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Hotel Ruby Ponderay

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel is quite nice, but my dog was especially happy about the very nice, fenced dog park area. What a great amenity for pets!

Stayed here twice so far. Excellent service, good location, friendly staff.

The place isn't that old. The rooms are very small, especially for a location where land is plentiful. The breakfast was extremely minimal. Upon checkout he heavy lady with a pink color to her skin was rude and ungrateful. I'll go so far as to say she is homophobic. I wouldn't choose his hotel again, nor recommend it.

Clean nice room. Not overly big but worked. Loved that they had a new pool, and offered bikes to borrow. Love the area.

Nice newly remodeled facility, located on the main HWY. Rooms were clean and comfortable.

good location, clean and well kept. staff were friendly and polite.

Rooms were very nice, customer service was great. We will go back. They have bikes to use and new hot tubs and a pool.

Great for the money. Not fancy but clean and relaxing. Nothing special about this hotel but with the money you save you can't go wrong.

Overall the hotel was Okay. However there where issues. it has all non smoking rooms and is a non smoking building, which I love however, the staff was smoking in the lobby making the hotel hallways stink like smoke. Since the building is under construction they did not have a pool like I thought because it's being built. However there was 1 out of 2 spas that where working which was nice. The continental breakfast was good, had a good variety and everything was clean and fresh. If you are looking for a good deal and do not mind the current construction with no pool it is a good place to sleep. The rooms where clean and we had wifi and cable television with flat screen tv.

The hotel was difficult to find due to th road construction, you had to cross over streets under construction. The staff was friendly and helpful and the location was near all the businesses with which I had appointments. Rooms was adequate for the cost. Breakfast was a little bleak but adequate.

Good location if passing through town or there to ski for a few days at Schweitzer. Not glamorous but utilitarian, clean and comfortable. Very friendly staff and a good rate.

Howard Johnson Hotel in Pondaray, Idaho was very easy to find. Our check in was great and fast. The hotel was set back off the highway so it was nice and quiet. All the staff that we saw were very friendly and helpful. Our room was nice and clean and the bed comfortable. Our only problem was the size of the room. It was very small and compact. You had to sweeze by each other to get around the bed to the closet or window. The bathroom was also very small.We had the continental breakfast in the morning and it was very nice. Everything was set up and easy to use. The choices were good and plentyful. Our overall stay was good.

This place was great! The staff were very helpful & friendly. Rooms were very clean & well stocked. We will definitely return in the future.

We went skiing for the weekend. First time at this hotel and, for the first time, was not awakened in the middle of the night by the train. Rooms small but super clean, well-equipped. Staff friendly and accommodating.

I used the HoJo for a ski trip to Schweitzer Mountain and it was up to the task. The location is great -- right at US 95 and Schweitzer Mountain Road. Free Wi-Fi was fast enough for work but not fast enough to run Netflix. The free breakfast was ordinary, but included waffles. No elevator to the second floor where most of the non-smoking rooms are located. Biggest surprise was the size of the single-bed room. It was tiny. Smallest I've been in for a long time.

This was a "last resort" choice, because so many motels were already full closer to our destination, but it served our purpose of being a mediocre place to spend two nights, going to and coming from Libby, Montana.

THis Ho Jo was clean, reasonably priced and well-situated if you were interested in areas north of Sandpoint ID. Road construction sometimes made trips south longer than they might have been under normal circumstances. Nothing luxurious here, just a good solid place to flop between activities.

Traveled to Farragut State park. Not really price was right for our stay.

really good customer service and the 6:30 am breakfast greatly surprise me. Very good for cheap price

477255 Highway 95 N Ponderay ID

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Indoor pool

Located within 2 miles (3 km) of Sandpoint Elks Golf Course, Hotel Ruby Ponderay is within 3 miles (5 km) of Panida Theater. This 70-room hotel has free breakfast along with conveniences like an indoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Near ski lifts, the hotel is also close to Sandpoint City Beach Park and Liberty Pier.


Free continental breakfast is served each morning from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM.


Hotel Ruby Ponderay's 70 air-conditioned rooms provide free local calls, ironing boards, and desks. Guests can expect free WiFi and 39-inch LED TVs with satellite channels. Pillowtop beds grant a restful night's sleep, and bathrooms offer hydromassage showers and hair dryers.

Property features

Hotel Ruby Ponderay features an indoor pool, a children's pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help secure valuables, and answer any questions about the accommodations. Other amenities at this ski hotel include 2 spa tubs, free WiFi in public areas, and conference space.

Room options

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Room, 1 Queen Bed, Accessible

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Suite, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Suite, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2