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Eco Park
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Castle Rock
Reviewed December 12, 2008

We booked this place after reading the comments here, and I am really glad we did. We spent two nights here at the end of September - I believe it was the end of their main season. We ate in their restaurant - basic, but OK. No beer! They were so kind to keep open so that we could eat after a long day in the MSH park.
Nights were cold, but the propane heater kept the chill off. Gaslights were good. It really made us think about all the things we take for granted at home; if it takes more effort than just flicking a switch, you tend to make do without!
Torches are essential!
No cupboard space - just a few pegs, a large shelf and a table (and the fridge).
$100 per night seems a little overpriced, to be honest, but I guess the location is the thing.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2008

My husband and I spent 2 nights at Eco Park over Memorial Day weekend and loved it!! We chose to go there because of its close proximity to Mt. St. Helen's (Johnston Ridge Observatory). But we would go back because of the friendly service we had! It is run by Mark and Dawn Smith and they were incredibly nice and hospitable.

We stayed in one of their cabins. If you're up for a little bit of rustic, then this is a great place. There is no electricity, the lights and heater are gas. But the bed was comfortable and the cabin was clean. They provide a lighter, towels, linens and a water cooler. The bathroom is separate, but not far from the cabin. We had no problems, even though we shared it with another cabin.

We enjoyed the beautiful views from our porch swing--not the usual highway noise of other hotels. We took short walks around the resort both nights and were able to see a herd of elk both times.

We ate breakfast and dinner at their restaurant. The homemade food is great and dessert even better! We brought our own food for lunch while we explored Mt St Helens during the day. Unless you drive 25mi back to Castle Rock, I'm not sure where else you could get food.

Mark and Dawn were great about giving us advice on what trails to hike and telling us about the area. And when they heard we were headed to Seattle next, they gave us tips on what to see and even gave us there # in case we needed help.!

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 12, 2005

My husband and I just spent 2 nights in a cabin at the Eco Park resort. We selected it for its proximity to Mt. St. Helen's and it definitely delivered on that count. Nothing is closer to the Johnson Observatory. Another favorite aspect of our stay was seeing deer and elk and hearing the elk call. Wow!

Our cabin was nice and clean and entirely propane fueled. The key to the padlock came with a lighter for lighting the propane lanterns and even the refrigerator is propane. The downside was no place to re-charge the cell phone or plug in a blowdrier. If you are highly dependant on electronics, this would not be your kind of place. The bathroom is a very short walk outside and seemed to be shared between 2 cabins. No problem, esp. since no one else was around. Ample hot water and reasonably clean. Bedding and towels were provided and the bed was big and comfortable.

How to eat is a bit of a problem if you are not familier with cooking on propane. We had brought food to grill, but no grills are available, so we improvised with charcoal in the firepit and food on sticks held above. It was an adventure. They do have a restaurant that advertises being open on weekends, but we were there mid-week.

There are a lot of rules posted around, and car traffic is restricted between 9pm and 7am, so you would need to be aware of that.

We would definitely stay again. Our kids would love the animals and remote location, and next time we would plan a little better (easier food, charge the cell phone ahead of time, etc...)

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Additional Information about Eco Park

Address: 14000 Spirit Lake Hwy, Castle Rock, WA 98649-4103
Location: United States > Washington > Castle Rock
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Castle Rock
Price Range: $12 - $48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are an 80 acre facility, that includes cabins, camping, RV sites, cafe & horseback tours. We have cozy log cabins for 2 or 4 guests. One open room concept. All cabins come with linens and towels. 4 - 4 Person cabin includes: A full size bed & twin bunks, table and chairs. Very cozy and comfortable. Propane lights & heat in each cabin. 2 - 2 Person cabins include: A full size bed, table and chairs. Very cozy and comfortable. Propane lights & heat in each cabin. We have very spacious tent sites. We have RV sites that are dry camping only. We have a 6 person yurt available. Two bunks with full size beds on the bottom & twin beds on top. Guest must provide own linens or sleeping bags for the yurt accommodations. We have a centralized fire pit for the entire Resort, we provide the wood and light the fire! Our cafe is open for breakfast and dinner reservations only for our Resort guests. We are a private facility that takes reservations only. We are open May through September each year. During the off season our office hours are Saturday & Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. (October to the end of April. Please feel free to email us your reservation requests anytime. Our reservation desk will get back to you. ... more   less 

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