There are a lot of great things about this bed and breakfast in Kelowna. I recently stayed there with my husband for a night. Although I have a few suggestions as to how the owners could really push their B&B from okay to fabulous, overall we had a great stay.
First, the positives:
- great view from the back deck
- great location of the B&B, close to some very good wineries
- good breakfast, cooked by a great chef. Probably the best breakfast we had on our entire week-long trip
- wine glasses were provided in the common kitchen area, so we were easily able to enjoy the wine we bought at the neighbouring vineyard.
- the cost of the room was very reasonable given the quality of the place and accommodations.
- the owners were very helpful with directions, getting us settled in, etc when we arrived.
Now, for the negatives. Well, actually, there weren't any negatives! There are a few things that could be done to make this place really fabulous (I'd be willing to pay more if these few small things were taken care of):
- no beach towels provided. My husband and I wanted to go to the beach, but we didn't have any towels with us on the trip. There wasn't any obvious stack of beach towels in the common area or in our room. So, perhaps the owners would have provided some if we would have been able to find them to ask before heading out.
- no lounge chairs on the deck. The place has a wonderful back deck where we sipped wine and ate breakfast the next morning. However, there is just one table with chairs. There are no lounge chairs for sitting and reading in the evening.
- There was a common kitchen area with a small fridge. We were told we could help ourselves to use the fridge or to any of the drinks inside, however upon closer inspection we realized there was a charge for any drink consumed. This is not very classy. The drinks should be complimentary. Most guests, like myself, won't even care for a drink, however the perception of charging $1 for a soft drink versus saying it is free creates a very different atmosphere.
- There was no microwave/toaster in the common kitchen.
The only negative for me during the entire stay came during breakfast. I specified when making the reservation that my husband and I were vegetarian. Then, when we checked in, again I pointed out that we were vegetarian and didn't eat any dead animal products. At breakfast the next morning we were served yogurt. I asked if the yogurt had gelatin or not, as it is unfortunately hard to avoid gelatin in yogurt these days. The response I expected was: 'let me check with the chef. Sorry for the mistake'. Instead, I got: 'well, you didn't say anything about gelatin or make a note of this as a special requirement' ... ?
Huh? I expect people who don't know anything about food to come out with this response, but Steve is a really good chef so I was surprised to be served the yogurt to start with, and then startled by the snarky response to my simple question about whether or not the food I was served contained an ingredient I can't eat. I had a simple question, to which I expected a simple gracious answer.
Overall, a great experience and worth every penny.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy a unique experience from resident Executive Chef Steve Marston as he creates breakfast from his demonstration kitchen. The newly renovated contemporary home offers an expansive lounge and patio area for all guests. Large bedrooms have designer en suite bathrooms with spectacular sweeping Lake, Mountain & City views. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- A View Of The Lake Kelowna/West Kelowna