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5 Reasons to Stay at a Kelowna Hotel Downtown

August 26, 2015

Kelowna Hotel Downtown Dining

Eateries such as Waterfront Wines are easily accessible for visitors staying at a Kelowna hotel downtown.

Featuring: Waterfront Wines. Photo credit: and Salt Food Photography

Many travellers like to be where the action is. Otherwise, what would be the point of leaving home? People who choose to stay at a Kelowna hotel downtown understand this, as it gives them a chance to be right in the thick of things.

Despite having a population of just over 100,000, Kelowna retains much of its small-town charm. Yet, it’s large enough to offer many of the big-city attractions you’d find in much larger centres.

By staying at a Kelowna hotel that’s close to the downtown core, you’ll get the full immersive experience. Here are a few other reasons why we think this is a great approach the next time you visit the Interior’s largest city.


1. It’s Easy to Get Around

Kelowna’s downtown core is surprisingly easy to navigate, especially on foot. In fact, driving in a car can sometimes be a hindrance because there are so many pedestrians milling about the crosswalks.

So as the saying goes, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. And by travelling on foot, you’ll get more of the outdoor experience, and you’ll be more likely to notice that tiny boutique store that sells the pottery you like so much.


2. Everything is Close at Hand

The downtown area comprises about 16 city blocks, which you can walk end-to-end in about 15 minutes. Here are the rough boundaries:

  • Gordon Drive (north)
  • Water Street (south)
  • Harvey Avenue (east), also know as Highway 97
  • Clement Avenue (west)

The bulk of the tourism attractions and sightseeing opportunities are concentrated in the southern half of this sector, as visitors are understandably drawn towards the green space and walkways around the waterfront.


3. Bars, Restaurants, and Cafes

There are dozens of eating establishments dotting the downtown landscape, catering to every budget and palate imaginable. All you need to do is pick one:

  • Family dining
  • Fine dining
  • Patio restaurants
  • Ethnic foods
  • Bars and pubs
  • Coffee shops
  • Waterfront snack carts
  • Food trucks


4. Arts and Culture

There are countless ways to get your cultural fix if you’re staying at a Kelowna hotel downtown. From performing arts to art exhibits, there’s something for everyone. Here are some of our favourites:


5. The Scenery

Few cities can boast a natural environment as grand as Kelowna’s. The south end of the downtown area rests on the shores of Okanagan Lake, and best of all, there’s plenty of public access.

City Park is a haven for those who like to unwind by the water, or relax under the shade of its mature trees. Plus, there’s plenty to do for people of all ages:

  • Sandy beaches
  • Lawn bowling
  • Kids’ waterpark
  • Playground
  • Picnic area
  • Food stands
  • Skateboard park
  • Sports fields
  • Downtown Marina public pier


If you’re looking to get out on Okanagan Lake during your stay, check out our post: See the Sights! Rent a Boat from Downtown Marina Kelowna.

Just a 10 minute drive away from the downtown core, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites offers affordable rates, comfortable rooms and amenities that’ll make your stay a memorable one. Call us to book your next stay: 1-888-860-1212

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