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Lake Quinault Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Quinault
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Reviewed June 3, 2009

We stayed in the lakeside units that are like 70's hotel rooms. The problem is that most of the room had not been updated since the 70's and some of it had not been cleaned since the 70's. The vinyl on the bathroom floor was torn and had a cigarette burn. The light in the bathroom was loud, partially functioning and had bugs in the light cover. The beds were horrible, with a dip in the right side of each queen bed that swallowed you when you sat or lay down. The bedspreads were again 70's and questionably clean. The balcony was nice, however no one bothered to remove the previous occupant's beer bottle from the balcony. I was relieved to leave the room the next morning. On the positve side the Roosevelt Room restaurant was very good for dinner and breakfast and the lobby was nice, but had almost no games as advertised. The view of the lake and atmosphere of the lodge are wonderful but it is badly in need of updating and a good cleaning.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 21, 2009

We spent just one night here, but we would have liked to stay longer. We will go back again. Even though it was raining, we had a wonderful time, especially on the Maple Glade trail.

The rooms in the lakeside building have views of the lake. It was nice to hear the water lapping along the shore.

We had a wonderful dinner in the Roosevelt Room, too. The food was excellently prepared and the waitstaff was friendly.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 5, 2009

We got in on the $80/night deal, which was great. The room was recently renovated and very nicely done. Yes the heat is steam and clanks some but otherwise the room was great. Very cozy and quaint. Not sure it would be worth the $150 or whatever the summer rate is, but $80 in the spring is a great deal. We spent the evening playing chess and Scrabble in the main room which was very relaxing.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 11, 2009

We stayed here for a night in December 2008 on a trip down the coast. Whilst the location is great, there is no competition at this level, hence I feel they possibly do not try as hard as they could.

Unfortunately, when we got there, on a cold winters day they where obviously having issues with the heating and the place was rather cold, but the staff where helpful and offered us an upgrade to a room with a fire for $10. But it was not what we were led to believe. The room was large, but had seen better days and could really do with modernising seeing as we were told it was the "best in the house", but it as at least warm. Unfortunately, the fire was an electric one with fake flames...and no heat.....and the forced air heating was really noisy.

Luckily the hotel did redeem itself, in that the restaraunt was good, but bloody freezing. We had to keep our coats on for dinner and there was no apology from the staff, or perhaps they are used to it!

Breakfast service was not so good, and the signature pancakes my husband had, where not fresh having obviously been heated up in the microwave.....which was a real let-down. Although, that said, my fruit and yoghurt platter was very good.

So all in all a bit of a mixed place. Don't expect real luxury, as you won't get it, but if you need a place to stay, the rooms are clean, staff pretty friendly and food can be good. But don't go for a room upgrade with the offer of a fire.....it won't be quite what you expect!

  • Stayed: December 2008
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Reviewed February 8, 2009

My husband and I spent two nights and two days at this lodge on a very affordable special deal which we booked online. We have a dog and found this lodge on a simple google search of hotels in the Olympics which allowed furry friends. We stayed at the boathouse for 79 a night + tax more or less ( I believe there is an additional 10 dollar fee for an animal). The boathouse room we were assigned was certainly not the choicest one (didn't have a view of the lake and we overlooked the trash bin--behind a bush so it was semi-secluded) but we were barely in the room except to sleep. The room was warm, clean and cozy with wood paneling and standup shower, with thick curtains to shield us from that not-so-bright February WA morning sun. There is no tv, which is fine!!!, cell phones didn't work (also fine), and just pure silence to keep you company and the occasional creak of people walking by (for the light sleeper, bring earplugs--if you've read my other reviews you'll know I am a light sleeper and never leave home without them). Room 302 does not have a view, but it only has one queen bed--I believe the others were all more than one bed so perhaps that is why we got the smallest room in the boathouse. The lodge itself is charming, and just what we were looking for. A roaring fire and fantastic stencils (which probably would not be allowed now, a stencil of an Indian chief in headress) lead us to believe that perhaps it was original. The pool is nicely heated, not super warm but enough to take the chill off. There are saunas for men and women separately, a ping pong table, and a large wooden chess board (we played and it hurt my head it's been so long!). The restaurant is a wonderful find...try the cedar planked salmon, worth every penny, and the brioche french toast for breakfast. You'll leave quite pleased. We hiked each day on the lovely maintained trails (note the damage that the storm of 2008 caused with hurricane force winds of up to 100 mph!). Across the street is a great little cafe, run by a charming couple, Mike and Tracy, whom we met not only for breakfast but 2 more times that day. They and the staff and servers at the lodge were most helpful in getting us set up for the weekend. We visited both large trees (cedar and sitka spruce), hiked the few trails directly near the lodge (4 mi each day, you can do everything on the map in a weekend if you are of average fitness level); if you have limited time we recommend most the Rain Forest nature loop of .5 miles and the Maple Glade Trail of 1.4 mi RT; we drove all around the lake during the day, saw two waterfalls on the sunny side of the lake, and enjoyed sunset at the July Creek campground. All in all, a most enjoyable and relatively affordable weekend away from the city. We ate the second night at the Salmon House: wine by glass quite affordable but if you can, we recommend eating the cedar planked salmon at the Lodge two nights in a row!

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 29, 2009

My family spent a lot of time in national parks when I was growing up. My favorite childhood memories include playing board games and reading books by the massive fireplaces in old lodges. Lake Quinault Lodge took me right back to those memories...what a lovely and nostalgic old place to visit!

If you're looking for five-star accomodations, this probably isn't the place for you. However, if you're looking for a relaxing, summer camp throw back with staff members who are knowledgable about the area, beautiful views and delicious chocolate cake by a roaring fire, you're in luck. We stayed in the more modern lakeside complex, which was absolutely lovely and comfortable.

As an added bonus, the leaves were changing colors on the trees during the late-October weekend we spent at the lodge. Driving around the lake in late fall offered some stellar scenery. Maps and driving directions are available at the check-in desk!

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2009

This lodge was built in the 20s and still has a bit of that old ‘grandness’. They are still proud president Roosevelt stayed there once. We had a fireplace room: very large, but a bit ‘empty’: not much decoration or anything. A huge bed that was very comfortable and an electric fireplace (?). This room is good if you spend a few days around Lake Quinault. We only stayed a single night, so this room was a bit too much. The hotel is a bit rundown: the room we had is in need of some refurbishing. Not that it looked so bad, but it was just old.
The staff is very friendly, offering all advise you need to spend the day. The large lobby is usually full with people, who use the wireless internet access that is available there. Or they just read a book while they sit around the big fireplace.
The Roosevelt Room (the restaurant) is worth a visit for breakfast. Try the sweet potato pancakes: they are awesome and you might even get the recipe. Dinner wasn’t very special. And be prepared: the restaurant is not cheap.
All in all a nice place to stay, in a beautiful setting right next to the lake. But it is a bit (too) expensive and a bit rundown.

  • Stayed: August 2008, 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 - $158 (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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