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Lake Crescent Lodge
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Buffalo, NY
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“Better than many National Park Lodges”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

We stayed at the Lake Crescent Lodge on a trip around the Washington National Parks in September and October. I wouldn't give the lodge four stars when compared to nicer hotels and B&Bs I've stayed out, but it's a four star when compared with other NP lodging I've visited (Old Faithful Inn, Bryce Lodge, Zion Lodge, Paradise Inn, Ross Lake, Kalaloch Lodge).

Based on reviews on Trip Advisor and National Parks Traveler, I decided to book a room in the Marymere building (single-story motel on the lake). The room was clean and recently renovated, including a large updated bathroom, with a lovely view of the lake. The room was rather spartan with two queen beds, a dresser, nightstand and bench, but we did have plenty of room to spread out. The walls were thin like many NP lodgings (I could hear a neighbor snoring through the bathroom), but it was quiet in the bedroom area. We did have an end unit, so it may be louder if you have a room somewhere in the middle (or during high-season).

It was a short walk to the charming main lodge where the food was pricey, but also *much* better than any I've had at any other lodge. Overall it was clean and comfy and I would recommend a stop here when visiting the north side of Olympic.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

Lake Crescent Lodge is a wonderful place to stay. The view and the setting are lovely. The room was what we expected from a National Park Lodge, not luxurious, but a good size, clean, comfortable and quiet. We stayed in the StormKing rooms. The rooms are very simple and basic, but clean. There is just a bed and small bath. There is a coffee maker, but no fridge and no luggage rack in the room. It has a nice view of the lake. You can park behind the building so it’s easy to bring in the luggage. This building of rooms is’nt attached to the main lodge, but you had to walk just 100 meters over for the main building. The lodge is set far from the highway so it's very quiet, terrific location in the forest, accessible to hiking and activities. The lodge overlooks the beautiful Lake Crescent. The lodge is charming with a large fireplace, beautiful lake views and a small gift shop. There is free wifi in the lodge. The lodge restaurant was fine for both breakfast and dinner, with plenty of menu choices. It has large windows with great views, the food was very good and staff friendly and fun. The staff at the reception is helpful and informative too.
The StormKing rooms are fine, but I would also recommend checking out the cabins. The lodge is beautiful but many rooms share a bath and maybe a little overprized; I suggest the cabins because the ambiance may be better than StormKing.
If you are going to the Olympic National Forest, I would definitely recommend this lodge and have time to enjoy the lake and hiking nearby.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

the walls in the rooms, which are themselves quite lovely, are so thin, that unless you are the heaviest sleeper, good luck. i could literally hear the woman next door breathing, not even snoring. other side was someone with a bad cough. i barely got any sleep at all. then my neighbors got up at 4.30 and talking in their normal voices woke me up.
the cabins could be better, if you can afford them.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

This was our first time staying at the Lodge - before we only stopped for lunch on the way through to other places or made it a day-trip. We had a 2-bedroom cabin with another couple, but much to our surprise the bathroom was in one of the bedrooms, and we had to march through our friends' room to get there (try that in the pitch dark several times a night due to an over-active bladder - bring a flash light)! And there was no space to leave any sundry items in that tiny bathroom. So we shuttled our bag back and forth to our room - but there was no place other than a small table to put anything.

Not only that - there was not even a mirror in the "bathless" room (for shaving or combing hair if the bathroom was occupied) or a dresser, much less a picture on the wall, giving new meaning to the word "spartan". The rooms are large and the beds comfy, but due to the lack of ambiance it just felt "cold". Considering the high price (like all Nat'L Park lodges) - it was not worth it. This location and the facility cries out for a cozy environment - Aramark needs to make some changes for the better... Suppose they feel that the big fireplace (where you can never find a seat) in the main Lodge offers enough ambiance. But we would have liked to sit in the cabin and play a game of cards...can't do that.

Oh - and the parking lot is in dire need of re-striping. The parking spots are extremely long as if made only for motorhomes - and someone blocked us in by - gasp - parking behind us - with a MOTORHOME! (yes - there was a car on the opposite side of us...). If they are indeed made for motorhomes - then that should be indicated somewhere. Alas - the stripes are no longer visible so the intent is ambiguous at best. We were not impressed.

