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.
- Also Known As:
- Rainbow Hotel Soda Springs