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Thought we'd try somewhere different, not a chain motel. Should have gone with the chain. Our room was fine-small with a "hotel queen" bed. Mostly clean. Turns out we were in the larger building, and not a cute little cabin. Ok, I understand that. We were one of two couples in the building which could have hosted about 30 rooms. A bit spooky in itself. Breakfast was the typical motel breakfast, but someone should have cleaned the tables and carpet from the breakfast the previous day. Not our favorite day of our trip.
We were in Eastern Washington this long Labor Day weekend to see DMB at The Gorge on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. My husband did a bit of googling prior to this trip and determined that Soap Lake would be the closest, more peaceful place to stay between shows. Pros: • VERY quiet. Dead quiet. The whole entire town seems to be a ghost town – very few people seen, at all. • The room was again – quiet. It was extremely clean, and the bed was very, very comfortable. We slept hard all 3 nights with no troubles at all with sleeping, waking up refreshed and ready to take on another DMB show in the evening. • The A/C was powerful/strong, and quiet. • Coffee at breakfast is quite good. Cons: • There seems to be somewhat of an issue with what is a “5 Star Resort” on this review thread. This “resort” is far, far from a 5-star place. It’s clean and it is comfortable, but there are NONE of the amenities that come with staying at a true 5-star resort. • If you are a person who needs a lot of natural light (like me), skip Room 18. There was one tiny window and not much natural light to speak of. • The breakfast that is included consists of hard, packaged pastries, a couple of sugared cereals, cold boiled eggs, and a jar of peanut butter. Another downside is that over the weekend, there were NO other breakfast places open in Soap Lake – save for the grungy bar across the street, which I would gladly drink in, but not eat at. We had to drive to Ephrata (and back) for breakfast each morning. • This resort’s definition of “housekeeping” does not include changing the sheets daily. We have stayed in many many many hotels in this country and abroad and no matter which “Star” level we were in, clean and fresh sheets were always on the bed daily. We had to request them here (ew). • Speaking of, they do housekeeping on their schedule – not on yours. We weren’t ready for our room to be cleaned when they finally showed up (we had just gotten into the shower) and asked them to come back, we were told that if they were still around then sure. I mean…. This is your job and how you get paid? Correct? I guess I don’t understand that mentality. Their fix was to leave clean towels. Again – its very clean here, and I love that, but customer service? Not clearly seen. • We used our coffee/water cups within the first day, and those cups were never replaced. • It is quite hot here, but no pool. I know, I know – there is a lake. Standing/stagnant bodies of water gross me out. So, nope not getting in. And I also LOVE the sun – always have – but there are no places to sit and read in the shade. Shade trees, comfy chairs set up in the shade – not one. There are some cute/cool hanging chairs to sit in, but again, not shaded. The only places for shade are right outside of the Inn, and they are nice enough, but if you want to sit near the water with a view, it’s blazing hot sun or nothing. • Speaking of the lake, the “beach” is a bunch of really hot small rocks. It’s not sand, and it’s not a beach.
We took a room in the hotel which was super basic. Spacious but really not beautiful. The hats which are also available look nice from outside. There is a breakfast available within for US Standard nice. All the facilities are a bit run down
My wife and I just returned from an overnight at the Notaras Lodge and I'm already thinking about when we can get back for another stay. While you're kind of left to figure things out on your own, we actually prefer it that way. We enjoyed wandering the grounds and exploring the beach area, as well as the neighboring downtown. Though the bistro across the street was closed (it was Monday night), we enjoyed hanging out at the Del-Red and watching the sunset over Soap Lake. Sure, there are some small things that would make this a 5-star review but overall I really loved the attention to detail in the cabins. Constructed out of massive timbers, these cabins seem to have different themes or motifs. Ours was called Old Mexico and the decor was exceptional. Small Mexican figurines were encased in the sink table tops. Mexican hats and blankets adorned the walls and furniture. There was even a wood chain saw sculpture carved inside one of the bathroom timbers! Unfortunately, the materials provided by the lodge were old and did not yield information about the history of the lodge. Clearly, it was built by someone who was a skilled artist and woodworker. It appears to have been taken over by the adjacent Soap Lake Inn, however we really love the feel of the cabins. Can't wait to go back again.
