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“CD'A Resort: nice place, but probably not worth the money”

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The Coeur d'Alene Resort
Ranked #5 of 22 Hotels in Coeur d'Alene
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Reviewed 19 February 2007

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.

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 October 2006

My wife and I stayed here for three nights on a business trip in October 2006. We were a little miffed that we had to wait until about 4:30PM to check in (we arrived at the hotel at 2:30PM). We were pleasantly surprised by the deluxe room we had. They had clearly completed upgrades recently and it was one of the most comfortable rooms I have ever stayed in. It included a plasma TV, a living room area with a chair, ottoman and a sofa. I great desk with complimentary internet access. The bathroom was large and the dressing area was located in a separate section outside the toilet and shower room. The room, like most in the hotel, had a good view of the lake.

The only real complaint we had was that our room was not cleaned until after 5:00 pm one day. We left the room in at about 8AM and returned at 3:00PM and wanted to rest after an active day. When the room was not made up - we decided to go out for awhile, assuming it would be made when we returned about 90 minutes later. It wasn't. We called and someone came within 30 minutes to make up the room. The next day, it was made up by noon.

Other than that, everything was great. By the way, we recommend the sea plane tour that's located just outside the hotel. We went for a quick 20 minute tour and it was great fun. At $50 per person we thought the rate was very reasonable.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled on business
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4  Thank Tomatraveler
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Reviewed 29 October 2006

CDA Resort
I’m originally from this area, and with my new husband and I getting married so close to Christmas, we thought we’d take a side trip from the family to have a small honeymoon. Growing up, granted I’m from poor rural North Idaho, the CDA Resort was THE place. So I had some expectations for the place, especially after I heard the rate. Now I was coming home after living away for some years, traveling to big cities and great hotels, St Louis, NY, Atlanta, Chicago, so by this time in my life I know what a $200+ night should be. First, we had to wait to get into our room, even though we weren’t early. We sat in the reception and watched people go by, it was entertaining enough.

Once we could finally check in, we did have a nice room. (The view of the lake, the layout of the room) But it seemed so run down and dated. It made me sad at how poor I must’ve been growing up to think this place was THE place. In the morning, we were woken up early by the dog next door. Apparently it’s fine to have upscale resorts accepting dogs, and then have the guests leave him alone for the day! The poor pup was barking his head off, sad because he was left alone. We called management; they assured us that they were trying to contact the owners. They offered us free breakfast at their on-site restaurant Beverly’s. Now, when I was in HS, only 4 years previous to this, we had our Prom dinner at Beverly’s. I remembered it being warm, with upscale atmosphere. Now, in the morning winter light with more worldly eyes, the restaurant was dated, breakfast was average, service was average, cleanliness also, unfortunately, average.

That night my husband and I took a few hours in the spa, which was fantastic! I have spa experience, and all was professional with a great relaxation room. I really value a good relaxation room, this one had the best view I’d seen from the entire resort. They did mess up the service I reserved, which was a mud wrap and a 20 minute massage, which ended up being a 40 minute massage, oops! I didn’t complain, except when they tried to charge me for it and then they quickly and easily corrected my bill.

Surrounding entertainment was slim to none, except for food and wine. That’s where I discovered St Michelle’s Chateaux Riesling, still love it! Nothing too expensive, I can get it in my grocery here in Ohio.

We try not to go up to Idaho without a schedule of activities and just staying with my mom, realizing my experiences have greatly changed my expectations. So, maybe it’s not the CDA Resort’s fault, but the standards of North Idaho are just below the rest of the middle class world.

  • Stayed: December 2003, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank duncunator
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Reviewed 15 October 2006

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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29  Thank Skiprob
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Reviewed 16 August 2006

My wife and I have stayed at the Resort many times and we absolutely love it! The service has always been top notch and the rooms are always clean. The spa is wonderful, as is the view from the rooms. The price is a bit high for someone on a budget, but if you are looking to spend a bit more, this is the place for you.

We love Beverly's very much, though it too is quite spendy. We have never been let down by any of the eating establishments, including room service.

My only complaint is that the fireplace rooms cost so much more when they are the exact room as a normal suite, with a fireplace. I had expected a larger, nicer room for the price increase.

I would highly recommend the Resort to anyone with the extra money, though it isn't the most kid friendly place.

  • Stayed: February 2006, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Seitzs
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Reviewed 7 August 2006

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank shooting_star32
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Reviewed 4 June 2006

  • Stayed: May 2006
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2  Thank IrishFlair
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Additional Information about The Coeur d'Alene Resort

Address: 115 S 2nd St, PO Box 7200, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814-2738
Region: United States > Idaho > Coeur d'Alene
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Coeur d'Alene
#3 Business Hotel in Coeur d'Alene
#5 Family Hotel in Coeur d'Alene
#5 Romantic Hotel in Coeur d'Alene
Price Range: $192 - $388 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Coeur d'Alene Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 337
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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