Alderbrook revisited A review of Alderbrook Resort & Spa
This was our third visit to Alderbrook (see review "A mixed bag"). We went back (despite the service and food) because of the beautiful setting and lack of other decent accomodation on the Hood Canal. This time we brought the kids and stayed in a two-bedroom cabin. We found the service to have improved, with friendly, efficient check-in and quick response to requests. Though the hotel was full and busy we did not notice the noise as much in the cabins, as they are away from the meeting rooms.
Yes, the cabins could have been a bit cleaner, and the food still is hit or miss in the restaurant. I ordered risotto as an entree and got bland white rice for $18, but my spouse's entree was fresh and well prepared. The kids loved the pool and hot tub, which were perfect after a long day of hiking. The kitchenettes in the cabins are a plus since you don't have to eat as often in the "restaurant".
I don't know if I would go to Alderbrook as a destination, but if you're out on the eastern part of the Olympic Peninsula this is the nicest place to stay. I rated it high not because it compares to the Four Seasons or anything, but because they have apparently heard the complaints and are trying to improve.