Lake Okanagan Resort
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As the hotel in Kamloops didn't have anywhere to eat we checked out and had breakfast in Denny's and began the journey to Kelowna. We didn't get far along the road when we found the British Columbia Wildlife Park (BCWP). We stopped in and ended up spending several hours there. All the animals there have been rescued and deemed unable to ever return …
My next stop is Kelowna which is a approximately 5 hours from Vancouver but since I am in whistler the trip takes 9 hours as the bus has to go back to Vancouver before heading to kelowna!!! Crazy I know but this is the way it has to be done. So here we go on a night bus are feels like south east Aisa all over again, the crazy thing is the buses are …
This is the first post of our travel blog! We're super excited to share all of our exciting adventures with you. At first we'll be posting some old trips to catch you up, and then you'll be able to experience the ones we're living right now too!
This trip that all these photos are from were in Kelowna, British Columbia in August 2013. When we got to Kelowna we were greeted by scorching temperatures even as high as 104 degrees! We stayed at ...
... us stay with them and it was fantastic.. night one with them was Valentines day so we decided to go watch the Kelowna Rockets ice hockey team (super romantic right!) and it was a really fun night, they ended up winning with about 25 seconds to go in the third, not quite like watching the NHL but it gave us our first hockey fix for the trip!
Saturday we hit up one of the local resorts, Big White, the closest to Kelowna about a 45 minute drive away. Big ...
... dinner. Prime rib dinner with vegetables. End cut of meat. Super juicy. Next stop. Back to the piano bar for apple pie crumble and ice cream. Coffee and football. Because of rain and cold weather slated for kelowna Saturday we are planning on leaving the hotel tomorrow around noon and heading over to Spokane Washington. Then from there we will be stopping before Yellowstone in order to cross ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Lake Okanagan Resort Kelowna
We have been visiting LOR almost annually for over 15 years.
We just returned froma week at LOR and were less than impressed. We stayed in a 3 BR Condo at the far end down by the stables. We called the day before we arrived to see if an early check-in was possible as our flight arrrived before noon. They said, no problem. And to our surprise, when we drove up with 3 little kids our room wasn't ready. They indicated they were unable to tell us when it might be ready and that we would just have to keep on calling to see. Once in the room, it was very dark and dingy, all buut the carpet were 70's era motif. I found the front desk staff did the bare minimum to assist and dismiss you. We asked about the pools as autumn weather is too cool for outdoor swimming, and they said there was an outdoor wading pool for kids. 2 days after our arrival, a tent appeared over the outdoor pools, nice but perhaps they could have mentioned that to us when we called. We asked about picnic tables along the hiking paths and were told there were none. So we go for a hike, lo'and behold what do we find? Picnic tables! Too bad we hadn't brought our lunch.....
I read some of the reviews before going to LOR and was concerned, as some reviews were great, some were terrible. Our experience there was pretty good, not fabulously outstanding, but pretty good. Here in Vancouver, we get "stay 2 nights, get 3rd night free" coupons for LOR in the mail, so we decided to check the place out, as our family has often spent part of our vacation in the Okanagan. We love the lakes and the great summer weather. We stayed in the cheapest rooms at LOR (still $239/night) in a building named the Kokanee Inn, the most distant building, just next to the riding stables. The room was a studio suite and was quite nice: one queen bed, one sofa bed, an adequately equipped kitchenette, a reasonable sized dining table for 4, a balcony looking out towards the lake, but with no lake view due to huge pine trees: still pretty nice. The balcony overlooked a small, quiet circular pool, which wasn't used much (except by us!) With the sofa bed closed up, the room was very spacious and comfortable for 2 parents and 2 kids. We didn't spend much time in the room other than sleeping, breakfasts and lunches. There was no peeling paint or furniture in bad shape (as noted in some other reviews) everything was fine. The air conditioner was adequate, it kept the entire studio suite well cooled. The cleaning staff visited each day to make beds, change towels, vacuum a bit etc.
Just returned from a reunion held at the resort. The service was excellent. The food wonderful and the resort beautiful. Friendly and helpful staff.
