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“Wonderful place to stay! Great value for the money!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kokanee Glacier Resort
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
Fall City, Washington
1 review
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“Wonderful place to stay! Great value for the money!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

An old friend from California and I went up to B.C. to visit Nelson and Ainsworth Hot Springs and just to enjoy the lake. I have stayed many places over the years in my travels, and this was just a lovely place to stay. The owners were charming people: very friendly and eager to accomodate their guests.

The room was SUPER clean, very cheerful, and very comfortable--not only the high quality queen bed, but the futon in the sitting room, as well! There was a decent sized refrigerator, a full stove, a microwave, coffeemaker, and hot water pot (a staple in Canada for proper tea, which I love!). There were pots, dishes and cups and glasses, and silverware, and even a dishcloth and towel, dish soap and a drying rack! Very thoughtful! The bathroom was spacious and spotless! There was a nice flat screen TV and a table and chairs to sit at, and since it was early spring, we needed some heat, and the heater was quiet, and baseboard heat in the bedroom, which even had a closet! This is the best value I have seen in years!

The location was great--about 10 minutes out of Nelson, or less, which was what I wanted as I do not like staying in town. We had a beautiful view of the lake. One thing I do need to mention is that the hotel is across the street from the lake, and not directly on it--the pictures don't show that clearly, but it is still very close and not an issue.

We did not have breakfast here as that is not offered until later in the season, but based on everything else, I am sure it is wonderful. I am definitely going to return here again and I highly recommend this accommodation!

Room Tip: We stayed downstairs and had a nice view of the lake, several views are available.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Karen E
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Brisbane, Australia
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79 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2011

It was great to stay in accommodation that had a lounge area and separate bedroom. The facilities often missing in other accommodations were all there, including fridge, microwave, kettle, crockery and cutlery. We also made use of the excellent BBQ located on the verandah close to the room. The bed was very comfortable, and room was clean. The location was perhaps a little inconvenient, being 6 miles from Nelson, but it was very pretty and quiet.
Shaun, the manager, also gave us free passes to the hot springs, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jandmedwards
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WA
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23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2011

Cons: Bed might be due to be replaced; getting saggy in the middle

Pros: Very clean and quiet. This place wins for the best shower insert I have ever seen in a hotel. Finally, a place for women to put their fifty million toiletries and washcloths. It was filled with all shorts of nooks and crannies. Much appreciated! The shower head worked very well. Counter space in the bathroom was adequate as well.

I enjoyed the detailed guest guide. Lots of good info about the area. I especially appreciated the part in the rules about no smoking so close to the suites. No one likes to have smoke flood into their room when you open the door or window.

I liked how I was told the grand total when I booked the room. Tax and everything. Check in and check out was easy.

Nice view of the lake. There were adirondack chairs on the lawn and other covered viewing areas up above.

The parking spaces were ample.

The breakfast was above average. We liked the omelet maker and homemade bran muffins.

I would stay here again and highly recommend it. Stayed at Copper Point Resort in Invermere the night before. It was double the price for A LOT LESS. Liked Kokanee Glacier Resort MUCH better.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank meelm
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Maple Ridge, Canada
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2011

I'm really surprised at the critique that gave this a 1 saying it was poor value. They should try and book a place in the Okanagan valley anywhere on the water, or with a view. One the water is a minimum of $200+ per night I also quibble with the review that said that the beds were not comfortable. We found the beds comfortable, including the futon for our girls. The rooms were clean and well maintained. One small quibble - a bit more kitchen equipment would be good, it was a bit short on cutlery, plates and glasses. There were four sets, but it's nice to be able to have some extras. beautiful view, places outside to sit and appreciate the view. The beach access was indeed across the road, but very easy to get to, and a nice sandy, very quiet little beach with excellent swimming. Nelson is minutes away. There's a grocery story/liqour store just around the corner, and a pub with quite decent food a block away. We may go back for a week next year, it was that nice.

We just stumbled on the resort as we were driving to Nelson looking for a place to stay the night. It was so agreeable, at such a good price, we stayed an extra night. There is extraordinary hiking and excellent hot springs just up the road, the great town of Nelson, and a beach. What more do you want, at a great price.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Rick W
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Richmond, Canada
Level Contributor
20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2011

My friend and i had to find a place in a pinch when we were camping over the July 1st weekend, bears had come into our camping area and were ransacking the tents. we arrived late at night and Sean welcomed us warmly. He fund us a room and was most gracious in making sure everything was in good order. The only problem came when we pulled down the futon and the bed wouldn't stay level There was no other room so we managed with it as it was. I feel confident in the pride in their establishment that this matter was seen to quickly.

Breakfast the next morning in the sunflower room was delightful. All our needs were attended to and it was a delicious breakfast with many choices. The serving area, kitchen and dining area were spotlessly clean.

The funniest thing was that they had ball caps with a picture of a cinnamon bear embroidered on the front I bought one and can now point to the logo and say " This is where we stayed & this is why"

I would recommend the Kokanee Glacier resrt to anyone travelling in that area of BC

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Ginny L
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Kelowna, British Columbia
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20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2011

My husband and I (and our dog) were warmly welcomed and made to feel quite at home. The kitchen suite was bright, spacious, clean, and did not look worn and tired as so many lodgings do. Suite rental included complimentary coffee in our room and a yummy continental breakfast in the dining room. There were plenty of grassy areas, with seating, for all three of us to relax with choices of shade or open sun and even a gas BBQ available to guests. A short walk across the road brings you to steps leading down to a public access beach area. The resort is about an 8 min. drive from the city centre of Nelson, which makes it very peaceful. It overlooks the lake, and provides a lovely view of Nelson lit-up after sunset. The added bonus was no mosquitoes while we enjoyed the evening sitting outside. Even our dog was more relaxed there than any other place we stayed at. Our next visit will be for a week!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Doris K
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Sooke, B.C.
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2011

Our 2 bedroom suite was bright, clean and perfect for us and our two little dogs.
Management of the hotel was very friendly and accommodating.
The breakfast room was a wonderful way to meet the other guests and find out where they were from and how they were enjoying their vacations.
There was something for everyone layed out for breakfast and the breakfast staff were pleasant and helpful.
Our suite had a gorgeous view of the lake and mountains and it was very relaxing to just sit on our deck and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
We would not hesitate to recommend this Resort and will definitely return there again.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank SharronT
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Property: Kokanee Glacier Resort
Address: 2615 3a Hwy, Nelson, British Columbia V1L 6K9, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Nelson
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kokanee Glacier Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A breathtaking view of the Kootenay Lake, only an eight minute drive to the city of Nelson, and close to the Kokanee Glacier Park. The Kokanee Glacier Resort is an excellent starting point for exploring the best of the Kootenays. Comfortable air conditioned suites complete with private bedroom(s), kitchens and many other amenities make this the perfect family vacation destination, or just a great overnight visit. ... more   less 
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