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Stoneridge Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Blanchard
Iowa City, Iowa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“nickle and dime you”
Reviewed 8 October 2012

We had to pay for internet like $20 for the week! Had to play for pee wee golf, and then tennis rackets too. We have three kids. This is not a family resort, it's a senior community. (Maybe explains the smell in the hallways) There was no one playing tennis or pee wee golf, just my wife and kids. No food around that is affordable for kids.

Room Tip: No Stairs, and the golf side is best. Parking lot is noisy, we demanded a switch!
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2012

We found the resort to be a perfect base for day trips. The room was clean and comfortable with a full kitchen. The rooms all have an inside corridor access. Activities when we were there included several programs, pickle ball, tennis, golf, mini golf, swimming, and walks around the grounds. On the down side, there was no cell phone reception (a tower is being built nearby), there is a charge for wifi, and smoking is allowed on the decks so that your neighbor's cigarette smoke comes into your room when your patio door is open. We had our kayaks and maps so didn't participate in any, however. We did take a day trip to Sandpoint and stopped by the weekend farmer's market while we were there. The wolf sanctuary schedule had changed so we couldn't take the tour when we arrived - check their website.

If you have a day to spare, the Selkirk International Scenic Byway is a must. You need your passport since it takes you up into British Columbia. It's a whole day and the scenery is beautiful. We thought about spending a night in Nelson but came back instead. There's a free ferry that takes you across Kootenay Lake at the top.

If big city shopping is your thing, you have the Spokane metro area only an hour away. Blanchard doesn't have much. Well, it has very little, but there are grocery stores in Newport just a few miles away to the north. There's a little cafe in Spirit Lake in the old hotel that has the absolute best tomato soup around.

Kayakers should definitely take your boats - Spirit Lake and Priest Lake are both nearby. There are ski boats, but you can find some spots that are calm and lovely. The Thorofare at Priest Lake was beautiful, taking us to Upper Priest Lake.

At checkin we were given coupons for the restaurant and pro-shop on site. We were able to use both restaurant coupons and had very good dinners both evenings.

All in all, Stoneridge Resort was a good choice. We would recommend it with caution for those sensitive to cigarette smoke, however.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank NWWildTurtle
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Edmonton, Canada
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185 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2012

first time to idaho. spent many trips to the BC interior.
Idaho has better beaches and lakes. too many to count.
wife and three kids went shopping in cda, spokane and
loved everything. idaho is a pearl. the mini golf is 18 postcards
waiting to be taken. tennis courts in front of the door and with night lights.
not a golfer but looks like a great link. the swimming pool is great.
only spend one week. will be back. oh,, did i forget the boulder beach
park. the family spend 6 hours one day and did not go on half the rides.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Calgary, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2012

We were here to explore Nth Idaho for the first time. The resort is wonderful. Quiet location with lots of things to do. We enjoyed the hiking trails around the outside of the resort - about 40 min walk each. We stayed in room 738 - 3rd floor large single bedroom. Lots of room for 4, but the pull out bed mattress was horrid. Not usable. They need to get rid of the fake log cabin wallpaper. It makes photos look old. Rooms have been updated and are quite nice. Beware of golf balls coming onto the deck. Happened pretty much daily. Lots of activities for families.
Previous reviewer had distances right. We cycled Centenniel trail along Lk Coeur d'Alene from downtown clocktower out to end - about 22km return. Nice ride with some hills but the grade was reasonable. The people at info desk at clock tower were fantastic. He recommended other Coeur d'Alene trail as well, but we were out of time. Did Centenniel trail from mile 1 Washington border, to mile 8. It was a hot day so rather hot, but on a cooler day it would have been great. Enjoyed Sandpoint - nice beaches; took dessert/eagle watching boat ride; and enjoyed meals at Mick Duff's and Pond D'Oreille winery. Wine tasting at latter is $5 for 5 wines, then money goes towards a bottle purchase.

Room Tip: ask for a room with a deck. At this point you're sharing it with another room though - they sai...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank tripann
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Lethbridge, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
239 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2012

This resort feels like it is in the middle of nowhere, with beautiful forests surrounding it. However, mini golf, tennis, a pool, hot tub, ping pong, raquetball, crafts and golf at the resort can keep one busy while enjoying the quietness. A short drive (30 min) to Silverwood, 45 to Coeur D'alene and an hour to Spokane, and 45 to Sandpoint make it the perfect location. The resort is affordable - get the mini golf package for $25 to allow up to 10 people to play as much as they want all week; internet is $18 for the week (but a bit slow, and only one device allowed to sign in under a user name at a time). We had no clue where Blanchard was, but we'd definitely come back.....and my parents, the golfers, loved the $47 afternoon fee that included 18 holes, carts, and appies!

Finally the rooms aren't huge but bigger than most hotel rooms so all the reviews on sites that warn you about small rooms, well we comfortably fit 4 of us.

Room Tip: building 9 is across from recreation facilities; odd number rooms have nicer view
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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5 Thank paixful
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Sherwood Park, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2012

Nice location, very proximal to Spokane and Coeur d'Alene. Good recreation facilities, Studios need upgrading especially regarding ventilation. Service and room extras that are usually provided in most time-shares were limited.

Room Tip: Avoid the studios
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank wapiti11
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Snohomish, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2012

We had a great vacation at this resort, read some reviews that were not that good and I beg to differ. We found the staff very friendly and helpful, at check in we were greeted by Terri who was very helpful and pleasant. The rooms were clean and very well decorated. The grill at the golf course was excellent never had a bad meal, and very friendly staff. The grounds were beautiful. We spent one full day at the pool, and spa. There is so much to do and see and nothing is that far away, we went to Sandpoint, Spokane, and Coeur D'Alene and all were less than an hour drive. They have many activities for the whole family to enjoy. I would come back again and again.

Room Tip: I would recommend first floor, no elevators and hard to take luggage and heavy items up the stairs
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Stoneridge Resort
Address: 250 Chatwold, Blanchard, ID 83804
Region: United States > Idaho > Blanchard
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Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Blanchard
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Number of rooms: 145
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