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Top Kelowna Hotels | Wine, Sunsets and Lakeside Retreats

We're on a sunny drive through the many vineyards and orchards just east of the city. Our car takes us past family-owned wineries, with sun-kissed grapes plump and swelling on the vine. This is Kelowna.

We’re heading for Hot Sands Beach in downtown Kelowna, a long sandy stretch with a water trampoline park, a huge playground, and a wide, flat boardwalk that runs for miles along Okanagan Lake. Kelowna, and neighboring West Kelowna, are perched along Okanagan Lake, a deep, clear, 85-mile-long body of water that’s surrounded by swaths of forest and rolling mountains.

While Kelowna’s agricultural roots show in the fruit orchards to the east and south, modern Kelowna is a tourist’s dream. The city is packed with things to do and see, like tours of award winning wineries, food-to-table dining, hiking, boating, biking, zip lining, an impressive indoor waterpark for rainy days and growing art and music scenes.

If you’re visiting in winter, the world class Big White Ski resort is only 45 minutes away, and snowshoeing Myra Canyon brings you through tunnels to perfect views of historic wooden trestles over a plunging gorge.

Only three hours east of Vancouver, Kelowna’s hotels range from summer resorts and high-end hotels to budget-friendly chains and funky renovated motels. Here are some of our favourite hotels in Kelowna and West Kelowna, British Columbia.

An Upscale Downtown Kelowna Hotel

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The Delta, as locals call it, is the perfect high-end hotel for enjoying Kelowna’s downtown. It’s steps away from the town’s main attractions and restaurants like Raudz and Salt & Brick, which serve up delicious local fare. 

The hotel itself is packed with all the amenities you’d expect, including heated outdoor pools, whirlpool spas, a fully equipped conference centre and exercise room. The Delta has an elegant, casual atmosphere that makes you feel instantly at home and there are more than seven acres of prime waterfront at the Delta, allowing for relaxed walks along the water.

The Delta is one of Kelowna’s largest hotels, with 260 guest rooms in two towers, plus 60 suites and condominiums for those wanting more space. 

Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort

Top rated
Kelowna, 0.3 km to BC Wine Museum
8.6 Excellent (2830 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.4 / 10
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A Kelowna Hotel With Plenty of On-Site Activities

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The West Kelowna lakeside location is the star of the family-friendly Cove Lakeside Resort. There’s an outdoor swimming pool, water slide, sandy beach, plus outdoor tennis courts. Grab one of the resort’s bicycles, take a ride along the Westside Wine Trail, and enjoy rolling hills, vineyards and scenic lake views.

After a day out on the town, relax in your roomy and comfortable suite. Suites are sunlight-filled, with one, two and three-bedroom units from 700 square feet to 2,400 square feet. Make up a cheese plate in the kitchenette, and relax your tired feet in a spa bath to unwind at the end of your day.

Cove Lakeside Resort

Top rated
8.8 Excellent (1197 reviews)
Excellent Location 9 / 10
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A Pet-Friendly Hotel in Kelowna

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Kelowna’s elegant Victorian Hotel Eldorado boasts a gorgeous view over Okanagan Lake. The El, as it’s known by locals, was founded in 1926 by Countess Bubna, an aristocratic Englishwoman. It’s especially popular with couples, who love the romantic vibe, sauna, whirlpool spa, indoor pool, and rooftop terrace. Relax over a drink at the lounge bar, or enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant. All rooms have a kitchenette and minibar.

Pets are welcome at the El, and the hotel goes all out for their comfort. Pups are treated to a luxurious plush dog bed, food and water bowls for the length of their visit. There’s even a welcome kit for dogs that includes biscuits, an interactive toy, bottled water, and a disposable doggie clean-up kit.

Hotel The Eldorado

Top rated
Kelowna, 5.1 km to BC Wine Museum
8.7 Excellent (1013 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.1 / 10
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Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas

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Step inside your suite at the luxury Manteo Resort, where every room comes with either a lakeside or mountain view. In the evening, kick back and watch the sunset over Okanagan Lake on the resort’s Instagram-worthy wooden boardwalk and pier, or rent a boat from the resort dock and explore Okanagan Lake.

If you’re hungry, wander over to Smack DAB, a stylish, modern gastropub and grab supper on the patio overlooking the lake. Spend your afternoons here at the private beach, take a splash in the indoor pool, watch a movie at the an on-site movie theatre, or relax in the sauna and steam room.

Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas

Top rated
Kelowna, 5 km to BC Wine Museum
8.6 Excellent (2067 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9 / 10
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A Quirky Kelowna Hotel

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If you’re looking for adventure in downtown Kelowna, you don’t have far to go at Hotel ZED. Funky Hotel ZED is right in the heart of the action in downtown Kelowna. Grab your beach gear and step across the street to Hot Sands Beach and Waterfront Park for a fun summer day. If you want to relax at the hotel, grab a spot on the sundeck or by the firepit, or enjoy some time in the sauna, swimming pool and hot tub.

The hotel itself is an up-beat, renovated motel with quirky, colourful touches like rotary phones, and comic books in every room. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi, LED TVs, mini refrigerators, and some offer panoramic vistas of the lake below.

Hotel ZED Kelowna BC

Kelowna, 0.8 km to BC Wine Museum
7.9 Good (1571 reviews)
Excellent Service 9 / 10
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A Budget-Friendly Hotel in Kelowna

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There’s no need to worry if you’re on a budget, with wallet-friendly rates at the The Holiday Inn Express and Suites. This is a brand-new hotel just off the highway on Kelowna’s north side, making a perfect rest stop for weary travellers.

It’s a solid, affordable option, which will keep you busy with a pool, exercise room, hot tub, and fitness centre. Your stay comes with a complimentary breakfast, free parking, an airport shuttle, plus a tea and coffee maker in every room.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kelowna - East

Top rated
Kelowna, 5.1 km to BC Wine Museum
9.0 Excellent (399 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.9 / 10
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Micki Kosman

Micki Kosman loves to travel and her home city of Kelowna is one of her favorite places in the world. She’s the co-founder of the TheBarefootNomad.com, where she writes about her family's experiences traveling Kelowna and the rest of the globe. From visiting the Amazon River, to hot air ballooning through Turkey, to snorkeling with sea turtles in Mexico, to riding camels in Morocco, Micki and her husband Charles prove that you can have great adventures with your kids. Oh, and that you can find great pastry almost anywhere on the planet.
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