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“Reasonable for the Fantastic Location” 4 of 5 stars
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Lake Crescent Lodge
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   416 Lake Crescent Road, Olympic National Park, WA 98363   |  
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Houston, TX
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“Reasonable for the Fantastic Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2010

I had read some terrible reviews of this place but also some good ones and like with the restaurant (see separate review), glad we took the chance. We stayed in the Singer Tavern Cabin 20 which is lake front. Wanted one of the Roosevelt Fireplace Cabins but they were not available when we booked online (although they did not seem all taken when we were here). That would still be my first choice as they are even closer to the lake and have more privacy. The Singer Tavern rooms have the main lodge path between them and the lake. But our room was nice. A Dutch door is a nice touch. Ample lamps, nice furniture, lots of towels, even a hair dryer and toiletries. Not quite roughing it as some reviewers would have you believe. I think in the summer this place would be unbelievable; even on a gloomy fall day, it was awesome. It is one of the most beautiful places I have stayed as far as incredible scenery right outside the door (compares to cabins on rim of Grand Canyon). We will return someday and try for the fireplace cabins.

  • Stayed October 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2010

We stayed in the motel-style rooms in the grounds, not in the lodge itself. The rooms are bvery basic motel rooms, noisy from other adjacent (and above!) rooms, and ours had a noisy soda and ice dispensing maching outside the door! Friendly welcome, but that was it. Hostess at dining room never seemed to be there when guests wanted seating in the dining room (was the same for breakfast and dinner!) so long wait to be allocated a table. I would recommend seating yourself and hoping a waiter finds you. Food appeared so quickly at dinner that it was obviously pre-prepared and kept hot (or microwaved). Service in restaurant was good though (once you found the hostess to be seated). Good lakeside location and walks in the forest. Places to sit and relax by the log fire (in the Fall) rather than sit in a cold, impersonal and somewhat noisy motel room in the woods.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, OH
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

Fantastic location for hikes along Hurricane Ridge, Marymere Falls, Sol Duc Falls and Lake Crescent. Also near Straight of Juan de Fuca kayaking. The rooms were likely last updated in the 60's, beds are very uncomfortable. Somehow there are no TVs but the lodge has internet. The menu is very limited and the food is average.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2010

For starters: beware the restaurant. Our clam chowder was cold. My wife's fish was overcooked to oblivion. My port tenderloin was sparse, wrinkled, and looked as it it sat under a heat lamp for hours. The sides were again cold. In an attempt to make up for this the waiter offered a free desert. We ordered the molten chocolate cake - it was again cold. Given that this is the only place to eat within 20-30 miles, anyone staying here needs to be fully warned of the food situation. Add insult to injury, but his awful meal for 4 set us back $170... Just terrible.

The accommodations are rustic. We stayed in the cabins. I wouldn't stay here again, because I would want some sort of cooking stove etc in order to handle my own food. The bathroom wasn't clean, and they didn't even bother to clear out the cobwebs - which takes a whole of 5 minutes to do. The beds were uncomfortable. The decor outdated. In general the place felt like my summer camp when I was 10. Back then the cost of food and lodging we spent for the single day would have bought me an entire summers stay at that camp...

The location is gorgeous. Absolutely beautiful. Next time, I will find another way to enjoy it.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2010

We stayed in the Pyramid Mountain rooms which, despite being back from the lake a bit, have a very nice lake view and deer graze in the meadow between the rooms and the lake. The room was plenty large and surprisingly modern for a national park lodge. No refrigerator, but we just put our cold items outside. It's reasonably cold at night even in August. We had rain on and off, but the trees make great umbrellas - not that much actually hits the ground (or you), so hiking was great fun. The lake seemed reasonably warm (for a mountain lake), but the lake bottom is very rocky, so bring water shoes. The water is incredible - glacier blue and clear.
We ate dinner in the dining room and had good food, not great. Service was very good. They have a full bar and a great sunroom for relaxing. Starbucks coffee (free) in the morning or make your own in the room.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2010

First of all, the location of the lodge has to be seen to be believed. Perched on the edge of Lake Crescent the views from pretty much anywhere in the hotel are spectacular, and you get a real feeling of having the lake to yourselves as there is hardly any boat traffic. The lodge is within its own patch of beautiful rainforest and you can walk in this all the way to the Marymere Falls.
We weren't bowled over the the Singer Tavern cottage we stayed in - there were lots of cobwebs, and the path passing by close to the front windows means you have to keep the blinds shut whenever you want to change or shower. But the view from the deck is amazing, and you are provided with some nice chairs to enjoy it from. It also seems a bit hit and miss what facilities you get in your cabin - we missed out on having a fridge. Some of our friends had trouble with their booking and room reservations, but everything went very smoothly for us.
The lodge restaurant is quite pricey for breakfast, but there is a diner a couple of miles down the road (Grannie's) if you want an alternative. We didn't bother though, as the food was so delicious - especially the eggs Benedict!
So what you are really paying for here is the location and view - but it's worth it!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Knoxville, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2010

This is a must see place if you like Mountains, Forests and Mountain Lakes. Unbelievablly beautiful surroundings and you are right on the edge of Lake Crescent. The one drag about getting here is having to drive through Port Angeles. (They haven't heard of hiway bypasses apparently.)

The Lodge at Lake Crescent is very historic and appropriately decorated for it's location. We did not stay in the Lodge itself but instead were in one of the more motel like rooms. Our room was clean, spacious and quiet. We could see the lake through large windows in our room with our own balcony. Unfortunately, the rooms next to us also had a balcony, making this a very non-private area. Also, the lights outside the balcony door stayed on all night and there was no way of turning them off. Needless to say, we opted on setting in some nice Aderondack chairs right at the lake's edge until well after sunset.
Our room was in dire need of updating. While it was clean, the bed linens were very thin and starch-like and one of the sheets had a 6" tear in it. The mattress/box springs were noisy and just not very comfortable. We felt the room rate was very high for what we got, even for such a scenic and historic area. We ate dinner in the Lodge and while the food was excellent, the service was poor for this level of lodge. I paid $2.50 for a small cup of coffee and was never offered a refill. The bus boy ended up giving us more water, because our waitress never offered. The view from the dining room was great, so we were not annoyed by the lack of service too much. All in all, I would stay here again, if just for the beautiful surroundings and the historic Lodge itself.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 416 Lake Crescent Road, Olympic National Park, WA 98363
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Location: United States > Washington > Olympic National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Olympic National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lake Crescent Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lodge located in the Olympic Peninsula on the shore of Lake Crescent. ... more   less 
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