In the North Cascades National Forest, near the local airport
Affordable, spacious rooms with lake views and kitchenettes
Indoor and outdoor pool with hot tub
Free breakfast in a sunny lodge room
Fitness center and tennis court
Business center on-site
Close to golf courses, ski resorts, hiking, and cute villages
Gas grills to share
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Generic room decor
Can be crowded and noisy in summer
Guests report bland food
Lakeside Lodge and Suites is a three-pearl property on the shores of Lake Chelan, the largest natural lake in Washington state. Its 95 rooms -- all with kitchenettes and views of the water -- are spacious and clean, but generic. The lodge, set in the North Cascades National Forest, is a three-minute drive from the local airport with the closest shopping and dining options in surrounding small towns. But there is no need to rush out for food in the morning as the lodge provides a free country breakfast in a sunny room overlooking the lake with timber furniture. There is an indoor and outdoor pool and a hot tub as well as a fitness center and tennis court. The adjacent beach offers volleyball and basketball, while Lake Chelan beckons swimmers and boaters. If the lodge is booked, visitors might try Campbell's Resort on Lake Chelan, another mid-range property in the area.
Forest lodge popular with families and family-reunion groups
Lakeside Lodge and Suites is an affordable destination for families who want to be in the North Cascades National Forest without actually going camping. On the shores of Lake Chelan and surrounded by an asphalt parking lot, the family-owned lodge offers rooms with balconies and views over the parking lot to the water. The lodge office is faux-rustic with a beamed ceiling, leather armchairs, a funky patterned banquette, and a long reception desk with pretty pendant lamps and a rack of nearby pamphlets. But it's the cheery breakfast room, with its floor-to-ceiling windows to the lake and timber tables and chairs, that packs the most personality of all the public spaces.
Chelan Washington, the site of Lakeside Lodge and Suites, is a three-hour drive from Seattle Tacoma International Airport, but it's just a three-minute drive from Lake Chelan Airport. Surrounded by mountains, lush valleys with wineries, and small towns, the area feels and looks remote. However, the Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course is just a nine-minute drive from the lodge, while the Echo Valley Ski Area is a 17-minute drive. Tsillan Cellars -- one of about 20 local wineries -- is a three-minute drive away, and the quaint downtown of Chelan is a 15-minute walk or three-minute drive. Wenatchee, another picturesque town, is a 41-minute drive. Closer to the lodge, there is a public beach right next door that offers volleyball and basketball, as well as a playground. But guests report that it can be raucous and noisy.
Spacious rooms with high ceilings and kitchenettes
Rooms at the Lakeside Lodge are spacious, with beige-patterned wallpaper, high ceilings, separate living areas with sofas -- many opening to beds and armchairs in uninspiring colors and patterns, but with sturdy upholstery that holds up to the wear and tear of generations of children. (The Family Suites in particular offer a flexible space with a king-size bed and sleeper sofa.) The beds feature white linens, orange throws, and fabric headboards. There are small tables and chairs for dining with views of the lake and flatscreen TVs propped on low, blond-wood bureaus. The kitchenettes are small and tidy, each with a microwave, a Keurig coffee maker, a refrigerator, and dishes and cutlery. Bathrooms feature beige-striped wallpaper, shower/tub combos with curtains, marble-counters, and modern fixtures.
Free breakfast, fitness center, Wi-Fi, indoor and outdoor pools, and tennis court
Breakfasts are hearty and free at Lakeside Lodge and served in a sunny room with views of the water, but visitors had better like a heavy dose of plain American food. From the bins of Fruit Loops to the cafeteria-style machines dispensing orange juice, this is not gourmet fare. There's a tennis court and a fitness center with windows and a wide range of free weights and exercise machines. The kidney-shaped indoor pool has windows to the outside pool, a scenic mountain-range mural, and a few chairs for water-logged parents. The outdoor pool is surrounded by a sundeck and green mesh lounge chairs; the mountains and the lake provide a pretty backdrop. A poolside beverage area is available, and shared outdoor gas grills and circular tables give a spot to picnic. There's also a small business center with two PC computers and a printer available for guests' use.
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