Hotel Zed Kelowna {Review}

Rebels Against The Ordinary, that is how Hotel Zed brands itself. It is no doubt, anything but ordinary and dull! The makers behind Accent Inns wanted to create a funky hotel that wasn’t pretentious. They started with the Victoria location and have branched out to Kelowna.

Hotel Zed Kelowna is a pet-friendly hotel located downtown, on Abbott Street. It is directly across the street from Kelowna’s City Park which is beachfront on Okanagan Lake. Location is a major selling feature for this re-done motel; you really can’t get any closer to the beach amenities than Hotel Zed. Plus, it’s one block away from the heart of downtown where there are several eateries and boutique shops. It is also only one block away from the Downtown Marina.

Hotel Zed Kelowna {Review}

THE OKANAGAN VALLEY AND KELOWNA

For those who are unfamiliar with the Okanagan, it is Canada’s desert-like climate, also influenced by the mountain ranges. This leaves Kelowna with contrasting seasons: snow in the winter, very dry and hot summers. The Okanagan has a flourishing agriculture scene, growing fruits and vegetables, with thriving orchards and vineyards. My visit fell perfectly in line with wine tasting season, which starts in late Spring.  

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AMENITIES

Sticking with the 70’s vibe, Hotel Zed offers some funky forms of transportation and fitness. All guests are welcome to use their free roller skates, longboards or bicycles (both adult and kid sized). Helmets and locks are available if you need. Being so close to downtown and the park, it is very convenient and easy to just hop on a bike and tour the city. That’s what I did.

With the summer heat of Kelowna, you will appreciate the outdoor pool and rooftop patio at the hotel. For evenings you may want to use the sauna, hot tub or firepit. The rooftop views are picturesque, overlooking the city and mountains.

As it is an updated Motel, the amenities offered are what you need and not much beyond. There is no room service, no elevators or spa. However, front desk staff is very helpful and will do their best to help you with what you may need or give you direction. With the location being what it is, you really have everything you need close by, that’s if you’re willing to leave the views of Hotel Zed’s rooftops and refreshing pool.

Hotel Zed Kelowna {Review}

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Hotel Zed Kelowna {Review}

Hotel Zed Kelowna {Review}

THE LOBBY

Lobbies are generally pretty functional and a stop in point. Not the case at Hotel Zed. Sure, the lobby offers free coffee – a must have, but it also has a mini disco (fog included!), games, typewriter stations and an area to play some vinyl. It’s very groovy baby.

Hotel Zed Kelowna {Review}

Hotel Zed Kelowna {Review}

Hotel Zed Kelowna {Review}

THE ROOMS

As with any hotel, there are a variety of room options for visitors. Each room is decorated with the retro feel, which includes a rotary phone and lively colours. The Kelowna Zed 2 Bed Kitchenette has a mini-fridge with freezer, stove top plus standard amenities like a television, free wi-fi, a desk area, hairdryer and bathroom and shower toiletries. There are hooks on the wall for hanging clothes, but no closet. Staying with the funky theme and being out of the norm, there is a room with a bunk bed option! Check out their site for options and what works best for your group.

Hotel Zed Kelowna {Review}

Hotel Zed Kelowna {Review}

Hotel Zed Kelowna {Review}

FOOD AND WINE

Just a 5-minute drive from Hotel Zed, is the Sandhilll Urban Tasting Room. Here you can taste the wine portfolio from award-winning Sandhill Wines. In the same dwelling, there is a separate tasting area for wines from Calona Vineyards, which is home to wines from Wayne Gretzky, Conviction and Pellar.

If you want to venture out of downtown Kelowna, there are over 40 wineries within 20 minutes of downtown Kelowna. Overall, there are well over 100 wineries and vineyards to visit through the Okanagan Valley. As there are several options, I suggest talking to the front desk at Hotel Zed. They will give you a map and direct you to the best options for your needs. There are also local microbreweries, cideries, and distilleries to visit.

Hotel Zed Kelowna {Review}

Hotel Zed Kelowna {Review}

When in Kelowna you really must EAT! The Okanagan produces a lot of fruit and produce.  Meals are authentically farm to table. Downtown Kelowna hosts a variety of culinary options and is home to several skilled chefs. When in town, I dined at Oak and Cru Restaurant, located near the marina. This is a waterfront restaurant with a new patio and amazing views. The restaurant has an incredible award-winning Mac & Cheese, which won Gold at the Toronto Mac and Cheese Festival 3 years in a row. It was creamy, cheesy and delicious. This is a restaurant that the entire family can enjoy. I also enjoyed their Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Garlic Prawns, Smashed Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables, all paired with a red wine from Oliver, BC, the Cassini Quattro. The food was delicious, fresh, and portions were more than generous. I did end up taking leftovers home and warming it up in my hotel room microwave for lunch. Just as delicious the next day!

There are a lot of amazing places to eat in Kelowna: restaurants, wineries, breweries, food trucks. I suggest checking out the local tourism website for an up-to-date list of restaurants and food events.

Hotel Zed Kelowna {Review}

Hotel Zed Kelowna {Review}

Hotel Zed Kelowna {Review}

LOCATION

Being downtown Kelowna has immense advantages for your stay. Kelowna’s downtown is small, so you really don’t have to go far to enjoy the best it has to offer. When I was at Hotel Zed, I saw a lot of people who were part of sporting teams or leagues who were there as a group. There was a nice community feel with that.

