The property runs along the river, across a private bridge. The scenery is gorgeous and the sound of the river rushing by is lovely.
The office is shabby and smells terrible.
Across from the office there’s a beautiful, shaded grassy area with chairs looking over the river.
As you drive to your cabin, you pass one unit that looks really trashy, with two old refrigerators in the yard. A bit further, you pass a dumpster with garbage piled on top, next to a garbage can with garbage spilling out.
Our cabin also has an unpleasant odor (different from the office), which fortunately dissipates after an hour or two of open windows.
As we unpack our food, I take a plate from the cabinet to put fruit on. The plate is dirty--greasy with small bits of food on the top and bottom. It obviously hasn’t been washed. Yech! I need to wash everything in the kitchen before using it.
1) The property is lovely.
2) A long beautiful trail running through the property provides good access to the river for fishing and gold panning.
2) The newer cabins are charming knotty pine with rustic handmade knotty-pine furniture.
3) There’s a small corner gas fireplace that makes the room cozy. This, however, must be somewhat problematic, as we had to sign a paper saying if it didn’t work via the thermostat, we’d call the manager rather than push any buttons. There was another sign to this effect in the cabin.
4) Most cabins appeared to be surrounded by a porch or balcony with patio table, chairs, and a BBQ.
1) The dishes weren’t all clean. The kitchen table was tacky/sticky. When we arrived, there was a half-empty plastic water bottle rolling around on the deck near a bucket with a half-inch of fetid water in it—which probably made the mosquitoes quite happy.
2) There was not much attention to detail. There was no chest of drawers for clothes, so non-hanging items had to be left in the suitcase--but there are no suitcase racks. The refrigerator opens on the wrong side. It’s inconvenient and easy to smash your knuckles on the wall it’s crammed next to. There are signs saying the management is not responsible for stolen items; however, the lock on the bathroom window was completely broken off and the window wouldn’t lock.
3) We had no cell phone reception. There was supposed to be internet but the woman in the office didn’t know how to access it beyond giving us a network name and password, which didn’t work. This was a real inconvenience, as my husband had come to fish but I had come to work.
4) The highway is just across the river from the property, although the sound of the river drowns out most of the traffic noise.
5) More than once during the day and early evening, no one answered the (always locked) door to the office, despite the sign saying the office was open. Since there are no phones in the cabins and no cell phone reception, if you have a problem after hours, you’re apparently out of luck.
6) A message left for us was never delivered; consequently, I missed an appointment in town. When I asked about this the following day, the receptionist said her baby had been taking a nap at the time, and so she couldn’t deliver it. And after the nap???
7) Like most riverain areas, there are lots of bugs, especially flying ones, so take lots of bug spray.
THE BIGGEST CON:
Not until you’ve paid and get to your cabin, do you find that YOU are responsible for cleaning the cabin at the end of your stay. Now this doesn’t mean simply washing your dishes (no dishwasher), but you’re also given a detailed set of instructions for carrying out your trash, cleaning the kitchen and refrigerator, and vacuuming your cabin before leaving. This after paying over $200 a night!
Would we stay here again? I definitely would not. I felt the units were overpriced, especially since you’re expected to provide maid service before checking out. My husband would stay there again, as he loved the grounds and river access.
- Also Known As:
- Lure Hotel Downieville