Perfect for a romantic trip out of town!
Written: Jun 21, 2012
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Private, scenic area, fireplaces, jetted tubs, great views at restaurant, service.
Cons:Price, views could be better.
The Bottom Line: It was a pleasant stay so we will be trying it again, but this time with spa treatments included.
I have seen the Salish Lodge and Spa several times while visiting Snoqualmie Falls in Snoqualmie, Washington and had yet to ever stay there. My husband surprised me with a romantic overnight there and it was a pleasant stay.
My favorite parts of the stay were the views, the comfy beds, the large soaking tub and the breakfast overlooking the falls. I will most likely try it again in the future, and hopefully more than one night.
Salish Lodge's great features:
* It has an attached spa, although we didn't try it out and wished we were staying more than one night to try it. You need to book ahead of time (when you book your room) otherwise they may not have available treatments.
* The mineral soaking pool is free to use with room. I did not use this feature, but maybe next time.
* Dining and restaurant overlooking views of the falls.
* There is valet parking. I find this annoying, actually but I see why they do it (there's lack of parking). Seriously, they will park your car 15 feet away every time you come and go.
* The rooms are very nice. They have a flat-screen TV (decent sized and not overly large since that is not the feature of the room). The room we stayed in was overlooking the river (river-view) and the view was lacking for the price. The rooms were a nice size (not too huge, but not small either).
The really good sides:
* The service is impeccable. Checking in and out was a breeze.
* There was a wood-burning fireplace. We didn't use it because it was too warm, but I would love to use it on a cold night. They have a Duraflame log in the fireplace and extra kindle. It makes for a romantic evening. * The beds were large and super comfy. They had fluffy, down-like mattress toppers that made it feel like you were sleeping on a cloud.
* The jacuzzi tub in our room was exquisite. It was a jetted tub, and probably the largest I've seen. I spent a good hour in there with rose petals they provided in our romantic package. I brought Epsom salts, but they had complimentary salts (but only enough for like your toe).
* They had a Keurig Coffee Maker with decaf, tea and regular coffee. It's a great machine for a hotel. * There's a gift shop in the hotel, although there is a gift shop across the parking lot for Snoqualmie Falls visitors with pretty much the same stuff inside. Really, there is no need for two I would think.
* The place is very quiet and private, we ran into no one.
*The bathrooms had granite counter-tops.
* They offer packages. In our romantic package we had rose petals and champagne in our room that was chilled.
* The breakfast was fabulous, we felt spoiled. We had our own room to eat (we had bought a romantic overnight package) and so we did not have to eat with other people, but at our own private closed off area of the restaurant. It was private and had the BEST views of the falls, nature, sky and trees. It was amazing and I didn't want to leave. My husband loved the biscuits and the breakfast was delicious. We felt spoiled. The waitress was very nice and accommodating. The hotel and restaurant makes their own honey. We happened to see the bee area in an upper parking lot behind some gates where they use wine corks as sort of bee hives. We had a $75 credit for our breakfast and hard a hard time hitting $50 for the two of us even with a mocha.
* You can order a bath butler by paying someone $60 to come prepare your bath with salts, fragrance and draw it for you, etc. I find this humorous in a way. I brought Epsom salts, turned on the bath, threw some rose petals in, wala saved $60.
* The price. One night is easily $300.
* The views (they are good but not as good as I would have liked). There was construction on the river going on so there are huge metal barges and construction cranes, not exactly attractive. I don't know how many years this is to be going on. The hotel is not at an angle to see the river and falls as well as I would have liked, really they should've thought of the layout slightly better. It does have good views and the area, has excellent views if you get out an walk to the viewing area of Snoqualmie Falls. I'm not sure the rooms are worth a huge upgrade in price when the view is not perfect. I did notice our room facing the river was private, though. You could definitely lay on your bed, take a nap with the door to your balcony wide open to look at the nature (except you may let the bugs in).
* If you pay via debit card you must give $100 deposit and then get it back in about 5 days. I just find this annoying, but I get why hotels do it.
* The balcony, I really thought they could've been larger for more of an outdoor experience. I am really picky though about balconies, it was a normal-sized one, not too small or anything, but I feel balconies for that price should include seating (it had none outside) so you can just have a drink and enjoy sitting outside.
Our Romance Package for one night, champagne, a $75 breakfast credit, rose petals, river-view room with a jetted tub and fireplace cost a little over $400 total. A little pricey for my liking, but then again, I am frugal. We checked at 6 (check in is 4) and checkout was 12 noon (they let you sleep in I guess). So $400 for less than 24 hours and we had no spa treatments, it's something I wouldn't do all the time, but it was nice for those few hours of private time and feeling spoiled. Visit the Salishlodge.com to see packages, room rates and different types of rooms if you are eve in the area some day. Really in the Snoqualmie, Issaquah, North Bend area there aren't many choices of hotels in the area, it would be the best choice. It's best for romantic couples' getaways or girlfriend spa time without having to drive too far out of town.
If you stay at the Salish, I would suggest more than one night so you can do other things as well (besides enjoying the hotel, spa and private time). There are countless hikes and trails in the area to try out. There is the falls to see and visit (although the one-mile hike down the falls and back up is closed for a couple of years while they fix it up). You can go to the Snoqualmie Casino, which is a favorite of mine (also with great views and I suggest dining there overlooking the mountains). There is also shopping at the outlets in North Bend (and of course skiing and snowboarding during winter at Snoqualmie).
Overall, I liked the Salish and will try it again some day.
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