Unfortunately we didn't have time to check out other cabins - but garanteed we'll never stay in those rooms again. We compared it with the SolDuc Lodge cabins - which appear to be more rustic, but were much better appointed - even cozy. If the lack of cell and internet coverage doesn't bother you - SolDuc is a better deal - plus free use of the hot springs!

Room Tip: Stay away from the 2 bedroom cabin! We peaked at one of the rooms in the Lodge building itself - th...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

Wonderful location, good restaurant and nice cabins. The food was much better than I expected. The cabins are very nice with new mattresses and sheets, wood floors and porches. We will definitely go again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

OVERVIEW: For a National Park - the lodge and rooms are what you would expect. I stayed at the lodge with many friends so I saw many rooms. All were clean and quaint with the basics covered. The best thing about the lodge is the proximity to the lake and surrounding beauty of the incredible rain forest. Everything was clean inside the rooms though some of the exteriors were more "rustic." The food was good, a little expensive for the quality. The staff was very nice. The lodge is very quiet and serene. Overall it is an enjoyable stay for a good price.

LOCATION: Right on Lake Crescent, the lodge is about 45 minutes from Port Angeles. It is secluded though it is fairly close to the main road. (No sleep-away-camp creepiness here!) It is a beautiful ride to town - but it is not a short drive so plan your store/beer/supply runs well. The lodge is RIGHT on the banks of the lake which makes for brilliant views right outside your room windows.

SERVICE: Well, my expectations are always really low for National Park stays. Emphasis is on the surroundings and most guests typically come to be with nature, not hotel staff so in concert with this thinking, there was few staff to be seen. The front desk was manned 24 hours and the restaurant and bar were open later than I expected. Everyone was very nice and very quiet. The shopkeepers in the gift shop were very friendly and helpful. Quiet and adequate.

ROOMS: All the basics with a little lodge charm. My room was in the Pyramid two story bank of rooms. I was fortunate to get a second floor room as the racoons were very aggressive and would come freely on to your balcony. They spent more time on the first floor patios so I got more sleep than my neighbors below (the racoons were noisy). Also, the Lake view is better from the second floor. Be mindful that the stairs are a little tricky to negotiate if you have heavy luggage and there is no staff to help unless you happen to catch one of the maids cleaning up when you are moving in. My room had two comfortable arm chairs and an iron welded floor lamp in shape of a bear. Very comfortable bed. Bathroom was basic almost dorm style with timer lights and formica counters. Water pressure was heaven! Thin, auditorium carpeting. The balcony was large and lovely but had cheap, uncomfortable plastic chairs.

AMENITIES: Very basic bath amenities - environmentally friendly - which was appropriate. Towels were thin but clean. Basic coffee service with paper cups. Large closet space. For those expecting a TV - you will be disappointed. There are no TV's but there is no reason to come to a place as beautiful as Olympic National Park and watch TV. I applaud the lack of the boob tube in the rooms.

PARKING: The lodge has great parking! Each of the room areas have their own parking very close to the room clusters.

CONCLUSION: The lodge itself is lovely - it has a charming solarium that is completely enclosed that faces the lake. There are comfy chairs to lounge in and watch the sun go down. There is a bar in the lodge in the main room and an enormous fireplace. The lodge is very well decorated and cared for. I found it to be charming and cozy. The property is well-maintained - for the most part though I was a little creeped out by the many cobwebs and dust bunnies on the outside of the rooms. The interiors of the rooms were clean. There are many fantastic hikes in the immediate area - the waterfall hike is incredibly close and amazing. I enjoyed my stay and whether you are a single, couple, friends or family - you will enjoy staying in this naturally beautiful place.

Cheers and happy traveling!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

Arrived late afternoon and the check in was a little slow. Did not stay in main lodge. Stayed in 2 story motel like building on the property. Room was plain but very clean and the bed was comfortable. Be aware no TV or phone. Limited service on i-phone in our room but there was service in the main lodge. Restaurant was nice but a little pricey. Take time to have a glass of wine on the porch in the main lodge at sunset. Stayed only one night but there appeared to be family groups on longer vacations. Property was nice. Appeared to be things to do (kayaks, swimming, hiking etc. Would go back if in the area.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lake Crescent Lodge
Address: 416 Lake Crescent Rd, Olympic National Park, WA 98363-8672
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Location: United States > Washington > Olympic National Park
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Olympic National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 52
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