Our family just spent one week at Lake Okanagan Resort and we that place we all just love it. There is so much natural beauty and such a diversity of things to do that for a whole week you don't even have to leave the resort if you don't want to. From all the water activities on beautiful Okanagan Lake to golfing, playing tennis, walking on the nature trails, horseback riding, using the exercise room to participating in their organized daily activities during July and August, we found that there was never a shortage of things to do. We found the units at Lake Okanagan Resort were tastefully decorated and complete with all the kitchen equipment and niceties. We only had a one bedroom unit for our family of 4, but we didn't feel cramped because the resort is so large and has so much to offer that one could be off at one activity and another somewhere else, enjoying the resort and their holiday the way they wanted. We found the resort a very friendly place and everyone from housekeeping to waiters to management were cheerful and helpful so as to make our stay pleasant. We have stayed at a number of resorts in Hawaii and the United States, Canada and Mexico and we feel that Lake Okanagan Resort is a "jewel" for its natural beauty as well as for its diversity and number of activities offered to all age levels.
We were very disappointed with this resort and we will probably never stay there again. Our room was small, dark and dingy and was not very clean. We received maid service twice in a week's stay. There is one little air conditioner in the back bedroom to cool the whole unit--those sleeping in this bedroom froze to death while everyone else baked to death in the other beds and rooms. We found our stay to be very noisy at all hours as the units and some of the amenities are squished very close together in addition to the outdated ice machines, wooden stairs, etc. The worst was the "Cabanas" restaurant! The food is O.K. but the service is EXTREMELY SLOW without any good reason. We found this for every single meal we had there at ALL times of the day!
I Love It We Go Back Every Year
My family and i come back every year to this special place. We've even bought a time share!!! The pools and water are great and the resort has so much to do the best way to stay is in a chalet.
My wife and I arrived at the resort after 13 hours of driving , only to find our room had no air conditioning. It was too hot to sleep,so I stayed up late standing out on the balcony trying to cool off. The day had not been hot there that day. It was cloudy and wet. I can only imagine what it would have been like had the weather been hot. We had to keep our front door open all night to keep the room from heating up. The only other complaint we have was about the poor service at Cabanas Restaurant. You would think the young fellow was just hanging out with his buddies with his casual surfer attitude. We waited much too long to have our orders taken and be served coffee. We tried to get his attention ,but he was not available because he was too busy talking with his co-workers. There was only one other table with customers in the whole restaurant and several people were working at the time. Thank goodness the food was good.
We stayed here last summer over a long weekend with friends. When we arrived our rooms was not ready (6pm) and then when we did check in we were told that there was a mistake with our reservation and the we were going to have to change rooms the next morning and then again the following morning. Needless to say we were chocked!!!! When the first morning arrived we were asked to leave our room at 9 am and told that our new room would not be ready until between 1 and 4 pm. We were a group of 3 young couples each with an infant under 1 year. We refused to leave until our new room was ready and the manager made no effort to accomodate us. Finally we found a sympathetic chamber maid who said that she would clean our new room right away and also added that it had been vacant from the night before and that it wasn't booked the next day.Hopefully they have found a new manager as our group was amazed that a resort this size could have someone so stupid and unorganized in control. You could never pay me enough money to return there. By the way were asked to have our room discounted for all of the inconvience we were put through and they refused.
I stayed at this resort for one week with my husband and three young sons. The rooms at the resort are a throwback to the seventies with peeling paint and poor furniture. We were told that we had a standard room and not a deluxe room and that we would have to pay more for the deluxe suite. However, their website makes no such distinction just quoting a rate for a one bedroomed suite but showing pictures of what there accommodations manager calls the deluxe suite. The air conditioning in the one bedroomed suite consists of one small unit in the back of the bedroom. This was woefully inadequate in cooling the entire suite. The Cabanas restaurant at the resort also leaves much to be desired. Although the food is acceptable the wait for it is not. We dined at Cabanas on at least four occasions and always had a wait of over 30 mins to receive any food and on one occasion we waited over 60 mins to receive a fruit and vegetable platter and an order of garlic bread. We also had issues with the cleaning staff performing a less than adequate job of cleaning our suite and vacuuming onlt teice in a week's stay,