Impressive resort with many amenities. I upgraded to a suite when I arrived, and as to whether it was worth the additional $160 for both nights, I am not sure, mainly because I don't know what the originally-booked room looked like. I probably wouldn't pay that much again, as $160 is a lot of money for a few more square footage. Anyway, the suite was nice except for a couple of things. The fireplace did not work, at least, all I saw was what resembled a light switch on the fireplace, but it did nothing. Not a deal-breaker, but disappointing nonetheless; you pay a premium for a suite and you expect everything to work like it should. Second, whenever a gust of wind shot up towards the balcony (and it was a very windy weekend) the window area made a loud, irritating noise, kind of like a rattle. The windows were either loose somewhere, or it wasn't sealed properly. Regardless, it made for a difficult night of sleep (both nights).
The indoor pool is huge and very clean, as are the two hot tubs (one indoors, the other outdoors). There are plenty of towels provided in the pool area. There is a spa but we did not use it.
There are several hiking trails, although I believe some of them are more like paved walking paths (we only did one, and it was not paved, which we liked). If you're into serious hiking you'll have to venture further away from the resort.
There are two restaurants, the Cascade Room, and the River Rock. The River Rock is obviously geared toward casual drinking, and has a VERY limited menu, and nothing really suited for dinner, except for a burger and a salad or two, and chicken nachos. I think the restaurant would be better suited as a casual, family-style restaurant, a lower-priced alternative to the Cascade Room, which is more upscale and has prices to reflect it. We had a fine dinner there, and while it wasn't cheap it wasn't pretentiously over-priced. I can't rate the breakfasts in either restaurant, as we discovered a wonderful diner in town and ate breakfast there both mornings, and wouldn't even consider eating breakfast anywhere else!
It had snowed heavily the night before we departed. The last morning we were there we decided to drive to our favorite breakfast spot in town, taking a chance at driving in the snow. Upon our return to the lodge, my car could not make it up the hilly drive to the parking lot, so I had to carefully back it up and park my car on the side of the road. The trek uphill in the snow to the resort was not difficult, but it was tiring. At checkout I asked if there was any help we could get to take our luggage to my stranded vehicle but was told there was none, no shuttle, nothing. So, we carried our luggage down to our car, which was manageable but a bit embarrassing at the same time. This experience left a sour taste in my mouth. I expected more from a so-called "destination resort".
Would I ever return to Skamania Lodge? It's hard to say. I am not one who likes crowds, and the resort was packed for this time of the year, but then again, maybe most of them bought the online discount that I did. The resort deserves serious consideration with or without some discount voucher, but taking in consideration the non-working fireplace, noisy windows, and disappointing checkout/customer service issue, I would be hesitant to come back. I am only speaking for the experience I had; you may have a totally wonderful time here and want to return, which is great.
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- Also Known As:
- Skamania Hotel Stevenson
- Skamania Resort Stevenson
- Skamania Lodge Washington