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Lake Crescent Lodge
SBCindy from: Miami Beach, Florida
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 18, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
As Expected for a Lodge in a National Forest
We spent one night during our road trip through Olympic National park. The accommodations were rustic as expected in a good way. We stayed in a cottage which was roomy and clean that includes a full bathroom. The outdoor areas were great to relax and enjoy a cold beer. Staff was great and very accommodating. They had several trails to access on the property. We did a short loop trail that was flat with gorgeous views. The rooms do not have air conditioning but that wasn’t a problem during our stay. We opened a few windows and were very comfortable. The food was average.
corgoloafs from: Chicago, Illinois
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 15, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 3
Cute but lesson learned
When we pulled up to the property I noticed that most people were staying in the cottages surrounding the lodge. I can see why now.
The lodge itself is pretty cute on the outside. Has a nice sunroom that has been left untouched since the early 1900s (in a good way). A nice roomy lobby with a bar and restaurant with your usual taxidermy 16 point bucks on the walls. You can rent canoes or kayaks and paddle around the lake too.
Now onto the room situation. We stayed in a lake view lodge room. I’ll admit I don’t love the idea of a bathroom outside of my room, it feels like my freshman year college dorm and I’d rather not schlep down the hallway and back to take a shower. The facilities were clean and fine but just not my cup of tea. The room itself truly is “historic”. Kind of cool, I would do it again if they would put a king size bed in there. I unfortunately overlooked what size bed is in those rooms. There’s a Double bed in those rooms, which is the same size as a full bed. My 6 ft boyfriend and I had a tough time sleeping in that bed, but that’s just us. The view was nice but there’s no sound proofing at all. All night I heard dogs barking and doors slamming. WiFi is free at least but super slow.
All in all, I would stay there again, but probably splurge for a cottage next time.
Dean W from: Bellingham, Washington
Published Date: Sep, 13, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Cozy accommodations and great service in a breathtaking setting
The Lake Crescent Lodge is a real treasure--and reminds us also what a treasure are our national parks.
We spent two nights here the week after Labor Day and left thoroughly satisfied with the setting, the accommodations and the service.
The lodge sits on the very edge of a glacial lake surrounded by steep, treed mountains. There's a mellow vibe about the place, since people are there to basically enjoy the lake and hike the nearby trails.
We stayed in one of the Marymere rooms, which had a kind of rustic motel charm. Everything was scrupulously clean, the beds were comfortable and the hot water plentiful.
Service was a high point. The staff really did a great job of following (and administering) anti-COVID practices while providing warm and efficient service. We were particularly impressed with the food and beverage staff, who cheerfully and efficiently adjusted to takeout-only dining. And the food was good. I'd suggest sticking to basics, like burgers and chicken sandwiches, though the pan-seared salmon also worked for takeout. There's a good selection of beer and wine.
We came for the setting--and were not disappointed. We saw the lake in several guises--from windy with roiling waves to glassy and crystal-clear. There are several trails that can be easily reached from the lodge. The Marymere Falls trail is well worth the hike.
We look forward to returning.
- Value: 4
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
Published Date: Sep, 8, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Beautiful Setting, A Bit Dated
The lake is just gorgeous. And walking outside the rustic rooms with the view of the lake just takes your breath away.
The rooms were dated, but if you're not looking for anything fancy, it's fine.
The food at the lodge was beyond amazing and they've really done a great job with the takeaway meals and adapting to COVID times. Our favorites were the fish and chips (wow that tartar sauce) and the vegan meatloaf (we're not vegan but it was just so good)!
The cocktails, fireplace, outdoor seats to watch the sunset, were all spectacular!
- Rooms: 3
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 5
leili b from: Seattle, Washington
Published Date: Aug, 31, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Beautiful Location; little improvements needed here and there
Lake Crescent is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, so staying at Lake Crescent Lodge is amazing simply because of the location. The water is almost a pthalo blue, incredibly clear and pristine. We stayed at one of the Roosevelt cabins. They are rustic and basic, and very expensive for what you are getting-- but the ability to open your door and have the water right there is the main draw.
I had a couple of issues with service at Lake Crescent-- mostly a lack of information. We were really cold our first night there, and realized too late that no blankets had been provided. There are also no utensils, mugs or plates to speak of; nor was there a coffee machine. I had called a few days before to find out about what the cabin provided in terms of a kitchen, and they said there was no kitchen-- but did not mention that there were absolutely no kitchenette items either. This would have been helpful knowledge.
When I asked the front desk the next day for blankets and said it might be helpful to provide those in the cabin, the guy at the front desk said, "Well, they're here whenever you want them." That's weird. I also made a suggestion that they put on the website some helpful tips about things you might want to bring with you. He said that the cabins don't advertise having kitchens, as if we should know, then, that cabins also don't provide a mug, etc... so.... in the spirit of sharing information that they should probably provide themselves, here is a list of what would be helpful to bring with you on your trip:
-Mugs/ utensils/ plates/ coffee machine (during COVID, they provide complimentary coffee).
-A canopy and camp stove, as well as basic camp cooking gear, is nice when you're staying at the Roosevelt cabins and we saw other families outfitted with these things for their stay (otherwise, you'll need to purchase food at the lodge for all meals).
-Paddleboards and kayaks are there for a fee but they are strict about times in and out. I'd rather bring an inflatable one next time and have the leisure of sunset use.
-A Gopro, if you have one, or snorkel stuff, is great for the kids.
The food was really good-- which I appreciated during the pandemic, when things had to be done much differently. Much of the staff were very friendly.
Last thing that bothered us was that we sandwiched between two large gatherings of people who all knew each other. We felt as if they had commandeered the beach a bit, with lots of kids running in front of our door with no masks, and a guitar sing- along that was pretty awful and lasted until 11 pm. Not much staff could do about that without us complaining, though.
All in all, a beautiful time at Lake Crescent but, with a few tweaks, it could be better.
- Location: 5
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 3