May 20, 2018, 9:48 am
Pat Whalley says
May 21, 2018 at 5:47 pm
Hi Eleanor, no it was never suggested that the hotel would have a public pool but that it would open it’s doors, in winter, to the paying public. This happens in Osoyoos and also a couple of the Penticton hotels. You pay $5.00 and swim for a couple of hours. This would satisfy many people without the huge tax burden of building an indoor facility.
The fact that we would have the use of the winter pool and a nice restaurant, in the new hotel, was presented to Oliverites as a big benefit, when any disagreement was heard.
I welcome the hotel, I always have, just not the destruction of a very popular campground to build on that particular piece of land when another spot was available just north of Lion’s Park.
Apparently the campground was a money loser but it appeared full and even overflowing for most of the summer, it was also half full all winter, until that option was closed down. As a previous campground owner I can only say that my experience of owning a well run RV park for 12 years was very profitable, the same people returning year after year and spending money in local stores.
Having lived in our lovely town for 28 years I look forward to the hotel bringing much needed business and maybe some of the depressingly empty stores on Main Street can be filled again.
Osoyoos and Summerland are similarly sized towns and have none of Olivers empty store fronts. Why do they succeed when we don’t, we have much to offer and friendly people so why can we not achieve the same successful Main Street.
Scott Miller says
May 21, 2018 at 11:18 am
Looks like my lodge in fort Mac, but it also looks like a hotel I stayed at in Orlando too. Definitely not a Frank Lloyd Wright ascetic or 1970s Brutal. I would prefer they don’t build a cafe beyond the Holiday Inn style included breakfast. As to the pool, I am sure Mr. Muni would be open to possible organized community use such as Aquacise or swimming lessons in winter, both of which could generate a modest amount of revenue to offset costs of maintaining the water
60 rooms may just be enough to pay off the construction costs and operating expenses, but it will be a few years before any profit will be seen. The owner has taken a risk and I applaud him for it.
Jim Bowering says
May 21, 2018 at 10:31 am
It certainly looks efficient. And inexpensive. A nice legacy. All it needs now is a few bushes to soften the lines a little.
joan nunweiler says
May 21, 2018 at 8:39 am
Even though I didn’t like the front entry roof, I am oh so glad we have a new,fresh,fully operational hotel in Oliver.Yes, the relatives who camped at the campground will miss it,but the hotel will be good for all people in Oliver, with maybe a restraint and a pool.It’s time to move on.
Bob Thompson says
May 20, 2018 at 7:52 pm
Hotels looking good great addition to Oliver. Unless your a registered guest don’t know any hotels that open their pool to the public. If their smart they won’t allow some of the riff raff in that hangs around here. Think Chief Louie will allow it when he opens the hotel at the golf course!! Get real.
Darlene Abbie says
May 20, 2018 at 7:27 pm
I’m really dismayed by the tone of Jack’s comments. Let people voice their opinions, both negative and positive, without the demeaning commentary afterwards.d
Publisher: I call it like it is. Might not have been the right word but and outhouse is outhouse. A lot of people are just sore losers. Some don’t even live in Oliver – they appear to be an organized group of people who do not want Oliver to make progress because it is not part of their agenda. It is my strong belief that the agenda of most of the people who live here is a vibrant Town full of parks for families and children….that live here all year round.
Dani Worth says
May 20, 2018 at 6:46 pm
Why is everyone (almost) grumping about a park that was NOT for residents? I could never take my kids for a picnic there…just sayin.
Maureen Bott says
May 20, 2018 at 6:28 pm
Publisher I’m with you. As my late husband Grant often said, people just love to bitch and complain, often without all the facts. When we held his memorial service last spring people were forced to stay in Penticton through to Osoyoos. There was nothing much available in Oliver. With this hotel, people will be able to walk to the Community Centre, restaurants, museum and some churches. It may not be the prettiest building in the world but if it’s functional, that’s what really matters
Dorothy A Taylor says
May 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Looking forward to the new hotel.
Now more conventions can be held here.
A nice restaurant would be welcome.
Mynah Keller says
May 20, 2018 at 5:23 pm
Finally , long overdue !
A place for people/ families to stay while in town while visiting family , here for hockey tournaments, golf, ball , reunions, weddings , maybe a junior team or two while playing in the area .. the list goes on and on…
Now that a person can plan an overnight stay maybe they will be opening their wallets in town and supporting local businesses !
The modular idea is brilliant. Quick construction . Nice modern feel .
May 21, 2018 at 8:15 am
I agree. We have 2 great golf courses here and people stay in Penticton or Osoyoos when they visit. Also FOG visitors can just walk over to the park! I think it is a great addition to the town!
Judy Schweitzer says
May 22, 2018 at 1:26 pm
Wonderful addition to our town and very unique design. Love it! Can’t wait for it to open its doors to one and all.
