The Best Hotels to Book in Kamloops, Canada

The secluded riverfront position of the South Thompson Inn makes it a true rustic retreat in Kamloops
The secluded riverfront position of the South Thompson Inn makes it a true rustic retreat in Kamloops | Courtesy of South Thompson Inn and Conference Centre / Expedia
Photo of Doug ONeill
21 November 2021

Kamloops has certainly earned its bragging rights. Firstly, the Tournament Capital of Canada gets over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, the second-highest in the province. In the heart of the city, Kenna Cartwright Park claims the title of the largest municipal park in the province, with miles of trails for avid hikers and trail runners. Mountain bikers and golfers eager to dust off their clubs will also find plenty to keep themselves occupied amid the ample green areas and golf courses in and around town. Kamloops is also a geographic marvel: you’ll encounter rivers, desert, forests and grassland. Bonus: these outdoorsy gems are all within minutes of the best hotels in Kamloops, bookable with Culture Trip.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Kamloops, for Caribbean vibes

Rooftop pool and jacuzzi at Delta Hotels by Marriott Kamloops
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And you thought a trip to the Caribbean was the only way you could enjoy rooftop pools and cabana seating? This hotel in Kamloops has all that and more. Guests at this Delta hotel can expect plush bedding, a 24-hour gym, plus an excellent restaurant, Cordo Resto + Bar, which sources all-natural ingredients and wines from the Okanagan Valley. Book one of the standard rooms with Russian-red swivel chairs and blonde wood furnishings, or splurge on a studio suite with marble-look vanities.

The Thompson Hotel, for downtown convenience

Large indoor pool with high wood-paneled ceiling and skylight at the Thompson Hotel
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On the rare occasions when it rains in Kamloops, you’ll be glad about the 24-hour game room where you can challenge fellow guests to foosball, air hockey and billiards. Other perks at this well-appointed downtown hotel in Kamloops should please both two-wheeled fresh air fiends and those looking for a cold brew: on-site mountain bike rentals, plus a good selection of local craft beers at the on-site pub, the Noble Pig. The Queen and Murphy room includes (you guessed it!) a Murphy bed, along with proper black-out curtains and complimentary newspapers. Looking for a bit of privacy from your traveling companions? Book the family suite with a partial wall separating the beds.

Wingate by Wyndham Kamloops, for contemporary comfort

Indoor pool and jacuzzi with Muskoka chairs at Wingate by Wyndham Kamloops
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Waking up in a hotel at the foot of a mountain slope is a Canadian kind of thing – as are the iconic red Muskoka chairs by the pool. The rooms are refreshingly contemporary with their multicolored, geometric-patterned chairs and muted lighting against a backdrop of soothing beiges and blues. You can also look forward to the indoor pool and hot tub, gym (with Matrix treadmills) and, if you need it, the airport shuttle. Hungry? Your best bet is a 10-minute drive downtown, where you can combine dining at a Japanese noodle joint or Indian restaurant with a cultural outing at the Kamloops Art Gallery.

The Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre, for Vietnamese-Canadian fusion

The tropical atrium housing an indoor saltwater pool, a hot tub, sauna and wading pool at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre
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The focal point at the Coast, one of the best hotels in Kamloops, is definitely the tropical atrium that houses an indoor saltwater pool, a hot tub, sauna and wading pool. All the rooms are riffs on the spacious, carpeted, neutral shade theme, some with abstract wicker art. Grab a poolside room if you want to be the first one in the water in the morning. You only have to wander as far as the onsite ROMEO’s Kitchen + Spirits for some of the most imaginative dining in Kamloops, ranging from contemporary seafood dishes with a twist to Vietnamese-Canadian fusion, such as photine (Vietnamese poutine).

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Kamloops, for mountain views

Suite with king bed and separate sofa bed, with yellow/gold statement wallpaper at Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Kamloops
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Comfy rooms at this conveniently positioned hotel run the gamut from standard rooms to studios to suites, the latter with sofa beds if you’re bringing your kid or friend, and yellow-gold statement wallpaper. Floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the Rockies flood the on-site gym with light (or moonlight, since it’s open around the clock), and if you’re an early riser, hit the indoor pool or soak in the hot tub from 5:30am onwards. Head to Aberdeen Mall across the highway to catch a movie, or drive for two minutes to hike the trails of Pineview Valley Park.

Accent Inn Kamloops, for two-wheeled travelers

Outdoor pool area with aqua Adirondack chairs at Accent Inn Kamloops
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The Accent Inn, run by avid bikers, is ideal for two-wheeled travelers, whether you’re into touring, mountain biking or riding across Canada on your Harley Davidson. Boons include ground-floor rooms to store your bike, a bicycle wash-and-tuning station, a 37-piece bicycle tool kit for guest use, complimentary cleaning rags, and bike rentals for those who left their own wheels at home. Perch on your own private balcony overlooking the pool, or opt for such self-catering comforts as an in-room kitchenette with a two-burner stove. Breakfast surprise: the continental breakfast is MYOP (Make Your Own Pancake).

Scott's Inn & Restaurant, for retro vibes

Spacious two-bedroom suite at Scott's Inn and Restaurant, Kamloops
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Going strong for over 60 years and resembling a 1960s movie set, the retro, dog-friendly Scott’s Inn & Restaurant is one of the best hotels in Kamloops. You’ll appreciate the homey touches, and yes, size does matter at Scott’s Inn. Two of the suites are furnished with extra long beds – let’s give it up for tall folk! The two-bedroom and kitchenette suites are excellent for families, while the on-site Scott’s Family Diner serves up generous portions of Canadian classics. The location – a five-minute walk from the South Thompson River and a 10-minute stroll from Downtown – is a bonus, as are the indoor pool and hot tub.

South Thompson Inn & Conference Centre, for rustic seclusion

Elegant room with four-poster bed, fireplace and hardwood floors at South Thompson Inn and Conference Centre
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The secluded riverfront property channels a stately Kentucky ranch that somehow got transplanted to British Columbia. With names like Kentucky Suite and Manor House, the individually styled, elegant suites with polished hardwood floors and wicker furniture honor the inn’s previous incarnation as a thoroughbred racing stable, as do the rustic farmstead cottages. You get glimpses of the landscaped grounds leading to the South Thompson River through the French doors of the rooms and you may spot Icelandic sheep and llamas wandering around. Take one of the complimentary mountain or cruiser bikes out for a spin and finish off the day with a refined contemporary Canadian meal at the Bourbon Lounge.

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