The CDA Resort is a rare find. It tries to be all things to all people and actually succeeds - for the most part.
Travelers from any demographic, from honeymooners to empty-nesters and everything in the middle will find something to enjoy. Of course, a lot of that has to do with it's location - perched above the deep blue waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene and surrounded by a smorgasbord of available activities. But the hotel and it's staff endeavors to live up to the promise of its surroundings, as best they can. As good as it is, there is always a "but" that keeps it from perfect - consequences of it's high promises of luxury, perhaps?
We traveled with 6 - 2 parents, 2 teens, an infant and a dog. Yes, the CDA resort is so dog friendly, our pooch was welcome anywhere but the restaurants and we loved that. But it would have been a nice luxury for him to have a water dish in the room.
Our room was in the park tower, overlooking the lower roof of the resort , the lake and marina. We didn't have a balcony but the windows went floor to ceiling and the top half swung open wide, like arms stretching out to the sunset (yes, that sounds corny. But spend a couple nights with that sunset view and you can't help yourself). I especially appreciated that the hotel covered the flat roof below us in wooden tiles, so we didn't have to stare at a blank industrial-like expanse - a nice touch. But the bathrooms are a little small, and for a luxury resort, I would have expected extra amenities, like q-tips.
The hotel shuttles to the outdoor pool and golf in beautiful wooden boats. At least they looked wooden - our teens enjoyed taking them, but because no one under 5 is allowed, we had to drive with the baby. Since I knew about this from trip advisor ahead of time, I wasn't too disappointed, but there was nothing in the hotel literature that would have tipped us off. We enjoyed great afternoon at the beach club. The infinity pool was smaller than we expected but possibly because of the remote location, the size was fine for the crowd. Pool service was nice and the menu was adequate to keep us happy and comfortable. But while the drinks were tasty, the salads lacked several of the ingredients in the description. Our $10 southwest chicken salad was a lackluster serving of primarily lettuce and dressing.
The indoor pool was practically vacant. There was a nice selection of kickboards and a few pool toys available, but the water was a bit cold. The baby started to shiver and we didn't spend much time in it. it would be a good temperature for lap swimming for exercise, and the teens enjoyed the whirlpools.
The exercise facility surrounds the indoor pool and was quite busy. It looked nicely equipped too. Morning yoga classes were also offered.
Desserts at Dockside are fantastic. The gooeys are giant sundaes that are meant to be shared. By large groups. And the coconut mac cake and huckelberry cobbler were amazing. We didn't eat dinner at Dockside and instead repeatedly dropped $50 on dessert because, while the gooeys are made to be shared, my teenagers weren't about to. But hey, it's vacation. But the odd thing was when my husband ordered an espresso with his cake, the single shot serving came in a full size coffee mug. Really? That's a surprising oversight from a world class hotel.
That's the thing - the CDA resort is a really awesome Idaho hotel. But falls short in the knit-picky details that make a world class luxury resort. When I asked the concierge where I could find baby supplies - or if there were any to rent - as we forgot the stroller at home, she apologized and said she wished there was that option. Fortunately, the GPS in my car showed me a Target north of town where I could purchase what we needed.
Later, when I inquired about how to pump air in small beach tube, I was told there might be a gas station with air by the Zips drive in several blocks away. But in a resort surrounded by a large marina and watersport nirvana, I had expected someone to have an air compressor somewhere. I don't mind paying, I want the convenience.
The wifi is free for one device. But when we tried to use the $10 daily upgrade to use up to 4 devices, it never worked. And no one at the desk really knew why or could fix it. But they were quick to refund the charge.
Room service? It was prompt and beautifully laid out and the staff were delightful and polite. But when I tried to order the express breakfast via the door hang the night before, I struggled with getting it to stay hanging on the narrow door knob, and woke up to my order form swept back under my door and no huckleberry pancakes (a tragedy made right with a quick and pleasant phone call).
Another enjoyable treat were the cocktails. The cucumber cilantro cooler was refreshing, but the blended banana drink from the marina park side bar was the best. As dogs - and drinks - are banned from the beach, I loved how the hotel offered a nice comfy lawn by the lake we could stretch out with both while keeping an eye on the big kids in the lake.
I also appreciated that on the day we had the "do not disturb" sign out, housekeeping called to see if we needed more towels.
Overall, we had a fabulous time and hope to return. The staff was very friendly and could be even better with a bit more training. Our room rate was in the low 200s and that felt appropriate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ultimately there is something magical about a visit to The Coeur d'Alene... With idyllic landscape, year-round activities, and its spectacular setting at the shore of one of America's most beautiful lakes, it is no wonder that Coeur d'Alene has been christened the "Playground of the Northwest". We have mastered the art of relaxation. With luxurious accommodations, rejuvenating spa treatments, sumptuous cuisine, and breathtaking holiday displays, this four-star resort continues to be the destination of choice for discerning travelers worldwide. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Coeur d`Alene Hotel Coeur d`Alene
- The Coeur d Alene Resort Coeur d Alene
- The Coeur D'Alene Resort Idaho