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“Un"bear"able in the Black Bear Bungalow” 2 of 5 stars
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Brundage Bungalows
2.5 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   308 West Lake Street, McCall, ID 83638   |  
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“Un"bear"able in the Black Bear Bungalow”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

If you want to hear lots of road noise, experience an unbearably hot room in the summer and have no closet space for your clothes, this is the place for you.

The resort is made up of small bungalows, with 2 units forming a duplex in the center of the small resort.

When we called to make reservations, all units were booked except the Black Bear bungalow. The Black Bear bungalow was a unit in the duplex and was advertised for sleeping 6 people. It reminded me of the children's story of the 3 bears. There was one large room for kitchen, dining, lounging and sleeping. In the large room the 3 beds were placed alongside each other. Papa bear gets the queen bed, mama bear gets the full bed and baby bear gets the futon (where I neatly stacked all of my clothes for the vacation, since there was no closet). There is NO PRIVACY in this unit. It would probably work best for a couple with young children that they need to constantly monitor.

As I mentioned earlier, the Black Bear bungalow was part of a duplex and it sat in the middle of the tiny resort, with no trees to shade it. The day we arrived the temperature exceeded 90 degrees outside.......the metal roof heated the duplex up to well over 90 degrees. The ceiling fan wasn't helping at all. We were thrilled to see a brand new heating/cooling system had been installed, but couldn't find the controls anywhere. The front porch received direct sunlight in the afternoon. There was no place to cool down. The owners of the resort don't have on-site staff to help with problems. We called the emergency number listed on the rental sheet and left a message. No one called us back that night or the next day. We suffered in the heat all night. My husband was miserable. He couldn't sleep. The next morning he was to get up by 5am to begin a 3 day back country airplane flying course. He was sleep deprived and I was worried about his safety the entire next day.

I called the emergency phone number the next afternoon and learned that one of the partners, in charge of maintenance, was out of town at the time. He apologized that while they had gotten the a.c. installed, the contractor had quit the project and they couldn't find anyone locally to finish the work. I informed him that if we couldn't cool the unit down after the second very warm day in McCall, we'd been finding a different location and asking for our money back. He said he understood. The second night was slightly cooler, so we were able to get some sleep. This was short lived, as a family checked into the unit next to us, along with their dog.

We are pet lovers, owning 2 dogs and 2 cats of our own, which we left at home. The family next door took off on Saturday morning and left their dog locked in the small bungalow the entire day. Whenever the dog heard a strange noise it would begin barking and barking. No one returned to walk the dog, feed the dog, water the dog, etc. It was still very warm in McCall and the duplex, with metal roof, heated up during the day. Once night came the family still hadn't returned. The dog continued to bark and bark as we headed to bed after 10pm. The family finally returned home at 12:15am on Sunday morning. I jumped up and stuck my head out the door to confront the man. I told him that his dog had been barking all day. His response was, "It's not my fault." That's all he said. My heart was breaking for that poor dog.

The Brundage Bungalows are located feet from busy Hwy. 55 as it enters McCall from the West. They are close to Rotary Park and the public beach of Payette Lake. It's a 5 minute walk to Paul's grocery store. The bungalows have been recently remodeled and are very cute on the inside with lots of wood, tile and granite. Unfortunately, the owners are allowing the exterior of the units to run down. The plants from the prior season were dead and still in the window boxes and in flowerbeds in front of the units. The common area bbqs were filled with charcoal ash. Our porch hadn't been swept in a long time. The one small bench on our very hot porch was broken. It appeared that some of the original bungalows in the resort had been sold to private parties, and the one behind our duplex had a yard filled with lots of outdoor toys - bikes, rafts, etc. It made the resort look junky.

For the price that we paid for the room of beds, this property was disappointing. I'd strongly suggest that they establish on-site managers to improve their customer service, clean up the exterior of the property, and review their bed set up and pricing for the Black Bear bungalow. We LOVE the outdoors and the amenities that McCall offers, but likely won't return to this property.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

What a location -- right across the street from Payette Lake and a short walk to downtown. Fully renovated bungalows with high end floors, granite counter kitchen which is also fully stocked to do all your cooking needs (including a great stove, big fridge, microwave, and dishwasher), beautiful walk in shower with gorgeous tile. A little noisy fridge and space heater but well worth it nonetheless. Great phone reservation booking. Take a vacation away from home and only bring personal belongings as everything else you need is here.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

Wow, what an awesome cabin. My family and i stayed at the Sockeye Salmon Cabin during the Christmas holiday.

The place was neat as a pin. Having the loft for the kids along with two separate rooms for the adults was perfect.

I will definitely stay again.

Lora C

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Address: 308 West Lake Street, McCall, ID 83638
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Location: United States > Idaho > McCall
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #3 of 7 Specialty Lodging in McCall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Brundage Bungalows 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the BRUNDAGE BUNGALOWS! Part of a very unique mountain vacation experience! You're coming to a very special mountain get away destination, so don't settle for ordinary. Come see why for 50 years people have made the Bungalows the place to stay in McCall! We have just completed a top to bottom renovation, making the Bungalows more unique and comfortable than ever before!Here is just some of what the Brundage Bungalows have to offer:• Stay in your own cabin, not just a hotel room!• Clean, Cozy and Charming• Fully furnished Granite kitchens and kitchenettes• Roomy, beautiful Travertine showers/tubs• Wood or gas fireplaces• Air Conditioning• 32" Flat screen TV's with DVD players• Cable and free WiFi• Outdoor picnic tables and barbecues• Forested woods behind you with the lake in front of you• A short walk to public beach access as well as boat docks (Rotary Park)• World class Winter activities just a few minutes away! Including: Skiing, Snow Boarding, tubing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling.• Beautiful, Pristine Payette Lake for: boating, fishing, skiing and all things summer! Accommodates the individual as well as Groups up to 40!Come see what we've done. You will love your stay! ... more   less 
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