This place has been getting mixed reviews with some saying that it is outdated and needs significant repairs. Leaving a review to make it easier for the next person to find up-to-date information:) There has been a change of ownership and the resort has been refreshed and renovated. We stayed in one of the log houses and it was wonderful. The rooms offer unique interior decor featuring vintage memorabilia and one-of-a-kind wood carved furniture. The shower was outfitted with a faucet for regular water and Soap Lake’s mineral waters. The venue also offers an outdoor hot tub and two steam rooms. The Town of Soap Lake is serene and lovely! Made reservations through their listing on Airbnb.
We had a great stay at this resort. We checked in late at 10:30pm coming from a long drive. Initially booked the Cabin - Memories but was pleasantly upgraded free to the Beach House. Right at the lake, with large panoramic windows, 2 bedrooms (1 queen, 1 king), 1.5 baths (en suite master bath with spa tub, large living and dining (2 full sized sofa beds), full kitchen. I could live there. We entertained 3 other families traveling with us. Breakfast is now free (bread and oatmeal, waffle was good). Hot tub and outdoor spa. Spiro and Tamara now manage this property. Very social and welcoming couple. They’re doing great at managing this property. We hope to be back near summer. Thank you for a great experience!
This place was almost great. It’s pretty worn and not super clean. It needs upkeep. The location was nice. We had a really good time at the newly opened pizzeria. Maybe try staying in the lodge or inn rooms. The small cottage was not well kept.
Had an okay stay (quiet, clean and comfortable) in the very small and very quiet town of Soap Lake. A ten minute drive to Ephrata and easy to access the Grand Coulee. Also on the plus side the bed was very comfortable and a nice view overlooking the garden. Nice to have a little fridge. It was too bad that all the dishes and cutlery were disposable.
Why 5 stars? Great room (Old Mexico), Clean with a great hot tub and comfy bed.The grounds and private beach are immaculately groomed. We read a 1-star review. Please don't be swayed by one that would criticize the lodge for the menu and quality of a nearby restaurant. Be fair, please! Nice and clean. Soap Lake is a unique destination. Relax and rub some Soap Lake healing mud on yourself and feel pretty and well! Say nice things when you can.
There were two competing resorts that have been merged into one. We stayed on the beachfront unit and had a great experience. It had a kitchen, a Jacuzzi bath tub and multiple bedrooms as well as DJ equipment (it is also used for corporate activities.) The hotel seems to attract an Eastern European crowd for the therapeutic qualities of the lake mud. The beach has a very gradual decline, allowing you to go out long distances. The hotel also has paddle-boards and kayaks for rentals if you desire to explore in other ways. There is a continental breakfast in the morning. The hot tub and saunas for the adults are next to the game room (which can keep the kids occupied.) The hotel is right in downtown Soap Lake, within walking distance to shops and restaurants. (However, the town is so quiet that you could wait 5 minutes before a car passes by.) The manager is very friendly and accessible and filled with interesting insights.
Soap Lake Natural Spa and Resort places you next to Masquers Theater of Soap Lake and within a 10-minute drive of Grant County Historical Museum. This 45-room, 3.5-star resort has free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking.
Free continental breakfast is served on weekdays from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM and on weekends from 8 AM to 10 AM. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat.
All 45 air-conditioned rooms provide microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Flat-screen TVs come with cable channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Desks are also included.
Guests staying at Soap Lake Natural Spa and Resort enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a terrace, and a garden. You can take advantage of free parking if you drive. Front-desk staff can help with luggage storage, and provide local restaurant recommendations. Other amenities at this beach resort include barbecue grills and a picnic area.