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Lake Crescent Lodge
TroubleInReno from: Issaquah, Washington
Published Date: Dec, 6, 2019 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Great place to spend the holidays
We were here for the Thanksgiving buffet. We made a reservation in advance and were seated very close to our reservation time. The place was absolutely packed, so it was nice to not have to wait long for our table. They offered all the traditional food selections you’d expect for Thanksgiving, plus salmon and shrimp cocktail. They also had a mushroom bisque that was awesome, easily my favorite savory item. They also offered a couple different types of salad, a variety of cheeses, and rolls. The best part of the buffet was the desserts, they had the best pecan pie I’ve ever tasted. It made me regret not starting with dessert because I had a hard time finishing it after the main dinner. Considering there wasn’t a wide selection at the buffet, I think the price they were asking was a bit high.
- Location: 5
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 5
MaryMagsPDX from: Portland, Oregon
Published Date: Nov, 22, 2019 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 2
Wasted potential, dirty room, beautiful location, precious resource
We stayed in one of the Storm King rooms on the second floor. It was a last-minute trip, and we didn't expect the room itself to be amazing - we were coming for the lodge and lake. But the room fell far, far short of our expectations. It was bleak, dysfunctional and dirty.
For one thing, it was short on furniture: There was only one side table by the bed, in spite of having room for two, meaning that one person had to put his book and glasses on the floor next to the used kleenex that was still there from the guests before us. There was nowhere to put your book or drink if you sat in the two chairs until we moved the chair that had been at the tiny desk which held the coffee maker. I mentioned this to someone when I checked out and she said that Aramark wasn't investing in replacing furniture since they are at the end of their contract. But the furniture itself was in pictures we saw of the lodge from the 1980s / 1990s (the room furniture isn't quaintly old, it's just old).
There was a single, strangely placed black and white picture on the wall. It was dark, and the lighting was cold - in fact, I noticed that they used a mix of cold and warm temperature light bulbs all around the lodge. So strange to me because they cost the same.
We knew they "cleaned" our room because they took our bathmat and didn't replace it, and took our towels which we'd hung with the intention of re-using per their environmental instructions. The bed wasn't made. The floor, covered in dead leaves since it was fall, wasn't vacuumed. They didn't empty our trash cans at all, which were full of smelly food stuffs because we were warned away from eating in the restaurant.
One of the biggest missed opportunities is the sun porch in the lodge - it should have been filled with people into the evening, but it's so sparsely and strangely furnished and very few people sat there. A cheap fake fireplace. More cold overhead lighting. It felt a bit like a commercial cafeteria - which maybe shouldn't be surprising given who is running it.
Anyway, the worst part of it all is just the wasted potential. This place is a national, historic treasure. It belongs to all of us. And Aramark, which should be a caring custodian looking to the future as well as its own bottom line, is just taking our money and showing us just how little it cares.
The lodge itself is very handsome, and it's fun sitting in front of the fire talking to other travelers. The lake and grounds are of course stunning, and the grounds are lovely to walk around. So do go for a day trip! Bring a picnic. It's beautiful. And if someone who gives a hoot is managing it in the future and you have some money to gamble, give it a try. Save your money for now.
- Sleep Quality: 3
- Location: 5
- Service: 2
C204ZVjessicas from: Seattle, Washington
Published Date: Nov, 12, 2019 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 2
Beautiful lake, terrible hygiene!!
I just went to visit last weekend and the beautiful grounds are the only reason why this isn't 1 star. We stayed in Pyramid room number 302. The hygiene of the room was not only terrible, it was shockingly so. When we just checked in, we found leftover food on the ground. Some half eaten fruits and pistachio shells. Additionally, the tiles in the restroom had clearly not been wiped or cleaned for quite some time. There was dirt and grime build up.
The worst part was definitely AFTER our first " housekeeping service". It was actually comical the way they "cleaned" the room. Of the 2 beds, they only remade one, but the one that they made was only done halfway. The sheets were tucked back in, but the pillows were not put back in place. They didn't even bother making the other bed.
In the restroom, they didn't clean anything or empty the trash, but put new towels on the rack by the sink, but not inside the bathroom. They also did not remove the used towels from the room.
They also did not replace any of the shampoos or conditioners on the counter, or remove any of the towels from there. The floors and bathtub were of course not cleaned in any way.
By the end of our 2 night stay, we felt dirtier after a shower than before.
It is such a shame because the location of the property is fantastic ( which is the hardest part), but the cleanliness is unbelievably bad.
The restaurant is also overpriced for VERY mediocre food, I would recommend eating off the premises for your meals. They also gave us attitude when we showed up our first night and didn't have reservations when not only are reservations not required for the restaurant, there were 3 out of at least 25 that had diners. It was quite strange.
- Rooms: 1
- Sleep Quality: 1
- Service: 2
Liisulo from: Espoo, Finland
Trip Type: Business
Published Date: Nov, 7, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Nice place, no quiet rooms in main building
If you want to have a good night sleep in privacy without any noices, don´t take a room from the main building. You could hear when someone on the net room turned in their bed during the night.
Rooms were really really beautiful and clean.
Views were awesome, breakfast and dinner was also very good.
Bring a flashlight, you couldn´t basicly see anything on the yard after sunset.
- Rooms: 4
- Cleanliness: 3
- Service: 5
Bluejay1551 from: Schenectady, New York
Published Date: Oct, 31, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Stunning stopover on trip to Olympic Penninsula
I stopped here for dinner, overnight and breakfast on a quick visit to the Park. It was a wonderful experience. It was fall, so it was not as crowded as other reviews seem to indicate. The location is stunning with a marvelous view of the lake from both the dining area and my room. Staff were warm, welcoming and efficient. The food was excellent. The fireplace sitting area in the lodge was a great place to read a book and have a glass of wine. My room was quiet, clean, tastefully decorated and comfortable. To stay at a location with prices at this level is a luxury for me but it was worth every penny.
- Rooms: 1
- Location: 1
- Service: 1