Lake Quinault Lodge
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLake Quinault Lodge
We love Lake Quinault Lodge, and we cannot wait to come back to it.
The Lodge is one of the most romantics places that I think we've ever stayed.
For starters though, it is important to note that the lodge is located at the edge of the Olympic National Forest, NOT the National Park. It is about thirty or more minutes from the National Park, depending on, where you enter the National Park. For example, it's about thirty minutes from Kalaloch, an hour from Hoh Rain Forest, and 2.5 hours from Sol Duc. The website for Olympic National Park has a nifty mileage chart that I suggest you take advantage of [http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/gettingaround.htm]
Anyhow the Lodge is beautiful, it's from the 1930s or so, and a historical building. The main room has a huge fireplace [which unfortunately wasn't lit for us with it being July], couches and tables all around, and a cupboard full of games you can play, and guestbooks dating back as far as the 1930s, which you can browse through. Quiet hours start at 10pm, but you can chill in the lobby as late as you want, as long as you're respectful of how much noise you're making.
Our room was in the lodge. It's a small room with a double bed and private bathroom, but is has character. It doesn't look like a typical hotel room and every single room is different. The rooms in the lodge have no TV, which is sort of nice. There is no AC in the lodge, which is fine since it cools down to the 40s-50s here, at night, so you don't need one, but there is a radiator, if you need to heat up your room. There is WiFi in the rooms, but signal is weak, we found you get the best signal from the lobby.
There is also the beach rooms, which are the most expensive rooms at the lodge, as well as boathouse rooms. I don't know very much about those rooms since we didn't stay in them.
As for amenities. The hotel has a very nice pool that's heated, indoor, and goes up to 8 feet deep. We had a blast swimming in it. There's also a lake to swim in, which was nice and refreshing. There's a game room with a pool table, ping pong table, and foos ball machine. There's a huge lawn outside where you can play lots of different games, as well as chairs you can watch the sunset/sunrise in, or just chill with a nice glass of wine. You can also rent kayaks, canoes, and body boards to explore the lake in.
The hotel also has a lot of sponsored activities, some which cost extra, like the sunset cruise around the Lake Quinault [totally worth it, our guide Charlie was awesome], but also free activities like a guide-led tour around the Quinault Rainforest or S'mores at the beach campfire.
There's also a very good restaurant called the Roosevelt, in honor of Roosevelt staying here, at some point during his presidency, we had breakfast there on our last day, and it was very enjoyable. There's also a bar/coffee shop in the lobby that makes the best hot chocolate ever.
We absolutely love it here, and we cannot wait to plan our next vacation here!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Very romantic setting on the lake. Great hiking and a chance to really unwind.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lake Quinault Lodge
Nice area but rooms not that great.
The grounds were well kept and everyone was friendly. But beware of the LAKESIDE rooms, there are large trees blocking the whole lake view! There's no view to be seen. And the walls are paper-thin. Unless you like to hear the chatter or TV of your neighbors, don't stay in these rooms.
The view and drive in were spectacular though. Next time, I'd find another place to stay.
Stayed at Lake Quinault Lodge earlier this month (October) in one of the Lakeside units. Nice room with ample space for three adults. Great view of the water. Beautiful grounds. The staff was friendly. Dinner was delicious. I'll be back!
Mixed feelings about this place
I have mixed feelings about this place. The lodge itself is beautiful and the location is absolutely gorgeous, so I honestly would stay there again just for those reasons. The restaurant food is also pretty good. However, the gas fireplace in my fireplace room was completely walled off by thick plastic so no heat ever entered the room. Sure, it was nice to hear the roaring (albeit gas) fire, but if you can't feel the heat, what's the point? I ended up having to turn on the central heating system to get warm (!). I don't know what the other rooms look like, but if you want to save money, you might want to consider reserving a less expensive room. I'm not convinced that the fireplace rooms are worth the extra cost.
Very good dinner!
Can't vouch for the rooms at the Lodge (we stayed across the lake at the beautiful Lake Quinault Resort), but had a terrific -- though pricey -- dinner at this historic spot in GORGEOUS Lake Quinault. Vegetarians (or not), you're in for a treat! The portabella mushroom dish with cheese, spinach, and wine sauce is OUT OF THIS UNIVERSE!! My husband also enjoyed his fish (just okay) and chips (fabulous!). Great view, too!
