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Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jan, 1, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2018 Rating: 2
Not Exactly What is Pictured in the Photos
We chose to stay at Sol Duc because of the location in the park, the photos we saw online and the price. Let me first say that for some, this would be a great place. However for the price and what we saw in the photos, I expected something different. The lodge is beautiful...the "cabins" not so much. Calling it a "Resort" is a huge stretch. We had a cabin toward the back of the resort. These cabins have not really been updated since the 1970's. Our cabin was located near the septic vent and when the wind blew, it came right into our cabin. There is no AC, TV or WiFi in the park. While that was not a need for our visit (we were there for nature), if we were in the heat of summer, with no air coupled with the smell from the septic vent, we would have been in trouble.
We also ate at the restaurant and it was very pricey. $26 for a chicken dinner which took 3 hours. Ice is at a premium and they will only give you a small bag at a time.
The springs seem to be enjoyed by many who visited. We choose not too because of the fact so many people, from every ware also came to enjoy the springs. The pools can not filter the water that fast! The springs are not only for guest, but anyone who comes to area.
Check in was chaotic because we were trying to check in with people just there for the springs.
Drive / hike / location to the falls was amazing. Beautiful scenery.
This area could be so much more. It was not matching the expectations I had based on the price and the photos. If I had to do it again I would choose to stay at the Lake Crescent Lodge.
- Value: 2
- Cleanliness: 3
- Service: 3
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Nov, 19, 2018 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
My husband and I stayed at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort for our anniversary. We had a little issue with the room and the manager (I can't remember his name!! sorry) promptly helped us. He gave us a complimentary dinner and we wanted to say THANK YOU!! You made a difference.
- Rooms: 3
- Value: 4
- Service: 5
Debanderson220 from: Seattle, Washington
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Oct, 29, 2018 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 4
Worth the wait to get a reservation
Sol Duc is deep in the old growth forest of Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Delightfully, there is no wi fi service. (You can drive back down the road a mile or so and pull over if you must check in). The air is fresh, there are easy hiking trails in the vicinity, and the hot pools are all different temperatures so you can choose. There's a swimming pool, much cooler, maybe less than body temperature, when I was there. It's good for closing your pores after a soak, but hard to go for a swim in October. The trees were lovely. Fall is a good time to visit. There are swings and benches along the river that borders the resort.
The only complaint I would have, (and the reason for the 4 star instead of the 5 star rating) was the restaurant. The food wasn't great, the service very slow. However, we were there at the end of the season.
We rented a cabin without a kitchen, we had 2 queen size beds, very comfortable and enough room for 2.
I would go back again in a heartbeat. Maybe bring my own food to eat.
Being in the fresh air of the Olympic Mountains was a treat for me. It really is so beautiful there.
- Value: 5
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 4
BruceWGSO from: Summerfield, North Carolina
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 28, 2018 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2018 Rating: 5
Exhilarating Experience, Breathtaking Scenery, Adequate Cabin and Savory Cuisine
Our 4th stay and 5th visit to Sol Duc since 1995 was still phenomenal, despite the pouring rain. The Hot Springs pools were heavily used, even in the pouring rain—when certain bathers comically sheltered themselves in large umbrellas as they soaked. Our cabin was adequate and we were relieved to have open reserved parking spaces for it, considering how full and packed the front area was with the vehicles of bathers. Our meals were delicious with crab cakes, seafood soup, breakfast fare and the Olympic Lemonade cocktail. Be advised, we had no network connection yet we didn’t stay at Sol Duc to cruise the web.
The drive to the Sol Duc Falls trail head was majestic—lined with very tall, mature conifers. Hundreds of hikers and dozens of backpackers navigated up and down the 0.8 mile stretch of trail to the breathtaking falls as cold rain steadily fell. The falls boasted 4 outlets, no doubt gushing more profusely due to the rains. So picturesque and a the trail greenery a repetitive show stopper. The Falls parking lot was almost at capacity on this rainy day. As we exited the Sol Duc Falls & Hot Springs area, we hiked the Ancient Grove Trail which is also not to be missed. Exhilarating and Breathtaking—always!
Trip Type: Solo travel
Published Date: Oct, 27, 2018 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2018 Rating: 3
Hot Spring Pools & Facility
We have visited here a number of times over the years (1990 to present). We have observed concessionaires come and go. The recent remodel totally ignored maintaining atmosphere - a wilderness experience deep up a rainforest valley. It feels like a Holiday Inn Lobby. Women's locker room less functional then previously: no shelves, no hooks, fewer benches, a wall of lockers that do not operate consistently and are dirty inside. LOUD: installed monitors with looping music & video - a unneeded 'not' improvement (1 at the main entry is enough); swim-suit spinner (could have put one spinner in the hall space between men & women's locker rooms), air hand dryers (laden w/bacteria). Took away the paper towel - actually healthier, less impact on the environment overall (Aramark used to recycle). I have observed many using TP for drying hands, opening and closing stall doors & hall bath doors. Aramark has to pay for trash disposal, so a cost cutter for them. I miss most the unheated swimming pool. It was always more of a hot spring experience when you could go from hot to a cold dip, the fun conversations challenging who next. Now it's a bath. Spring and Fall when it is coldest, I do not observe any increase in use of the swimming pool for swimming because it is heated. How about a compromise: unheat open to pre Memorial Day; heat for summer; unheat post Labor Day till close? Food: Not a good value for the (lack) of portion & inconsistent quality. We currently live local and only visit before and after the holiday's due to lack of cleanliness when busy (summer & weekends) & dogs. DOGS: Most of these are pets, not service animals. Not a excuse. Aramark - you need to enforce park rules & your own stated rules about PETS on the premises. ESA's are not service animals. They have become annoying and owners displaying a lack of respect for the general public and the park. Just because we use discretion, and do not bring our pets with us does not mean we do not love the animals.
- Location: 5
- Cleanliness: 2