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Darnell's Lake Resort

901 Spader Bay Road, P.O. Box 506, Chelan, WA 98816
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Covington, Washington
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family stayed here for the first time last month and it was not a good experience. We booked two nights and didn't even stay the 2nd night because we were so unhappy. When I checked out, the office person did not offer us anything, no refund, nothing! Our room was supposed to have 2 beds, the room is very... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We’ve been coming to Darnell's for generations. First the positive...outstanding location right on the lake...can't be beat, very nice grounds, landscaping, and grass. The sandy beach is kept clean and free of drift wood; very accommodating maintenance staff. There is a Tennis court and the addition of a basketball court in recent years was nice. The pool and hot tub... More 

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your compliments and for pointing out very detailed improvement thoughts. Each year,as you noted, we are making improvements. Best laid plans don't always work out timely, as was the case in completing the Cabana upgrade of adding nice restrooms for the guests at the beach. Permitting and inspections along the way put us behind on the project... More 

Bothell, Washington
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We had heard about Darnell's a few years back and finally made reservations last summer 2014. Its a Great older resort... beautiful semi private grounds full of families that return every year! Feels a bit retro but in a good way! Large units with efficient kitchens, bathrooms and AC!!. Maid service is there but not a regular daily event. We... More 

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for finding us and for sharing your experience with others. We hope to see you again! More 

Seattle
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

My family has been visiting Darnell's for most of the past 10 summers. We have many great memories while at Darnell's. Unfortunately, after our last visit, I believe we will look for a new place to make memories. First, I understand that most people believe that the accommodations are "good enough" or that the grounds make up for what the... More 

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear your concerns, but appreciate them just the same. We apologize that the dishwasher was not functioning properly during your groups stay. It has been replaced. We have also replaced the small coffee maker with a larger one. Thank you for bringing that to our attention. We ask for your understanding in regards to the lawns.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Friendly service, nice accommodations. Check-in is a little later than we hoped for, but we just used the time to kayak and paddle board. The lake view rooms have great access to the docks and the boys had a great time. Good place traveling with kids because of the pull out sofas.

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us! We love the lake location we have and love sharing it. We do hope to see you again. More 

Greenbank, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The room was older but very clean and comfortable. Decently sized kitchen and main bedroom with a handy pull out couch. WiFi and tv in the room as well as a computer in the cabana if you didn't bring one. Nice pool, big hot tub (perfect for the rare chilly summer evening), nice private beaches with sand, two relaxing floating... More 

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us and for all of the compliments and comments! It helps us to know that the Resort is being experienced in the way that we love. We have had some wonderful individuals and families in recent weeks and are assuming you were among them. We have even seen talent shows put on by the young... More 

Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

My husband and I were looking for a relaxing place to call home for a few days and Darnell' was prefect. It's not fancy fancy but it is clean, well appointed, comfortably, new furnishings, HD TV, Internet, pool, hot tub, cabana, BBQ area (great for groups or family get together), private beach.... Everything you need including a friendly hard working... More 

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for staying with us! It is a very relaxing and private location and we love our staff as well, and appreciate the acknowledgement. Please come stay again! More 

Spokane, Washington
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

My wife and I came to Chelan for our 45th anniversary, we spent the night here and took the lady of the lake to Stehekin on Saturday. The resort room was very clean the check in went quite well and the staff was very helpful. will probably stay here again should we return. The only drawback was the broken bath... More 

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us! We sincerely apologize for the lack of hot water. We love sharing our beautiful area and hope to see you again. More 

Gig Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Kids love beach n pool and hot tub! U can not beat great price on water front! The lake is very cold even in summer... So hot tub is great! They have fun things to do and retro rooms. I have stayed orther places and they all have same issues! Older rooms,Garbage, flys and older buildings. All resorts have fish... More 

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

It is so fun to hear that you and your family enjoy the Resort in exactly the way that our Resort goals are! We continue to focus on improving, to allow our guest's family getaways to be an even more enjoyable one. We truly appreciate all of your comments, even the lawn mowing comment. It is a trick to do... More 

Yakima
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31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Let's face it- nothing in Chelan is cheap in the summer. You expect to pay a lot for a lake front resort and Darnell's is no exception. It is well worth the money for our family. The buildings are older, but well maintained, and there is a lot to do onsite. The staff has always been very accommodating and we... More 

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

We are pleased you had an enjoyable visit! We know It is difficult to find time to enjoy our families in this day-and-age. We are happy to be a place for you to stay and enjoy precious time with your loved ones. We look forward to Summer 2014 and seeing you again! More 

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