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“Exceptional Experience”
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River Dance Lodge
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College Station, Texas, United States
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Exceptional Experience”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

We recently returned to the Texas heat after 4 amazing days at Riverdance Lodge. Everything was wonderful. The location was beautiful, food was excellent, and the glamping tent was a great experience. But, it was the staff most of all that made our stay so memorable. They truly are committed to making sure guests feel welcome and are treated as members of the Riverdance extended family.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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ROWadventure, Manager at River Dance Lodge, responded to this review, August 30, 2013
Thank you for your review, Jim! We love hearing great things about our staff, and we're so glad that you had a positive 4-day stay. Keep in touch!
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Along with three friends, I just returned home to Maryland after a fabulous, peaceful vacation at River Dance Lodge. I can't say enough about the staff, the accommodations, the food...it was all superb. The staff was so much fun that I was sad to leave them behind. Their friendliness was so genuine and their attention to detail so keen that I have to think the screening process for employment must be very rigorous. We enjoyed two trips out on the river for kayaking, went on a guided hike, and on the recommendation of Terra and Sienna, took a drive to the beautiful waterfall along the Selway River. In spite of the activity, we’re all sure we gained some weight since it was hard to resist the delicious food prepared by John. On our final night, we enjoyed a campfire, all the fixings for s’mores, and some music with Brice, Ellen, Sienna, and Terra. The 3 bedroom cabin in which we stayed was idyllic. We had comfortable beds, plenty of seating in the living room, a covered porch with a great view of the Middle Fork of the Clark River, and plenty of room for our “stuff”. Since the mornings were a bit cool, we were even able to put the hot tub to use then. There was not a thing that we could have asked for beyond what was provided for us. Since coming home, I have told everyone about how marvelous the trip was and can't wait to get back to Syringa or to another ROW adventure.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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ROWadventure, Manager at River Dance Lodge, responded to this review, August 15, 2013
Joan--Thank you so much for your kind words! Staff and guides can make or break an experience, and we take a tremendous pride in our employees. We are so glad to hear that they made your experience that much more enjoyable!

We value your input very much, and look forward to seeing you again!
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We had a wonderful time at River Dance Lodge last week! Weather was perfect, the adventures (floating, kayaking, hiking) were great, the cabin was comfortable, and the food delicious. The staff made it a truly memorable experience-especially the music under a million stars. We'd never been to Idaho before, and can't wait to come back. Thanks RDL for an awesome, relaxing, fun vacation.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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ROWadventure, Manager at River Dance Lodge, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Aren't the stars simply stunning? We're so glad that you had good weather for your adventures in floating, kayaking, and hiking--makes the vacation experience even more relaxing! Thanks for trusting River Dance Lodge with your ultimate Idaho getaway...we look forward to seeing you again!
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

My husband I got married at the River Dance Lodge last weekend and it was the absolute best!! We rented the whole facility so we could provide the ultimate Idaho experience for our friends and family who traveled from all over the world! The cabins were great--close enough to each other so we could hangout, but far enough away to feel very private! The staff were so helpful...we couldn't have done it without them!! The setting was idyllic...we had the ceremony on the Selway River, a delicious dinner at the cafe, and barefoot dancing in the lawn!! It was everything we dreamed of! THANK YOU!!
Jess and Matt

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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ROWadventure, Manager at River Dance Lodge, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Jess and Matt--We loved helping with the planning of your special day, and are so glad you let us be a part of it! The office staff can't wait to see photos! We wish you the best in your "happily ever after!"
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THOUSAND OAKS
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

My Daughter and I drove from California to Kooskia to experience the River Dance Lodge and were very happy we did! Our Service was amazing! The staff treated us like family. Many thanks to Sienna, Terra, Brice, Ellen, Mikel, John, Jeff & Krista for making our adventure so wonderful. Our cabin was rustic and charming. (and clean) Loved the hot tub on the porch. My daughter enjoyed having the loft to herself. The Food was Amazing!! Never did I dream that in the middle of Highway 12 I would have this wonderful food. The vacation package is a great value, especially when it is your first time rafting on a river. There were many activities for us to choose from so we were never without fun. The staff took great care of us on our activities. We loved the cook out and the smores by the fire. All in All, a wonderful experience. We would love to return someday.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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ROWadventure, Manager at River Dance Lodge, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Cyndy--Thank you so much for your review, as well as the letter! We loved having you and your daughter, and we're so glad that you had such a wonderful experience! Keep in touch...we look forward to your return!
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

