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“Sad decline of a classic”
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Rainbow Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Soda Springs
Reviewed 27 November 2007

What was: beautiful, road lodge in the Sierras. Romantic, Swiss-themed, wood and boulder architecture with fireplaces blazing. First class dining and warm hospitality from the staff.

What is: a great room with the stench of rotting rat carcass. No fire, dirty glasses filling the common area. Since there is no media in the rooms (a definite plus) a family really needs the common area. If you can get far enough away from the stench (hard to do), you can be treated to extremely used board games which are missing pieces. All of this around an unlit fireplace.

The food remains spectacular, but over the top expensive. Family of four with a bottle of wine could spend $200 easily. We were also discouraged from starting dinner later than 7:45 (perhaps the staff wanted an early evening?). The bar closed at 8:45.

The rooms remain quaint but over-priced and unkempt. The children's comforter was soiled with urine. The bunkbed was so rickety that they were afraid to sleep in it. Very fun to have to reach in and fix the chain on the toilet, only to have it break again. Having to use the shared common bathroom, we noticed that the cleaning woman picked up a used face cloth, shook it out, refolded it and hung it back up.

During breakfast we found that the dining room was only heated by space heaters placed near your table. Not quaint as one child burnt himself. The "free breakfast" that comes with your expensive off-season room was limited to Guantanamo Bay fare. You were given the option of a real breakfast and you would get $5 credit towards it.

  • Stayed: November 2007
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11  Thank shanedavid1
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Reviewed 16 January 2007

We just spent a romantic weekend at the Rainbow Lodge. We used to stay there years ago (before kids) so we went back up after years away.

It was a real mixture of good and bad. The first night the heating wasn't working properly and the building was very cold. Ice formed ont he inside of the window as we slept. But the next night everything was fine.

The food is incredibly good, breakfast and dinner were fantastic. However the wait service is terrible. The waitresses were distracted and while they were pleasant, they got orders and bills wrong and chatted away to one set of guests while completely delaying service to others. Two of the staff had an open discussion about the somach flu one had and the other was getting. Not what you want to hear from the people serving you food!

Not being able to run a room tab is also very annoying. Overall we were disappointed.

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank shandydog
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Reviewed 14 October 2005

The beautiful hand hewn Inn with original rock walls is a classic that is marred by the reverberating traffic noise from Highway 80, bright outside lights that require shades to be drawn, hard beds and the central heating that is loud and hot.

The decor, linens and soaps are spa level.

Dinners are superb - the advertised breakfast (that was supposed to be included) was not available on Tuesday and Wednesday. Even morning coffee was unavailable on Tuesday. Wewere insructed to leave our key in a lock box and check out "whenever you want to"

16  Thank islandkayaker
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Additional Information about Rainbow Lodge

Address: 50080 Hampshire Rocks Road, Interstate 80 at Norden Exit, Soda Springs, CA 95728
Region: United States > California > Soda Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Soda Springs
Number of rooms: 28
Also Known As:
Rainbow Hotel Soda Springs

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