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“If you're not expecting luxury, it's great!” 4 of 5 stars
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Whistlin' Jack Lodge
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20800 State Route 410, Naches, WA 98937   |  
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Ellensburg, Washington, United States
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“If you're not expecting luxury, it's great!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

In keeping with other reviews of Whistlin' Jack Lodge, I would have to agree it was a mixed bag overall, although our experience was generally quite positive. Some aspects were amazing--the location, the beautiful scenery (we were there for peak foliage colors), the relative peace and quiet, the basic comfort of the cottage in which we stayed. Our unit had several beds, all of which were exceedingly comfortable and must have been fairly new. The place was relatively clean and well-supplied with the kinds of things you need to stay in a cabin for a weekend getaway. A couple of big irritations: all plumbing was excruciatingly slow, which meant that you ended up standing in several inches of water when you showered, and had to wait for water to drain when you used either the sink in the bathroom or in the kitchen. And I honestly have dishtowels that are bigger and thicker than the bath towels provided! Fortunately, there were a bunch of them; we each used several for each shower. Another major pain was the fact that there were light switches everywhere but in the most logical places, and most of them didn't actually seem to control anything. By the end of our 2-day stay, we had figured out most of them, but there were still some lights we couldn't use, and some switches that didn't seem connected to either lights or outlets. Oh well...There was a large hot tub on the deck, and it looked really inviting, although it was cold and raining or sleeting most of the time we were there, so we didn't brave it. But I did open it hopefully, and it seemed to be clean and in good working order.

Our dinner at the lodge restaurant was delicious, but the service was definitely sub-par. We were there nearly two hours from start to finish, although there were only maybe five tables occupied the entire time. The last 20 minutes or so of this time was due to the fact that our server apparently ran into some old friends (not in the restaurant itself, but in an adjoining area) and basically forgot that she was supposed to serving actual paying customers. Only the fact that it was raining outside (and we weren't eager to head back outside to trek to our cabin) kept us sitting at the table all that time! A similar thing happened when we went to check out: there were quite a few people milling around in the reception area waiting, but no one was in sight to help us. I had to go back to the restaurant to find someone to help us so we could leave. We had a better experience on Saturday afternoon eating a late lunch in the bar; the food was quite good, and the service was at least acceptable.

We wanted a relaxing time away from it all, and that's exactly what we got. Despite the inconveniences and the fact that we kept getting the message that no one wanted to let us pay them, we had a wonderfully relaxing stay, and will definitely return. To other travelers considering Whistlin' Jack's, I would encourage you to expect accommodations that may be a bit more rustic than what you're used to, but they're nicer, roomier, and more comfortable than many other places in this area! If you need more than a hot tub on the deck or the natural beauty of the river and mountains, be sure to bring your own entertainment, as there are no TV's, phones or cell phone reception in the cabins (although we were able to get it in the bar, where there are also TV's). And seriously, bring your own bath towels!!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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14 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

The food was really good. The selection was well-rounded and we found meals that met our tastes. The window settings offered a great view of the river. I was pleasantly surprised that the restaurant had wi-fi, which is a major plus. The waitress provided the password.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Yakima, Washington
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15 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

I recently stopped by for dinner on my way back from Mount Rainier. This is a tradition for our family after spending the day hiking in the national park. I have stopped many times and the food is always good.

Most recently I had a glazed pork loin which was exceptional. A small sample of soup, small salad and very large dinner roll came with it as well as roasted potatoes which were also very good. My son had chicken marsala which he said was good also.

Admittedly the service can be underwhelming but the view of the river with a window seat makes up for the wait or sometimes less than smiling service.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

We stopped in today 8/11/12, The place was not to busy maybe 25 customers, Dont know about the bar area tho- no matter we were told it would be a few minutes to order>> ok no problem, 15 minutes later we ordered, 30 minutes later we got semi warm food, 15 minutes later we recieved the rest of our order. Young man filling water went past us a few times, he finally filled 2 of the 4 glasses he never came back. Waitress was a bit snotty, deffinatley not a people person! heard her tell 3 customers that there was no room, but yet there were 8 empty tables??? That seated 4, Dont waste your time or money going here

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Now Whistlin Jack Lodge is not full of luxuries but its clean and is in an excellent position to explore Mount Rainer National Park. Its not fancy and has no television ( hooray ) but we enjoyed staying there. Its rustic and has character, don't go expecting 5 star because its not but if you stay in one of the riverfront rooms, with huge window seats which overlook the Naches river and want peace to chill out, then hopefully you to will enjoy your stay. We had 2 meals in the restaurant which were both good although not cheap. The deli is also good for snacks to take away if you just want a snack. Gas is also available. Like all accommodations and restaurants near a national park at times it can get busy so aim to eat early to avoid waiting etc.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Trenton, New Jersey, United States
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82 reviews 82 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

Like another reviewer said, "Nothing to write home about." We didn't spend the night there. We only ate lunch. It was extreamly busy. Took forever to get our order taken. People were recieving food that I would have ordered, but it was not on the menu. The food was overpriced, and it was so-so. The waitress was not personable. Did not come back to check on us, but she checked on other tables close by. I will not be going there again anytime soon. My husband went back later for lunch again, and had a better experience when it came to service. That is why I am rating it an average instead of lower.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Olympia, Washington
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

We decided to spend at night at Whistlin' Jacks after reading an article in the Seattle Times about touring the area to enjoy the fall colors. The lodge and restaurant were both favorably mentioned and we decided to give it a try.

We started off our day with a hike in the Chinook Pass area, which is lovely and not to be missed. We enjoyed our 3 1/2 mile hike on the Naches Peak Loop trail-- beautiful day, beautiful scenery. After an afternoon of exploring we headed down to Whistlin' Jacks to have dinner and relax.

We understood that the lodge was pretty basic and we are not luxury travelers. That said, we found the place to be depressing. Technically everything seemed to be clean-- but I just couldn't shake the feeling that it wasn't. Perhaps it's because our room was so outdated and run-down. It just wasn't comfortable to hang out there.

We did enjoy the shared outdoor hot tub. Luckily no one else was using it at the time, as it is quite small. We were surprised that there was no sign up list for shared hot tub use.

We did eat in the restaurant (there is nothing else around!) for both dinner and breakfast. I must say my expectations were low and I was pleasantly surprised. The restaurant has a beautiful view of the river and the wait staff were helpful. While I did not expect many vegetarian choices I was surprised that the only veggie item on the dinner menu was a spinach salad-- I figured there would at least be a veggie burger or pasta dish! That said, the salad was actually pretty good. At breakfast there were more vegetarian choices, and my husband had a wonderful veggie eggs benedict. The food was a little overpriced, but not the greasy spoon I had feared.

Overall, our stay at Whistlin' Jacks wasn't bad. But was it worth it? For us it wasn't. We would have had a much more enjoyable trip if we had just headed back home after our lovely hike in the mountains. If you happen to end up in the area and need a basic, clean place to spend the night, go for it. I don't know that you'll find any better choices in the immediate area (besides camping). But if you don't really need to stay overnight in the area, don't.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Whistlin' Jack Lodge

Address: 20800 State Route 410, Naches, WA 98937
Location: United States > Washington > Naches
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Ranked #4 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Naches
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Whistlin` Jack Hotel Naches

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