Jill McCullum says
May 20, 2018 at 4:57 pm
Battle Star Galactica…..maybe Disney studios has plans that we aren’t privy to…. you get what you settle for… and at a cost to flora and fauna.
Publisher: Sorry Jill but this is pure bullshit. Centennial Park was a dying old venue with a serious draw on the civic purse – it was becoming a squatters paradise in 2005.
The new hotel will draw customers to businesses for 12 months of the year. It will generate new growth of business in the area. Flora and Fauna? You must be a supporter of the National Park of Cacti. You have no idea what existed here prior to irrigation in the 20’s.
May 20, 2018 at 9:57 pm
Your vehemence suggests I’ve struck a raw nerve… I won’t engage in debate over a done deal Mr Editor but my last words are
– We are not talking the 20’s
– I walked beside this park every day for many many years and never once removed cacti
-I watched trees, ducks osprey and campers
– I fervently wanted a hotel just NOT here
– I now cross a bridge and feel I’m on a highway of banal
– Oliver had an ambience second to none because it valued a unique marriage between water nature wine and public green space… not gray
But you are right…. it has gone to shit
Publisher: Everything you are saying is in the past tense. Wine is part of a unique marriage?? No raw nerve here – just honesty.
Eleanor Moyer says
May 20, 2018 at 4:06 pm
Pat Whalley, are you sure it’s going to be a public pool? We haven’t heard anything about it being available to the general public. Does anyone else know for sure?
Debbie Donohue says
May 20, 2018 at 3:46 pm
This is what council agreed too??…… It is the ugliest new hotel I have ever laid eyes on. What were they thinking?? OOPPSS I know, $$$$$$$. And we are supposed to be proud of this???? God help us all…..
Publisher: Let deal with you this way. Do you live here?
Council agreed to sell a part of the land that Centennial Park sat on – wasted as a use for most months of the year.
If you are looking for the Hotel Vancouver – then you must travel 300 miles. Or the Taj Mahal – that is not a hotel half way around the world.
Do an analysis to mid range hotels Osoyoos to Revelstoke. What you find are efficient bed spots for a night or two.
Would I love a balcony, a personal servant in every room – don’t think that’s going to happen.
If you friend or relative stays at Oliver’s new hotel would you not invite them over, go out to a bistro or bar, walk a trail or visit a winery?
Jeez folks – this is a well built modern hotel with almost 60 rooms and a pool, maybe a café soon. What do you really want? You complained about the Southwinds when it existed and now you have something else to bitch about.
It’s not your money. It’s not your land. If I get my way there will be a park on either side of the Hotel for US – not tourists from ??? who can stay in any number of commercial operations for the TWO MONTHS of the summer.
Keith McKinnon says
May 21, 2018 at 7:17 am
Before you tout all of the benefits of this new development, you may want to ask some of the people in OK Falls about their experience with a new hotel.
When the “Sun Oka” motor hotel opened in OK Falls, many promises were made to the public. The pool was going to be opened to the public and the school was going to have access to it. Much was made of the raquetball courts, weight rooms, change rooms, pool, restaurant, etc. The big sell was that it was going to be some sort of community centre.
The whole thing ended up beiing a huge joke known as the “Scum Oka” The facilities were sub-standard to say the least. The pool was always dirty, the change rooms had room for about 2 people, the restaurant was always terrible and the building had moisture problems from day 1. I don’t think that the building even stood for 25 years before it was torn down.
A quick glance at this new building and I’d say that we’re off to a roaring start to a “Scum Oka” of our own.
May 22, 2018 at 4:25 am
I wasn’t going to bother to answer ur comments Publisher, but the more I thought about it the more irritated I got. YES I DO LIVE HERE!! Did I yell that loud enough for you to hear?? Apparently that is important to you, because you made several grammatical errors in your reply. Last I heard this is a free country, opinions both good and bad can be voiced. Respect should be given to hear both sides of any argument, no matter the opinion of you the “Publisher.”
For the record, I am not in total disagreement with the building of this hotel, but I do think council could have done better. I hope the landscaping has big trees!!
marge lunzmann says
May 20, 2018 at 12:43 pm
are they going to grow ivy up it, lots of ivy
Patrick Hampson says
May 20, 2018 at 3:28 pm
It might be an idea to suggest that to the owners of the properties which back onto Station Street. There are some pretty sad looking properties in this Town.
Gill Lynn says
May 20, 2018 at 4:29 pm
no not at all grow it on your own place
May 20, 2018 at 10:30 am
Will we have the promised pool for next fall and winter? This was the bait dangled before us as one reason why an hotel would be a benefit to all.
If the pool is going to be a reality, why is the idea of spending mega millions on a pool to be built in Osoyoos? Very few people in Oliver will bother driving to Osoyoos when use of a local pool is available, and no extra cost on our taxes.
May 20, 2018 at 5:57 pm
Looking forward to the completion of this hotel.
Now more conventions can be held in Oliver!!!
A restaurant would be a plus!!!
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