Kelowna City Park is literally across the street. It has a playground, a waterpark, a skateboard park, lawn bowling, volleyball courts, trails, and of course the beach with access to Okanagan Lake.

Street Parking is free after 5:00 pm weekdays in the downtown core and free on Sundays (season dependent). This was helpful, as the parking lot at the hotel was pretty jammed on the weekend. It is comforting that there is 24-hour security patrol in the outdoor parking lot at Hotel Zed and the staff is very attentive.

Hotel Zed is a fun and cool place to be and hang out at on the weekend. Many guests head over to the club, which is nearly next door, so you can safely walk home afterwards. The location is very convenient if you are heading over for a group outing or a bachelorette (I saw a few!!). If you don’t want to hit the town, Hotel Zed was chill and welcoming of the fun vibe staying within the perimeters of the hotel. If that’s not your jam, no worries, Hotel Zed leaves earplugs in every room!

Overall, Hotel Zed Kelowna offers you a fun atmosphere and experience that you can’t get anywhere else. Literally. You cannot get it anywhere else other than at another Hotel Zed location. Their unique groovy ambience is specific to their brand and offers a fun and different experience to your getaway.

Hotel Zed Kelowna {Review}

Disclosure: I received complimentary stay and some meals, however, all views and opinions in this post are 100% my own.

  

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24 responses to “Hotel Zed Kelowna {Review}”

  1. Stephanie LaPlante — May 16, 2019 @ 5:45 am (#)

    It’s so retro and colorful. Looks like a hotel that is a lot of fun.

  2. Diana — May 16, 2019 @ 6:22 am (#)

    So fun! Love the colours and retro style. Maybe we’ll book this for our next girls trip!

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen — May 16, 2019 @ 7:19 am (#)

    This sounds and looks like an amazing place to stay.

  4. kristen visser — May 16, 2019 @ 8:06 am (#)

    I am absolutely loving the fun colorful decor! so positive and cheerful. love the amenities and the food looks delish

  5. Lynda Cook — May 16, 2019 @ 9:16 am (#)

    I totally love the 70’s theme and all the colours, so much fun, love that you can use roller blades and what not to go tour, fun!!

  6. Emily John — May 16, 2019 @ 11:12 am (#)

    A friend of mine was actually telling me about this hotel, she stayed with her family and says it was unlike anything she’s experienced!

  7. Sarah — May 16, 2019 @ 12:47 pm (#)

    This looks like a fun, eclectic place to stay! Loving that you can use the Longboards and rollerskates.

  8. micheline — May 16, 2019 @ 3:54 pm (#)

    Love this funky hotel, would be a lot of fun to stay here when visiting Kelowna.

  9. Bruce L. — May 16, 2019 @ 7:47 pm (#)

    We had a birthday party at the one in Victoria then kept 3 of the kids and stayed overnight. Decor is a lot of fun.

  10. Shirley — May 17, 2019 @ 6:05 am (#)

    This looks like a great place to spend a few days beautiful country and awesome food

  11. Twingle Mommy — May 17, 2019 @ 6:33 am (#)

    This hotel looks like a lot of fun! The pool looks so inviting! If I ever make it to Kelowna, I’ll be sure to check it out!

  12. Janet lance — May 17, 2019 @ 7:10 pm (#)

    Amazing place, so colorful, would love to see it in person.

  13. Elizabeth Matthiesen — May 18, 2019 @ 8:11 am (#)

    I do like the cushions in the photo.

  14. Jenn — May 18, 2019 @ 7:05 pm (#)

    Great. I’ve learned of a great per friendly hotel in Kelowna! With 2 dogs this is impory

  15. Carole D — May 20, 2019 @ 10:09 pm (#)

    I love how colorful it is and everything it as to offer. It looks more then an Hotel!

  16. Clifford Perkins — May 22, 2019 @ 3:29 pm (#)

    I can tell you that the next time we visit The Okanagan area we will be staying at this hotel. I like everything about it, especially the retro look.

  17. nicky — July 8, 2019 @ 8:26 pm (#)

    Looks so cool! Would love to stay here.

  18. Elizabeth Matthiesen — July 22, 2019 @ 7:25 am (#)

    I was just trying to remember the last time that I stayed in a hotel, I believe it was 7 yrs ago!

  19. mrdisco — August 3, 2019 @ 3:44 pm (#)

    that’s a funky hotel

  20. Nate — August 10, 2019 @ 3:17 pm (#)

    Very nice and clean hotel

  21. Melissa Holmes — November 19, 2019 @ 4:11 am (#)

    I dream of coming out west with my son one day. I will use all the knowledge found on your blog to help me navigate the west. Thanks

  22. Lisa L — December 2, 2019 @ 11:36 pm (#)

    i love the fresh decor/look/vibe of the rooms! It’s so chill.. perfect for a fun little getaway!

  23. AD — December 4, 2019 @ 7:04 pm (#)

    I’ve been to Kelowna plenty, but never stayed here. Will have to check it out. Thanks!

  24. Jennifer Wilson — December 4, 2019 @ 8:11 pm (#)

    What a cool looking hotel. The next time I go to Kelowna I will check it out.

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