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Lake Quinault, Quinault

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4.4/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web
The Lake Quinault Lodge was built in 1926 in Olympic National Forest in Washington, USA. The hotel was designed by Robert Reamer, a Seattle architect, in a rustic style reminiscent of Reamer's work at the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park. It is a notable example of a rustic wilderness lodging, suited to its woodland environment on the southern side of the Olympic Mountains.Design and constructionThe two-story wood frame structure replaced a previous building on the site that was built by Jack Ewell for the Olson family in 1903. The Olsons sold their interest in the first hotel to the Seaman family in 1921. On August 24, 1924, the original hotel burned.Its replacement was funded by lumberman Ralph Emerson of Hoquiam, who bought out the Seamans. The first stage was a plain 1-1/2 story structure which still stands as the annex, restored in 2007. It became so popular that expansion was needed, and a new, more elaborate lodge was planned.Robert Reamer was associated with the contractor, the Metropolitan Building Company, and the company's construction superintendent was Roy Garrison, who had previously worked with Reamer. Reamer had recently completed work on the Hotel Emerson in Hoquiam, and had extensive experience in the design of hotels in natural settings. Work started on June 9, 1926, and was complete fifty-three days later, on August 18, 1926.Emerson sold the lodge in 1939. It closed during World War II. After the war it was operated by the Walker family. In 1988, the hotel was purchased by the Aramark corporation.
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  • Nice lake to take a cruise around. There are some excellent sights on this area worth checking out. Make sure to see the huge spruce tree. 
  • The drive around this area is beautiful in rain or sun. We spent only a day there but I would love to come back for a longer visit. 
  • The view from the Lodge was beautiful !! The grounds and landscaping were meticulously manicured!!! We enjoyed watching the birds swoop down into the bird feeders which were placed near the Windows . ...  read more »
  • The lodge is in a beautiful location worth access to anything you'll needed on your rustic vacation. The Roosevelt restaurant food is amazing for all 3 meals, the hiking in the area is beautiful, lush, and remote, with access to all of the Olympics. The little boat rental shack is great, and you can charge right to your room! I'll definitely be back at some point.
  • The resort, restaurant, and amenities are all top of the line. The grounds are beautiful and there is plenty to do between swimming or canoeing on the lake or walking the many near by trails that explore the temperate rainforest. Also great for day trips.... pro tip: no discover pass is needed more most of this area!!!
  • This review is for the restaurant. The view from the place is excellent. The service and food was just ok. The staff seemed to be unorganized and lazy, as they were constantly running around trying to figure out who was going to do what, who was working tonight, what tables who had, etc. The waitress rarely came by to check on us. As for food, it was ok, but the fish dinner came in a plastic basket. Which really wasn't what I was expecting for a $40/person meal (drink, salad, entre). I was hoping for such a great experience and I didn't get it.
  • Great cozy place to stay. Very kind staff. Well equipped with full restaurant, general store and cabins
  • I stayed here for one night. Booking is very competitive and rooms are rare in the summer. Book as early as possible. Checkin is pleasant and staff is really earnest and friendly. Restaurant is extremely busy, but we didn't like the food at all. Unfortunately the room was the worst part of the stay. Our Lakeside room had a gorgeous view, but that's about it. Walls are paper thin - you can hear every word spoken in every adjoining room and footsteps directly on top of you. There are also no phones in the room, and cell phones don't work either - be prepared to confront your neighbors if they're keeping you up (and if they're so much as watching TV, they will. I didn't come to the Olympic Peninsula for luxury, and I expected a rustic experience. I didn't expect to need earplugs.
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