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Rain Forest Resort Village
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Quinault
Rockville, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
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“Old hotel, but very friendly and worth it for the price!”
Reviewed 10 August 2013

We visited both Lake Quinault and Crescent Lake while on the Peninsula. In Crescent Lake we paid $200+ to stay in the National Park's Lodge. In Lake Quinault, we paid $120 to stay in the Rain Forest Resort Village (the lake Quinault Lodge run by the park service would have been over $240). We're glad we chose the Rain Forest resort.

We stayed in the "hotel" part of the Rain Forest Lodge, on the second floor. The room was old and musty, the bathroom was old and musty, the bedding ancient. But it was all clean, and the view of the lake across the street was fantastic (we stayed on the second floor). The restaurant was great (get the smoked salmon - or any salmon) and reasonably priced. The hotel has a laundry and general store - you check in a the little store. The people who work the check-in were the friendliest we'd met on our entire trip. They were enthusiastic and offered advice and maps.

The world's biggest Sitka Spruce was 1/4 mile away, the Rainforest trail (a must) a short drive. We visited the fancy lodge for cocktails and attended their "sasquatch fireside talk."

If you plan to spend time in a hotel room, I definitely don't recommend the rainforest lodge. In fact, I dont' recommend that entire part of the country. Sleep there, enjoy the people, the food, and the many nature trails.

When we visited all activity except for swimming was banned on Lake Quinault by the Indians who control the lake. I had hoped to take a boat tour run by the park service, but the serenity of an empty lake more than made up for that loss.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2013

This place was like staying in a museum, I don't think our room had been updated since the early 1960's. It wasn't dirty and we had a great view of the lake, but, much like the restaurant, why bother updating when you're the only game in town? Lots of noise from the staircase adjacent to our 1st floor room, but ultimately we got a good night's sleep.

I have to mention the shower. If you've got some paint to strip or need a good pressure washing, just drop whatever it is in the tub. It's like being shot with a fully automatic staple scatter gun. We got a hell of a laugh out of it, but man were we red after using it.

Not a great value either, but we were convenient to the south end of Olympic and surrounding attractions. You could do worse.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2013

My wife, son and I managed to get a last minute one-night booking here on a Saturday night in summer - the last in and around the Olympic National Park we were told - due to a cancellation. (The lesson is to plan ahead for trips in summer to popular resort areas like this.) We went expecting little, because of a less than positive recent experience in Crystal Mountain (see that review). We were very pleasantly surprised - the room was clean, comfortable and spacious, with a small kitchen (it would have been good to know about this beforehand - it did not show up on the website), and lovely views of the forest. There was a queen size bed and they had put in a roll-out bed for our son, as promised on booking. It is very close to the largest spruce and the lake. The people were friendly and helpful, and the price was very reasonable. I would certainly go back if I am in this area again - though it is a long way from the northern part of the park, it was a good base for our onward drive.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Albany, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2013

We stayed several nights in the Village Inn at the Rain Forest Resort Village in Quinault. Note in addition to the Village Inn there are the Parkside Suites, Fireplace Cabins, and the RV park. Choose the room or cabin that best fits your preferences and requirements.

The Village Inn has four different room layouts. Ours was suite-style with the "living room" overlooking the lake. This is truly the million-dollar view. This room features a large sofa-bed, desk, coffee table, and two chairs aimed toward the large picture window. Perfect for coffee in the morning! There is also a balcony or deck with two chairs.

The bedroom has a comfortable bed and the usual dresser and nightstands. There is AC and heater in this room. The front room has electric heat. I mention this as people who are not familiar with the Olympic Peninsula may be surprised to discover that heat can be helpful at any time of the year! Remember, this is rain forest territory and you are surrounded by mountains.

Our room had either new or recent carpets and the furniture was perfectly acceptable. The room was also completely spotless. The staff is very efficient and friendly. Bathroom amenities included the usual goodies. We had two closets, extra pillows in each, and extra towels in one. No problems there.

