We stayed for the Valentine's Day weekend and booked through the hotel. Thankfully we had been given a gift cert. for Christmas so when I heard the rate for this special event weekend, I didn't completely pass out ($269 + tax, room with a lake view, choc. dipped strawberries, bottle of bubbly and rose petal turndown service, but included $95 food credit).
What they didn't tell me was that the annual Blues Festival was happening and that most of the music and activites were happening on site as well. Translation = tons of people milling around, tons of kids and pets running around, and very noisy nights/mornings.
We got to CD'A early and walked around town for a couple of hours. Had lunch downtown (you've got to check out Bella Rose! great little spot across from the Resort stores) and then proceeded to the check-in. When we got up to our room (443), we found no real view of the lake...unless you count the boat slips for the Resort's small cruise boats as part of the lake.
The room was somewhat smaller than I expected. Being that this is a Resort and the only one of it's kind in the immediate area, I figured there would be more to it. There was an impressive mini bar, but it took up the entire counter top and if you wanted an empty fridge to use on your own, there is a $10 charge to empty it. Very strange.
We called down to housekeeping for an extra blanket around 8pm. After waiting about 25 minutes, we called again and we were assured that it would be right up. After another 20 minutes, we called again. We finally got our blanket around 9pm.
Dinner at The Dockside was great. Walking around town after dinner was wonderful. The brunch the next morning was AMAZING! (Don't miss out on this one! We're planning on coming back over just for the brunch!)
Overall, I would say that the stay was fine. But for the money (even if it wasn't our own), it was all too expensive. We've stayed in chain hotels with bigger rooms, bigger bathrooms, better views for half the money. (Check out the HIExpress in Astoria!) The real highlights to the stay were the meals and every where we went downtown.
It's not a terrible place to stay, but it seems that communication is not a top priority for the staff. Also, if you want to come with the kids, make sure of what's going on in town during the time you want to be there. A lot of what happens in CD'A happens at the Resort. You may need to find out this info on your own.
If you've got the cash to spend, have fun! If you are more mindful of your budget, it might be a good idea to look elsewhere and then just go to the Resort for meals or other stuff without staying there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ultimately there is something magical about a visit to The Coeur d'Alene... With idyllic landscape, year-round activities, and its spectacular setting at the shore of one of America's most beautiful lakes, it is no wonder that Coeur d'Alene has been christened the "Playground of the Northwest". We have mastered the art of relaxation. With luxurious accommodations, rejuvenating spa treatments, sumptuous cuisine, and breathtaking holiday displays, this four-star resort continues to be the destination of choice for discerning travelers worldwide. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Coeur d`Alene Hotel Coeur d`Alene
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- The Coeur D'Alene Resort Idaho, United States