We stayed several nights in the Village Inn at the Rain Forest Resort Village in Quinault. Note in addition to the Village Inn there are the Parkside Suites, Fireplace Cabins, and the RV park. Choose the room or cabin that best fits your preferences and requirements.
The Village Inn has four different room layouts. Ours was suite-style with the "living room" overlooking the lake. This is truly the million-dollar view. This room features a large sofa-bed, desk, coffee table, and two chairs aimed toward the large picture window. Perfect for coffee in the morning! There is also a balcony or deck with two chairs.
The bedroom has a comfortable bed and the usual dresser and nightstands. There is AC and heater in this room. The front room has electric heat. I mention this as people who are not familiar with the Olympic Peninsula may be surprised to discover that heat can be helpful at any time of the year! Remember, this is rain forest territory and you are surrounded by mountains.
Our room had either new or recent carpets and the furniture was perfectly acceptable. The room was also completely spotless. The staff is very efficient and friendly. Bathroom amenities included the usual goodies. We had two closets, extra pillows in each, and extra towels in one. No problems there.
The Village Inn is an older type of motel room. It has wood paneling and retains the feel of being in the forest. It reminds me of the good old days and we were very comfortable. There are a couple of things you should be aware of. The WiFi is more "why" than "fi." Ostensibly it comes from the restaurant across the street, but even there it is very weak. Don't plan on using it. The room does not have tissues, so either make sure you have a pack or pick some up in the Resort's General Store. Bring your own alarm clock, if you need one. There is a flat screen TV, but we never turned it on. Who wants TV when one of the world's greatest national parks is across the lake? It does not have a refrigerator, which is about the only thing we really would have liked.
You should be aware that the Village Inn walls are a bit thin. You can hear muffled voices. If you are sensitive you may want to take this into consideration. The bathroom fans sound like Model-Ts being thrown into a jet engine. This is apparently true in all or most of the Inn's rooms as we heard our neighbors' running. However, the lake and mountains have a weird effect on people and everyone seems to speak in hushed tones. The beautiful view makes for "issues."
(Visitors to the ENTIRE region should be aware that cell service is very, very spotty. It will depend on your carrier. T-Mobile customers will probably be out of luck. The Peninsula is a place to get away from it all, not bring it all with you.)
The Rain Forest Resort has a nicely stocked general store with all of the odds and ends you will really need, but not any extra stuff. This is a general store, not supermarket. They also have lots of great advice and assistance. If you have a question, as the staff. There are very nice people behind the counter.
The Salmon House restaurant is on the property, across from the general store. I reviewed it separately, so let me just say that all by itself it is worth the visit. Not fancy, mind you, but quite good and reasonably priced. Breakfast is not served, it is dinner only. The grilled salmon is about the best I have ever had, and I have had a lot of grilled salmon over the years!
The Resort has a broad lawn which is perfect of watching the sun go down, a game of Frisbee, walking the dog, or turning the kids loose. There are hiking trails nearby.
If you are "green-conscious" you will be interested to discover that the staff uses electric vehicles on the property. Very cool ones, too.
If you are looking for a low-key place with a great location, fabulous view, and helpful staff this is the place for you. The Rain Forest Resort is a fine place to relax, take a break, and chill out. Take a walk, for for a hike, enjoy the Olympics. That's what we did, and that's what we hope to do again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A wonderful resort on Lake Quinault in the heart of the Quinault Rain Forest with fireplace cabins and suites, Village Inn rooms, the Salmon House Restaurant, a general store with giftshop and more. With a large lawn to the lake and trails to the rainforest, plan on the spectacular scenery. Come on and enjoy! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rain Forest Resort Village Hotel Quinault
- Rain Forest Hotel Village
- Rain Forest Motel Village