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Kent, Washington
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38 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

This was our first time staying here and we enjoyed our stay. My wife especially liked the view of the lake. The staff was friendly. I really liked that they have equipments for tennis, ping pong, etc that you can check out. The rooms do need a bit of upgrade,but on the whole it worked for us.

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay. More 

Richland, Washington
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We come every summer and fall, and always have a wonderful experience, no matter which room we stay in. They are all clean and comfortable, perfect for a family, as there is lots for kids of all ages to keep them busy, from the putting holes to the tennis courts to the games in the Cabana. The staff is friendly... More 

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

We are so happy to hear you enjoy the Resort. It is a wonderful family friendly setting, and definitely perfect sandy beaches. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with others so they may discover us as well. Best to you Cathie! More 

Tacoma, Washington
1 review
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Room 221 had a musty smell all 5 days so we had to have window open which affected air conditioner during 99 degree weather. Staff were rude when there was no parking and said we couldn't park in Registration Parking. One staff member said we could park in front of our hotel in the Handicapped spot but then the same... More 

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

We are sorry you did not enjoy your visit. We do adhere to having the Handicap parking spot available to those who need it, and for health and safety reasons food and drinks are not allowed in the hot tub, and limited in the pool area. We also have an obligation to the future guest to adhere to our check-out... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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37 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Stayed here over 4th of July weekend along with several other friends and families. The primary feedback from previous reviews of Darnell's is that the rooms are dated which is true, but they are functional and clean. Other facilities throughout the facility (pool, cabana, etc) are more modernized and well kept. If you spend a lot of time in the... More 

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us and for your review! We hope to see you again. More 

Seattle
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62 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Darnells' Lake Resort is billed as family friendly and former patrons have listed a lot of pros and cons. My son recently stayed at Darnells' and now, before the schools let out and it becomes the high season, it is a fairly good destination for an economic young couple wanting to have a "quiet" weekend and to enjoy the benefits... More 

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us and for your suggestions! More 

Lynnwood, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2015 via mobile

Where to start. I was really wanting to like this place. The staff initially were awesome. The rooms were old & musty, but it had a cute kitchen area that was convenient. However, after we had only been there for 3 hours we were robbed. Everything was taken from out vehicle. This happened in the parking lot about 15' from... More 

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

We are sorry this was your experience at what has always been a very safe and secure Resort. It is one of the reasons families have chosen to stay with us for generations. More 

Covington, Washington
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 4 August 2015

My family stayed here for the first time last month and it was not a good experience. We booked two nights and didn't even stay the 2nd night because we were so unhappy. When I checked out, the office person did not offer us anything, no refund, nothing! Our room was supposed to have 2 beds, the room is very... More 

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

We are sorry that your experience at our Resort was not a good experience. More 

Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2015

We’ve been coming to Darnell's for generations. First the positive...outstanding location right on the lake...can't be beat, very nice grounds, landscaping, and grass. The sandy beach is kept clean and free of drift wood; very accommodating maintenance staff. There is a Tennis court and the addition of a basketball court in recent years was nice. The pool and hot tub... More 

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your compliments and for pointing out very detailed improvement thoughts. Each year,as you noted, we are making improvements. Best laid plans don't always work out timely, as was the case in completing the Cabana upgrade of adding nice restrooms for the guests at the beach. Permitting and inspections along the way put us behind on the project... More 

Bothell, Washington
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6 reviews
Reviewed 20 July 2015

We had heard about Darnell's a few years back and finally made reservations last summer 2014. Its a Great older resort... beautiful semi private grounds full of families that return every year! Feels a bit retro but in a good way! Large units with efficient kitchens, bathrooms and AC!!. Maid service is there but not a regular daily event. We... More 

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for finding us and for sharing your experience with others. We hope to see you again! More 

Seattle
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2015

My family has been visiting Darnell's for most of the past 10 summers. We have many great memories while at Darnell's. Unfortunately, after our last visit, I believe we will look for a new place to make memories. First, I understand that most people believe that the accommodations are "good enough" or that the grounds make up for what the... More 

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RainesFamily, Manager at Darnell's Lake Resort, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear your concerns, but appreciate them just the same. We apologize that the dishwasher was not functioning properly during your groups stay. It has been replaced. We have also replaced the small coffee maker with a larger one. Thank you for bringing that to our attention. We ask for your understanding in regards to the lawns.... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Spa
About the property
  • Beachfront
Things to do
  • Spa
  • Hot Tub
  • Tennis Court
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Darnell’s Lake Resort is a family-friendly waterfront Resort offering beautiful sandy beaches on the shores of Lake Chelan, with kitchen units and activity centers for all ages. Stay and play all day, at no additional cost, with 4 acres of fun, featuring tennis, pickleball, pitch & putt golf, ping pong, pool, hot tub, beach volleyball, wifi and more. The Resort is within walking distance of downtown, yet secure and secluded, with no walk through traffic. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Darnell's Lake Resort

Address: 901 Spader Bay Road, P.O. Box 506, Chelan, WA 98816
Region: United States > Washington > Chelan
Number of rooms: 38
Also Known As:
Darnell`s Lake Hotel Chelan
Darnells Lake Hotel
Darnells Lake Resort Chelan
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Seattle, Washington

My husband and I along with our then teen-aged son stayed at Darnell's in the summer of 2006. We loved every minute and having a room leading right to the grounds, beach and pool was an added bonus. We would like to return next summer (2016) and thought about renting the Penthouse. In 2006, our room along with the rooms of our friends were in pretty bad shape at that time. The full-size bed in the bedroom was extremely uncomfortable and the sofabed in the living was even worse which is where our son slept. The living room itself was very dark, carpet worn, walls needed paint, cobwebs and it had a heavy musty smell. The only real plus was having a small kitchen to prepare meals and snacks. So, have these rooms had any type of an upgrade? Reading recent reviews, I love hearing the raves about the pool and hot tub, even in 2006 it was absolutely the cleaniest and well-maintained pool and hot-tub I had ever used at a vacation resort. Love hearing that the grounds are still manicured and the the beach area remains pristine. We would love to have a 4 generation family reunion, my parents are in their early 80's so family time together is precious. Darnell's location is prefect and my parents would absolutely love the pool, hot tub and lounging by the lake. Teenagers would love everything. I need an honest response as to the condition of the Penthouse. At $450 per night and that's probably before taxes, I really want our family to truly enjoy the Penthouse as well. We would plan to spend 4 nights. Thank you for your time and candid response.

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Seattle, Washington
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Building A has the best views of the lake including sunrise and sunset, and the Butte Mountain.”
 of 5 bubbles 490cathiew, 11 Sep 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are about the same. We like to be on the top floor to see out boat well and with two bedrooms for our large group.”
 of 5 bubbles T4657LVwendyh, 19 Jul 2015 | Read review
“The newer building is better. Go for a ground floor room if you have kids - the deck opens to the lawn and pool area.”
 of 5 bubbles annieroehop, 18 Jun 2015 | Read review
“call early”
 of 5 bubbles edwardh323, 12 May 2014 | Read review
“We like the first floor rooms, so u always walk out to the view, lawn, pool, beach, and lake. Otherwise u have go out back, just like all other resorts. They r a bit smaller, with galley kitchen, but the view is awesome!”
 of 5 bubbles Busym0m1234, 18 Mar 2014 | Read review
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