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“Not a resort, really. Very basic. Few amenities. Meets a need.”

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Rain Forest Resort Village
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Quinault
notnexttime
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“Not a resort, really. Very basic. Few amenities. Meets a need.”
Reviewed July 29, 2007

Stayed here July '07. This place has cabins plus motel rooms. We stayed in the motel section. A cabin experience may be different.

This was an okay place to spend the night while you do other things, but this is not a destination by itself.

Our room was in the motel-like building, on the 2nd floor. Similar to a Motel 6, but in a more interesting place. Room has no phone. TV got 2 channels. Room was clean. Beds worn - we rolled to the center. Paid $119/night for 2 adults and 2 children. Walls are thin - we could hear the guy next door snoring. Glad that's all he was doing. Our room was on the 2nd floor. Watch out for the dark stairway on the West end of the building. The stairs are different heights, and on one side of the stairway the guardrail has no vertical bars - kids can fall through.

The view out our big 2nd floor picture window was very nice. Rooms on the 1st floor would mostly see the parking lot.

The room had doors on both sides of the room - one on the lake side, one on the hill side. The room was quite warm, but we couldn't leave the doors open since it let in the mosquitos. There were little window screens on each side, but they were so plugged with dust that little air passed.

Housekeeping banged on our door, with a wooden stick, at 9:00 AM on our day of departure. This was consistant with the overall ambience of the place.

The resort includes a nice grassy park on the lake, but little else Don't be fooled by the fleet of identical sailboats on the beach. They're not for rent. There is no lodge. There is no central place to hang out. There is a convenience store which closes at 9:00 PM. Dining options nearby are few. There's the on-site restaurant, the Salmon. It was too expensive for us. A burger is $10. About a mile west is the classy old-world Lake Quinault Lodge. It's a better choice if you want to spend a lot on a meal.

The rooms in the motel building are very close to the street. Fortunately there is little traffic at night. The street sweeping machine went back and forth in front of the room several times starting around 8:00AM on Saturday morning. Woke everyone up. What were they thinking?

The kids did like the place. We'd stay there again if there were no other options in this price range - same as anytime we travel. The attraction of the area is the Hoh Rain Forest and the magnificent beaches. Don't go there for a resort experience.

  • Stayed July 2007
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Reviewed July 28, 2007

The best thing about Ranforest Village is that they had an open Fri. night at the last minute whereas everyone else on the lake was full for the weekend.

Had the hotel (Village Inn) room been under$75/night I'd say it was a great, cheap alternative. But at $115/night, next time I'd probably stay home. I'll list our grievances: the worst thing was the very musty smell of the back bedroom. Anyone sensitive to mold and mildew would not be able to stay in the room. There was nothing visible; I believe it is the carpeting. This is the rainforest, after all, and in the morning all our windows were condensated. Although the front bedroom has a gorgeous picture window overlooking the lake, there's no way to get fresh air in the room except to open the door. The back bedroom had a funky sliding wooden panel that opened to dirty gratings, but at least it was fresh air.

The room was clean except for the mustiness. This building was probably built at least 50 years ago and has not had any updating, it appears, for at least 30 years. The 2-bedroom option was nice so that there was a door between us and the kids, but there is no common living space or living room. To enjoy the view out the window you have to sit on the bed. Every time you flushed the toilet, it sounded faintly like an airplane taking off. Over one night, we all thought it was funny, but it would get irritating after awhile. The toilet-paper holder (again, circa the 60's or 70's), kept falling off, so we finally just left it off. And the final critique is that you can hear every cough and burp from all directions in other units. Very thin walls.

The positives -- comfortable beds, plenty of pillows, not much chance of getting a party-animal crowd on the other side of the wall, convenient to trails, little store, restaurant and the lake. A lovely lawn for kids to run on and safe stream for them to play in.

Salmonhouse Restaurant-- I have a gourmet bent and am big on fresh ingredients. This is not my kind of place. Think Denny's with better cuts of meat and about double the price. We didn 't try their signature salmon, which may be fabulous. But their cod and prawns were pretty standard fair -- prepared well and tasty, nothing fancy. The mixed vegetable side we all got was previously frozen with that poor, bland texture. All the sides (rice pilaf, pancakes, fried potatoes, rolls) obviously came from a box or freezer bag as well. Just the kind of food you'd get in the hospital or public school. Classic food service fare. For $15-20/plate at dinner and $8 for breakfast. Plenty of bland food. Again, I felt we payed way too much for this quality and I wouldn't do it again.

We would go to the Rainforest Village again if we could get a cabin. They are pretty small and not too private, but looked much better than the hotel. We would certainly plan to cook our own food or go someplace else like the lodge down the road if we wanted to eat out. If you want to be at Lake Quinault in particular, this isn't a bad place to be, as long as you know what you're putting your money down for, especially in the hotel. We are from Port Townsend, which is only 4 hours away, and felt like we probably could have stayed home and had just as nice a time by driving into the moutains for the day locally without the cost and hassel of the travel.

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  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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Akron,Ohio
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Reviewed July 10, 2007

I had to stick this here as there is no listing for the Quinault Lake Rainforest Resort. That is actually where we stayed. It's about 1 mile away from the Lodge. We had a Parkside Suite. Very private quiet, and with a good view of the lake. We had three meals at the lodge and were not real impressed. We had two at the Salmon House at the Village and that was very good. The smoked salmon , and grilled salmon were great. One thing that is a must is a drive around the lake. Stop at the largest Western Red Cedar, Maple Glade, and drive both dead end roads on the East end of the lake. We were actually lucky enough to spot 4 young bull elks crossing the East fork of the Quinault River. The area is a special place with all the large trees and ferns. A beautiful place to spend a couple of days. The Lodge is a great place for a drink and a walk in the eve.

  • Liked — The forest itself
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  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Seattle
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Reviewed July 15, 2006

We stayed in cabin 8 and it was cute, clean and had a beautiful view. Our room had fresh paint and the bathroom had a jetted tub. In the main room, hotel style, no separate bedroom there were two queen beds and a gas fireplace. It also had a mircrowave and a mini fridge. I was with my two children and it was prefect for just Mom and kids. I would go with my Husband, but it seemed more of a family destination than a romantic get away style place. The staff was very friendly and the restaurant clam chowder was delicious. I would stay there again, it is a good location for hiking and exploring the lake. It is a three star in my book.

  • Stayed July 2006
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Marietta, OH
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Reviewed June 22, 2006

We just stayed at the Resort on Lake Quinault in June 2006. We rented a two bedroom at the Inn. The views were beautiful, the restaurant was delicious, the little store at the resort had everything we needed, and the staff was friendly. They had souvenirs and maps and the staff was more than willing to answer any questions about how to get around and what to see. The rooms were very clean and reasonably priced. It was just wonderful and I would highly recommend it to anyone traveling through Olympic National Park.

  • Stayed June 2006
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Reviewed March 14, 2006

Love it!
Everytime we go there is special. Just away to relax and unwind. The cabins are cute, the Salmon House restaurant is a treat.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Reviewed August 30, 2005

We just stayed in one of the Parkside Suites at Rain Forest Resort Village. Great.
Jetted tub, private deck, fireplace. The place was really clean. The bed was one of those memory foam mattresses, loved it.
The Quinault Rainforest is beautiful. The trees, moss, ferns, and even saw a herd of elk.

  • Stayed August 2005
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Property: Rain Forest Resort Village
Address: 516 S Shore Rd, Quinault, Quinault, WA 98575-9706
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Location: United States > Washington > Quinault
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Quinault
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Rain Forest Resort Village 2.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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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