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Quileute Oceanside Resort
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

This hotel could get a 4 or 5 out of 5 rating, with a little bit more effort and attention to detail. We stayed two nights in a studio apartment on the beach-front.

It is called a resort but it is very, very basic. There are no TV, radio, telephones or wifi in the resort. There are no swimming pools, beach facilities or central hospitality venues (in other words, a place to sit or gather) like in a normal hotel. Reception is the counter in the one-room shop on the premises, which is only identifiable by the fact that you ask: Is this reception? There is no hotel dining facility. The nearest eating places are a coffee kiosk on the property, which is sometimes open; and a restaurant on the other side of the village.

This is Quileute tribal lands, and the hotel buildings are stretched out along the coastline of Quileute village. It consists of quite plain duplex studio suites, small chalets, camping grounds and what appears to be a motel-style two-storey building of hotel rooms.

So why go there? Well, the sea view and the beach of course, which are spectacular and highly unusual. It is an excellent place if a view is all you came for.

However, on our first night there we had no view since it was foggy, no peace and quiet, and no unspoilt surroundings. It was the end of the Quileute Days festival - the grounds were covered with litter, there were still drunken people sleeping off their inebriation on the beach, and the fireworks went on until the small hours of the next morning.

By the second day of our visit, the villagers had cleaned up most of the rubbish, though it was still a sad sight. The fireworks went on for another day, despite the festival being over. There is a sign up that says that fireworks are prohibited except between June and August each year (basically the vacation high season) - so unfortunately, we had pitched up at exactly the wrong time.

On the good side:

- The rooms were clean, if a bit dusty in the corners and under the bed.
- The bed was comfortable
- The jacuzzi tub in the lounge (right at a window looking over the beach) worked even though I thought it was a bit risqué to bath in view of the neighbours, so I closed the blind)
- The gas fireplace worked
- The bathroom was clean and worked
- The extremely small kitchen was stocked OK and the necessary utensils were there
- While the furniture was a bit battered and old, obviously the units had once been designed to look nice and reflect the Quileute brand. There had been some thought to the architecture - there was a pretty skylight above the bed through which you could see the tall pines.

On the bad side:

- Booking was difficult - the resort did not sent a confirmation e-mail despite having been paid the deposit. I had to phone them a number of times. There were excuses about e-mail systems being down, etc. We later saw that there is a wi-fi room at the resort and that they can and do send emails so perhaps they only communicate when and how they please. I could not, therefore, confirm the location on the hotel’s map of the suite we had been allocated.

- Reception was, to put it mildly, unenthusiastic about our arrival. The resort is pretty remote and it was a very long drive. All we wanted was a smile and a bed. The room was not ready. The receptionist did not explain or offer alternatives. There was nothing else to do but wander around the resort looking at the rubbish everywhere. After an hour we trundled back and a friendlier person at reception gave us a key and pointed us in the right direction.

- The fireworks at night and the paper thin walls between the units meant that we had to listen to fireworks until midnight, and then in precise and horrible detail to everything the neighbours were doing and saying all night long. Thank goodness the next night they were quieter. Sleep was missing. We were so disappointed that we wanted to leave the very next day despite being booked in for two nights. Luckily, the next morning we woke up to a blue sky and a blue sea, which made up for it.

- The restaurant in the village succeeded in murdering a crab and shrimp sandwich is a way I could only goggle at. They are able to saturate everything in fat and deep-fry things which I had thought impossible to do. I could almost feel my arteries clog up at the sight of the food. Served with a smile, but nonetheless, pretty darn awful stuff to do to seafood when you are a fishing village supposedly able to serve fresh fish.

- There is literally nothing to do except, look at the view, sleep, sit, read, surf, walk on the beach, nap, and so on. The sea is cold and the beach is rough, and not very long, bracketed on either side with the harbour and a cliff-face. The beach bums hanging out in their little tents by the water’s edge are vaguely entertaining. You can walk up and down the beach and look at the pretty stones and white-washed tree trunks. I tried swimming. Not a good idea - cold water and sharp stones underfoot.

- The walls are seriously thin. If your neighbours are noisy you are in trouble.

- There is no air conditioning. If it is hot, which it was, you will lie in bed and slowly broil in your sweat, like we did.

- The kitchen part of the suite is basically a cupboard with a sink. The hot-plate is located right underneath the microwave hanging over it. If you used it you’d probably set the shelf above it on fire. But there is no fire extinguisher in the room. So looking at this fire hazard, we limited ourselves to using the kettle and the fridge. Sorry for those folks who’d like a fry-up in their suites.

