We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great place in the winter” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Shore Lodge

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Save
You added Shore Lodge to your Saves list
Shore Lodge
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   501 West Lake St, McCall, ID 83638 (Formerly Whitetail Club)   |  
  |  
Hotel website
  |  
  |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in McCall
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Philadelphia, PA
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Great place in the winter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2011

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!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

372 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    299
    48
    10
    9
    6
See reviews for
107
163
12
41
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (67)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
seattle,wa
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2011

From the time we stepped out of our car to the end of our ski weekend, the staff was attentive and hospitable. Bar staff was great but prices not so reasonable. Great food at both the bar and restaurant.
Shore lodge has a free shuttle to Brundage ski resort. Remember to call in advance for drop off and pick up. The lakeview suites/rooms are large and have all the amenties also a little fridge. View of the lake was amazing!!!
Pool and hot tub was so great after skiing. Just the perfect temperature. The hotel staff stoked the outside firepit for us. Perfect ski vacation getaway. Wish we could of stayed longer!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Boise, Idaho
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2010

Stayed at S.L. for two nights for our 30th anniversary. Asked for upper floor/lakeview rm. Checked into 218 at 5:30 PM. A loud band (wedding reception) was playing in the conference center three rms away and directly across from our balcony. Asked front desk how late they would be playing-they did not know and did not find out (strange since it is their facility). Asked to be moved away from noise. They put us in 156 - ground floor, musty smell. We were next to utility rm and awakened at 5:00 AM by a very noisy pump that ran for 30 minutes. At checkout asked about noise-clerk was unaware and uninterested-no offer of anything for our hassles. Very poor customer service.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rockville, Maryland, United States
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2010

This hotel/lodge (polished wood is incorported in most public areas, giving a rustic feel) excels: an ideal find for the ambiance from comfort, cleanliness, tastefully decorated rooms (ours overlooked Forsythe Lake, had a “living” room with balcony and chairs, adjoining bedroom, and bath with separate tub and ample shower, square shape, clear doors), with a helpful, gracious, and effective team of staff workers. Hallways' decoration tickled the imagination of visiting a paddle-wheel river boat with rich doorway gilding making the walk to the room anything but dull. Ah, yes, they do welcoming cookies, too.

We had breakfast and a light lunch here. Typical breakfasts are served on two-large dinner plates per person with fruit garnishes on each. We ordered French Toast – a cinnamon/raisen/pecan mixture rich with fibre alongside eggs (any style) and meat (a number of choices). Service at the restaurant and at the desk went beyond expectations, leaving us highly satisfied, and thinking we will have to invent an excuse to return to this beautiful area where hiking, water, and ski sports abound.

Rooms face either the lake or the road. Ours: comfortably and tastefully decorated (third tier (of 4) from the top, a Living area (full sofa, chairs, TV) with separate door to private balcony having two outdoor chairs and facing a gorgeous view of Lake Forsythe and nearby ski-able mountains through a huge window, and a sleeping area with comfortable bed, quiet fridge and microwave, and a bathroom with separate tub and shower. The shower has generous space in all directions. We visited friends in a larger room: same view, same tastefulness, but larger areas with more (eg two sofas).

Heating/AC managed via remote control device had one button, labelled DRY, that an the staff's electrical engineer explained meant Continuous Fan, was effective, but a bit odd to get used to. But once learned, it was easy to adjust the unit, mounted high on one of the 10-foot (?) walls in the Living Area.

Front Desk and Wait Staff were very helpful. There were no issues that created a "problem" for them. Entirely professional.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Savage, Minnesota
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2010

The views from the lodge were absolutely phenomenal. We had a great chilly evening out in the hot tub watching the sunset with a bottle of wine. It was too cool to swim (October visit with early snow)…but we enjoyed relaxing in the hot tub and inside the lodge by the fire. The game room was a nice place to go to spend some time as well. We were disappointed at the food cost in the lodge restaurant as we would have loved to eat looking out over the water. The food prices were way too high for us, so we explored town a bit. As the summer rush was over, most of town was shut down so we had to go to a little Mexican restaurant over the water…which was OK, not great setting.

We were a bit surprised that the rooms were outdated since the lodge was not a cheap stay. The bedding, furniture, window treatments, TV set up, etc…were very old-looking. We would have liked a most rustic lodge décor given the setting.

All in all, we enjoyed the local hiking and the lodge, but would not pay that much again for what it offers.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Georgia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2010

We reserved 2 adjoining Lake View Suites. We were 4 adults and 2 children under 12 years of age. The rooms were exactly as we requested. The staff was very friendly, especially Ron, who knew us by name. Everything was very clean. The rooms were large and spacious. I had heard the hotel was outdated but didn't feel that was the case. We used the theater room with another family which was a wonderful addition to our trip. While watching the movie, a turn-down service was done in our room, complete with yummy chocolate chip cookies!

We read on another review that there is not an elevator so you have to climb 3 flights of stairs if you're on the 3rd floor. It is a split level hotel. We were on the 3rd floor and only had to go up about 6 steps from the lobby. Not exactly the inconvenience the other reviewer made it out to be.

We wanted to rent a boat and it was off-season, so we couldn't find anyone still open. The Shore Lodge found a guide to take us out in the Shore Lodge's boat. It was great! He told us all of the sites and history of the lake.

Overall, the Shore Lodge made our 2 day trip very memorable.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Boise, Idaho
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2010

I stayed at Shore Lodge for a business event. My third floor room was large and comfortable, though I had no access to the exterior deck in front of the room. The problem was the exterior light mounted on the wall next to my 12' tall windows. The light was turned on all night and the window had no shade, only a sheer curtain. It was difficult to sleep with so much light in the room. People smoking on the verandas of their rooms, when this is a non-smoking facility anywhere on the grounds, was a bit of a turn-off.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Shore Lodge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Shore Lodge

Address: 501 West Lake St, McCall, ID 83638 (Formerly Whitetail Club)
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Idaho > McCall
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in McCall
#1 Business Hotel in McCall
#1 Family Hotel in McCall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Shore Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia and Travelocity so you can book your Shore Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Shore Hotel Mccall
Shore Lodge McCall, Idaho

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Shore Lodge, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.