Staying at Shore Lodge was a satisfying experience in more than one way. My grandfather built a cabin in McCall in 1945, and like many McCall families, I grew up visiting Shore Lodge for breakfast on the patio. Several years ago when Shore Lodge went up for sale, a San Diego millionaire aggressively outbid local folks for purchase. After an extensive remodel, he privatized the hotel for time. Eventually he opened it to the general public under a different name, charging exorbitant rates designed to attract his wealthy jet-setting Southern California friends. McCall folks were no longer welcome to the place they’d considered the town’s heart and living room.
Two years ago local businessmen regained control of the hotel and returned it to its original name of Shore Lodge. They lowered the rates to more affordable levels. And they let the locals know they were welcome back with open arms and open doors. This was the cause of much rejoicing for the people of McCall.
This summer my family is doing some remodel work on our little cabin and we decided to stay at Shore Lodge for a few days during the process. The lodge is simply lovely, like a kidnapped loved-one who returned even more beautiful despite her years of captivity. Here’s my run-down:
FOOD: Delicious, innovative without being stuffy, good service. Keep that chef! We appreciated the extra touches, like the basket of yummy scones served for everyone before their breakfast entrée arrived.
SERVICE: Friendly, helpful, went out of their way to accommodate us. I didn’t expect near-Four Season levels of service in McCall! My only nit-pick was the unfriendly printed notice that late check-outs would be charged $100 per hour (!), but they were open to pre-arranged late-check-outs.
ROOM: Spotless, high-end décor, though slightly dated from the millionaire-makeover days (brass fixtures, no flat-screen TVs, etc.) I didn’t mind the slightly older styles EXCEPT for the bizarre English hunting themed paintings in our room and around the hotel. (Easy to fix—take ‘em down, please!) Our room also lacked a clock and extra plug-ins.
AMENITIES: Above and beyond. The heated pool, hot tub and sauna were perfect. The large fitness center had everything I could hope for. We reserved the small theatre and watched a movie we brought for our kids, though they maintain a good list of DVDs. The staff even brought us popcorn and beverages—all free! Our only problem was that the sound was somewhat muted and soft; they said there are rooms above the theatre so they have to keep the volume down. Still, the experience was delightful.
RESERVATIONS: We deliberately reserved our small, street-side room during some very quiet days at the lodge, hoping that we might garner a free upgrade. No such luck—they’d already had our room number written in ink before our arrival. I think we were the only guests staying in our hallway but they still gave us the least expensive room. I know I shouldn’t expect such an upgrade, but most places would have offered this to us. Not earth-shattering, but a mild disappointment nonetheless.
OVERALL: I would stay again in a heartbeat. A joy on its own and a special joy to my heart—we’ve got our beloved Shore Lodge back! We may just have to do another remodel on our McCall cabin to find another excuse to stay at Shore Lodge again.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Shore Hotel Mccall
- Shore Lodge McCall, Idaho