Loved the lake and the rainforest
We stayed at Lake Quinault Lodge during two of the hottest days in July. Luckily we stayed in one of the Lakeside units which are in the shade near the lake. It cooled down at night. The lake is beautiful. We rented kayaks and a mouse boat. The lawn between the lodge and lake has soft grass and excellent views - very relaxing. My kids loved all the freindly rabbits around the place. Across the street from the lodge are many rainforest trails. You can take a guided rainforest trail with the Forest Service which is excellent. The entire family left with a greater appreciation for the area. We also ate wild huckleberries and blueberries.
Very good dinner, no screaming kids
I did not stay at the Lodge, but my husband and I ate in their dining room three times in August 2004 (2 breakfasts, 1 dinner). Unlike the reviewer from Thanksgiving 2003, we experienced no wait for a table and no screaming children; in fact, no children at all. (This was midweek, the third week of August -- I don't know if schools were back in session yet.) Service was friendly and professional and prices were in line with the quality of the experience. Dinner was excellent. My husband's scallops were the best he'd ever had, and he's eaten scallops all over the world for the past twenty years. My lobster ravioli was also quite good. I hear that the windows act as a green house so you might want to avoid the sunset hour. As for the breakfast, it was fine; but I prefer the Quinault Mercantile across the street -- no view, but the food's less fancy, less expensive, and just as tasty.
We recommend it (with some reservations)
We recently stayed at the lodge. It location is STUNNING . It on the shore of a glacier feed lake and in one of the remaining temperate rain forest left in the USA. The surroundings more than make up for the sub-par rooms and noise of the lodge.
The lobby is welcoming with comfortable and inviting furniture. The rooms are small "rustic" and noisy. We had to switch rooms one night due to the location of the room over the pool and under a staircase. The second night we were located over the kitchen and heard the coming and going of employees.
The dining room and food were adequate (but pricey), but its hard to beat watching a sunset on Lake Quinalut with a cold beer, a warm sweater, and the one you love.
If you go, pay extra for a lake front room or do not stay in the lodge.
Sorely disappointed but could only blame ourselves
If you are used to staying in nice hotels, please do not expect the same at the Quinault Lodge. I saw some pretty expensive guest vehicles parked around this old place and I bet a lot of people who were experiencing it for the first time were let down when they opened the door to their room. It is more a motel than a hotel and quite "rustic" however it was clean. We reserved their finest room - a fireplace room - and at a premium price (as much as a mid-range Las Vegas hotel) so expected some luxury. It was not to be found. The food was okay but kind of pricey. However, the lake itself is very nice and the hiking trails were well maintained. Just be aware before you go not to expect too much and you'll probably be fine. Would I go there again? Not likely.
Lake Quinault is the best place on earth
This place is awesome, rustic and charming yet still has comfortable amenities. We got married here and still get compliments that it was the prettiest wedding around. The view is beautiful and the rainforest is unlike anything on this earth. We like the fireside rooms.
Thanksgiving at Lake Quinault
The Olympic peninsula was magnificent and the lodge has a scenic location right on the shores of Lake Quinault. We had a room in the 400 building and it was cozy, with a balcony overlooking the lake. The downside was the poor noise insulation and the presence of every family in Washington with three or more children. The restaurant couldn't accommodate the number of guests and we ended up dining at the mercantile across the street. The owner of the mercantile is charming and stayed open late to make us a pizza. We returned to the mercantile the next morning for breakfast where his wife served us piping hot bacon and eggs. The sweet potato and hazelnut pancakes at the lodge we'd had the day before were better, but not enough to justify the hour and a half wait. Overall, the lodge and its restaurant are very appealing but only if you have a high tolerance for quantities of shrieking children and very long waits.
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Travel Blogs from Quinault
I always like to start these entries with a history lesson:
In 1909, President Theodore Roosevelt, created Mount Olympus National Monument to protect the Roosevelt Elks,which were animals native to this area. Then in 1938, FDR, came to visit the Monument [and apparently stayed at the hotel that we stayed at] and declared it a National Park …
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