The Village Inn is an older type of motel room. It has wood paneling and retains the feel of being in the forest. It reminds me of the good old days and we were very comfortable. There are a couple of things you should be aware of. The WiFi is more "why" than "fi." Ostensibly it comes from the restaurant across the street, but even there it is very weak. Don't plan on using it. The room does not have tissues, so either make sure you have a pack or pick some up in the Resort's General Store. Bring your own alarm clock, if you need one. There is a flat screen TV, but we never turned it on. Who wants TV when one of the world's greatest national parks is across the lake? It does not have a refrigerator, which is about the only thing we really would have liked.

You should be aware that the Village Inn walls are a bit thin. You can hear muffled voices. If you are sensitive you may want to take this into consideration. The bathroom fans sound like Model-Ts being thrown into a jet engine. This is apparently true in all or most of the Inn's rooms as we heard our neighbors' running. However, the lake and mountains have a weird effect on people and everyone seems to speak in hushed tones. The beautiful view makes for "issues."

(Visitors to the ENTIRE region should be aware that cell service is very, very spotty. It will depend on your carrier. T-Mobile customers will probably be out of luck. The Peninsula is a place to get away from it all, not bring it all with you.)

The Rain Forest Resort has a nicely stocked general store with all of the odds and ends you will really need, but not any extra stuff. This is a general store, not supermarket. They also have lots of great advice and assistance. If you have a question, as the staff. There are very nice people behind the counter.

The Salmon House restaurant is on the property, across from the general store. I reviewed it separately, so let me just say that all by itself it is worth the visit. Not fancy, mind you, but quite good and reasonably priced. Breakfast is not served, it is dinner only. The grilled salmon is about the best I have ever had, and I have had a lot of grilled salmon over the years!

The Resort has a broad lawn which is perfect of watching the sun go down, a game of Frisbee, walking the dog, or turning the kids loose. There are hiking trails nearby.

If you are "green-conscious" you will be interested to discover that the staff uses electric vehicles on the property. Very cool ones, too.

If you are looking for a low-key place with a great location, fabulous view, and helpful staff this is the place for you. The Rain Forest Resort is a fine place to relax, take a break, and chill out. Take a walk, for for a hike, enjoy the Olympics. That's what we did, and that's what we hope to do again.

Room Tip: Is you stay in the Village Inn, select a room that faces the lake.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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89 reviews
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

Stayed in a room with 2 queen beds with family of 4 for 1 night and found it acceptable. You are paying for the location, which is remote and in a beautiful setting. Beds were comfortable, shower was new and room was well maintained but shabby. No amenities (tv has 4 channels, no alarm clock or kleenex). The room is not meant for anything but sleeping in, which is how we used it. We enjoyed the property and the area for a day and then moved on. Didn't try the restaurant as it was only open for dinner.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Spokane
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2013

We booked this 2 room suite to accomadate my daughter, husband and 3 year old with grandma and grandpa. Looked over the descriptions pictures... Well let me just say not sure when the pics were taken but they probably should have been in black and white. We paid just under 170 per night. When asked about the WI FI they boasted were told that it is at the resturaunt and they suggest signining before we go do room It 'usually stays connected'. when we entered the room noticed room was 'old' and not very updated. One room did indeed have a lovely view the other lovely view of parking lot and big dirt hill. One side had a heater (it was 90 degrees outside) and a bathroom. The ohter side had a tv (sold as cable tv abc, nbc, cbs and fox) and an airconditioner. carpets nasty. dirty silverware on floor behind side table. and electrical items plugged into multiple household electrical cords.... Not ok visit...

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 July 2013 via mobile

My husband and I visited Seattle for a week with the intention to stay at this "village" for 3 of the nights. We found this place to be so beautiful, great service and reasonably priced that we change our reservations to be with them for four nights not just the 3. The resturant had great food and Jennifer was the best waitress we had. Super attentive and cheerful and full of great ideas of where to hike. We had an amazing time and would recommend this "village" to anyone and everyone! Can't tell you how terrific of a time we had!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Rain Forest Resort Village
Address: 516 S Shore Rd, Quinault, Quinault, WA 98575-9706
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Region: United States > Washington > Quinault
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Quinault
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Rain Forest Resort Village 2.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A wonderful resort on Lake Quinault in the heart of the Quinault Rain Forest with fireplace cabins and suites, Village Inn rooms, the Salmon House Restaurant, a general store with giftshop and more. With a large lawn to the lake and trails to the rainforest, plan on the spectacular scenery. Come on and enjoy! ... more   less 
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