The other reviews here must be fake. Where do I begin? I have traveled extensively and this is the worst place I’ve ever stayed. The chain lock on the door was busted off, and I was flabbergasted to discover the next day that there was no lock on the window! When I went to the office to ask them to fix this, their remedy was to hand me a dowel rod to drop into the windowsill. Upon closer inspection, I saw that ALL the windows were like this. The light fixture in the bathroom is hanging from the ceiling by two wires - a fire waiting to happen. The water heater is actually INSIDE the room, concealed by a thin sheet of paneling.
Our “non-smoking” room stank of stale cigarettes AND had cigarette burn holes in the sheets! I immediately bought 2 air fresheners, but it didn’t help. The towels and the blankets also had holes in them. The room is dark and the sofa had huge stains that would not want to sit on. There are actually people living at this motel and there is a rundown trailer park on the grounds as well. That being said, we had no problems with anyone, just a vaguely creepy feeling about our surroundings. The air-conditioning cools well, but there is no thermostat, so if you fall asleep it will run all night. The bed is hard and very uncomfortable, probably original bed from when the motel opened (40 years?). It had a coin-operated vibrating machine! The motel marquee said there was a hot tub, but my hubby combed the grounds and did not see one anywhere. No one works the front desk; you have to ring a bell for someone to come talk to you. To check out we had to find the maid and give her our key. We woke one morning to find a guy repainting the yellow lines in the parking lot, including the ones one either side of our Chrysler 300 as it was parked! Unbelievable. This place is right on Hwy 95, which is as busy as a freeway. Surprisingly this was not a noise problem for sleeping. I would NEVER recommend this place for single women or families with children; it's just too scary security-wise. It’s good for truckers or a guy looking for a place to stay for ONE night in a pinch.
If I were pressed to come up with anything positive to say, it would be the following: 1. The bathrooms were clean. They are completely dilapidated, with chrome worn off the fixtures and yellowing plastic tub walls, but they were clean, and the water pressure in the shower was very good. 2. They have HBO. 3. The location, which is just on the other side of the long bridge leaving Sandpoint, so you are only 2 miles from main street Sandpoint. 4. It's cheap. They money we saved paid for our meals everyday; but would I do it again? Hell no.
Most disturbing are the misleading reviews. I was led to believe the woman who opened this place used to work at the Bellagio hotel or somewhere like that, and she is now running a small motel with the same standards. BS! This place sucks. We stayed 6 nights only because the sign at the front desk says "No refunds for any reason". Wow, that says it all.
For what its worth, we looked at the Meandering Moose motel which was actually in Sandpoint. It’s another budget motel, but it was very cute, light and airy, smelled wonderfully clean, and had no “scary” feeling to it. The friendly owner at the desk offered me a cold soda and even took me to see a room. Wow, what a difference. It was small, but had everything we needed. For $14 more per night, it was well worth it.
BTW, Sandpoint was BEAUTIFUL. Enjoy your time in Idaho, I hope this review helps.