December @ the Coeur D'Alene A review of The Coeur d'Alene Resort
We spent 2 nights at the Coeur D'Alene in Dec. and had a wonderful time. For the most part, the employees were responsive and made us feel welcome. Our third floor room ($150/night, less tax) was large with clean carpet and furnishings. The king bed was comfortable with goose down pillows, nice sheets and a good comforter. The bathroom had tile floors and granite counter and shower. The view was what we paid for - you could see the lake fine (and all of the Christmas lights) but were looking across about 50 yds of first floor roof, too. Fortunately, they've gone to the effort of placing wood over it so it is not just asphalt and gravel. We pulled the sofa up to the window, put our feet up and watched the day go by. We were never distracted by the roof down below. One note, the vent for the restaurant must be on that roof somewhere because you could smell the kitchen exhaust when the window was open - that might be a bigger issue if you like the window open more than we had it (could have just been the wind direction also.) The climate control in the room worked great but there is a fan that runs all the time and if you are a light sleeper it might bother you. We slept fine. I asked to have roses delivered to the room prior to our arrival and they were there and arranged very nicely. The person I talked to about the roses also upgraded me to some chocolate covered strawberries that were very good. We ate at the Dockside restaurant both nights and it was good. The service was a little slow for our tastes -but pleasant. We checked in late the first night and thought we might have trouble finding dinner but the Dockside was open and still serving at 10:00 pm. They also have a good dessert menu. The whole resort was lit up with Christmas lights that were beautiful. The shops associated with the resort were nice and open Sunday as were many of the art shops, antique stores, etc. along Sherman Ave. We did not use or see the pool or spa so I can't comment on them. We can't give the hotel an excellent rating only because of the negative points have been mentioned in previous posts - it is a bit dated and $15 for parking does seem high - but we feel like we got our money's worth. We'll go back but we want to try the Davenport in Spokane first.
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