Let me begin by saying that I have stayed at this Lodge Multiple times a year for the last 7 years, I am a Steelhead fisherman. Many of the reviews on this site are very negative towards this Lodge and I have to ask myself. Where are these people coming from? As for my stays, and I have syayed in all type of rooms ( Boat house,fireplace and lakeside, My only complaint is that they REALLY need a bigger coffee pot. The rooms have always been clean and in good order except for the Boathouse. The Boathouse is VERY rustic and has retained the decor since, my guess is the early seventies. I cannot say that the rooms were not clean but grundgy (sp). However, after staying in all rooms the Boathouse is my favorite. I come out here to enjoy being in what I percieve as the most wild area in washington a road can lead to. I agree that the food is expensive in the resturaunt but it is at least 4 star, always. I recommend the filet topped with Dungeoness crab meat (5 star for sure). If you find the food too much money there is plenty of choices (sort of) in the area all within fifteen minutes drive through beautiful country. My next reccomendation and where I eat the most would be the rainforest restaurant just five extra minutes on the road past the lodge deeper into the Rainforest. The food has never disappointed. There is also three other places just back out on 101, ten minutes away, two of which offer free wi-fi for the wire heads. I cannot say to much about the food at the Shake mill other than its average. Enough about food. Maybe some people are used to five star resorts with all accomodations, but this is the Olympic Peninsula my friends. The only temperate rainforest of the contingent united states. You will find solitude, hiking, wildlife and less than an hour in any direction world class fishing that rivals any other rivers outside of Alaska. I attribute this to the watersheds being fully protected within Olympic national park. The Lodge is more than fairly priced for the ambiance alone(if I owned it I would raise rates at least 20%, and most people would not complain. Expect rain. Its the Rainforest. As for the bad reviews, I believe that some may come with much higher expectations, but on the same note My expectations are always met. There is no better place to stay on the Peninsula. Period. And I have been to others. I will stay here even when I plan on fishing an hour and a half away. Staff has always been friendly and helpful ( ok, one time I got some bad vibes from the night keeper when my wife and I were feeding the fire in the great room at 2:30 am, but we MAY have been being a little loud :) ). I would definatly reccomend staying here and when you do here are some things you should try. Drive the loop around the lake, you are almost guaranteed to see a herd of Roosavelt elk. Hire a fishing guide and fish a local river ( the lower section below the lake is truly World class but requires an Indian guide.). Hike one of the many trails in the area including two that are right across the street. Drive 30 minutes north and Beachcomb at one of the four beaches including World famous Ruby beach. When you get there I'm sure you will recall some great photos. I know this all may seem a little biased but this is a great place to visit. I dont always stay at the Lodge, when I dont I am camping. My whole family has great memories here and staying at the Lodge is just icing on the wilderness cake. Dont believe the bad reviews unless you were expecting the Hilton. Dont even book a room, there are other places to stay, but at least go by there and check it out. I am positive that if you come, you will stay.
- 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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- Lake Quinault Hotel Quinault
- Lake Lodge Quinault