We booked a trip to Lake Chelan in July 2009 with our young kids and stayed at the newly opened Lake House at Chelan. This was our first visit to Lake Chelan and we were looking for a short summer getaway with the kids for some swimming and relaxation. We looked into staying at Campbell's Resort but it seemed very overpriced. I found the Lake House on the internet and gave them a call. When booking the reservation, they were very friendly & courteous. The property was just newly opened at the time I booked. They offered a fantastic mid-week special for a 3-bedroom unit that was a great value so we decided to book.
The condo itself was lovely. Very spacious and nicely appointed. It was very cozy, warm, and inviting. The kitchen was nicely stocked and very functional. Each bedroom had a flat screen TV and there were multiple DVD players in the condo. One of the bedrooms had a bunk bed which our kids absolutely loved. There was a very large deck with a BBQ grill & utensils and plenty of patio furniture to sit and enjoy the view. The condo is walking distance to a Red Apple grocery store and there is a Safeway and Starbucks just down the street. The pool house was very nice and it was a plus to have underground parking available, particularly in the hot summer. The pool was a bit on the small side and lacked sufficient number of seats. There are also very few umbrella tables or shaded places to sit. Overall, we felt the accommodation itself was very comfortable.
Our biggest criticism of the property was the location. It's actually the deal breaker for us coming back. When we booked the condo, our impression was that it was located in a more quiet area and we didn't realize it sat directly on Manson highway. Since we stayed at the Lake House in the summer, there was a great deal of traffic on this road which generated a lot of noise. Trucks were constantly driving by and it was quite loud when trying to sleep at night, particularly in the master bedroom which faced out towards the highway. Our condo also directly faced the mini-golf course. In the summer months, they turned on those bright night lights to light up the golf course and kept them on late into the evenings. Those lights made it a bit hard to sleep at night as the light still came through our closed shades at night.
Accessibility and usability of the lake from the condo was less than desirable. First, to get to the lake, you have to cross this busy highway and the property didn't really have any proper walkways or sidewalks around the property. The park directly across the highway is decent but there really wasn't a good stretch of beach or easy access to the water for swimming, particularly with our young kids. The park was very crowded and the public facilities were very poorly maintained at the park - i.e. the park's public bathrooms were broken and/or filthy. We didn't feel it was a good location of the lake to be located on for direct access to swimming.
While the interiors of the Lake House at Chelan were very nice and comfortable, the location, noise, and accessibility to the lake are the biggest drawbacks of this property. If I return to Lake Chelan again in the summer, I will consider exploring another property.
- 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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