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Kokanee Glacier Resort
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 23, 2014

About 10 minutes outside of Nelson along the North shore is this quaint motel style resort. Service is very good with the staff willing to take the extra time to meet quest's needs. Rooms have been renovated and are clean and well appointed. Nice to have a Kitchenette for the rates that are charged. Recommended for family type vacations.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled on business
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Shaun C, Manager at Kokanee Glacier Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2014

Hello suerbeetlesrule,

You have done an excellent job of summarizing how we try and operate our business and what we offer our guests.
Families have enjoyed coming here for years as we have a large, safe property with many activities to keep the kids busy all day long.
Thank you for noticing and hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed March 3, 2014

I'm glad I found this place for a 3 day get away with my elderly mother and 2 sisters. We stayed in the 2 bedroom suite which was very clean and comfortable.It is a very peaceful location away from the city lights yet close enough to town to take advantage of restaurants and shopping.
We would not hesitate to stay again! Good value for the $$.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank ronansnana
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

The manager Laurie was incredibly friendly and helpful and went out of her way more than once to insure we had the best stay possible. The rooms were incredibly clean and very nice.. The spectacular view accross the lake to the mountains and the city of Nelson was a great way to wake up each morning. Definitely get a lot of bang for your buck!! We love it here and it will definitley be the place we stay when we come back.

Thanks Luarie!! We can't wait to come back :) Big hugs to you.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Helen B
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Shaun C, Owner at Kokanee Glacier Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2014

Thank you for your kind review. It is great to hear that Laurie attended to all of your needs.
We look forward to seeing you next time your in Nelson.

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

First, let me just warn travellers with allergies or that are sensitive to scents to stay elsewhere. Upon entering our room we were overwhelmed by the very strong plug in air freshener plugged into one of the living room outlets. We quickly removed it and stashed it away in one of the kitchen cabinets. Unfortunately the strong scent lingered, even after opening the windows to try and air out the room. The bedding also smelled strongly of fabric softener, making for an itchy sleep! We did get different bedding the next day, that smelled musty.
Overall our room was clean but very small and dated. It reminded me of my first apartment (not a good thing!) and felt a little depressing.
The grounds were very well taken care of, which was a bonus! They even had some playground equipment which was a hit with our daughter, although I wouldn't exactly consider it child friendly as the groundskeeper was smoking (not tobacco) in the bbq area. As previous reviews have stated, the beach is across the road and is quite a small area.
I can't comment of the breakfast as we were there off season.
Overall, I would not stay here again nor would I recommend it. I don't understand how it is the number 1 hotel in Nelson, I assume that it is based on price alone?

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

I would say that the beautiful name "Glacier Resort" doesn't match the level of service it provides. It is located not on the lake shore, the rooms are small and modest, the bedclothes striped, which I have found weird. Other resorts and motels provide white bedclothes as the symbol of cleanness. Breakfast is not offered during winter season.
I should admitt that my impression is the result of unmet expectations, connected with label "resort". Under other circumstances, I believe I could leave more enthusiastic review. Sorry.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Booking on line, sight unseen and going by only photos can be a bit daunting, but not this time! We drove up the perfectly manicured drive to the Resort and checked in at the Office. Staff were very friendly and pleasant. Upon entering our room we found "Spotless" accomodations. We had a small suite with a kitchen, seperate bedroom and Living/Dining area. There was a guest laundry and a guest BBQ area. This place suited us to a "T" and we will definately be back next year when we make our annual visit to Nelson.

Room Tip: We had a second floor room with a beautiful veiw of the Lake. Those with mobility issues would want...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

A small group of family and friends try to have an annual scrapbook retreat in British Columbia or Alberta either May or June. Sept. 28 - Oct. 2 was the soonest we could manage one. Luckily, Kokanee Glacier Resort only uses their "breakfast room" (a separate building across from the motel rooms) July & August and we were able to rent it. What a fabulous place to have a retreat! The room is bright and cheery with its yellow walls, fireplace and many windows. A commercial coffee maker is available and Lori, the motel manager, made us wonderful muffins, butter tarts and a fruit plate to snack on. The scenery is second to none. Absolutely gorgeous view of the mountains and lake. Our group was smaller this year so we only needed to rent the two 2-bedroom suites on the front end of the motel; each with a deck/balcony (upper and lower suites) and awesome view. The weather didn't cooperate but when the sun did come out we all went outside to enjoy the lawn, adirondack chairs, gazebo and picture taking.

Our rooms were large and clean with two separate bedrooms, plenty of closet space, kitchenette, dining table, living room complete with large screen t.v., two rocking chairs, coffee table and comfortable futon couch/bed for a third occupant. On the second floor of the motel is a large sitting area with a roof overhead for protection from the rain; with tables, chairs, gas bbq for use by guests, homemade log bench and coffee table. I was quite surprised how quiet the place was as the motel entrance is right off of the highway but up a short, steep hill. It is a mere 16 kms. from Nelson where you will find wonderful restaurants and shopping.

I wouldn't recommend this motel for people who expect posh, glitzy accommodations. It is a clean, comfortable, down-to-earth motel with friendly, helpful staff. My group loved it and would go there again.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Kokanee Glacier Resort

Address: 2615 3a Hwy, Nelson, British Columbia V1L 6K9, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Nelson
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Nelson
Price Range: $88 - $136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kokanee Glacier Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A breathtaking view of the Kootenay Lake, only an eight minute drive to the city of Nelson, and close to the Kokanee Glacier Park. The Kokanee Glacier Resort is an excellent starting point for exploring the best of the Kootenays. Comfortable air conditioned suites complete with private bedroom(s), kitchens and many other amenities make this the perfect family vacation destination, or just a great overnight visit. ... more   less 
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