9 Distinctive Lodging Options around Thurston County


VCB logoLooking for a place to stay while in Thurston County? Want to park the in-laws somewhere nearby that isn’t your guest room?  Need a quick getaway that feels like a full vacation?

Look no further – Thurston County offers everything from the quaint bed and breakfast to eco-friendly guest houses to unique vacation rentals to standard hotels. A good resource regarding places to stay in Thurston County is the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor Convention Bureau (OLTVCB) website.

Whether traveling for leisure, a business trip, a romantic getaway or a family staycation, the options are varied and plentiful. Read on for the charming, distinctive or familiar places to stay throughout Thurston County.

1. Swantown Inn and Spa

The Swantown Inn Bed and Breakfast is well known for its delicious gourmet breakfasts with recipes posted on the InnSpired Cooking blog. Photo courtesy: Swantown Inn.

The Swantown Inn and Spa, is an 1887 Queen Anne/Eastlake Victorian Mansion listed on both the Olympia and Washington State historical registers and is self described as a “Bed and Breakfast Retreat”. Located in a quiet Olympia neighborhood, the inn has four guest rooms each with a private bathroom and King beds. A sumptuous three course gourmet breakfast is served each morning with recipes shared on the InnSpired Cooking blog. Swantown Inn has an on site day spa, offering relaxing massage.

Swantown Inn Bed & Breakfast
1431 11th Avenue Southeast
Olympia, Washington, WA 98501

2. The Inn at Mallard Cove

The Inn at Mallard Cove is a waterfront bed and breakfast overlooking the Puget Sound and Anderson Island. Photo courtesy: Inn at Mallard Cove.

An English Tudor style waterfront bed and breakfast, The Inn at Mallard Cove is located on 14 heavily forested acres near Olympia with breathtaking views of Puget Sound and Anderson Island. Secluded and peaceful, the inn is the perfect getaway to enjoy roaming nature trails, gardens, and a private beach or relax indoors in a quiet English Country home filled with antique and books. There are three elegantly appointed guest rooms. Each room has a private bath, fireplace, sitting area, and private terrace. Organically grown fruits and vegetables from the inn’s gardens are often included in the three course gourmet breakfast served in the dining room which overlooks the water.

The Inn at Mallard Cove
5025 Meridian Road NE
Olympia, WA

3. Fertile Ground Guesthouse

The Fertile Ground Guesthouse is comfortable, with a kid-friendly atmosphere. The owners’ pay close attention to organic foods.

Since 2000, Fertile Ground Guesthouse has offered lodging in a renovated historic home. The proprietors have designed the guest house to be a confluence of past and future, urban and agrarian, as well as local and global influences. There are mature gardens and towering bamboo that define the space which is a convenient walkable distance to downtown Olympia. Fertile Ground Guesthouse offers an experience in a sustainable urban environment with organic bedding, biodegradable detergents, energy saving appliances in addition to common environmental practices like recycling, composting and eating organic food. The highest quality freshest, locally-sourced, organic food is served for breakfast and when available, seasonal offerings from the garden. There are three guest rooms as well as two offsite locations: The Bamboo Bungalow and the Union Place at the Ground Inn, a Bunk & Breakfast.

Fertile Ground Guesthouse
311 9th Ave SE
Olympia, WA

The OlyBungalows are two eco-friendly guest houses located within artistically designed landscaping on the Eastside of Olympia. Photo courtesy: OlyBungalow.

Just a short walk from downtown are two small guest houses nestled in Olympia’s Eastside neighborhood. OlyBungalows sit within a beautifully landscaped garden full of native plants, fruits, berries and herbs. Each bungalow has been designed to use space efficiently and with eco-friendly principles creating a sense of warmth and coziness. Local wood products and local craftsmanship were used in the custom renovations of OlyBungalows.

1232 5th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501

5. Red Lion Hotel Olympia

Close to home but a world away, the Red Lion makes for a perfect romantic staycation spot.

The Red Lion Hotel is conveniently located near all the amenities of Olympia.  Enjoy a sweeping view of Capitol Lake and downtown Olympia in a family and pet-friendly environment. Call the Red Lion to learn more about seasonal packages.

Red Lion Hotel Olympia
2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502

6. Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel

Comfortable rooms allow you to relax at the Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel.

Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel offers 170 nicely appointed rooms and suites adjacent to the casino. There are over 100 fun and exciting slot machines, four award winning restaurants and an indoor swimming pool. Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel is owned and operated by the Chehalis tribe and is located in Rochester.

Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel
12840 188th Avenue SW
Rochester, WA 98579

7. Great Wolf Lodge

The water park inside the Great Wolf Lodge is a kid’s dream.

The Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor waterpark resort with a variety of onsite dining options and fun family activities. There are several options for family friendly suites which have all been designed with expansive and rustic sensibility. The Great Wolf Lodge adventure offers a massive, 84 degree indoor water park with over 56,000 square feet of water-packed excitement, including slides for thrill seekers or zero depth entry small children. Outside the water park, there are games, a kids spa and nightly fireside story time.

8. Seabrook

A pottery shop is located inside Seabrook.

Seabrook is located just south of Pacific Beach on the Washington coast. Offering vacation rentals in a new coastal neighborhood, it is ideal for get-aways, family vacations, reunions, business conferences, retreats and weddings. Every vacation cottage rental is completely furnished. The town has been designed so that every amenity, playground, restaurant, boutique shop and indoor pool are within a five minute walk.

204 Front Street
Pacific Beach, WA 98571

9. Other Lodging Options

In addition to the unique lodgings in the area there are numerous familiar hotels for those looking for the easy, standard, pull off the freeway type of accommodations including La Quinta Inn & Suites, GuestHouse Inn & Suites, and Comfort Inn Conference Center in Tumwater, The Governor – A Coast Hotel, Ramada, and Double Tree by Hilton, in Olympia, and Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites and Best Western Plus Inn & Suites in Lacey. Rooms can be booked directly through the hotels or on the OLTVCB website.

And of course, unique lodging can be found on Olympia’s Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO) such as a stay in a 1910 mansion overlooking Puget Sound, the marina and the Olympic Mountain Range or a beach front Tiny House found on Olympia’s airbnb.

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