This was our first visit to the Greenbriar Inn. We arrived three hours ahead of check-in time yet the staff graciously accommodated us. We stayed in room #4 which is located on the top floor in the very front of the house. The room was very quaint, yet charming, which is to be expected in a home of it's era.
We booked our stay under the fall promotion which included a bottle of wine for the room. We were offered a choice of cabernet, merlot or chardonnay. We chose the chardonnay and were pleasantly surprised to receive a bottle of Canyon Road, rather than the usual private-label salad dressing you often get in the complimentary category.
The offer also included a credit towards dinner in the Tapas restaurant and the food was outstanding. Just be forewarned that the serving sizes are much larger than you typically associate with the tapas style. There was also live entertainment provided in the outdoor gazebo that added considerably to the ambiance. And, of course, the fantastic selection of martinis didn't hurt. There was a large party of twenty or so that arrived toward the middle of our meal but the quality of the service didn't falter -- kudos to the staff.
We both felt the bed linens were a bit spartan and in need of some more pillows. Or at least a couple of pillows that couldn't easily be slid under a door.
Continental breakfast is included with the room and in the morning is placed in a refrigerator located in the lounge on your floor. Each breakfast is labeled with a room number. When we retrieved ours, we found a plate with nothing more than two mini-bagels, one full slice of coffee cake, a few smaller broken pieces of coffee cake and a half of one slice of orange as a garnish. There was also a carafe of milk and a carafe of orange juice in the refrigerator. There was plenty of milk but only about 1/3 of a glass of OJ left. After careful consideration, we've narrowed it down to 2 possibilities as to why the breakfast was so bad. The first possibility is that the proprietor, a highly-acclaimed caterer, really just doesn't get the whole breakfast thing. The second, and the one we're running with, is that one or more of the other guests poached our food. While we certainly can't hold the staff accountable for food-pilfering guests, we will definitely mark them down a few points for being nowhere to be found in the morning. Not a soul. What might have been a small inconvenience if we could find someone to remedy the situation was a real bummer. To be fair, we probably could have made more of an effort to find someone; maybe by calling the Inn's main number, etc. But, the whole idea of visiting a B&B in the first place is to avoid making efforts. So, we loaded up the car and headed a few blocks down the street for an excellent breakfast and a great view of the lake at the Dockside Cafe located in the Coeur D'Alene Resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Historic 1908 Greenbriar Inn is located four blocks from downtown, the beach and the Lake. We have five guest rooms with private baths and queen beds. The Inn features a restaurant: 315 Martinis and Tapas, which is open five days a week, Tuesday thru Saturday, from 3:15 to close. We offer a continental breakfast to our guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Greenbriar Hotel Coeur d`Alene
- Greenbriar Inn Idaho