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Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Sep, 23, 2022 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2022 Rating: 1
Worst Camping Experience Ever
10/10 would not visit this place again. It's the most expensive campground I've ever been to but the amenities and pictures made it seem worth while. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY. There are so many other beautiful places near by to see. We were told several times the hot springs were included with the price of our stay but it is not, we paid $39. They overbooked and we had no space available so we slept in a parking lot and they refused to give us our money back after several attempts and after being told by staff, "it will be taken care of no problem". It's been a problem. There are no bathrooms and the only showers are in the main building that closes at 9pm. We showered there and the water never got even warm, it was freezing. The place is run by a bunch of 20 year olds who have to interest in being there. Constantly rolling their eyes and sighing at customers, and this is before we had any problems. I would give them negative stars if I could.
trazi from: Belgrade, Serbia
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 7, 2022 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2022 Rating: 3
What about the environment in an national park?
Nice place. Great hot springs. Reasonable restrictions on the number of people who can enter the hot springs and the length of time. Very nice staff, though not enough of them. But why does the restaurant serve everything in disposable, non-recyclable, containers and utensils? Aramark runs the place and they seem to have a monopoly on national park contracts and they do not care about the environment. What a BS contradiction to serve all food in throw away containers and not offer any recycling in a national park. Aramark is BS!
MIchaelL85 from: New York City, New York
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Aug, 31, 2022 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2022 Rating: 3
Great location - but what ever happened to recycling?
Pros: Serene location. Lovely staff, totally enthusiastic with top-notch customer service. Very quiet at night. Each cabin is spacious and private.
Cons. No Wifi or mobile service. Water in the springs was clear the first night but dirty the second night. No recycling available, confounded by the fact that the restaurant serves everything in plastic trays with lids, and all of that goes right into the trash (this was truly unbelievable).
Mondalo from: Seattle
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Aug, 20, 2022 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2022 Rating: 4
Really relaxing, great staff, but best to visit in milder weather
We stayed at the large River Suite cabin (fits up to 10 people). It's a house with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen (though very sparsely stocked), dining room, 3 living rooms, large balcony, dishwasher, washer+dryer. It can probably host 20 college students roughing it with sleeping bags - but they only allow 10. There's a picnic area with a fire pit nearby.
The house got really hot and uncomfortable because it was around 85F during the daytime while we were there, but it cools to below 60F at night. Don't plan on trying to sleep before 10pm when the house cools down naturally. Bring plenty of fans to pull in that cooler air! The house itself was old and a bit rundown in places, but sufficiently cleaned and maintained and everything seems to be working. (didn't use the dishwasher)
The house was not cheap, but it includes unlimited access to the hot springs, which would otherwise be $18 per person per 90-minute session.
The hot spring itself was fantastic. I had read some reviews here and arrived expecting apathetic teenage employees, but found most to be quite helpful and friendly. I found the facilities to be sufficiently clean. Of course there will be leaves and bugs here and there (you're not at Gene Juarez, folks). And you'll probably get a few mosquitoes bothering you.
The food at the lodge restaurant is pretty bad. So it's best to plan to make most of your meals. Someone had mentioned much better food 30 min away at the Lake Crescent lodge and that was spot on. It's run by the same hotelier company with a similar menu but quality was day and night. Plus it's a nice change to play in the lake.
Seedlady50 from: Camarillo, California
Published Date: Aug, 17, 2022 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2022 Rating: 4
One of a Kind
We stayed one night in a non-kitchen cabin at the resort. The cabin had space for two queen size beds, a night stand, a small table with three chairs, a small loveseat and a small closet in addition to the bathroom. The cabin had a small wood porch. There was a picnic table on the grass a couple steps from the porch. Our cabin was clean. The linens were clean and as so often happens, the pillows were okay but so-so. Included in the price of the night's stay is unlimited access to the hot springs pools the day of check-in and the next day. The pools were clean and varying degrees of warm. While we were there the bathrooms in the changing rooms were closed due to a plumbing issue. Also, the wi-fi was down so all purchases had to cash. This was not a problem for us but for other guests such as campers or day trippers paying for a 90 minute session in the pool by cash was difficult as many people, myself included carry very little cash. We did not eat in the dining room. While the dining room looked nice the menu was limited to hamburgers and fish and chips.