by Joanna Nesbit
Once visited by President Franklin Roosevelt, this grand 1926 lodge (open year-round) sits on the shores of Lake Quinault and, like the Lake Crescent Lodge, provides the experience of stepping back in time, but with a few extras, like a swimming pool, game room, Wi-Fi and TV’s in some rooms. There’s also beach access and a lake dock. The Boathouse rooms offer up to three beds and pets are allowed. The Fireplace rooms offer a king bed and private balcony. The more contemporary Lakeside rooms offer extra space, with TV’s and a patio or balcony. The onsite Roosevelt Dining Room includes a children’s menu, too. Note: The Quinault tribe has closed the lake to fishing and boating until further notice, but swimming is allowed.
Our Editor Loves
- Historical aspects like the Roosevelt Dining Room
- Rooms with up to three beds
- Lakefront property
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Game Room
- Onsite Dining
My granddaughter (15) and I (over 65) had an excellent vacation at the lodge. Every employee was courteous. The clerk at the front desk went out of her way to confirm a reservation for a tour of the surrounding rainforest the following day by making a phone call to the guide to check on his availability even though we got there at around 6 PM and she had been assisting clients since 10AM. The dining room was very pleasant with not only the beautiful view of the lake but the objects placed outside for a close up of hummingbird birdwatching, small water falls and other landscape attractions.
Everyone in the restaurant was courteous and very prompt in their service. One of the waitresses gave us a recent history on the salmon recovery efforts in the lake by the Quinault nation. The tour guide was excellent. My granddaughter was very pleased to have learned the past and recent environmental history of the area and of the Olympic rainforest itself, which she would not have learned at school. The ancient trees and waterfalls were magical. At times, while in our rooms, we could hear the cracking of wood due to steps through the halls, however it did not bother us since we were very rested the the following morning. The lodge is very old but the owners have managed to keep it very attractive. We mainly went to our rooms to sleep. The hikes, guides, pool and lounging in front of the lake we our main activities.
I only wish the store in the lodge would carry again the nice sturdy long umbrellas that can be used as walking sticks and give wide cover during a downpour.
Beautiful area and Lodge. The dining room meals were excellent and staff friendly and helpful . Our only problem was that there was 2 dogs allowed in the rooms, after two hours of barking, the staff graciously relocated us.