Kelowna International Hostel, Kelowna

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Kelowna International Hostel Reviews

Party hostel

The Kelowna International Hostel is a beautiful hostel in a colorful house, close to Lake Okanagan. Staff was young, dynamic and helpful, even for me as a late arrival. Visitors beware that it may be a party hostel, most suitable for youngsters and night owls.


Tres sympathique

Je ne suis restee qu une nuit a l auberge mais le lieux est bien situe et propre, de plus de nombreuses activites sont proposees pour mettre les gens en contact et permettre une belle experience.

Age 28 | francaise

Clean but cramped; disproportionately high number of staff to guests

Standard hostel fare. Clean rooms and basic amenities, including free wifi and coffee. Also, it's centrally located -- just 15 min. by foot to downtown Kelowna. I stayed for one Saturday night in mid-April. While I understood there'd be fewer guests due to seasonality (it's the off season here), I felt there was a disproportionately high number of live-in staff to backpackers. The staff numbered closed to 7, while there were only about 10-12 guests staying that particular night. This disproportionateness affected the dynamics of the hostel, such that the staff seemed to have their own private 'club' -- not an unlikely consequence of living in tight confines -- which often dominated the commons area. While the manager was welcoming, the majority of the staff (which was just under half the hostel's occupants that night) didn't seem to give much consideration to the guests. I tried to strike up some conversations with the general group, however, I soon felt like I was intruding on them. Though, the other guests I briefly chatted with were quite nice. Were I to stay here again it most certainly would not be during the off season; again, too few travelers, too many live-ins. Also, the hostel is slightly cramped -- it was only at one-third capacity during my stay. At or near capacity, I imagine it'd be elbow-to-elbow busy. No thanks.


Amazing Set-Up, Comfortable Room

Without sounding like a weirdo, I do think that my enjoyment of the hostel was diminished by the fact that a large portion of the residents where long-time residents over summering to catch some "Powdah." These cool cats were busy reliving the showy, alpha-male/showy female dream and were stagnating. The few real travelers made the place. No knock against them, but a hostel is a place where travelers can find companions to explore with, not a place to be trapped in the same old human dynamic.


This is the best hostel I ever stayed at. We were planning to stay just a couple of days, but after months of travelling this was the first place where we felt at home. So we ended up staying a month and we returned a couple of times. The staff is really friendly and helpfull, just like Crystal, the owner. There is free breakfast, and a lot of parties. There are private rooms and dorms. The hostel is clean and not far from the center. To us, this was not a hostel, but a home. Though it is not a HI hostel, you get a discount with a HI membership card.


I stayed here for 1 month, and loved it so much I asked for a job. That led to 1 year of amazing times, including meeting hundreds of friendly world travellers of all ages and groups. Make sure and meet the owner, Crystal, for a sincere and friendly welcome to Kelowna. It's been over 3 years since I left the hostel, but those memories are still burning bright in my mind, and those friends are still the closest I've made. The Kelowna International Hostel is non-commercial, non-franchise / chain hostel - you will feel like you're staying in a friend's home. They have weekly parties for all guests, and are continually coming up with fun activities for everyone to do. Highly, highly recommended.


I liked it. I've actually stayed here twice. It's out of town but near the beach. The hostel had a cool keg party going on when I arrived, and it was fun just chilling on the veranda. Dorms were nice and clean, too. The common room is ripe for socializing and everyone seems to watch movies in the evening. I would stay here again.


Great hostel to stay at! There are amazing murals all over the walls! Stay here if you want to be close to the nightclubs, downtown, and the waterfront. The BEST mexican food EVER can be found within walking distance of the hostel at Hector's Authentic Mexican Restaurant--about 6 blocks down Pandosy Street.



Location and Contact




Address: 2343 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, Columbia Britannica, Canada

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Phone Number: +1 (250) 763-6024
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Facilities and Amenities

Solo Traveller





Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill

Board Games

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments


Evening Entertainment



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers




Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental


Table Tennis


Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 7:00am - 11:00pm

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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