Kelowna landmark gets grand renovation

Kelowna's Delta Grand is shaking off the old and embracing upscale living.

One of Kelowna’s landmarks is shaking off the old and returning to its grand roots.

The first phase of a massive upgrade at the  Delta Grand Hotel was finished this week, bringing modern styling to the 110 rooms in the north tower.

“We started four months ago, and it’s a full scale renovation,” said hotel general manager Daniel Bibby, Tuesday morning while showing one of suites upgraded by locally based Edgecombe builders.

“We had rooms literally down to the drywall.”

It was a time for a razing. Twenty years since the Grand’s grand opening, the hotel’s rooms and suites had faded into a dusty rose homage to the ’90s—not quite the lush standard set when doors first opened.

With the understanding that Kelowna “evolved into a culinary mecca” in the intervening years, Bibby said the tower underwent a full concept change. It now reflects both the region and the type of travellers that are drawn to the Okanagan.

That same concept change will roll through the south tower, the lobby and all the eateries and restaurants in the hotel by year’s end, amounting to a cost of $12 million.

In the area that’s already complete, however, the concept translates to an aesthetic with richer, more natural colour schemes, underscored by sleek furnishings.

“We have the Okanagan merlot colour scheme, Okanagan sunset and there’s also a green and blue one that reflects the lakes in the Okanagan,” said Bibby.

The art on the walls is simple, but also pulls from local landscapes.

In the Okanagan merlot suite, for example, the wall art is a three-part photo of dew on a cluster of wine grapes.

While it’s hard not to get stuck on the style improvements, another noteworthy change is how rooms now  reflect the needs of a more tech savvy traveller.

Each one is fit with a SmartDesk, which is a a fully wired, multi purpose area that provides guests with a clutter free space.

Visitors can hook up everything from DVD players to laptops at the desk, and each bedroom is stocked with an iPod dock, while a strong current of wifi runs through the whole building—ensuring no guest is left unconnected.

For those more pampering oriented, the Delta has also ramped up the quality of its toiletries, getting exclusive rights to Philosophy products.

All in all, Bibby said he hopes the upgrades will solidity the hotel’s position as the premier waterfront resort and conference centre in the Interior.

“Coupled with our newly renovated conference centre, we are now well positioned to serve guests and conveners seeking a wide range of business or leisure travel options,” he said.

The upgrade to the Kelowna hotel coincides with 10 other of the Delta’s 46 B.C. properties.

Just Posted

Vancouver artist rocks to fight opioid crisis

Jeremy Allingham is set to bring his guitar-focused rock ‘n roll to Kelowna April 6, Vernon June 9

World Down Syndrome Day: The up side of Down

A Kelowna family’s journey with Down Syndrome: ‘There is tremendous beauty in these kids’

Kelowna cops crack down on drivers using cell phones

Drivers caught talking or texting behind the wheel now face a fine totalling $543

Okanagan Falls winery showing international photo project

Liquidity Wines will be sole Canadian show of National Geographic’s Photo Ark

West Kelowna mayor meets finance minister to protest speculation tax

Doug Findlater presents Carole James with booklet of info outlining tax’s impact on his city

Crook’s Corner

Arts and entertainment highlights this week across the Okanagan

B.C. Scientists witness first-ever documented killer whale infanticide

“It’s horrifying and fascinating at the same time.”

Lawyer for one suspect in beating of man with autism says he’s not guilty

Ronjot Singh Dhami will turn himself in, lawyer said

Liberals awarded $100,000 contract to man at centre of Facebook data controversy

Christopher Wylie says his voter-profiling company collected private information from 50 million Facebook users

Facebook’s Zuckerberg admits mistakes in privacy scandal

Zuckerberg admits to privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, but no apology

Rockets’ Foote a finalist for top WHL D-man

Cal Foote named the Western Conference top defenseman; Foote and Dube named all-stars

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

UPDATE: Former B.C. city councillor sentenced nine months for sexual assault

Dave Murray, convicted this past fall, hired a private investigator to intrude on the victim’s life.

Shots fired in Kamloops

Kamloops RCMP are investigating a report of shots fired and a possible explosion at a trailer court

Most Read