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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday inn Hotel & Suites Osoyoos
Booked into this hotel for 4 days in August 2004 for an "internet special". I guess you only get what you pay for. The room was in an old section of the hotel and not much larger than a broom closet, there was only a double bed and a desk. There was a hole in the wall behind the door, covered with duct tape, and the taps in the bathtub didn't have a handle. When I phoned down to the hotel desk to ask when they were coming to fix the tap I was told they were waiting for parts and had left a pair of pliers for us to use to turn on the tap. They did not offer to move us to a new room, they didn't seem to think broken taps were a problem. The hotel was not very clean and the carpets were stained, the taps were very hard to turn on with the pliers. It's too bad they have let this hotel get so run down because it is a great location. We booked out the next morning and went next door to the Super 8, it was excellent.
Osoyoos is great for families
Osoyoos is beautiful, there are so many fun things to do -- in addition to hanging out in the warm water of the lake all day: our kids love the Desert Center (they have several different kids' tours), the Nk'mip Heritage Center, winery tours, the desert Model Railroad (small but a hit with my kids), a nice bike trail to Oliver and beyond (but too hot in July/August) and ice cream at the historic windmill. It is a 10 min drive to Oliver with many good wineries and a 30 minutes to the old historic Kettle Valley. The lake is incredibly warm, even in June, when most BC lakes are ice cold from spring runoff.
The hotel is fine: we've stayed in several different types of rooms: 2 bedroom condo with decently equipped kitchen, including dishwasher, kids room with bunkbeds or queen bed; and one bedroom with 2 queens in bedroom. I think they also have studios. Rooms are fine. It is nice having a separate room just for kids (there's also a TV in the kids room). We don't stay on lakeside anymore after trying it once: lakeside rooms are 15-20 feet from busy highway 3, which can be noisy. Maybe the top floor on the lakeside is quiet/OK, I don't know, but view of the lake from beachside or lakeside is great either way. One complaint is the hotel pool - indoor - we haven't used it since it often looks quite cloudy: one year we checked it out, didn't like the look of the murky water and found it drained the next day for cleaning. Now I wonder if they know how to check water quality and add appropriate chemicals.. There is also an indoor hot tub, which I do like in the evening and looks clean.
The beaches at Osoyoos are great. This hotel has a beach, grass lawns and a marina. Hotel guests get a discount on some marina rentals. Aside from seadoos and motor boats, they have pedalboats, big plastic kayaks and canoes - these human powered boats are all very cheap. They also have a lot of free acitivities: beachtoys and equipment to sign out, shuffleboard, badminton, volleyball, a volleyball court set up in the water, horseshoes.
There is a kids' activity most (but not all) days in summer, typically 1-1.5 hours of arts, crafts and games. Kids also eat free in the restaurant, as it is Holiday Inn policy.
Osoyoos is great if you are staying on the beach, and the lake is really the big attraction for my family. This hotel is a nice one, but one of many on the beach. Some of the other smaller & cheaper hotels typically book up a year in advance by returning families every year. Due to the size of this hotel, you can usually book a room on the internet at some kind of reduced price a couple of weeks in advance.
I also recommend the patio at the golf course for a dinner with magnificent scenery.
It was real bad!
The rooms were not very clean and they left our door open after they cleaned our room. At least we thought they cleaned it, the coffee pot was dirty with old grounds and coffee, dirty glasses in the sink that were not replace, the tub wasnt cleaned and the deck has the same cigarette butts on the deck that were there during our first night.
We complained and were told that stay over service for housekeeping was to make our bed and repleanish towels if need and that was all!
I have never stayed in a hotel like that! A hostle has better service! Will never stay there again
What a view !!!
What a location. Beautiful water and scenery in front and behind you. Everything was lovely about this hotel. The facilities were great, the town was very nice, the scenery entering 'Canada's only desert' and leaving it to head east was beyond compare. Just beautiful. Staff were friendly enough. Busy and in the middle of a bit of refurbishment. Don't let that put you off. It was coming to a end.
I'd recommend this hotel to anyone for value, position and facilities. A lovely part of this planet.
The "cheaper rooms" could use some renovation (we had a broken dead bolt but were told we couldn't move to another room at the rate we were paying, however if we payed approximately 30 dollars more which was also a special rate . . . we took our chances. The handle on the small fridge was also broken) as could the common areas (they appear to be doing this). Their private beach was busier than the public beach just across the way. The room seemed clean enough but we found a half finished can of pepsi by the head of our bed. That said we enjoyed the view, the pool, and the quiet.
Just feeling like I needed to let everyone know it is not as nice as they say it is.Upon our arrival we did not get the floor or bunkbeds we requested. The air conditioner leaked which kept us up,woke our small kids up and kept us out of our room for an entire day.They also left a pipe to hold the caulking in the panel closed which was in our way. The hot tub was closed for three days. The real topper though was while all this was going on, my husband broke his foot... Boating you might think? No, the hotels private grounds were unkept. He was walking through there grass and tripped over a big hole. So he got to spend alot of his vacation in the hospital,away from his children. no swimming, no boating,go carts, bumper boats or anything else... the worse part is the hotel staff did not even care enough to go out and fill the hole.Later we ran in to another lady who hurt her foot out there as well. My daughter cut her finger on some glass on the beach as well, you guessed it, not even a bandaid to be found. 4 star this is not.... The only positive thing I have to say is once we informed the manager he half hearted discounted our room. although this was not enough compensation for our ruined weeks vacation...
Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort
Recently I had the pleasure of staying at the Holiday Inn Sun Spree resort along the lake in beautiful Osoyoos, B.C. I can't tell you how wonderful my experience there really was! This resort operates as a haven for "Snowbirds" in the winter months with an Activities & Events program that includes Aquafit, Yoga, art classes, theme parties, dinners and just so much more! Classified as Canada's only desert, the town of Osoyoos is just as friendly as the staff at the resort. I have been told that during the summer this resort is place to be and fills up quickly with families! They also have a Marina with watercraft rentals! We happened to be taking advantage of their Golf/Wine tour package and everything was planned to a tee for us! We would definately recommend this resort to anyone looking for downhome comfort & service!
Great in the off season!
They are great to BCAA/AAA members. Even though the hotel had a high occupancy rate, they honoured the discounted rate and gave us a choice of rooms. The pool was very clean and the service was prompt.
Never had a worse experience
I arrived at the hotel at 2 AM, no one was at the front desk, but there was a sign that said back in five minutes. At about 5 AM, yes that is 5 AM - 3 hours later I saw a drunk stumbling into the lobby. He could barely stand! The drunk was the missing front desk attendant.He then gave us the key to our room which was the last room in the hotel. We went to the room to find the bed warm and the bed a mess. We called the front desk obviously extremely upset, where the drunk apologized and told us he had been sleeping in our bed! We ended going to our car until the new shift came on. Well we finally got a clean room and got to bed around 11AM. Need I say more!
The ultimate hotel in osoyoos!
I have stayed at many hotels in osoyoos, and the holiday inn sunspree resort is by far the best. They have a restraunt/bar attached to the hotel, along with a marina where u can rent paddle boats, sea-doos, motor boats etc.... The best part is they are right on the beach, and its so relaxing to listen to the water at night. They also have an indoor swimming pool and weight room.If u stay at this hotel u wont regret it!
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