The Riviera in Osoyoos is your typical motel - L shaped and rectangle cinder blocks buildings, wire mesh railings, and a little cubby hole for an office - so it won’t be winning awards for aesthetic design.
And if you assumed it would have an interactive webpage, wireless internet and the latest and greatest in room fashions, then you would be wrong.
Still, the Riviera Motel is pretty good, because it is what it is, a good cheap motel.
And you can’t have cheap without some sacrifice.
The pool is longer and deeper (7’-8’) than most hotels I’ve stayed at, even if it was indoors.
Full disclosure: I didn’t actually swim in it, but my kids report it was quite cold.
Outdoor BBQ area which was a nice touch along with some green space and a pool/party room.
The lady there keeps a close eye on the place, was quite helpful, and seemed to be there all the time.
Best of all it was quiet, maybe we got lucky but the only sounds heard were drunks on the street outside the motel.
Contrast that with the more expensive and nicer Holiday Inn where the balconies are jammed with drunks and the pungent smell of ganja.
Come to think of it all of Osoyoos had the pungent smell of ganja.
The not so good;
Lack of electrical plugs for all our electronic crap Ipods, cellphones etc.
There’s no door when you enter the room, just a sliding patio, and the lock is not what I’d call high security
The window mount AC units are quite loud and appear well used.
Repairs and maintenance appear to be done by Red Green and his “handyman's secret weapon" or "universal adapter” AKA Duct tape along with lots of silicone.
Our first kitchenette unit was functional but small and in desperate need of a reno to get it out of the 1970’s.
However, the larger unit with a separate bedroom and a hide-a-bed, albeit lumpy, was a lot better.
The screen doors stutter open and other doors stick so you need to force them to close.
And the shower fixtures are well past their replacement date, but the water was hot and available so what do I care?
So if you want a place that’s cheap, quiet and can ignore the retro look of the place, then the Riviera is a good choice.
I wouldn’t suggest you have your honeymoon here, or a business conference, this place is more for families on a budget.
In fact a little more maintenance, and some quick renos, and this place would be quite a bargain.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Riviera Motel offers an economical, clean, quite home away from home. We are steps from the beach and offer a games room and public laundry and showers. We are a summer and WINTER destination. We offer special Snowbird rates for those wanting to get away from the Canadian Prairie winters. ... more less
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