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Lake Quinault Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Quinault
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

Three couples were exhausted on arrival, checked into room for a 3 day stay. Was soon down in the big open common area off the lobby. Amazing what a glass of wine does to reenergize. We enjoyed playing games, also. The grounds complemented the historic old lodge nicely. Plenty of places to relax and read or just enjoy the views.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

This was our last stop on our trip to the US. We stayed for three nights in a fireside room with balcony. It was a decent sized room with comfortable chairs. A little tired looking, but clean and welcoming.
Decent bed.
You look out on to the trees and lake. The location is brilliant. You are lakeside. We swam in the lake on our last morning and should have done it sooner. Cool water and beautiful setting. W were lucky as there was no rain during our stay.
We had two meals out at the Mercantile across the road( actually one was a takeaway we ate on the balcony. Both were tasty diner type fare.
Our last night we ate at the Lodge and really enjoyed our meals.
On our full days there. One day we drove lakeside, stopping at a number of the short hikes to various trees or to an old homestead, a great day. On the second we drove to the coast, which was shrouded in thick mist. We drove on to the Hoh rainforest, a longish drive and did a hike there. It was good but we were a bit mossed out by then, we drove back to Ruby Beach - brilliant sunshine by now. Sorry we didn't have longer here as the tide was coming in, but we touched the Pacific Ocean.
Fascinating to see the tsunami road signs.

This was a brilliant end point for our trek from Reno (after the train from Chicago), and the hotel rating probably reflects that. But w'd return to the hotel without hesitation.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

We stayed 2 nights in a renovated lakeside room! 3rd floor ( top). Room was beautifully done, did have a tv unlike most National Park lodges, no phone. There is free wifi and cell service was good ( Verizon). One of the more expensive options of rooms. The overall lodge and grounds are beautiful, lots of birds with feeders outside of the dining room. We enjoyed an evening fire lakeside on the beach, and also enjoyed wine & cheese from our own balcony overlooking the lake. We had very good meals and service from the dining room contrary to some of the other reviews. Keep in mind, this is in a more laid back area of the country ( as opposed to some major cities and the north east!) so everything should not be expected in the snap of a finger ;-)
We did do some hiking on the rainforest trail directly from the lodge, highly recommend! And also did the rainforest tour through the lodge, which I highly suggest as well! We very much enjoyed the tour, educational, interesting and a good way to see this undeveloped area of Olympic National Park!

Room Tip: If you want quiet and comfort, stay on upper floor in renovated lakeside room. There are luggage car...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

We have stayed here several times, usually in the winter when the rates are lower or there is a special deal. The lodge is a lovely old building and we prefer the main lodge rooms for their historic character even though they are smaller, noisier, and have fewer amenities than the newer wings. We usually end up turning off the heat in the bedroom and are still warm. We don't spend much time in the room so we don't need more than the basics. In the winter, it is generally quieter and we also prefer the forest experience in the winter. Friends who stayed in one of the newly renovated Lakeside rooms, which had a king bed, mini-fridge, tv, and fireplace, loved it. They were on the second floor and so only had a short, covered walk into the main lodge, which is convenient in the rain.

We have always found the staff to be friendly, cheerful and helpful, especially the dining room staff. The food is expensive, not atypical in a National Park Lodge, but can be quite good and portions are generous. The seasonal fruit offered with breakfast was rock hard strawberries and melon, but the rest of the breakfast was very good and the waitress offered to replace the fruit with the potato option. During our most recent stay we tried most of the mains on the dinner menu and they were very good. There is also at least one other restaurant near the lodge, which I've never tried. In the summer, the mercantile cafe (across the street) is also a less expensive breakfast or lunch option.

They have some books, games, and puzzles if it's too cold or wet for a walk in the forest. There is nothing quiet like sitting in front of that massive fireplace on a rainy winter day or evening, chatting with other guests. It's wonderful to go out for a long walk on one of the many hikes near the lodge and come back to a drink by that big fire.

Room Tip: For historic ambiance, choose the main lodge. Rooms on the second floor are quieter and 201 is prob...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

We went with our extended family right before Christmas and decided it was the perfect time to go. We didn't have to deal with the crowds that we've heard/read about that are there in the summer. With the paper thin walls, I'm not sure how people can get sleep in the summer with so many people. It's not that guests were noisy, but as mentioned in other reviews, the building is so old that it certain isn't soundproof. Just people quietly walking down the halls could be heard by the squeaking floorboards. I was glad I brought earplugs. The beds were very comfortable, but for some reason our room was extremely hot. We had even turned down the heat completely, but it still came through the old pipes. Our second night there we had to sleep with the windows open (and it snowed the day before we arrived).

Our kids loved the heated indoor swimming pool and game room. We also went on the 4-hr tour that the lodge provides (I believe it was $30/person). It was well worth it and we saw a ton of elk and about a dozen or so bald eagles on the tour. There was plenty to do with hiking, walking, swimming, and just relaxing in the lodge. We enjoyed reading by the fireplace and playing board games that are available.

We didn't eat at the lodge, but drove to the Salmon House one night and drove over to Amanda Park the next time for Pizza. The lodge and the grounds were beautiful. We found the staff to be friendly and helpful. We can't wait to go back next winter.

Room Tip: Choose the second floor (but not above the restaurant) for noise minimization.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

To start with the positives, the location is beautiful, located right on one of the top trails in the park, and the lodge building is charming and with history.

But ... unfortunately the place is ruined by poor management and a lack on investment. Our room felt like a sad run-down motel, with cheap and uninspired furnishings that have not been upgraded probably since the 70's or 80's. Everything in the rooms was simply appalling. I am all for rustic simplicity, but this was not the case here.

Second, the food was terrible, and the waiters didn't seem to lack even the most basic training. The breakfast was at least half acceptable, at least on the first day, but both my wife and I found lunch and dinner to be a nauseating pile of fried and greasy food that spend a good amount of time in a freezer. I would have been perfectly happy with some plain, decent food, but that was not an option. This was made worse by the fact that there are no good restaurant or grocery options nearby.

My advice is to stay at the Lake Crescent Lodge instead. It's under the same management company, but the rooms, food, and service are all of much better quality.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

This lodge is as close to perfect as an old-time national park lodge gets. It has been lovingly taken care of - many of the original parts of the building are still in place, but in great condition. The room was small and, as others have mentioned, the steam heater is loud but this is the essence of an old lodge. The grounds are immaculate. The restaurant is superb. The staff could not be friendlier. Short, easy hiking trails right across the street. Wonderful place.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 - $170 (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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