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Hotel Zed Kelowna: A Retro-Style Hotel That’s Perfect for Your Kelowna Gaycation!

by | Jun 21, 2022

When you think of visiting Kelowna, you automatically imagine Okanagan Lake, surrounded by beaches, vineyards, orchards, wineries, and hiking trails. Kelowna is the largest city in the Okanagan Valley, and it is Canada’s crown jewel when it comes to summer gaycation travel. Knowing where to stay is important for LGBTQ+ travelers, especially when it comes to safety, personal comfort, and style. Let us introduce to you, the Hotel Zed Kelowna

The Hotel Zed Kelowna across from Kelowna City Park by Lake Okanagan, in Kelowna, British Columbia.

The Hotel Zed Kelowna is located directly across from City Park, on the shores of Okanagan Lake. The bright and colorful exterior is a bold and definitive way the property sets itself apart, welcoming gay travelers with open arms, embracing inclusivity, and providing a safe haven by understanding the sensitivities of the queer community. Basically, it screams amazing gaycation!

A retro rotary phone and a vintage alarm clock on a bedside table in a guest room at the Hotel Zed Kelowna.

The boutique motel has been completely overhauled and transformed into a vibrant oasis with a dash of fabulous and a splash of retro. From the moment you arrive, you know it’s going to be an exciting stay. From the colorful VW bus parked at the entrance of the reception area and the typewriter in the waiting area, to the mini discotheque and rotary phones in each room, the vibe is crazy fun. 

The cozy, retro-themed lobby at the Hotel Zed Kelowna.

Hotel Zed is proud to call itself the “sassiest hotel on Earth.” When you walk in the door and see the vibrant, retro-style lobby, it’s easy to see why. The hotel is decked out with bold colours and a tongue-in-cheek attitude, from the comic book library to the vintage record players. The laid-back lobby and patios with beautiful views let you make friends with others or your own inner Zed.

The exterior of the Hotel Zed Kelowna with an outdoor pool, across from Kelowna City Park, and near Okanagan Lake, in Kelowna, BC.

Summer vacation in Kelowna wouldn’t be complete without an outdoor pool, and the Hotel Zed Kelowna has a beautiful outdoor pool tucked into the corner, providing privacy for guests. Guests can also enjoy the use of the outdoor rooftop lounge spaces or the air-conditioned indoor lobby lounge to kick back and relax. 

The colorful Hotel Zed Kelowna, light up at night.

The property is right across the street from City Park, which has sandy beaches, a waterpark, tennis courts, a skateboard park, a running track, lawn bowling, playgrounds, sports fields and a gorgeous biking and pedestrian path around the lake. And it’s all just across the street. 

A vintage desk and modern flatscreen TV in a guest room at the Hotel Zed Kelowna.

Hotel Zed Kelowna is a part of Accent Inns hotel chain which includes properties across British Columbia. The property is situated just one block the bustling Bernard Avenue and downtown core of Kelowna, where there are shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs. This location makes Hotel Zed Kelowna an ideal choice for those looking for a fun getaway. 

The Rooms

There are a variety of rooms at the Hotel Zed Kelowna, so you can have your own privacy, or stay together with your squad. 

Two queen size beds in a guest room at the Hotel Zed Kelowna.
  • Zed 2 Bed: This fantastic room for families has it all—a queen bed for mom and dad, plus a double bed for the kids. It’s like staying at home! Sleeps up to 4 people.
  • Bachelor Pad: Ideal for those on a budget, this compact space has everything you need in a small package. Plus, it even has a queen bed just in case you make friends while you’re here! Sleeps 2 people.
  • King for a Night: If you want to spread out or impress your travelling companion, this is the choice for you! One king bed sleeps 2 people comfortably.
  • King of Bunks: Kids are gonna love having bunk beds! One king bed plus two twin bunk beds sleep up to 4 people comfortably.
  • Kitchy King: You can cook up a storm (or just some eggs). But if you want to learn how, we’re not providing the lesson.
  • Queen of Bunks: A queen bed, a sofa bed, and a bunk bed. Something for everybody in this unit! Sleeps four adults and two little rebels.
  • Queen View Kitchenette: A queen bed with a kitchenette and a view of the lake. Sleeps two adults.
  • Sweet Suite: The kind of suite that makes you say “sweet!” Sleeps four sweet rebels!
  • Sweetest Suite: Enjoy not only the view but also the privacy—the separate bedroom has a king bed and there’s also a full kitchen in this unit. Sleeps up to four people.
  • Zed 2 Bed Kitchenette: Two queen beds with a separate kitchenette and eating area; sleeps up to four people.
The kitchenette inside a guest room at the Hotel Zed Kelowna.

Amenities

Hotel Zed prides itself on being more than just a place to sleep. Guests have access to several unique amenities, including a mini-disco and ping-pong lounge, and one of the coolest shuttle buses around. If you’re feeling a bit of adventure, you can borrow roller skates or tandem bikes!

The colorful Hotel Zed Kelowna, light up at night.

Here’s everything you’ll enjoy during your stay at Hotel Zed Kelowna:

  • Free Wi-Fi​
  • Free parking
  • Seasonal outdoor pool, hot tub, and sauna
  • Three rooftop patios, one with a fire pit and view of the park and lake
  • Free coffee in the lobby, 24/7
  • Board games 
  • Fun Ping Pong lounge with a Wii station and colouring books
  • Mini Disco with fog machine
  • Free rental bikes
  • Free classic roller-skate rentals
  • Comic books in every room
  • Pet friendly rooms (fee applies)
  • Typewriter station
  • Vinyl listening station
  • Complimentary hairdryers, irons, ironing boards available
Two queen size beds in a guest room at the Hotel Zed Kelowna.

Make your reservation today!

Make the most of your stay in Kelowna by staying at Hotel Zed and have a totally unique experience.

At Hotel Zed, you’ll find rooms that are funky, cool, playful, and completely extraordinary. Brace yourself for some of the most unordinary rooms anywhere. The property includes an outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, sun deck and rooftop patio. Book your stay at Hotel Zed Kelowna today.

Make your reservation today at http://www.hotelzed.com/

A drag queen welcomes guests to the Hotel Zed Kelowna.

Plan Your Trip to Kelowna

A warm welcome awaits in Kelowna. Visit the energetic downtown and beautiful waterfront boardwalk. There are wineries, patio and rooftop restaurants, craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries. There is hiking and mountain biking, beaches, and boating. 

Downtown Kelowna and Okanagan Lake in Kelowna, BC, Canada.

You’ll find farms, orchards, markets, and seasonal products grown in the area. Kelowna’s cultural district includes galleries, concerts, a museum, and shows. And downtown Kelowna proudly has a rainbow crosswalk, which is a must-do photo opportunity.

Start planning your LGBTQ+ visit to Kelowna now, with the help of Tourism Kelowna.

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Brian Webb

Brian Webb

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Brian Webb is the founder and editor-in-chief of HomoCulture, a celebrated content creator, and winner of the prestigious Mr. Gay Canada – People’s Choice award.An avid traveler, Brian attends Pride events, festivals, street fairs, and LGBTQ friendly destinations through the HomoCulture Tour. He has developed a passion for discovering and sharing authentic lived experiences, educating about the LGBTQ community, and using both his photography and storytelling to produce inspiring content.Originally from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Brian now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His personal interests include travel, photography, physical fitness, mixology, drag shows.
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