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River Dance Lodge
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Reviewed 22 August 2009

"With six handcrafted cabins for rent, each with its own hot tub and expansive front deck, you can enjoy a river view in total privacy and comfort."
This statement is from their website. Our opinion is that it's not terribly private and enjoying an unspoiled river view not easy.

We booked a couple nights here recently and chose it because of the fabulous-looking cabins and what we thought would be river front with private decks to enjoy the river.
We also needed a place that was pet friendly. We were disappointed in a couple key things that marred our stay.
Pros: GORGEOUS CABINS with tasteful furnishings, new and clean bathrooms. The cabins lived up to their billing.Really nice people working here in all capacities. Good food at the cafe. Pretty area.
Cons: These cabins do not have direct access to the river, either physically or with a clear "view". There is a very busy highway between the lodge and the river. Additionally, there was no immediate access to the river without walking along a busy highway for a ways. Since the main reason we chose the place was to have a cabin ON THE RIVER, this was the most disappointing part. Plus for us, the idea of a relatively busy road right in our line of sight was a major letdown. The road was surprisingly noisy due to extensive, constant traffic until around 9pm, particularly motorcycles.
The decks were not "private". These cabins are pretty close together and while that wasn't so bad, the RV parked right next to our cabin, running it's loud motor at night to "Power up" really destroyed any peace and quiet in the evening. There is a large Lodge parking area closer to the highway which is where the Lodge should have required the RVs to be. However, both nights of our stay were impacted by this.
No air-conditioning. Frankly, we're not big fans of a/c, however, it was over 100 degrees each day we were there and we found we could not be in the cabins in the afternoon at all, especially with a dog. Be forewarned--this area of Idaho is REALLY hot in August. This was something we should have known before-hand (better research next time!)
Lots of wasps. The Lodge clearly works hard at trying to control them as evidenced by pest-control sprays, etc, but nonetheless, we used our flyswatter alot and killed at least 20-30 each evening.
Minor compaint: the cafe does not offer breakfast during the week. Since we didn't come with loads of provisions and the area is very remote, this was an issue for us.
However, I should have read the info better in advance and I would have known this upfront.

Bottom line, if you are not bothered by having a road (and a busy one with LOTS of motorcyclists constantly riding it), the Lodge cabins are lovely, the people are nice, and the surrounding area has plenty of natural beauty. For us, though, the amount of money wasn't worth it. If the Lodge had been on the "river" side of the highway, it would have been much better, although the road was a real factor for us.

This area is really remote. Not sure it was worth the drive as there are many beautiful areas along rivers without going quite this far north. However, had the cabins been as private and on the river as we'd expected, it WOULD have been worth it, both in terms of drive time and cost.

Also, FYI, you cannot get/receive any cellphone calls or text messages or use wireless internet in this area. We certainly lived without it, but learned a family member had tried to reach us while we were there. Again, being fully "connected" isn't something you'd necessarily expect. Just be prepared.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 August 2009

A beautiful wilderness log cabin very cozy. I did not know there was only a microwave with no stove or oven, would have liked to cook my own meals sometimes. However the cafe served excellent meals and the wait staff were both friendly and efficent. I was disappointed with the lack of seating in the cabins. We were having a reunion with friends and liked to gather in the evenings to share stories. There were only two chairs to sit in on the wonderful outside porch. Inside the cabin there was only a coach and a few straight back chairs. Other than this we had a wonderful three days at the River Dance Resort,

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
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Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2009

We stayed at River Dance Lodge with our daughters, son-in-law, and granddaughters for six nights in July. With the exception of the almost round the clock road construction during the week about a mile away, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

The strength of River Dance is its staff. Jodi, the excellent Manager, did everything possible to ensure that we enjoyed our stay. Chef Everett and his meals are simply awesome. Even though we ate in the restaurant every night and most days for lunch, we never got tired of it. The chicken tava, the hamburgers, the sauces on several dishes, and the huckleberry ice cream were particularly good. Activities Director Tim, his assistant Erica and our river guides, Ben and Joey, were wonderful.

Oh yes, and Lisa at ROW Adventures patiently answered endless questions.

For me, River Dance Lodge would be nearly perfect if it were tucked away from the highway in some nice quiet woods. As it was, it was at truly wonderful place to go for a family vacation. There were plenty of outdoor activities - rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, and hiking.

The cabins were comfortable and well-appointed. There is no air conditioning, so it did get a bit warm inside during the afternoons. But it cooled down nicely after sunset. The outdoor hottub on the deck offered a relaxing time for the whole family. Although the restaurant does not serve breakfast during the week, Jodi arranged to bring us breakfast baskets with bagels, cereal, milk, juice and fruit.

