Salish Lodge & Spa
What We Love
- Serene, spectacular setting atop dramatic Snoqualmie Falls
- Exceptional regional cuisine and one of the country’s finest lists of Washington wines
- Staff can arrange excellent adventure itineraries
- Splendid spa uses regional ingredients and indigenous traditions
What To Know
- Dog friendly, including freshly baked signature Salish dog biscuits and a Canine Cuisine menu
- Crowds of staycationing Seattleites (and the falls’ one million-plus annual visitors) are the trade-off for the prime location and gorgeous views
- A resort fee of $19 per day will be collected by Jetsetter at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Spruce, fir, hemlock and pine pierce the cobalt sky amid snowcapped peaks and ravines carved by glaciers that clawed the earth as they receded. Snoqualmie Falls thunders close by, the sunlight creating rainbows in the spray. With such a setting, it’s small wonder Salish Lodge & Spa had a Hollywood close-up in David Lynch’s cult series Twin Peaks, playing the fictional Great Northern Hotel. The original 1916 inn was completely remodeled in 1988 (only the restaurant fireplace remains). The re-born lodge stair-steps dramatically into the hillside overlooking the falls. Its Craftsman design takes inspiration from the wilderness outside, with floor-to-ceiling picture windows, flagstone slate floors and grain fir wood detailing.
Bed & Bath
The spacious rooms are done in olive green, rustic red or chocolate tones with cherrywood accents. Custom furniture and artwork includes Native American weavings and vintage photographs curated by the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society. All feature cozy fireplaces; in the bathrooms, there are Sanijet whirlpool tubs and a Bath Butler menu.
The Dining Room and the more casual Attic, overlook the raging froth. Their seasonal menus pay homage to the Northwest’s cornucopia: Pacific Coast seafood and produce from organic farms and wineries of the Yakima, Walla Walla, Okanagan and Willamette valleys. The legendary four-course breakfast features Redmond fireweed honey that servers drip from on high (“sweetness from the sky,” my waitress quips) onto buttermilk biscuits. The wine cellar is comprised of almost 5,000 bottles and includes one of the country’s most extensive lists of Washington bottlings.
How to Get There
Had the brunch at the lodge overlooking the falls. This is a high end breakfast in a beautiful setting and excellent staff. I recommend the brioche French toast or any of their Benedict selections. The coffee comes with a choice of extras. Again I compliment the staff and management. Our breakfast took a little longer and they provided us free treats, coffee and discounted the meal. Would go there again any time. Highly recommend.
We enjoyed our anniversary stay at the Salish Lodge, and it was even more fun to have our dog with us. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. We had an early departure time and the valet staff arranged to have our vehicle parked in a very handy spot so we could easily load up and be on our way. That was probably our only disappointment, having to check out so early. They have a very nice gift shop at the hotel. We enjoyed our meals, they even have special pet entrees on the room service menu. Of course the nearby waterfall is spectacular, and it was so nice to be able to wander over and take in the views.. Truly a memorable stay, we hope to return to the Salish.
Salish Lodge is one of those exquisite experiences that should be savored and enjoyed like a delicacy. Thanks to a gift certificate my wife received from her first grade families, we had the opportunity to relish a weekend away at this luxury inn. Our first floor room looked out over the falls, and was impeccably designed and furnished. Comfort and amenities to the max. We felt pampered and the relaxing weekend was equivalent to a week elsewhere. This was not our first visit to Salish so we knew what to expect and we savored the experience to the max.
Beautilful but be prepared to pay. MY main reason for going there is always the Falls and for the restauant which is great. Get the intimate table in the corner and be prepared to take your time and enjoy yourself.
Upon arriving we were sent to a double room and when I returned to the desk and mentioned I thought I had reserved a king room the girl looked up my reservation and advised, with attitude, that I was given the room I reserved. Perhaps I made a mistake. She said she would see what she could do, again with attitude. Finally, after much consternation, she moved us to a king room and said the rate would be lower. The lodge seemed half empty.
We tried to reserve a massage but was told there was not enough staff available for any day of our stay.
We went to the restaurant and the girl asked if we had a reservation. We did not. She asked us to be seated. Several minutes later she showed us to a table and there were only four other guests dining in the entire restaurant.
Early on the first day we hung a sign on our door to make up the room and when we returned at 4PM the room was not serviced. We called the desk and they said they were understaffed.
On the first day we reported that the Fox News channel was scrambled and the desk said they were "working on it". All other Direct TV channels worked fine. At the end of our stay the Fox News channel was still the only channel not working. Coincidence?
Upon check out I noticed the room rate seemed to be the same even though we were told the room we were moved to was less expensive. A different girl at the desk, again with attitude, told us that she couldn't see whether our rate was lowered because the original rate was impossible to retrieve as their rates "change every day". The front desk manager was then asked to check the rates and with even more attitude, the same answer was given that their rates change "minute by minute".
We love this place. It is beautiful, especially in autumn. But too many employees who seem to be angry millennials and who have minimal people skills.