"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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- River Dance Hotel Kooskia