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“Beautiful views” 4 of 5 stars
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Lake Quinault Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   345 South Shore Road, P.O. Box 7, Quinault, WA 98575   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Quinault
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“Beautiful views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012 via mobile

Family friendly, pet friendly (boat house rooms only), beautiful lake and rain forest views with a friendly staff. If you visit on the weekend, you should go hiking with Mary.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Hillsboro, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Lake Quinault Lodge is an historic property, constructed in the early 1900's. It is rustic and charming, perched on the shore of Lake Quinault in Olympic National Park. Our king room (room 207) had a view of the lake and the expansive lawn. Unfortunately, we came during a very rainy time so we were unable to peruse the grounds much. The main lobby of the lodge boasts an impressive fireplace, with many cozy couches and chairs for relaxing with a good book or a glass of wine. The property has a lovely indoor swimming pool and spa, as well as a game room with pool and ping pong.

Our room itself was comfortable and the bathroom seemed to have been recently upgraded. The bed, however, was quite uncomfortable with a rigid metal edge all around the mattress. Our only other quibble with the room is that it was located directly across from rooms that have been re-purposed as a business office and employee break room. We were there on a Monday (our wedding anniversary) and, after spending the morning sightseeing, we returned to our room to relax and take a nap. However the door to the business office was open and the employees were conducting phone meetings. We asked if they could close the door and they were very gracious. We couldn't really do anything about the sounds from the employee break room. It was a negative aspect of the stay as their motto is "Leave the Rest to Us". Overhearing business meetings during vacation is not particularly relaxing!

My only other quibble was the lack of a self-service coffee bar in the lobby for those of us who rise early and really appreciate a good cup of coffee (there is a hotel-sized coffee maker in the room, but very limited condiments and sub-par coffee). The restaurant does not open for breakfast until 8:00 AM, so this leaves a bit of a gap. This type of service is offered at even the most basic of motels (Days Inn, Comfort); it seems like a resort hotel could offer this service to its guests.

We ate 3 meals in the resort restaurant, but I'll review that separately. Overall I would recommend this resort for a rustic, mountain-lodge experience.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

I had always wanted to go to this lodge, having seen tons of pictures of it over the years in places like Sunset magazine. I love old, historic lodges with big fireplaces, and as such I am willing to put up with a few idiosyncrasies along the way. If you are not, you might not love it here, but I'm betting you'll still like it a lot.

The setting is absolutely stunning, a mountain lake surrounded by old growth trees...a little general store up the street, a few cabins and that is pretty much it. The silence!!! It was unreal. We had dropped our daughter off at Great Wolf Lodge for a class trip and we realized that somehow we had managed to find the exact polar opposite of that place (which saps my will to live after about 30 minutes).

The lodge itself has been beautifully preserved, with big leather couches surrounding the fire and board games to play. We loved the little bar that you could walk up to and order a big fat glass of wine to sip by the fire. We also happened to be there on a perfectly sunny day, so to take a drink out onto the huge, sloping lawn was dreamy. Guests strolled around looking kind of stunned by the sunshine and delighted to be there.

The quirkiness comes in with the room selection. Having never been there before, I decided to splurge and get a "fireplace room," the most expensive ones they have (I think...) They looked the nicest on the website, and while this room was huge and totally silent and had a nice view of the lake, it was located in an annex and was basically a trumped up 80s hotel room. This showed in details like the old, typical, small tub and the carpeting. BUT, still a nice, very comfortable room, just not luxurious and also not quaint or authentic.

We never got to see the lodge rooms, but I think if we went back I would probably opt for the boathouse, which is really inexpensive and perched right on the beach. I think those rooms are kind of old, with the wood paneling and bad bedspreads, but for the money you're paying I'm guessing they are a great choice. Probably a little noisier due to neighbors, but totally cool-looking. (and you can bring your dog, which lots of people did)

We will definitely come back here. It is truly a lovely and peaceful place to spend a night or two, either as a couple or with kids (rec room, pool, games, boats, etc...)

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

We were lucky: we went on days that we absolutely gorgeous, warm, and dry. Lake Quinault was beautiful and had reasonably-priced boats, canoes, kayaks, and other lake rentals. The cabins and rooms are nice compared with other options on the lake. It is very peaceful. I'm kind of an outdoor girl and my husband is more of an indoor cat. We both loved it. It had enough amenities that he did not feel like he was roughing it, and yet it was remote and quiet enough for me to feel connected to nature. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bainbridge Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

We recently stayed at the Lake Quinault Lodge on a stellar weekend, weather-wise. Sunny, clear warm weather (in the high 70's) for three straight days is rare on the Olympic Peninsula, and it was great to see families with young children taking full advantage of the hotel amenities outdoors: big lawn, nice beach(some kids were braving the water), kayak and canoe rentals, riverbank and waterfalls to explore, and nearby easy trails to introduce kids to the rainforest ecology, which is mind-boggling when you start to learn about it. It turns out that a temperate rainforest is now a rarity on Earth, and to be surrounded by the lushness and abundance of fish, plant, tree, lichen and moss species here just pulls you into wanting to learn more. That's what 140-plus inches of rainfall per year will produce, but even in wet weather, it would be worth it to venture out in raingear to explore the trails, where the tree canopy is so thick that you might not get as soaked as you'd think. The historic main lobby with its big fireplace, many comfortable sofas and welcoming game tables (games included!) would be a great place to warm up afterwards; if your kids were still antsy, there's a game room and indoor pool downstairs.
The Lakeside units where we stayed, a couple of hundred feet from the original main lodge, were built in the early 1990's and aren't particularly special, though the lake views are lovely and the beds very comfortable. We found the entire staff very friendly.
The food in the dining room is adequate though far from spectacular; the reason to come here is to use the lodge as a very nice base from which to explore an amazing part of the Northwest.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012 via mobile

I've spent quite a lot of time at Lake Quinault as well as Lake Crescent Lodge
While Lake Crescent is a more beautiful lake, over 9 miles of often turquoise waters, lake Quinault in many ways tops Crescent. First it's open all year long, second it's not a National Park and I think perhaps, I'm not sure, is not given to the rate of turnover of employees as Crescent is. Therefore it's a more stable environment so far as service goes.
It's lovely this time of year at Quinault, fog mornings over the lake makes opportunities for photos very exciting.
The breakfast is good and service in the restaurant is handled well.
Christmas was a special time there a year ago Christmas, a frozen rain forest twinkled with sun lit frost along the forest paths. Quinault has a pool and sauna as well and one building at least us pet friendly.
I highly recommend Quinault as stable service orientation and a good value.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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maui, hawaii
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

After having our wedding at Lake Quinault Lodge, we return every chance we get to enjoy the beauty and quiet. The location is gorgeous, especially on a sunny day, and the lodge is filled with history and warm charm. The fireplace rooms have huge cozy beds and views if the lawn and lake. There are plenty of trails in the area or you can relax by the roaring lobby fire or outside enjoying the views in a lawn chair or kayaking the lake. A great place to get away from it all!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 345 South Shore Road, P.O. Box 7, Quinault, WA 98575
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Location: United States > Washington > Quinault
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Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Quinault
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lake Quinault Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There are some places so blissfully disconnected from the modern world that they seem to stand suspended in time. Lake Quinault Lodge is one such place - a grand and rustic lodge built in 1926 that welcomes guests with warmth, hospitality and a sincere feeling of home-away-from-home comfort. ... more   less 
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