For over a century Soap Lake has been a community of hotels, lodges, bungalows, cabins, and, in the early days, tents. Today’s Soap Lake accommodations are excellent and affordable. Each one special because of its history and the extra details the proprietors bring to the room they offer their guests.
Inn at Soap Lake
226 Main Ave. East, Soap Lake, WA 98851
Built in 1914 by E. Paul Janes, a real estate speculator, this beautiful inn is an enduring Soap Lake classic. The inn was constructed using rock cobble from glacial deposits in nearby fields. Using the same materials Janes also built several small homes on Elder Street and the "Rock castle" on the corner of 1st Avenue SE and Elder street.
Roxie Thorson was 23 when she started making Soap Lake salt products at the rock building that became her hotel, known for decades as Thorson’s Hotel and Soap Lake Products Company. Roxie’s hard work and unusual manufacturing process led to her title, “Queen of the salt mines.” She employed a process that involved evaporating Soap Lake water in large open reservoirs before cooking it in a large vat that over the years produced hundreds of tons of mineral rock salt. The rock salt was ground into a fine powder, packaged and sold throughout the country. The Inn retains one of the few owner-transferred rights to extract salt from the water of the lake.
Today the Inn is owned by Dick and Sandra Garnett.
13 Canna Street, Soap Lake, WA 98851
Eighty years ago, the Beach Hotel was one of the most popular hotels in town. With a promenade overlooking the lively center of town, a café and a practicing physician, it was a popular destination for weekend visitors throughout the year. The hotel has gone through several iterations and no longer exists as it did during the roaring 20s. Today it is the Notaras Lodge, named after the owners, a hard-working family of Greek origin. This spectacular log lodge has fifteen theme rooms with original décor including genuine historic and pre-historic artifacts, memorabilia and a hand-hewn touch of charm in each room. Rooms include a kitchenette area and the choice of fresh or Soap Lake water.
Masters Inn and Healing Retreat
404 4th Avenue NE, P.O. Box 885, Soap Lake, WA 98851
The Masters Inn and Healing Retreat is the unfolding vision of Sun Do Yoga Master Paul Park. The Masters Inn will host yoga and meditation retreats as well as specialized nutrition classes by the summer of 2010. For now, the 17-room Inn provides three different types of rooms, with each offering private baths, air conditioning, refrigerators, microwave, coffee maker, cable TV, and Wi-Fi internet. The Masters Inn and Retreat is located on the corner of 4th Avenue and Highway 17, directly across the street from Soap Lake’s East Beach Park.
Tolo Vista Motel
P.O. Box 388 - 22 Daisy N., Soap Lake, WA 98851
Soap Lake RV Resort
22818 Highway 17 N., Soap Lake, WA 98851
Ron and Alison Jones and their sons Curtis, Nicholas, and Cameron own and operate the Soap Lake RV Resort. A tree lined Shangri la on the north end of Soap Lake, it’s a perfect spot for RV’s and tent campers. There are also several cabins. The resort has a swimming pool, clubhouse, hot tub, sauna, putt-putt golf course, playground, volleyball, shuffleboard and horseshoe game stations, and its own sandy Soap Lake beach. Ron and Alison have recently added an arcade, espresso bar, indoor hot tub, and a fitness room with equipment. Massage therapists are available by appointment. Rates and other details can be found on their website.