Located in the central portion of Canada's western province of British Columbia, the Okanagan Valley stretches south to Canada's border with the United States. The area's defining geographical landmark is the 100-mile-long Okanagan Lake, which extends for nearly the entire length of the valley. Many of the lodgings are located on the lake, providing stunning views and access to water sports, swimming and alfresco dining.
Also included here are some top-notch accommodations in Vancouver, a short flight away. Should you find yourself needing an overnight stay before heading to the Okanagan Valley, check out some of Vancouver's finest guestrooms.
Please note that prices and other details can often change. We recommend that you call ahead before you go. All prices are in USD.
Delta Grand Okanagan Resort
1310 Water St.
Kelowna, BC, V1Y 9P3
Telephone: (250) 763-4500; (800) 465-4651
Fax: (250) 763-4565
Rates: $159 to $2,499
Services: Babysitting, Concierge, Parking, Pet Services, Room Service, Restaurant/Bar
Amenities: Beach, Fitness Center, Pool, Spa, Swimming
The most elegant hotel in Okanagan is also convenient—Calona Estate Wines and the Wine Museum, as well as various shops, restaurants and theaters, are just a short stroll away. Delta standard rooms are large (400 to 450 square feet), and two-bedroom condos reach up to 1,400 square feet, featuring kitchens, Jacuzzi tubs, gas fireplaces, living and dining rooms, and a washer and dryer. The place is equipped with boutiques on the first floor, plus five eateries, ranging from a fine restaurant to casual coffee shop, and indoor and outdoor pools. For afternoon wine tasting, several wineries are a 10- to 15-minute drive away, including Mission Hill and Summerhill.
Just off Manteo's lobby is Wild Apple, the popular local restaurant.
Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas
3762 Lakeshore Road
Kelowna, BC, V1W 3L4
Telephone: (250) 860-1031; (800) 445-5255
Fax: (250) 860-1041
Suites: 30, plus 24 villas
Rates: $170 to $710
Services: Babysitting, Concierge, Dry Cleaning, Internet Access, Laundry, Room Service, Restaurant/Bar
Amenities: Fitness Center, Jacuzzi, Private Beach, Pool, Water Sports
Casual and contemporary, this idyllic resort offers rooms and suites with sweet views of Okanagan Lake and the mountains, but the bigger draw is the restaurant, Wild Apple. The cuisine is tasty and uncomplicated with dishes such as mountain berry "T" roast duck breast and wild salmon crab cakes with field lettuce salad. The wine list is almost entirely local, with more than 20 wines by the glass on the menu. Located on the south end of Kelowna, the resort is conveniently close to Mission Hill and Cedar Creek wineries.
Naramata is a historic hotel but offers guests modern amenities and a luxurious spa.
Naramata Heritage Inn & Spa
3625 First St.
Naramata, BC, V0H 1N0
Telephone: (250) 496-6808; (866) 617-1188
Fax: (250) 496-5001
Rates: $116 to $540
Services: Breakfast Included, Internet Access, Room Service, Restaurant/Bar
Built in 1908, this inn and spa still has many of its original charms, including period antiques, lovingly-restored hardwood floors, and claw-foot bathtubs. Each room also comes with a semi-private terrace, and the spa offers an impressive line of treatments despite the small inn's size. The restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, offers five- and nine-course tasting menus with advance notice, featuring locally grown or produced ingredients. There is a wine bar, too, with a large selection of Okanagan wines.
Four Seasons is known for its stellar service, and it is upheld at the Vancouver location.
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
791 West Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC, V6C 2T4
Telephone: (604) 689-9333; (866) 223-9333
Fax: (604) 684-4555
Rates: $245 to $918
Services: Babysitting, Concierge, Dry Cleaning, Internet Access, Laundry, Parking, Room Service, Restaurant/Bar
Amenities: Fitness Center, Jacuzzi, Pool, Sauna, Spa
You won't be disappointed by the service here—it's impeccable, just as you would expect from a Four Seasons hotel. Many of the suites are twice the size of standard rooms and offer dining space for up to four people, garden views and high-speed Internet access. Guests need not go far to shop—the Pacific Centre Mall, which spans three blocks, is just off the lobby—and the hotel's restaurants are first-rate.
Goldie Hawn filmed Bird on a Wire in the Tai Pan Suite of the Metropolitan.
Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver
645 Howe St.
Vancouver, BC V6C 2Y9
Telephone: (604) 687-1122; (800) 667-2300
Fax: (604) 602-7846
Rates: $379 to $3,500
Services: Concierge, Dry Cleaning, Internet Access, Laundry, Parking, Pet Services, Restaurant/Bar, Room Service
Amenities: Fitness Center, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam Room, Spa
Service and luxury go hand-in-hand at the Metropolitan in Vancouver. Beds are covered in Italian Frette linens, and suites offer marble bathrooms with multihead shower stalls and flat-screen televisions. But the ultimate lodging is the two-story Tai Pan Suite, where Goldie Hawn filmed Bird on a Wire, and Halle Berry and Tina Turner have spent the night. The suite offers 1,500 square feet of space, a balcony overlooking the city and mountains, a big-screen television with a surround-sound system, heated bathroom floors and remote-controlled lighting and drapes (from $3,500).
Take in views of the North Shore Mountains and Burrard Inlet from the Pan Pacific in Vancouver.
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Suite 300-999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 3B5
Telephone: (604) 662-8111; (800) 937-1515
Fax: (604) 685-8690
Rates: $299 to $5,700
Services: Fitness Center, Jacuzzi, Pool, Sauna, Spa
Amenities: Babysitting, Concierge, Dry Cleaning, Internet Access, Laundry, Parking, Pet Services, Restaurant/Bar, Room Service
At this waterfront hotel, harbor-view rooms are worth the extra money—you won't soon forget the sight of seaplanes taking off, framed by Stanley Park and the mountains across the harbor. The modern rooms are furnished in bird's-eye maple, and the three-story windows in the lobby offer a striking view of the Burrard Inlet, Stanley Park and North Shore Mountains.
Bedrooms in the penthouses have Jacuzzi tubs and views of Robson Square.
Wedgewood Hotel & Spa
845 Hornby St.
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1V1
Telephone: (604) 689-7777; (800) 663-0666
Fax: (604) 608-5348
Rates: $275 to $1,500
Services: Fitness Center, Spa, Steam Room
Amenities: Concierge, Dry Cleaning, Internet Access, Laundry, Parking, Restaurant/Bar, Room Service
Rooms at the Wedgewood have a quaint European feel. The ultimate lodgings are the four newly-renovated 741-square-foot penthouses with private garden terraces, balconies overlooking Robson Square, Jacuzzi tubs and heated bathroom floors. In the evenings, guests can mingle over martinis at the hotel's Bacchus Lounge, a lively happy-hour spot for the downtown crowd.