The setting is absolutely gorgeous (quintessential Washington at its best). The rooms are beautiful - I especialy love the windowseat for curling up with a book or just admiring the view. The lobby is wonderful, very "upscale NW lodge" and the grounds are simply amazing. I love hanging out by the fire pit and taking in the view. Unfortunately, this is where the positive review ends....
We hae stayed here twice and had a similar experience both times - lots of noise and no sleep. The first visit, we stayed for two nights. The first night, a Saturday, there was a wedding. In the afternoon, we were relaxing in the grassy area enjoying the day. Then the bridal party started arriving for photos and the staff was setting up for the event. As someone else mentioned, we felt like wedding crashers. This is a small resort and the common area is really only large enough for a wedding party, not other hotel guests. We felt awkward hanging out there, so we went back to our room. That night, the loud (I mean bass-pounding loud) music from the reception ruined our evening experience. The music died down around midnight but then drunk party goers hung out by the fire pit well into the wee hours of the morning. Needless to say, we didn't get much sleep. The next night, a Sunday, was indeed much quieter and probably a better time to stay at the hotel if you want a relaxing, quiet night.
3 years later we returned for a one-night's stay. It was the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Again, we spent the evening listening to loud music, so loud that I could hear the lyrics. And again, when the music finally died down, drunk partiers spent the remainder of the night by the fire pit, keeping us up all night. When I finally fell asleep, more loud guests woke me up yelling up and down the hallway at 3 am. I finally fell asleep again, only to be awakened at 7 am by a barking dog.
This leads me to another issue with Alderbrook - there are dogs everywhere. I love dogs. I have a dog. However, I don't appreciate other people's dogs begging for my food as I relax on the patio. I also don't apreciate listening to someoen's dog barking non-stop in my pricey hotel room. When I complained about the neighbor's dog barking this last trip, the hotel did move us further down the hall, however, the way the hotel is situated, you hear everything no matter where you are. When I called the front desk a second time they said they would call the owners, who had obviously left their dog in the room alone. A while later, the dog was quiet and we breathed a sigh of relief. But then, after a long night listening to partiers and loud music, I was awakened at 7 am by the same dog barking incessently for well over an hour. When I mentioned it to the front desk as we checked out, the girl just shrugged her shoulders. This resort looks like and is priced as a peaceful place, one where you can really relax and unwind from city life and experience all the NW has to offer. Unfortunately, it's not what it appears to be.
We have also been to Alderbrook on two occasions for lunch and had a much better experience. Once we ate in the restaurant and once in the outdoor beach cafe, which is only open during the summer. I highly recommend this aproach - just come to Alderbrook for the afternoon. Enjoy the restaurant and relax on the beautiful grounds; then go home.
Stay here mid-week!!!
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Dear Luv2TravelPNW, Thank you so much for the review. We are grateful for the feedback because that is how we improve. We are so sorry that you haven't enjoyed the entirety of your stays with us. We have made it a priority to make our guests feel welcomed and relaxed even when weddings and other events are occurring. Please know that the top management of the resort is aware of your comments and we continue to make progress of balancing the needs of our conference participants, wedding groups, and vacationers/guests. We do hope to see you again. ~Frank for Alderbrook Resort and Spa
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