Spent the night at the restored (built in 1912!) Northside School B&B recently and enjoyed it immensely!! I had stayed at B&Bs before, but this was a first for my partner, and she loved it! What a great B&B to visit for your first B&B experience! She's definitely willing to try other B&B properties now as a result!
The restoration of the school and subsequent conversion of the classrooms to bedrooms with baths is quite amazing! The overall attention to detail and 'respect for the past' is evident throughout the property and each room is tastefully themed with each one having lots of character. The addition of an outdoor pool, hot tub and separate guest deck where you can enjoy a relaxing glass of wine are notable for sure. The owners are welcoming and helpful, though not obtrusive.
Our room was absolutely spotless and had an African theme which was quite interesting with the room accessories fitting together well. Our bed was comfortable and the bed spread and decorative pillows really helped to set it off. There is no air conditioning but the overhead fan was quiet and we found it more than adequate. There are no fridges or microwaves in the rooms, but small communal fridges are located at each end of the short hallway. Our room didn't have a view of the river valley, but rooms across the hall do (we chose the other side to avoid the afternoon sun, but realized later there would not have been an overheating problem with the room fans).
The dining room is intriguing and tastefully done with a definite antique feel. The tables are adorned with white linen tables clothes and full place settings, nicely done! The breakfast was excellent, generous and was served buffet style with several seasonal hot items, pastries, cereals and fresh fruits provided.
We walked across the bridge to the Bonners Ferry downtown and casino for some dinner and R&R and found the walk easy, taking about 10-15 minutes of easy walking. I'd certainly stay at the Northside B&B instead of the hotel at the casino, at least in the non-winter months!
Overall we would stay at the Northside School again without a doubt if/when we stay overnight in Bonners Ferry again. In reality it is more akin to a small boutique hotel then a B&B. It's high rating is well deserved!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1912 School House listed on the National Historical Registry. Now offering: 9 Theme Rooms, banquet facilities, ADA access, Wedding gardens, wireless internet, breakfast menu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Northside School Bed And Breakfast Bonners Ferry, Idaho