We drove in from Vancouver to attend a wedding in Salmon Arm and were pleasantly surprised at the quality offered at the Holiday Inn Express. Our hosts did not block off rooms, but we still managed to get a great rate due to my government discount (only $89 a night). Plus, my Priority Club card got us a free upgrade to a business suite, but to be honest, this was nothing special - only difference between it and a "regular" room was an extra bed and a dataport that we didn't need. Oh well, still nice to be recognized that way though.
The hotel appears to be quite new and is surprising well set-up and designed for the size of town in which it is located. I didn't expect to find this kind of property in Salmon Arm.
Contrary to what other reviewers have written, we had a hard time finding the hotel off the highway. The entrance is really just a street off the TransCanada and surprisingly non-descript, making it easy to miss. Signage is easier to spot if you are coming into Salmon Arm from the east. Once we turned around and came back into town, we saw the hotel right away, but still had trouble figuring out how to access it by car.
Parking is ample and available free of charge. Check-in was a breeze, with helpful and courteous front desk staff. The clerk asked about our stay in Salmon Arm and gladly provided us with a map of town.
The hotel is on a hill, thus giving it a wonderful view of Shuswap Lake. Our room was clean, modern and well-appointed. I loved the hotel brand conditioner they provided... a lovely spiced vanilla (in fact, everything in the room was available for sale, from the bed linens to toiletries). Bed was extremely comfortable and despite its proximity to the highway, the hotel is very quiet, ensuring a great night's sleep.
We didn't use the pool, as it was always crowded with kids. There was no reserved adults-only swim time.
The hotel has on-site dining, but if you're looking for more variety, you need to drive into Salmon Arm (nothing really within walking distance). Boston Pizza, Tim Horton's and 7-Eleven are all short drives away.
Overall, very good value for money. We would definitely stay here again.
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Salmon Arm
- Holiday Inn Salmon Arm
- Holiday Inn Express Salmon Arm
- Salmon Arm Holiday Inn