While this motel offers good value and is situated at a decent location (right across Mission Park and within short walking distance to shopping malls) with many desirable amenities (outdoor pool, shared bbq, ample seating for eating and lawnchairs for sunbathing, rooms with kitchens and balconies), a few areas need improvement.
My sleep had been poor during my week-long stay there because of loud teenagers using the pool in the wee hours of the night (past midnight). Policy regarding age and size of young renters should be reviewed and/or more strictly enforced. Despite the rule of "no using of pool after 9pm" there were numerous times when I was woken up because of noises emanating from the pool. This is problematic especially because the pool is in the courtyard, therefore enclosed by rooms on three sides.
Another thing is the room itself. We got a one-bedroom apartment and were very happy with the space and the full-size kitchen. However, the lampshades smelled of smoke (it was a non-smoking room) and had to be changed. Overall cleanliness was fine, though when we peeked behind the headboard once to look for an errant earring, we did notice dust balls, which really turned us off.
The entire premise would benefit from a remodelling to update its 60s look, and to improve the acoustics so guests won't hear noises from other rooms or the cleaning activities that take place in the morning. Short of that, though, paying more careful attention to details and making sure obnoxious guests are deterred from staying (or at least kicked out from the inn when rules are violated) are easy, no-cost actions that will attract repeat business. As a matter of fact, many long-term, seasonal return guests whom I've met there indicate that there is already such a client base, which the inn would be silly to lose over easy, actionable improvements.
I should end with a positive note that the staff, from front-desk to house-cleaning, was very friendly and nice. They responded promptly to our requests for more towels on a few occasions. Also, for the price that you'd be paying here, the neighbouring competition would be hard-pressed to match.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come and enjoy a comfortable, relaxed environment right across the street from beautiful Okanagan Lake and Gyro Beach. Mission Park Inn has 43 (1) bedroom kitchen suites with apartment sized appliances. The units come equipped with everything you would need to prepare and eat a normal meal. The majority of our units have a queen sized bed in the separate bedroom and pull out sofa in the living area. The outdoor heated pool and hot tub are SEASONAL and guaranteed to be open from the May long weekend until mid September. Our BBQ and picnic area are kept open year round. Our location can't be beat! Spend the day around the pool or at the beach. Visit our amazing wineries and restaurants, play a round of golf, spend the day visiting our fruit stands, orchards or farmers markets, rent a boat or jet ski, go parasailing or zip lining. Whatever your age or travelling style Kelowna will have something to offer you. We are walking distance or a short drive away to many of these attractions. There is still lots to do in the off season. We are only a 1 hour drive to Big White Ski Resort and Silver Star Mountain. Rent snowmobiles, go tubing, cross country skiing or snowshoeing. H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre just 5 min drive away. Our front desk agents are happy to assist you with anything you may need to help make your stay more enjoyable. Teams and groups welcome. Ask us about our long term stays through the off season (mid September - mid May). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mission Park Inn Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, Canada