Last year my wife and I stayed here during a visit to Boise for one night...got in late one night, skied and left the next afternoon. We liked it last year and thought we might like it more this year if we were able to stay for two nights and 2 days so we could relax and take in all it offered.
We checked in very early (9.30am) in order to get on the mountain early. Our designated room wasn't ready, and we were half hoping they'd let us in a room to change, but also understand that arriving and getting a room that early is a bit ridiculous (even though there's no additional cost to them) but the front desk said they would call us when it was ready and they called around 1pm while we were skiing.
We finished skiing for the day and arrived back at the lodge where everything was ready. the bell hop took us to a very large room...so large that you couldn't see the TV from the bed. We don't have a TV in our bedroom at home (by choice) so when we go away we get some joy from laying in bed and watching TV at night. We discussed the situation and decided I should ask for a room with a view of the TV from bed...it was no problem for them, the room was just as comfortable with a view of the TV and the lake from bed and we were definitely happy!
Had dinner and drinks in the bar over-looking the lake one night (the chicken pot pie was delicious) and then had dinner in the upscale restaurant over-looking the following night (the huckleberry souffle and key lime tart were great). Actually, all of the food was well, prepared and the service (Hi Patty! Your "friends" from SV) was excellent in both places.
We ordered room service for breakfast one morning and, besides it being 20 minutes late and ALMOST throwing off our "first chair" ski schedule on a powder day, it was on par with everything else.
They also have a large heated pool (3'-9' deep) and hot tub. The hot tub has been upgraded from last year. Last year's was an above ground unit that didn't work. They have a new, in ground stone tub with nice texture and great jets...you won't be disappointed.
Also, they are in the midst of adding an upscale spa area near the pool...think it should be completed in spring of 2011 but may be off a little on the date.
Getting 12" of snow doesn't hurt the overall experience but I can't give credit for that to the lodge, sorry!
I gave it 5 starts because, though it's not the Waldorf, everything was great, clean and the staff were very friendly and pleasant.
Skied Brundage, a great little mountain with a ton of snow and went to Zim's hot springs. Everyone told us the other place was nicer but they are closed on Tuesdays. I'll write a review about Zim's but, if you're adventurous and not snooty, you'll enjoy it!
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- Set on the southern shore of Payette Lake, in McCall Idaho, four seasons of adventure awaits. A family favorite since 1948, Shore Lodge invites you to enjoy the spectacular views, friendly service and generous accommodations.Special amenities include three exceptional dining locations, a full service salon and spa, movie theater, fitness center, shop serving Starbucks coffee, pet friendly amenities, access to boat and water sport equipment rentals, transportation to skiing at Brundage Mountain, golf course, movie theater and more. ... more less
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