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The Lake House at Chelan
Ranked #7 of 9 Chelan B&B and Inns
Boulder, CO
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5 reviews
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“Photos of this place are misleading”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

Judging from the photos, we thought The Lake House was a resort property right on the water.

It's not. At all. Not even close.

It's a building with condos on a tiny city property with a loud, busy road right in front and a far-off view of the lake beyond a putt-putt golf course and a parking lot.

The condos are reasonably nice. Clean. Comfortable beds. Nice bathrooms. Some of the furniture was stained and the condo smelled like cleaning products and that off-gassing smell of new rugs.

We had a nice balcony that was unusable because of the traffic noise. We were there in the off season, so it's easy to imagine that the noise would be even worse in the summer high season.

The TV was a cheap model that wouldn't allow us to plug in our iPad, so we were stuck with the hotel's crappy collection of dvds, for which they charged us a rental fee. (Seriously?)

The kitchen was well-equipped, nicely appointed and very clean.

We had the back bedroom, which was comfortable, but our window looked out onto the rooftop of the building just a few yards away next door with all of its constantly running HVAC systems, so sleeping with fresh air was not an option because of the noise.

If you don't mind keeping the windows shut for the noise, and having to walk across a busy road and around the putt-putt course to get way down to the lake, it's a clean, comfortable option.

If you're looking for a quiet resort-nature experience with easy access to the lake, this wouldn't be a good choice. Pull a Google satellite map to see for yourself.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

we stayed in a one bedroom studio and it was great! beautifully furnished and quiet. Beds very comfortable! Great location to downtown and within walking distance to grocery store and Starbucks. Covered parking garage. Staff very friendly on check-in and throughout stay. Would definitely stay again.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2013 via mobile

The Lake House offers the perfect family getaway in Chelan! Our family of 4 stayed in a three bedroom unit on the top floor with outstanding views of the lake and surrounding hills. We took full advantage of all the amenities offered by the Lake House, including the hot tub, heated pool, complimentary s'mores, and game room for our 3.5 year old. The Lake House is directly across the street from Don Morse park, which has a fantastic playground as well as access to the lake and a sandy beach that is perfect for building sandcastles! For the grownups, wine tasting abounds and we discovered Benson Estate Winery near Manson...a new favorite! The property is situated next to a grocery store, which is super convenient, and an easy walk to the main shopping area in the downtown core.

The units are well appointed and you don't need to bring any utensils from home because the kitchen has everything you need and more! The king-sized bed in the master bedroom was incredibly comfortable and the master bath was very nice.

If you're looking for a great place to stay in Chelan, look no further than the Lake House!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

Four of us came over for four days of golf, wine tasting, shopping and sunshine ... and how lucky were we to get it all!! Had a 3-bdrm deluxe lake view end room, 3rd floor. Great views but a bit windy and noisy from road noise ... especially with apple harvest and the trucks going by all day. Too bad they don't put up glass panels on the patio (deck) instead of railing to cut some of the noise and the wind. We didn't sit out on the patio too much. Nice pool, hot tub, fire pit at night with Smores. Well decorated and up-to-date, comfy beds. We had a GREAT time!

Room Tip: May have to give up lake view for a quieter room on the other side of the building. Underground gara...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 September 2013 via mobile

Great location next to beach and shopping had a view of water,street noise wasn't too bad. Check in was horrible. I called three days prior to see if we could do early they said no problem. I called 9am that day and they said to call back later,then we arrived at 2:30 and they said it would be ready at four (normal check in) but if it got done early they would call. Then we arrived at four and they said it wouldn't be ready until six. They ended up having it ready by 5:00. (It was just unconventional because I was planning on having my kids nap at early check in, we had checked out of our other hotel at noon so it made for a long day.) Once we got into our room we loved it! Beautiful view, big balcony, stainless steel appliances, large master with doors to balcony and double sinks, and double shower heads. Very nice and clean! Would go back again (just hope someone else can give me a clear time to check in).

  • Stayed September 2013
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Bellevue, Washington
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

The good-Beautiful rooms, nice staff, lots of activities nearby.

The bad- very noisy, need to keep door shut to converse. No BBQ on deck, needed to wait in line to cook at club house. The honking, swearing from the street bordered on ridiculous and the on-line pictures were just plain fraud.

We stayed in or went elsewhere to enjoy our week as the clubhouse had little to offer anyone over 10.

I expected more for the $500/night and wouldn't likely return.

Room Tip: View of lake overshadowed by noise issues.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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aegais
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

This was a beautiful place to stay. The condo was very clean and the guest service was great. It is located next to a main road but when you shut the door you couldn't hear it. Very spacious. We went with 2 kids under 5. No sound issues what so ever. You are required to perform a few close out chores. I had mixed feelings about this. I didn't mind putting the dishes in the washer but did care about putting a load of towels on.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Property: The Lake House at Chelan
Address: 402 W. Manson Highway, PO Box 1490, Chelan, WA 98816
Region: United States > Washington > Chelan
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Chelan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Lake House at Chelan 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It’s time for the perfect getaway to The Lake House. Located just three hours from Seattle, Lake Chelan is the premier recreational vacation destination in Washington State. Imagine watching the lake come to life from your deck in the mornings; enjoying the pool, relaxing in the hot tub or watching the kids play in our Splash Zone; gathering by the outdoor fire pit in the evening with friends and a glass of local wine; seeing your kids excited about nightly s’mores and watching the sunset over Lake Chelan from your deck or in front of your cozy fireplace.Unlike traditional options for lodging in Chelan, The Lake House offers one and three-bedroom vacation rentals with full kitchens including stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, king-size beds, flat screen televisions, electric fireplaces and oversized decks with a gas barbecue and plenty of outdoor furniture for lounging or entertaining. ... more   less 
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