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Lake Quinault Lodge
Mamamal from: Seattle
Published Date: Aug, 4, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020 Rating: 2
My daughter and I reserved a lodge, lake-facing room. The lodge was built in 1926, and we loved the architecture, and the fixtures in our room and throughout the lodge were as charming as we'd hoped. Sadly, Aramark runs the lodge and, as it has done with the Ahwahnee Lodge in Yosemite, it has turned it into a disappointment. Wi-fi is available, but you are limited to 500 MB per day. Each person must have their own wi-fi code and, if you lose connection, you must go to (not call) the front desk for another code. Many visitors were frustrated with this.
No phones in the rooms, and cell service is bad, even with wi-fi. Because of COVID, the historic Roosevelt Dining Room is closed, but a limited menu is still served (think Denny's, only at a 4-star price). The lodge is severely understaffed--no more than 2 people taking orders for food and at the bar. Only one person working the front desk. All were working as hard as they could and were very pleasant. No maid service (likely due to COVID). If you are a light sleeper, plan on being awake--walls are paper thin, and people partying on the lawn past midnight. So unacceptable was our stay, we checked out a day early. Aramark should stick to running cafeterias and issuing uniforms.
- Value: 2
- Location: 5
- Service: 3
MrPKI from: Bellevue, Washington
Published Date: Aug, 2, 2020 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
A blend of history and camping
It is not a luxury hotel, but it has a historical luxury perception. It is a great place for hikers, families or couples looking for a romantic retreat. The restaurant is great and there are many hiking trails right across the road from the hotel.
cgm309 from: East Peoria, Illinois
Published Date: Jul, 30, 2020 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Neat, nice lodge. Not inexpensive.
This review is for a room with two double beds in the main lodge building. A variety of other accommodations are available at this location.
My family had a nice stay here during July 2020. The building is a classic; it's beautiful and well maintained. Staff members we encountered were friendly and helpful. Good precautions for COVID-19 were in place.
Some things to consider before you book: this is an old building, and amenities might not be what one is accustomed to in new hotels. Our room, for example, had two double beds and was fairly small by today's standards. There was no air conditioning, nor a tub (shower only). We had a small closet, a bedside table, and a dresser. There was a Keurig machine in our room. I am not sure if there is an elevator in the building (might be somewhere, but I did not see it). We were satisfied with our room, but some of the above might be an issue for other guests.
I hate to make this review any longer, but one other thing I wish to mention is that a fire alarm went off at about nine p.m. one of the nights we were here. It started and stopped a number of times before silencing for good after about thirty minutes. During this time, no staff members were available anywhere to provide assistance or instructions. No information was given if there was really a fire or if this was a false alarm. Guests evacuated on their own, then stood around outside of the building. No all clear signal was given. After some time, guests began meandering back into the building on their own. This is a potentially huge safety issue, and I hope it was a one-time event and not an indicator of how emergencies are handled here.
Sorry for the wordiness. All in all, this is a very unique place to stay. You can't beat the location, access to the Lake Quinault area of Olympic National Park, or charm of the old lodge. The price could be considered a little steep considering the room amenities, but I felt it was worth the expense because of the other positives.
- Value: 3
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 3
canmoreandersons from: Canmore, Canada
Published Date: Jul, 29, 2020 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Relaxing. Rejuvenating. Peaceful. Tranquil.
We had two excellent days at the Lodge. Love how well they have preserved the main lodge. Really enjoyed sitting on the lawn with a glass of wine in such a peaceful setting. Even though the food had to be take out only, we were able to easily sit on the deck to enjoy it and the food was excellent! We ate breakfasts and dinners and all were excellent. One suggestion would be to open for coffee only around 7am for those early risers and perhaps 4pm for happy hour for wine. We had a room with 2 Queens Lakeside, and highly recommend that for a beautiful breeze off the lake. Overall a great job given CoVid, one suggestion might be to leave sanitizer spray outside on patio tables so guests could wipe off the tables after their use. Highly recommend staying here, such a jewel.
- Value: 4
- Location: 5
- Service: 4
LTVacay from: Puyallup, Washington
Published Date: Jul, 24, 2020 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020 Rating: 3
Beautiful Lodge but needs improvement
Driving through the park and upon arrival we were amazed by the beauty. The lodge does have old time charm. The area behind the lodge is also beautifully maintained and it has a nice lakeside area. There are lots of trails to go exploring as well in the park. It was reminiscent of our time in Yellowstone. We did not stay in the main lodge however. Our room was one of the Lakeside rooms next to the Lodge and we were somewhat disappointed. Beware you are not at a hotel with the usual amenities. We were told we were lucky to have a TV because not all rooms have them. There were no instructions or a directory in the room for anything. Contacting the front desk was unlikely, unless you walked back to the lodge. Reason for this is they only have 1 person working the front desk (at least while we were there) and I was told if they were with a guest they may not be able to answer a call, IF you were lucky to even get through. We got 2 courtesy passwords for limited WiFi and if you want more it will cost you. Not a problem for those seeking the great outdoors but we had a teenager so just a FYI. Rooms are basic. No fridge or microwave in the room. There was a single serve Keurig. No A/C. We used the screen door to try and get a breeze, just keep it closed or the bugs will fly in. I had brought a small fan, which was helpful. The patio was very small. Just 2 people could sit there- it did have 2 small chairs and a small table. Lots of cobwebs so not real appealing. The view of the lake however was beautiful. There is an indoor pool which was real nice; no hot tub. Also the dressing rooms have saunas. They also have some table games like Ping Pong, but due to Covid-19, guests are limited. I had to be patient and wait the next day to use the pool facilities. The restaurant is take-out only. Way over-priced! I was told the pizza was soooooo good......it wasn't. Breakfast was lacking as well. I also didn't see any grilling areas at the property. There is a small store across the street.
If you are looking to get away from it all then this is for you, although staying at one of the campsites would probably be a lot cheaper. I feel the lodging here was very expensive for what you get.
- Rooms: 3
- Location: 5
- Service: 3