Hotels in Packwood are not the best in the world. The first time we went to packwood we stayed across the street at a dump. It served its purpose as a place to sleep close to the places to eat and drink. Both of which leave a lot to be desired. I told my wife the next time we stay in Packwood we would stay at the Cowlitz lodge. It looked much nicer on the outside then our "dump" The price quoted over the phone was $64 for a room which by any standard is a bargin. The price we paid was $87 for a king, which she didn't tell us until after my card was run through. The $64 was for a queen bed room. When we checked in the woman working the front desk was annoyed and gave us a dirty look as if we disturbed her when she was on the phone having a personal call. The room was nice though, it had recently been updated and was very clean. The tv was older and needed to be replaced since the color was off, but it worked and got several cable channels. The fridge made noise all night cycling on and off.
The "spa" is an older hot tub behind the front desk area which would only seat 4 without feeling cramped. The "spa" was also in plain sight behind front desk window and provided zero privacy. The worst part was we had to"ask permission" and have the door unlocked to the deck by the manager. We were also instructed to take a shower before hand and limit the stay to 15 minutes due to the health code. I felt like I was in grade school.
There is no "river" in sight of the so called "lodge". It is about 6 blocks away. The only view is of the parking lot and a field behind us.
Would I recommend it? yes, since the other hotel was such a dump with mold,cracks and thin walls that we could hear conversations all night. It is the best of the worst in the city.
Advice: If skiing stay at the condos across from white pass. They are double the price but worth the mountain feel. Yes, you will have to cook your own food and there is no bar. But the food in Packwood sucks and the bars are filled with white trash ex-loggers waiting to die.
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