to spend your family time with us. It is unfortunate that you did not find the interior to your taste. The hotel has indeed, undergone recent comprehensive renovations, which includes ongoing upgrades to rooms and furnishings, while carpets are frequently refreshed. However we have duly noted your concerns. We are glad that you found the rooms satisfactory however, in cleanliness and facility. We are also pleased to hear that your dinner experience at one of our restaurants was enjoyable and that you were able to take advantage of the wine country. We hope that you would choose us again, should your travels bring you back to the South Okanagan.
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Calgary, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
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Reviewed July 3, 2014

Positives:
The staff was very friendly and our check in was fairly quick.
Our room was clean and adequate.
Negatives:
No parking pass in included in hotel rate.
After spending $200 on dinner at the on-site restaurant, we then had to pay a cash cover charge to enjoy a glass of wine on the patio at the pub. Tacky.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Nanaimo
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

Our recent two day stay at the Penticton Lakeside Resort was most enjoyable! They have so many components to make your stay well rounded, wonderful and close to perfect. We very much enjoyed the five star restaurant "Hooded Merganser" and the "Bufflehead Pasta and Tapas" patio. The serving staff at both restaurants were absolutely fantastic!! We hadn't experienced that degree of service since our trips to Asia. Well done servers, you shined and were on the ball every minute making sure your guests were awe struck. The live music on the patio walkway was such a treat, and was the final touch to a perfect evening. Having the casino on site, and watercraft to rent on the beach, really has brought this resort on par to those we enjoyed in Mexico and other countries. Our room was large, and nice to have a balcony; and even though the resort was fully booked and all we could get was city view, we actually enjoyed looking out toward the lovely hills and treed park nearby. If there was any small downfalls, it might have been that the outside of the hotel needed a paint job, and little improvements here and there. If you are looking for a pool and hot tub, they were rather dated, but with all the amenities here its understandable that the pool isn't a focus. Rooms are pricy, but it was a long weekend.... and you get what you pay for. There were several stag parties happening on the Sat. night; so a few noisy patrons lingered in the parking lot with their celebrating... but we didn't complain, because those events are just known for that. Our second night there, we were able to book the "Casino Pkg", that was kind of nice, and an incentive to try our luck in the Casino, and have a lovely breakfast again at the "Hooded Merganser". Overall, we would come back. Thanks Penticton Lakeside.... You did well!

Room Tip: Depending on what you are looking for.... all the rooms have lovely, but different views. We enjoy...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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godpr, General Manager at Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre, responded to this review, July 30, 2014
Dear Patron,
We are so glad to hear that your two day stay with us was most enjoyable and that your impression of our establishment was “close to perfect!” In the business of hospitality, that is the best anyone can ever wish to hear. Likewise, we are equally gratified that our resort’s variety of facilities and venues anticipated your needs, and helped to establish an overall well-rounded and memorable experience in the way of our restaurants, serving staff, entertainment and rooms. We are happy to have accommodated you with our Casino Package, and that you were thus able to take advantage of the resort’s on-site casino, followed by a complimentary breakfast at one of our restaurants. Thank you for your tips and considerations. We hope you will visit us again at your earliest convenience and that we should never fail to delight and inspire. Best wishes.
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

My family and I love going to Penticton, and this hotel has made the trip even better! The rooms are nice and clean and some are available with a beautiful view. The staff are willing to help and attentive. The food is great and the Hooded Merganser, a restaurant connected with the hotel, has a spectacular restaurant with a beautiful view ( beware pricy!). The beach is small and secluded and has grass instead of sand. Although, the water is freezing but that is lake not the hotel. The small problem I have with this hotel is that at night it gets quite rowdy, because it has a casino and a bar.If you have young children it may not be suitable for them at night. Overall, great hotel and worth the stay!

Stayed June 2014
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Parksville, Canada
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

We just stayed here on a 2 day ultimate getaway package. At check-in we were upgraded to a business king room. The package is a good deal as it includes 2 breakfasts and one dinner. While this is an older hotel and the rooms are a little dated, it is in a great location overlooking the lake and very close to the centre of town. All rooms on the north side have an excellent view of the lake. The night club spills out onto the patio and can be noisy particularly at weekends. The main restaurant, The Hooded Merganser, is excellent. Food and service are great. The small casino is conveniently located in the hotel if you wish to make a donation. There are great walks along the beach from the hotel. And, there are many excellent wineries within a short drive. We wouldn't stay anywhere else in Penticton.

Room Tip: All rooms on the north side have a great view of the lake but can be noisy - bring ear plugs if you...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre
Address: 21 Lakeshore Dr W, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 7M5, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Okanagan Valley > Penticton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Penticton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre 3.5*
Number of rooms: 273
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Penticton Lakeside Resort is a full service hotel in Penticton that offers luxurious amenities, clean, spacious rooms, and a spectacular view of Okanagan Lake. We offer a number of dining options, nearby attractions, and room accommodations to ensure that you can thoroughly enjoy your stay with us. ... more   less 
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