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Lake Quinault Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Quinault
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Reviewed July 17, 2008

This lodge, which has been featured on PBS's "Great Lodges of America's National Parks," is in a magnificent setting on Lake Quinault on the border between Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest, and the Quinault Indian Nation. The place oozes history. You can take several hikes right from the lodge or participate in horseshoes, boating, swimming, and just relaxing. Boat tours and guided nature hikes are available. Food at the Roosevelt Restaurant is great, but you can also walk across the street to the Mercantile for cheaper meals or groceries.

In keeping with the inn's historic nature, the rooms in the inn itself (as opposed to the annex and other buildings) are pretty old-fashioned but definitely clean and adequate. The lakefront rooms have a great view, of course.

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Reviewed July 12, 2008

This is a great place to station yourself if you want to explore the Quinault rain forest.. The rooms are definitely adequate, but don't expect luxury The lakeside rooms are apparently the nicest - but are still quite basic. They do have televisions, but no telephones. The deck is tiny - but useful for drying wet hiking clothes in the summer. There is a separate building between the lake house and the main lodge where they accept pets - this has a huge wraparound porch...so if you're going with other people and want a nice place near your rooms to enjoy the view, this is it. The lodge common rooms are quite nice, with a fireplace, overstuffed chairs and sofas, and wifi. There's also a bar area, a game room, a pool and saunas. The lawn and lake view are fabulous. There are hiking trails accessible from the lawn, and also a trailhead across the street. The National Forest Service building is next door, which is great for checking the status on hiking trails (important because of storms and fallen trees).
Service at the Lodge is pleasantly flexible - we booked the lake boat tour one afternoon, but 3 members of our party hadn't returned from hiking yet, so they happily switched our party of 8 tour to the following afternoon.
Access to a service person, whether to make a restaurant reservation, ask a question or report a problem (given no phones) unfortunately cam mean standing in a long line at reception.
Service is somewhat inconsistent...they have great ideas but don't always seem to implement them. An example is the outdoor fire and smore roast. One night we went to buy (yes, they ask you to buy them) "fixins" for their outdoor smore roast, which was advertised as nightly at 6:30pm (outdoor fire from 630-8pm). They said they were out of smore materials, but we could run across the street to the mercantile to buy some for ourselves. Since it was 6:25pm and there was no sign of a fire yet , we asked about it and they said they'd call someone and have it going by 7pm. A fire never happened that night.
The restaurant in the Lodge is quite acceptable for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but the Salmon house is the best when it comes to salmon.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 3, 2008

I am surprised at the negative reviews of Lake Quinault Lodge. I stayed in a Lakeside room for three lovely nights, from June 28 - July1st. The service, both at the reception desk and in the Roosevelt Dining Room was friendly, efficient and accommodating, even with the high volume of work. My room was very clean. I found the housekeeping staff also very accommodating and friendly. This Lodge is rated AAA, so you can expect that high standards will be met.
If it is important to you to consume meals prepared from locally grown, whole/all natural foods, then you might find the menu challenging. Aramark dining rooms serve partially pre-prepared and packaged/frozen foods. They do a good job with presentation, and meals are mostly tasty, but they lack the whole food experience. As I said before, the service in the dining room was excellent and attentive.
( May I recommend for you dining pleasure, the little restaurant at Ocean Crest Resort, in Moclips?)
Signed, Zoe from Seattle

Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed July 3, 2008

Very nice, but basic, accommodations on the bank of Lake Quinault (south side of the lake, so adjoining the National Forrest). We stayed in the main lodge. Room was small but more than adequate for two adults. Very clean and well maintained. No TV in the lodge rooms (a plus for me!). Internet access was available from time to time (free but not secure).

The Roosevelt Room restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We never ate there for lunch, but had breakfast and dinner there several times. Never had a bad meal. The biscuits and gravy were very good (I’d pass on the organic chicken apple sausage, if I had it to do over). For dinner, the beef tenderloin was the best of the selections my wife and I had, although the seafood pasta was not bad. Very good crème brulee! Ask for Carl, he was one of the servers (generally saw him at breakfast), but he has prompt and pleasant and can provide a lot of information on the park and things to do in the area.

The lodge provides a great setting being right on the lake. Very relaxing, but still lots to do in terms of outdoor activities. Access to the hiking trails is available directly from the lodge property. In the evening, the best thing is just to sit in the yard behind the lodge and enjoy the scenery (with a cold beer or other beverage from the bar).

The only downside is that the location is somewhat removed from the rest of the Olympic National Park. It is less than an hour drive to the ocean beaches at Kalaloch and the Queets Rainforest, but about 2 hours to the Hoh Rainforest. Took almost 4 hours to drive up to Hurricane Ridge.

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Reviewed July 2, 2008

Hotel Hell

This was truly the hotel from hell. My room was above the game room and I could hear shouting and ping pong till 10:30 PM in my room, making it impossible to sleep. I could hear the people next door talking. The drain pipe from the toilet upstairs came through my room and when they flushed the toilet it sounded like somone was emptying a tub of water on the floor of my room!

The restaurant was expensive and the food unedible. I actually felt sick after every meal. I even had to send a ham sandwich back to the kitchen twice during lunch because they used mayonaise when I asked for mustard, and then white bread when I asked for rye. My salmon dinner was so dehydrated from overcooking there was almost nothing to eat (about $25 for this entree).

Hell.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 29, 2008

We just returned from a two-night stay at Lake Quinault Lodge and we thought the Lakeside rooms were wonderful. There was even space for a rollaway bed. We loved the breakfasts in the lodge and we recommend the drive around the lake.

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Reviewed June 27, 2008

We stayed at Lake Quinault Lodge for two nights in June of 2008 with two teenagers and we all loved it. The location is absolutely perfect with lots of walking trails to choose from in the rain forest, and not too many tourists. Quinault lodge offered both luxury accomodation and perfect location in the park! We booked two rooms, one lake view and one fireplace cottage. Both were very clean, updated and just a short walk to the lake. My son claims to have eaten the best steak of his life at the lodge restaurant! Cosy dining and breathtaking views of the lake. Would defintely come back!

We came from Lake Crescent Lodge where we were a little disappointed by the accomodations( singer's cottages): old, a little run down and definitely overpriced for lodging. However, the view is breathtaking. If you decide to stay there, be ready to pay for the view and location. Restaurant and lodge were very nice. Great food!

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Address: 345 S Shore Rd, P.O. Box 7, Quinault, WA 98575-9700
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Location: United States > Washington > Quinault
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Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Quinault
Price Range: $116 - $248 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lake Quinault Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 91
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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