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“For frugal travellers who'd rather save on accomodations”
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Carmi Motor Inn
Ranked #35 of 44 Hotels in Penticton
Vancouver
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“For frugal travellers who'd rather save on accomodations”
Reviewed 28 July 2011

I have stayed at the Carmi for 3 years in a row. The motel is very unassuming located next to the Dairy Queen on Main Street. The rooms are a throwback to the late 60's/70's, and many of the rooms are strange sizes and on the dark side. The motel looks like an Alpen style with white outer walls accented with dark brown beams. If you are looking for a Holiday Inn style hotel with the same generic look, there is a Best Western down the road and it will cost you. The Carmi's rooms depending on the season are generally $79 -$89 for a simple queen bed. If you were to try to get a room at one of the motels on the strip by the Okanagan Lake beach in Penticton, you would pay @ $129.00 per night. (Campsites in Kelowna can run you $75 a night to tent)
The rooms are clean, but as I said they are dark, so it is not for a family where cleanliness is the biggest factor in choosing a room. The beds are fine, not too hard, not too soft, but don't expect top of the line mattresses at these prices - you won't wake up with your back out of joint.
They do have a pool which is kept quite cool for cooling off during the hot summer days.
The shower's water pressure is ample, although the towels are a washed out chocolate brown (to keep with the decor). Yes there are chips in the porcelain sink and the furniture is literally from the 60's and 70's, but as I've said this place is all about saving you money so you can spend it eating out, or touring the wineries. Kitchenettes are also available (make sure you wash all the dishes and glassware otherwise they charge $30), and each room has an air conditioner (yes the old kind that hang out the windows.)
So, overall the hotel would rate an average to poor for it's look and dated decor, but the money you save for sleeping there for 6 to 8 hours a night will have you smiling the next morning. Many others have given this place negative reviews... and they probably expected much more but clearly they wanted the cheap price... you get what you pay for! (Next time, ask to see the room before you pay for it.) If you want a nice clean, pristine bright room... you're gonna pay over $120 a night for it... the B&B's are way over that price!

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 July 2011

Our team stayed at the Carmi and it was a very good experience. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The staff was very accommodating and helpful. The team had a great time in the pool which was spotless and cleaned every day. It's not a 5-star hotel but if you're looking for a motel with a reasonable price, it's a great place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 May 2011

As the only other review of the inn mentioned: the receptionist was polite and accommodating. The room smells like it has been smoked in for he past 40 years. The pool was green with algea and motel in my opinion the inn should be condemned.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Reviewed 8 April 2009

It is with a heavy heart that I write this review..... So I will start with the good. The lady/owners at the front desk were super nice. We rolled into Penticton on a weekend at 2pm with no reservations, so we were lucky to get anything I guess. They showed us a room, we were horrified, asked them to hold it, drove around trying to find something else to no avail so we went back and they were true to thier word and held it for us. We had a room on the main level adjacent to the Dairy Queen parking lot so we had headlights and gay music coming in our room windows for the better part of the evening. The rooms had appliances salvaged from a mueseum. The washroom was so getto and nasty I threw out the sandles I used to shower with. The hotel room had that funky deoderizer smell and it was so strong it burned your nose. The walls had mystery stains on them. The sheets were clean but the materess felt like it belonged in a brothel. Dark and dank are the best words to describe the experince overall. Would be better off in a tent honestly. I wish I had snapped some pics to prove how bad it was.

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Carmi Motor Inn
Address: 1473 Main St, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 5G4, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Okanagan Valley > Penticton
Amenities:
Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #35 of 44 Hotels in Penticton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Carmi Motor Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
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