We stayed at the Lake Quinault Lodge for the first half of our anniversary trip (3 days before moving on to Seattle). We were in a Lakeside room, separate from the main lodge, but not far at all. The room was more economy than luxury but clean and fine for us. There was a king bed, pull-out couch, desk, TV, and outstanding lake views. We were on the first floor of the 3-floored Lakeside room and I would recommend a first floor room for unobstructed views of the lake. I read some complaints that the walls were thin, which was true, but it did not bother us.
Service was friendly and relaxed. There are no phones in the rooms but we had cell phone service so no problem there. They have recently updated the entire site for WiFi, but we specifically wanted to unplug so we did not bring a computer.
The lodge and the grounds are GORGEOUS. It felt sort of like the resort in Dirty Dancing to me. They were half full while we were there- couples and families mostly- there is an indoor pool, sauna, game room, and guests are encouraged to relax in the large, cozy foyer in front of the fireplace which is stocked with games, cards and puzzles.
The lodge is in the heart of the Quinault rainforest. If you like to hike, there are trails and nature everywhere. We saw about 2 dozen elk on one of our hikes. It's a 40 or more minute drive to the beaches but they are well worth the trip. Olympic National Park is a gem.
FOOD & RESTAURANT
The only downside is that the food options are limited. There was a deli/grocery store across the street called Quinault Mercantile but it was closed and showed no signs of reopening any time soon. We got a package deal that included a $40 credit each day and ate three meals at the Roosevelt Room on site. The food was great and service was good, but somewhat pricey. Only complaint here was that we felt a bit pressured to have extras such as drinks and dessert, which we declined.
Overall, I loved this place and did not want to leave. It was so relaxing and beautiful. Keep in mind it is a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle-Tacoma airport and another 3 hours to Seattle, but it was completely worth the time.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lake Quinault Hotel Quinault
- Lake Lodge Quinault