We look forward to returning some day to enjoy the hospitality, scenic beauty, and wonderful river adventures.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 August 2009

An adventure beyond your wildest dreams in one of the last wilderness areas in America, and the largest. Yes, you will have to drive but every mile of breathless and stark beauty is worth it. Idaho means something like "sun rising over the mountains" in Nez Perce. You will trade this wonder for your cell phone (signal is only 20 miles away if you're that desparate). We joke that the Idaho tourism slogan should be "welcome to Idaho, you're on your own"...and you really can be if you want, but Jody the lodge manager and the ROW staff will take care of your every need and then some.

The food in the cafe is not what you expect in north central Idaho. (if you want that drive 6 miles up river to Ryan's Wilderness Inn). It's a range of mediterranean to clean healthy northwest fare. The wine list is not exhaustive, but is satisfying and includes unusual and tasty items like Townshend Cellars Huckleberry Blush. The breakfasts are late on the weekdays, so plan to bring your own and eat in your cabin before your raft trip. You will be well sated the rest of the day whether you want the beers on tap, an interesting salad, or just the huckleberry pie and a nice cuppa brew.

The cabins come with a grill and a hot tub. You can fish for your supper and cook it right up. Or get some of the great range fed beef in Stites (a nearby community) and grill that up. When you slip into bed, let the mountain air in and you will sleep better than you have in your whole life.

Fitness center? Who needs it. You have the earth gym at your disposal.

Take full advantage of the whitewater. The guides are skilled and helpful. If you don't see what you want, ask. They are very adaptive and accomodating. If you're feeling frisky, there is time to do the water and the land every day.

There are many opportunities for hiking, horseback riding and of course river fun on some of the most continuous whitewater in America. Remember, it's not a walk through central park. The uninitiated may want a guide. You will see wildlife and you may need to know how to respect it in close quarters, but where else can you be trully alone in the mountains and return to a nice soak in a clean hot tub?. We saw timberwolves, cougar tracks, a bear on a near ridge, a badger, deer, elk, osprey carring trout, eagles, hawks, margranders, meadowlarks, mountain bluebirds, hummingbirds, magpies, grouse, quail, pheasants, turkeys running wild, turkey vultures, chipmunks, and a myriad of others.

There are waterfalls to explore: from the many spring sprouts that cascade down the steep granite and gneiss faces of the near vertical hills to the mystical snowshoe falls to the mighty Selway falls surging in tight quarters around house sized boulders.

There are goat trails to hike up rock bluffs where you see nothing but mountain upon mountain to what seems the end of the earth. Here in the most rugged country in America, the hiking and whitewater are some of the most challenging anywhere. But also some of the most peaceful. Hike until the spot is right, and then sit and get your zen on.

For us, it is coming home when we go to the RiverDance Lodge. the perfect combination of adrenalin sport and stillness, all in the lap of luxury. And the bonus is, your work can't reach you and by the second day you'll even forget what a blackberry is.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Thank TheJetchick
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Connecticut
1 review
Reviewed 25 July 2009

Lisa Young
PO Box 579,
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816

Dear Ms. Young:

On June 30 and July 1 of 2009, my son and I had the pleasure of being guests at River Dance Lodge, Syringa, ID. We are both from the east coast and I had simply made time in my schedule to drive across the northern US to see places and sights I had only read about. Upon realizing that I would be in Idaho in late June, white water rafting became one of our goals. Our experience rafting the Lochsa River with ROW Adventures was in every way exciting, refreshing and informative. The ROW staff treated us very well. They were uplifting, attentive and knowledgeable.

River Dance Lodge was a special treat, much more than I had anticipated. The cabin’s quality, cleanliness and features are unmatched. After a day on the river, I hit the hot tub (an unexpected addition to “wilderness” living) my son went on a group mountain bike ride. Our experiences were enjoyable and memorable in every way.

Yours truly

Richard D. Pinder, Ph.D.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Thank rdpinder
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Idaho
1 review
Reviewed 24 July 2009

My entire family had a blast! The location was more than perfect! The cabins were very clean and cozy. The staff was beyond helpful and the cafe's food was fresh. We could not have asked for more and will make this our permanant Family Reunion location!!!!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Thank Nicoletheriverjumper
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Washington State
1 review
Reviewed 24 June 2009

What an amazing place. The scenery, accomodations, staff, restaurant. . .a full package deal. We had a group of 40, who all left ready to come back next year. Thanks for making our stay memorable!

  • Stayed June 2009
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Thank Lochsaleader
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Property: River Dance Lodge
Address: 7743 Highway 12, Syringa, Kooskia, ID 83539
Region: United States > Idaho > Kooskia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Kooskia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the banks of the Clearwater River, the River Dance Lodge is Idaho's adventure hotel and resort. Enjoy rustic luxury and take advantage of guided fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, horseback tours and hiking adventures. Each log cabin has a private hot tub and is decorated with creative and tasteful furnishings and local artwork. Mediterranean cuisine is available at an onsite restaurant, the Syringa Cafe. ... more   less 
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