Lake Quinault Lodge
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLake Quinault Lodge
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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... shouted out….."Look at that, it's a bald eagle!" Sure enough it was and not only did we see it, but it skimmed up and over the windows out of which we were looking and then proceeded to turn around the top of the restaurant and skim out over the water where it swung low and plucked some fish bits out of the water that had been dumped there by a fishing boat. We got a complete and unadulterated view of this whole episode which culminated with it winging ...
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