- There are tsunami evacuation warnings up all over town, but interestingly the signs don’t all indicate the direction of the escape route. We assume we’d just run for the hills in any direction. Like the resort, the town doesn’t make quite make sense.

Generally:

Due to the location, eventually you simply have to switch off your brain, and relax.
From your front door, anywhere in the resort, you can walk over to the beach.
For relaxation, I rate it as 100% perfect.

The sunsets and beach are absolutely spectacular. 100% perfect again.

For the no internet, TV or phone policy of the hotel - it 100% works to keep the place quiet - except for fireworks season, and people roaring about on their quad bikes all day.

But these things are more despite the hotel than because of the hotel. If the hotel didn’t have the location it would be out of business, I think.

Room Tip: Choose the chalets/suites with a beach view and access. Not the chalets built at the back of the resort right next to the road.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Chez-Mob
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Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights (a two night minimum required) on the top floor corner unit of the motel.
It was around $300.00 for the two nights.
Very clean.
Comfortable bed.
Kitchen stocked with everything you need.
Clean spacious bathroom with tub.
View of ocean and beach.
Good locks on doors.
Security patrols.
Free coffee and small toiletries.
Friendly staff.
No pets allowed in our room.
No t.v.

I would stay here again anytime!!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank Aserum
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

We had 2 nights here circling around ONP. Top floor Thunderbird Hotel corner unit spectacular views! Spacious two bedroom (with closets) with dining room, couch and kitchen stocked with adequate pots/pans/plates/utensils etc. ... views both from inside and out on deck.
Don't expect "resort" service, but adequate: Room was not ready until 3:30 (check in 4), but spent the time on Second Beach at low tide so could not complain! Needed to do laundry, but no change machines, and front desk out of quarters. Sent us to the store for quarters where the sales clerk told my son he could only have $2 worth (even though store had machines out back) those were busy, so went to ones at campground front desk recommended however needed a room key to get in ... Had to go back to front desk to get a key to open it. No "room service" while you are there, so have to change out towels & take trash out yourself. Room was NOT dirty, but did feel like it could have used a deeper/more detailed cleaning.
Coffee in the front office, and maps/tide table info. WiFi but you had to go to/near a small room behind the reception area to access it. You can make fires and/or set fireworks off from the beach, which is gorgeous, using driftwood for natural seats. (don't forget "fire permit"?! $5 at front office;)). easy access to Hoh area also.
Would be nice to have surfboard rentals there ... One guy came down from Port Angeles to rent
some out of a trailer, but only there until 5 on the weekends?! (Went up the road to rent).

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank travelwhenIcan67
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Stayed 3 nights with our 2 kids in a first floor corner room in the Whale building; room was a two bedroom. We were unable to get a 2nd floor room but still the view was ok--from our deck our immediate view was of the dunes, but above them we could see the sea stacks which made up for lack of ocean view. The layout was very spacious and practical for a family staying at the beach...plenty of room for us and our stuff, good kitchen area and supplies, and bathroom facilities, beach was steps away. Our kids did not go in the water; being from the east we are used to warmer temps, but the kids absolutely loved the logs to climb on and being able to have a fire on the beach. A bonus was that each bedroom had a gas heating unit; this was turned off, but there must have still been a pilot light burning...meaning it always put off a teensy bit of heat...this gave us a great place to put damp shoes and clothes so they'd dry by morning. I know the thinness of the walls has been mentioned previously on this site... probably something they cannot easily fix. What they can fix is the mattresses. The mattresses in our unit felt and sounded like they were filled with corn husks. I can tell you the people in the upstairs unit had the same mattresses, because we could hear them turn over in bed. Also, the screens were missing from most of our windows...fortunately it was cool enough that we just opened them a little and then closed the curtains, so we were not bothered by bugs. Also, be forewarned, fire works are permitted on the beach, but people did seem to respect the quiet hours. The staff at the desk were very friendly and helpful, and I would definitely return here, even with the noisy, uncomfortable mattresses.

Room Tip: 2nd floor corner unit would give you an ocean view and cut down on noise...but be prepared to have your kids tiptoe so as not to disturb the folks downstairs
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank newarkdelawaregin
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Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

The rooms aren't what you'd expect at most resorts. You don't exactly get service but clean up after yourself. That's ok.

They do need to clean under the beds...robot vacs?

But it's beautiful there and relaxing. I love the Quilluyte people. At the office one man said," you do have a pool, right?"
The young woman replied, yes, we have the Pacific Ocean !

Just what We were thinking.
We laughed.

This place is true American hospitality. If it's not what you expect and want lots of service, try some other place^^!

  • Stayed: June 2014
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1  Thank SherryLS
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