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Kokanee Glacier Resort
Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 December 2013

I would say that the beautiful name "Glacier Resort" doesn't match the level of service it provides. It is located not on the lake shore, the rooms are small and modest, the bedclothes striped, which I have found weird. Other resorts and motels provide white bedclothes as the symbol of cleanness. Breakfast is not offered during winter season.
I should admitt that my impression is the result of unmet expectations, connected with label "resort". Under other circumstances, I believe I could leave more enthusiastic review. Sorry.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Booking on line, sight unseen and going by only photos can be a bit daunting, but not this time! We drove up the perfectly manicured drive to the Resort and checked in at the Office. Staff were very friendly and pleasant. Upon entering our room we found "Spotless" accomodations. We had a small suite with a kitchen, seperate bedroom and Living/Dining area. There was a guest laundry and a guest BBQ area. This place suited us to a "T" and we will definately be back next year when we make our annual visit to Nelson.

Room Tip: We had a second floor room with a beautiful veiw of the Lake. Those with mobility issues would want...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Margaret W
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

A small group of family and friends try to have an annual scrapbook retreat in British Columbia or Alberta either May or June. Sept. 28 - Oct. 2 was the soonest we could manage one. Luckily, Kokanee Glacier Resort only uses their "breakfast room" (a separate building across from the motel rooms) July & August and we were able to rent it. What a fabulous place to have a retreat! The room is bright and cheery with its yellow walls, fireplace and many windows. A commercial coffee maker is available and Lori, the motel manager, made us wonderful muffins, butter tarts and a fruit plate to snack on. The scenery is second to none. Absolutely gorgeous view of the mountains and lake. Our group was smaller this year so we only needed to rent the two 2-bedroom suites on the front end of the motel; each with a deck/balcony (upper and lower suites) and awesome view. The weather didn't cooperate but when the sun did come out we all went outside to enjoy the lawn, adirondack chairs, gazebo and picture taking.

Our rooms were large and clean with two separate bedrooms, plenty of closet space, kitchenette, dining table, living room complete with large screen t.v., two rocking chairs, coffee table and comfortable futon couch/bed for a third occupant. On the second floor of the motel is a large sitting area with a roof overhead for protection from the rain; with tables, chairs, gas bbq for use by guests, homemade log bench and coffee table. I was quite surprised how quiet the place was as the motel entrance is right off of the highway but up a short, steep hill. It is a mere 16 kms. from Nelson where you will find wonderful restaurants and shopping.

I wouldn't recommend this motel for people who expect posh, glitzy accommodations. It is a clean, comfortable, down-to-earth motel with friendly, helpful staff. My group loved it and would go there again.

Room Tip: The cost of the two-bedroom suites is based on triple occupancy. Book early as the place fills up v...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

The Kokanee Glacier Resort is a 1950s motel that has been updated and rebranded as a "resort." The rooms are large, homey, clean, and affordable.Service was very friendly. A great place for families, travellers with pets, people on a budget, and guests who like a more informal accommodating atmosphere. It is a distance out of town, and not on the beach. It feels like an updated motel. Its not luxurious (to call it a resort is misleading) but a good value for what it is, and especially suited for families.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank AHStryd
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

We chose to stay at the Kokanee Glacier Resort based on the many positive reviews here. I'm happy to report that it more than met expectations. It's not posh, but it doesn't claim to be. What it offers is very clean, comfortable rooms, a great location, and a staff that seems dedicated to ensuring that guests enjoy their stay. All in all, it was an excellent value.

We stayed in a one-bedroom suite. The kitchenette was well equipped with everything we needed to prepare our meals. The motel wasn't full and was very quiet during our stay.

The grounds are really pleasant, plenty of lawn with seating and tables here and there, a covered deck area with a grill, and some swings and playground equipment for kids. The beach is across the road, with a sandy shore and beautiful clear water. If you're traveling with a dog, as we were, they'll enjoy their stay too, with the lawns to stroll on and lake to swim in.

The breakfast room was well-stocked, including a nice assortment of fresh fruit and a make-it-yourself omelette maker.

Downtown Nelson is about 10 km away. If you value peaceful, relaxing surroundings yet want easy access to downtown, this motel is a good choice.

We had to make a couple of changes to our reservation, and the staff was extremely accommodating in meeting our needs. We were very happy with our stay and would choose the Kokanee Glacier Resort again if our travels bring us back to Nelson someday.

Room Tip: Most of the rooms face the lawn area and so don't have a lake view. Two units on one end do face...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank osa22
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

The Kokanee Glacier Resort was a pleasure to spend our vacation at. Our room was clean and updated and felt like home.
Lori was very friendly and very accommodating.
I would definitely recommend staying here to anyone and when I have the opportunity to come back, we will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank S T
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

Every Sept. our car club (Spokane Corvette) goes to Nelson for their Queen City Cruise & Car Show. We have stayed at this hotel for three years This resort is just super. The rooms are so homey and super clean. Shaun, the owner lets us have the run of the resort. Weather permitting, we are allowed to have a bonfire and our entire group sits around the fire and catches up on all of the latest news. They also let us wash our cars so that they are spotless. We also always have at least one meal there at their picnic site.The scenery is just beautiful to look at and seeing Kootney Lake is a great reminder what a beautiful part of the world this is. . Thanks Shaun for making our "Nelson" weekend a fun time.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Barb B
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Additional Information about Kokanee Glacier Resort

Address: 2615 3a Hwy, Nelson, British Columbia V1L 6K9, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Nelson
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Nelson
Price Range: £65 - £80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kokanee Glacier Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A breathtaking view of the Kootenay Lake, only an eight minute drive to the city of Nelson, and close to the Kokanee Glacier Park. The Kokanee Glacier Resort is an excellent starting point for exploring the best of the Kootenays. Comfortable air conditioned suites complete with private bedroom(s), kitchens and many other amenities make this the perfect family vacation destination, or just a great overnight visit. ... more   less 
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