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“Folks, this is Redfish Lake, It's incomparable.” 4 of 5 stars
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Redfish Lake Road, 5 miles south of Stanley, Stanley, ID 83278   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Stanley
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“Folks, this is Redfish Lake, It's incomparable.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

This place is unique and has been here nearly forever. Don't expect the Fairmont or the Ritz Carlton. The place is pure enchantment just as it is.

The cabins are definitely more lux than the lodge rooms. If that's what you want get the creekside cabins, the honeymoon cabin or the lake front cabins.

Food could be a bit better, but some of the cabins have cooking facilities if that is desired.

The setting is unbeatable.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Spokane, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

We rented two of the resort's cabins for a total of 19 people: friends and family. The cabins are lovely: slate flooring, beautiful showers, log furniture, gorgeous setting. Large dining room table in the one we were in (Lake Side Cabin) plus outside picnic table. The cabin was stocked with everything we could need.

The only negatives to the cabin were that the sheets would NOT stay on the bed. Weirdest thing...the fitted (??) sheet came undone every night so we woke up in a tangle. Also, not enough fridge space, (the kitchens are SMALL) so bring several coolers. Not a big deal. Otherwise, it was perfect.

Our group ranged in age from 2 to 84, and there is something for everyone here: swimming of course, kayaking, paddle-boarding, hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, or just sitting in the Adirondack chairs in front of the lodge, reading. You can do as much or as little as you like, and the setting could not be more beautiful. The lodge serves meals, and there is a separate stand that sells burgers, drinks, salads and ice-cream. Plus life music on the lawn a couple of nights a week.

Redfish is a truly magical place!

Room Tip: The Lakeside Cabin had the best deck and view but was small-ish. The Creekside Cabins are large and...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Valparaiso, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

So beautiful, and provision for numerous outdoor activities, but would never go again due to the mostly unfriendly staff, poor service and seedy room. Had been looking forward to this for quite some time, and planned for after Labor Day to avoid the crowds. There were clean linens when we checked in, but the room had not been vacuumed (found food around the base of the bed), and was NEVER vacuumed during our 4 night stay, in spite of complaints to the front desk and even directly to the head housekeeper. Trash not emptied, beds not made. Had to send a meal (grilled salmon) back to the kitchen, it was so bad (mushy), and would not eat in the dining room again for any meal. Window screens were bent and did not close properly to keep bugs out. Carpet and chairs were badly stained and dirty, surfaces sticky--yuk. Walls are paper-thin; we could hear every word said next door. Would have checked out early to stay elsewhere, but they would have charged us anyway. Wish it had been different, as our hiking and enjoyment of lake and rivers were wonderful.

Room Tip: We stayed in the motel-like rooms called Pinerest. Can't speak for the cabins.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Ketchum, Idaho
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4 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

We normally camp inn the Sawtooth area for our frequent adventures... We decided to treat ourselves... we arrived the Tuesday after Labor Day and as expected, the area was still packed. To out surprise however by sundown we had he patio to ourselves and one other couple watching the sunset. Food at the lodge looked mediocre so gave it a pass (we drove the 5 miles to Sawtooth Hotel for a great meal!) The rooms are rustic in the true definition of the word: Ash burns on the carpet from the wood stove, drafty windows, deer munching outside the front door and chipmunks dashing in and out of the room (I did find it odd that they came into replace out towels, but not take the trash out given the number of aggressive tamias). Expect rooms about on par with National Park Service if not lower. But the scenery! Wake, cook breakfast, drink coffee watching the sunrise over the Sawtooths, hop on boat, cruise across lake, hike amazing trail, be back in room in time for dinner... repeat! I would have liked a thicker, fluffier comforter and better window molding... but The Scenery!

Room Tip: Get a room with a stove, stay away from the workers' dorm.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Seminole, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

We were recommended to stay here by the company who lead our weeklong raft trip. Coming off a peaceful journey on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, we drove onto the lodge property FILLED with hundreds of people there to listen to music from 4-7 PM. They were parked everywhere and every which-way; they were all over the grounds; they were standing in line to use the lodge guests' "Common bath with private showers" - even though portable restrooms were provided, staff directed them to the lodge guests' common bath.

There appeared to be an attempt at renovating the rooms but such a shoddy job was done that is was laughable.

Family stayed in a cabin. There was no ice machine or coffee makers for guests. Family was told this is not a hotel. Really.......

Won't catch me here ever again!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

Coming from a different continent we can freely recommend Redfish Lake Lodge as a holiday destination. Great views, scenery, good climate and real lungful’s of fresh air!
The lodge cabins were comfortable and made for a nice base for daily explorations, and food in the Redfish lodge was really good too, with friendly service! We enjoyed the bands that were hosted early evenings on the front lawn of the lodge – in fact this could be done every day in our opinion ! : )
We will definitely be back!!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

The cabins at Redfish Lake are just what I want from a hiking trip in a spectacular mountain setting. They’re rustic and in harmony with the natural environment and give me a comfy bed and a shower to look forward to after my days outside. The main cabin area is behind the lodge building. The two of us had a duplex cabin, which was more than we needed with the extra beds in the loft. I liked the layout and was happily surprised to find that it had electric baseboard heating in addition to a toasty quilt on the bed, which was excellent since it gets down into the 30’s at night here even in the summer months (never fear, it warms up very quickly in the mornings). The mini fridge was much appreciated, too.

A couple mornings I relaxed on the front porch while drinking my coffee (you can get one to go from the lodge) and watched the deer wandering around the area. They’ll keep an eye on you but if you’re quiet they won’t run away. The description on the website said our cabin was about 300 feet from the lake, but it didn’t seem that far, and was only a quick walk to both the main lodge building with the restaurant and to the general store. The only downside to be aware of in my opinion is that the walls are quite thin in the duplexes and you can hear your neighbors on the other side of the wall from certain areas (not from the bedroom, so no trouble sleeping), so it’s best to book them together with someone you know and like.

We'll be back!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Redfish Lake Road, 5 miles south of Stanley, Stanley, ID 83278
Location: United States > Idaho > Stanley
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Stanley
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A log-style lodge with a restaurant and a comfortable environment. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
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