My wife and I stayed at RDL for a week. Overall, it was an amazing experience. Coming from Phoenix in the summer, our two main goals were to get some good weather and get away from civilization - RDL made both possible. The clearwater river valley is as remote, wild, and scenic as it gets. We lost cell phone reception almost 45 minutes before getting to RDL but we were able to stay loosely connected to civilization via the lodge's satellite wifi. Our formal activities included a fishing float trip down the clearwater, whitewater rafting the Lochsa, and horseback riding all of which we enjoyed enormously and would recommend. The staff and hospitality is top notch - we got in late the first night and they arranged for dinner to be left out in our glamping tent. While the price of the glamping tent is a great deal, there was not much glamorous about the bathroom facilities (a rickety wooden shared outhouse). As scheduled, we moved into a cabin for the second half of our stay and were happy to have a working bathroom but did miss the rush of the stream that runs by the glamping tents at night. The food was hearty and they do a great job considering the limited grocery options nearby. The buffalo shepard's pie and the huckleberry pie a la mode were two hilites. While the food and lodging is by no means 5-star, RDL provides a good value for you money and a great base camp to explore the Bitteroot Wildnerness.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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ROWadventure, Manager at River Dance Lodge, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay! "Remote, wild, and scenic" is a great description...and the flow of the nearby stream does make a great lullaby! Stay in touch, and remember River Dance Lodge (and the huckleberry pie!) when you need another unplugged vacation!
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Coeur D Alene
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Our family recently stayed at the River Dance Lodge in one of the big cabins on the Clearwater River in Kooksia, Idaho. It was in June 2013. On one of our floating fishing trips, the guide ran the raft into a "sweeper" another word for a tree branch extending into the water, and totally capsized the raft, sending my brother in law under the raft (where he could have drowned) and my sister floating downstream. If our other raft hadn't of been downstream, I don't know who would have captured her. Our guide had to swim to shore, as did my brother in law. Secondly, the cabins were somewhat dirty and neglected on the exterior porches which were badly in need of some power washing. The interiors had almost no furniture onto set your luggage or items, and the lighting was so dim and poor in the cabins you could barely see. I think River Dance Lodge needs to put some work and effort into their cabins and making sure their guides are more adequately trained.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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ROWadventure, Owner at River Dance Lodge, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
I'm very sorry that you had a frightening experience on the river with us. We do take guide training very seriously and are proud of the skill of our guides. Sometimes nature throws curve balls and in this case water currents, a fallen tree and the guide's maneuvers all joined forces and caused an upset. Rafting is inherently risky, and everyone going on a rafting trip is informed of this. It's important to note that we also give a lengthy safety talk prior to every float we do, so that our guests are prepared. "Self-rescue" is explicitly discussed, so if a swimmer does end up downstream of other craft, our instructions to swim to shore would hopefully be heeded. We fully appreciate that such an event can be very unsettling and again,I am sorry that you had this experience. In our 34 years in business as ROW Adventures, we've had very few situations like this occur.

As for the cabins, we appreciate the feedback and will work on making the improvements you suggest. Like every successful business, we do our best to learn and improve.

Sincerely,
Peter Grubb, owner
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Property: River Dance Lodge
Address: 7743 Highway 12, Syringa, Kooskia, ID 83539
Location: United States > Idaho > Kooskia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Kooskia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the banks of the Clearwater River, the River Dance Lodge is Idaho's adventure hotel and resort. Enjoy rustic luxury and take advantage of guided fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, horseback tours and hiking adventures. Each log cabin has a private hot tub and is decorated with creative and tasteful furnishings and local artwork. Mediterranean cuisine is available at an onsite restaurant, the Syringa Cafe. ... more   less 
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River Dance Hotel Kooskia
River Dance Lodge Idaho/Kooskia

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