Some people spend their whole lives trying to repair the fragile sense of self which was destroyed in the primary years, but for the innkeeper at my next destination, he’s appeared to have embraced it. Our next travels take us through Coeur d’Alene Idaho and the Roosevelt Inn Bed & Breakfast (1). Roosevelt was erected in 1905 as Coeur d’Alene’s first school. A lot has changed in this big building on east Wallace Avenue in the last 107 years and many fine students have passed through these halls…including innkeeper John! A graduating student of a class long ago, John bought the space 12 years ago and is doing amazing things with this inn. While a rock of a building and horrors from grade school are interesting; what about the beds? How is anyone supposed to get a good night’s sleep in a building where learning is supposed to be going on? Let’s head on inside Roosevelt Inn Bed & Breakfast and see if this is somewhere that you should Sleep Here Now (2).
Roosevelt Inn was a school for many years before becoming a bed & breakfast. With that in mind, there are still some trappings of a very old building. Innkeeper John was telling us that the man who turned this building into a bed & breakfast actually ripped out the ceilings, lowered the ceiling height, and added in an extra floor. Also the shapes of the rooms are all distinct; some with very long front hallways; some are very compact. This is because the shell of the building is still the 107 year old schoolhouse it always was. When you are changing walls around from the inside, there are only so many shape combinations you can accomplish.
Rooms at the Roosevelt Inn Bed & Breakfast have no televisions. For some people this could be a deal-breaker; for other this could be one of the requisite requirements. There was a TV downstairs in the makeshift gathering room (as main-floor repairs are made) and that is likely carried forward in a regular location when construction isn’t ongoing.
WiFi was another thing. The house and the website claims to have “very strong wireless internet.” However the signal I kept picking up was rather weak and the password which activated the network only allowed me “local-access.” I’m going to give the innkeeper the benefit of the doubt that this network problem had something to do with the repair work and is usually working strong under normal circumstances.
When it comes down to sleep at Roosevelt Inn, there were no complaints. The king sized bed in our room was very soft and the sheets were high thread count making the mattress itself was comfortable.
The Roosevelt Inn Bed & Breakfast serves a gourmet two-course breakfast each morning…except the morning that I was there. Roosevelt was doing some off-season renovations on the main level and the whole ground floor was off-limits. Nevertheless innkeeper John makes sure all his guests are cared for with a breakfast from nearby restaurant Michael D’s Eatery.
After a wonderful night’s sleep in our room’s plush king sized bed, it’s time to hit the road. The Roosevelt Inn Bed & Breakfast is a great space in Coeur d’Alene for just a night or just a little longer. The 15 rooms at the inn make Roosevelt Inn Bed & Breakfast a great place for a family reunion, wedding, meeting, or other gatherings with people coming in from all quadrants. Guests at Roosevelt are ill advised to rest too lightly as there is so much to do! Roosevelt has a spa room, fitness center, custom massage services, high tea, golf, theatre, and ski packages and so much more. Don’t feel any pressure though; coming into Roosevelt and enjoying Coeur d’Alene for some much needed down time is just fine too.