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“Great Place for a large Family Gathering”

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Darnell's Lake Resort
Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Chelan
Bellevue, Washington
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“Great Place for a large Family Gathering”
Reviewed 27 May 2011

I just checked in and was pleasantly surprised based on the reviews I had read. I was invited to a large annual family reunion that takes place here. I would have normally stayed elsewhere (like campbell's) given reviews of this place. The rooms are spacious and we had two units. 211/217. Both were lake view. Great outdoor play areas for the kids. Kitchenette's and outdoor bbq's were nice as well. This should be though of as an awesome campsite with indoor rooms, showers, etc. wifi is free, plenty of room throughout.

showers were small as advertised, but as far as good family fun ala "the great outdoors" this place is perfect.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 September 2010

Here's what you get for $250/night - we stayed Labor Day Weekend 2010 and LEFT AFTER ONE NIGHT: a hotel that hasn't had an upgrade since 1950, a lumpy yet thin mattress that's so OLD it makes noise - not TV for the parents' room - ONLY IN THE LIVING ROOM SO IF YOU LIKE TO PUT YOUR KIDS DOWN AND THEN WATCH A LITTLE TUBE YOU'RE OUT OF LUCK! You WILL NOT sleep, pull-out couches that slope UP at your feet they're so OLD, my kids hated them - NO AMMENITIES God Forbid YOU WILL NOT FIND A HAIR DRYER ANYWHERE - they have FOUR for the WHOLE HOTEL! And they admit it! For 250/night please put a little hair conditioner in the rotten bathroom - NO TUB...a shower too small for adults - They LIED ABOUT A HEATED POOL - children in the hot tub because the "heated" pool was so cold...AWFUL. Toys from the 1970s - NOTHING FOR KIDS. DO NOT STAY HERE.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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Kirkland, Washington
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Reviewed 20 July 2010

Darnell's has a great location right at the water with a little beach, docks, plus a pool and hottub. Overall the place needs an upgrade, everything seems from the 70s. I just needed a place to stay for the Chelan Triathlon and it was good enough for that. Staff was friendly. The water trampolin from earlier reviews is gone.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Washington
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Reviewed 12 October 2009

My Mom, boyfriend and I went to the Lake the first weekend in October. Darnell's has a great little place on the lake with beach, pool, dock and hot tub. However, beyond the control of the resort, there were these horrible hydro-boat races that were the loudest and most annoying things EVER! But the patio table was nice, and the worst thing about Darnell's was the room. It felt very dated, the one bedroom did not have any windows, and you had to walk through the bedroom to get to the bathroom, which was a little inconvenient for my traveling party. The bathroom was VERY small, no nice products either. I also forget my toothbrush, but they didn't have any extras at the front desk, like some places do.
However, the room was about $116, so, for the beach location and three in a room, I guess I felt it wasn't too overpriced. It just felt a little under-mantained.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Everett WA
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Reviewed 2 October 2009

Not like the old days. Pool didn't seem to be heated. BBQ's were not maintained. Kitchen was old and stove didn't work very well. Room was marginal. I would stay and another location next time.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
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washington state
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Reviewed 16 August 2009

This place is a dump. I would highly recommend not staying here. When we arrived, they only had one key to our room (an old fashioned key with the room number written on it). When I asked for more keys they said that people must have taken them home! Would you stay in a hotel where multiple people had the key to your room?

The only reason to stay there is that they are right on Lake Chelan with a nice beach that includes a water trampoline. Since Lake Chelan has many other free beaches, it turns out that the only thing that this hotel has to offer is the water trampoline and that's it.

The place is old and run down. Thank God we were able to make reservations at the new beautiful "Lake House" condo right across the street from Don Morse Park. At the Lake House we paid $270 for a beautiful 3 bedroom condo that sleeps 8 comfortably where at Darnells we paid $290 for an old dumpy room.

We had reservations for 3 nights but thank God they let us out for the other 2 nights so we basically threw $290 (plus tax) down the drain but it was worth it to get away from that dump.

We did go back on the day we checked out (later in the afternoon after checking out) hoping that some of the kids could still use the water trampoline but they treated us like we were criminals and told us to leave. Most hotels that I have stayed in let you continue to use their facilities after you have checked out. A good example is the Great Wolf Lodge that has an indoor water park. On the day we checked out, they let us use the water park all the way until closing time which was 9:00 P.M. Two different people went out of their way to tell us to leave the premises.

Please do not stay at this hotel. Do the research and stay at a much better place.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Washington
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Reviewed 27 April 2009

We have been going there for over 30 years. When family owned it was great. When A corporation took over it went down hill. They don't care about family. Took out childrens play things.Raised the prices and have no fixing. Our group of around 100 have pulled out because they are not putting money in to make the place safe.

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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CindyRainesEngstrom, Owner at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review, 4 August 2010
We are pleased to see that your family enjoyed the Resort when it was family owned, because it is again! Our family's efforts will always be to provide a very fun, relaxing and safe family vacation! As you know from staying with us in the past, Darnell's location allows one to walk to town but not be in the "middle of town" or in the constant traffic that one might find at another location. Although we are an older Resort, our rooms are very clean, and we focus on keeping the grounds in great shape, from the tennis courts to the golfing greens to the sandy beaches. It is a perfect location for a family vacation, very private and filled with activites for all ages. All but 4 of the 38 units have kitchens, so expenses can be cut by preparing meals on site or on the stationary BBQ's located throughout the Resort. Our Family invites you back.
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Property: Darnell's Lake Resort
Address: 901 Spader Bay Road, P.O. Box 506, Chelan, WA 98816
Region: United States > Washington > Chelan
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Chelan
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Darnell’s Lake Resort is a family-friendly waterfront Resort offering beautiful sandy beaches on the shores of Lake Chelan, with kitchen units and activity centers for all ages. Stay and play all day, at no additional cost, with 4 acres of fun, featuring tennis, pickleball, pitch & putt golf, ping pong, pool, hot tub, beach volleyball, wifi and more. The Resort is within walking distance of downtown, yet secure and secluded, with no walk through traffic. ... more   less 
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Darnell`s Lake Hotel Chelan
Darnells Lake Hotel
Darnells Lake Resort Chelan

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