An afternoon of exploring The Holiday Inn, Best Western Plus & Casa Loma Lakeshore Resort
We at the Visitor Centre experience a lot of requests for accommodation, especially during the busy season of the Okanagan Summers. Having never needed to stay at any of the hotels and resorts in the area, we decided it was time to explore what our city had to offer.
We began our day at the Holiday Inn West Kelowna, just off Dobbin Road in Downtown Westbank. The rooms were gorgeous and spacious. They all smelled fresh and clean, as they are all non-smoking. We were shown a variety of rooms, including Classic Queen, King and a large suite. Suites included a full-sized kitchen for guests to be able to stay for long periods of time. All the rooms had decks that faced the mountains or the city.
This hotel has a variety of amenities, suitable for many needs. There is a business center on the main floor for guests to use the computers and printer. There are five separate meeting and event rooms for guests and businesses to host weddings, conferences, business meetings and more. For guests that enjoy keeping up with their exercise regime, there is a fully equipped fitness center. The most unique and interesting feature of the hotel was the pool, which was heated and both indoor and outdoor.
The Gatekeeper Restaurant is attached to the hotel and opens for Breakfast and Dinner every day, as well as Lunch Wednesday through Sunday. Guests have the option of paying for a breakfast voucher along with their room. The restaurant recently hired a new chef.
Our next stop was the Best Western Plus Wine Country Hotel and Suites. We were a tad early arriving, and came at a busy time. We were graciously seated in the lobby and given strudels and muffins as we awaited our tour.
We were guided through the different rooms offered, including Classic Queen, Deluxe Queen, King as well as the Honeymoon Suite. There were also pet friendly rooms and wheelchair accessible ones. The décor is elegant and classy. The curtains were suitably heavy to help block out any light and ensure a good night’s sleep. The rooms all had balconies, some with views of the golf course next door. The remote controls were packaged in biodegradable bags to indicate they had been freshly sanitized.
Similar to the Holiday Inn, the Best Western offers meetings and event spaces, a fitness center and a pool. An exciting feature is the two-story waterslide that winds its way into the pool. When we first walked into the pool area, a noticeable vinegar smell was in the air. Upon inquiring, we were informed that the hotel is green and does not use heavy chemicals to clean their facilities. This was interesting and a good detail to know, as it is common for people to react to harsh chemical cleaners.
Our last stop of the day was at the beautiful Casa Loma Lakeshore Resort. While the Resort is quaintly tucked away on Campbell Road, it serves as an optimal location as it is only a few minutes drive from Kelowna’s Downtown Cultural District. As the Resort resides on beachfront property, every unit offers a stunning view of the lake.
Casa Loma offers a variety of accommodations from cabins to one, two & three bedroom units -each complete with full kitchens & bathrooms. All the units were spacious, tidy & beautifully furnished. The variety of units allows guests the option of choosing an accommodation catered to their specific needs. Whether it is a couple, a family or a large group, Casa Loma accommodates different party sizes because of their diverse units.
Overall we enjoyed all the accommodations that we were able to tour. After first handedly experiencing what each place has to offer, we have no doubt that locals & visitors alike will enjoy their experiences in West Kelowna’s accommodations.