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Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
AnnapolisHiker_MD from: Annapolis, Maryland
Published Date: Aug, 16, 2019 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
A fun couple of days - some good hikes and a decent cabin
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort is isolated in a heavily wooded area about 14 miles off of highway 101 but there is a very good road in and traffic was not a problem. We were attracted to the opportunity to spend a couple of nights in a cabin rather than a hotel room. The cabin was similar in amenities to other national parks but could have used a little fan or ceiling fan to cool the room down on hot days. Even with the windows open the room was hot all night but didn't stop us from sleeping since we hiked a lot each day we were there. Compared to other national park camping/cabin sites we have visited this site seemed way too commercial. The hot springs pools were very crowded and noisy; don't go for relaxation. The locker rooms and showers for the pool area was very nice and we had no problem getting a free locker to store clothes etc. There are some nice hikes originating in Sol Duc and this was our highlight. We hiked the Lover's Lane Trail which is basically flat the whole way through a lovely rain forest and finishes up at the Sol Duc Falls which you must see when here. There is a big parking lot 0.8 miles from the Falls. The Falls were unique. We also hiked to Deer Lake which was pretty much straight up hill for about 3 miles (1700 ft gain) from the Falls but well worth the effort. The hike was through a dense forest and the lake was a great place to stop for lunch on a small log bench next to the water. There are campsites at Deer Lake so there were a couple of latrines (take your own toilet paper!). The overall experience was very good but do expect very crowded conditions during the day. The restaurant at the Resort isn't the greatest. The food was filling but nothing to write home about. Glad we visited.
- Rooms: 3
- Location: 5
- Service: 4
danwaltersoregon from: Happy Valley, Oregon
Published Date: Aug, 15, 2019 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
It was a mixed experience
It's worth a trip to Sol Duc if you're in the area. The hot springs are a unique treat, especially as they have built three pool-type spaces over/around them. Add to that a large swimming pool (think: the size of two full-size pools at least), and you have a good set of on-site water time.
We hiked and ran some trails nearby, which were beautiful.
Yes, the sulfur smell is pretty strong. That's just part of it, though. We stayed two nights and did get a little tired of it by the end of our stay, to be fair.
Our room wasn't particularly clean. While looking for my wife's earring, I noticed that the floors didn't seem to have been vacuumed in a while. There was debris at the bottom of the bed and behind furniture. It wasn't ours. That felt weird. There were stains on the comforter and sheets. They appeared to be coffee or similar, but it was still not pleasant.
We stayed in one of the duplex-style units near the lodge. It may have been all that was available when we made the reservation. The room next door - rather the people there - were loud. There's nothing the resort can do about the people, but I got the sense there was nothing in the walls to quiet it down at all, either.
The accommodations were basic, but reasonable. The kitchenette was nice for us. Thing is, the lodge is pretty contemporary and a bit resort-ish feeling. The rooms didn't match that, which made everything feel a little disjointed.
The setting was beautiful.
Note: there is no internet there. The lodge doesn't have wifi and you don't get a cell signal. This is actually kind of nice, but you'll want to prepare, if need be, ahead of time.
If we go back to the area, we would revisit Sol Duc, but as a day trip while staying somewhere else.
- Sleep Quality: 3
- Location: 4
- Service: 3
FalseCast from: Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Aug, 12, 2019 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
Kids enjoyed it but spendy
3 pools 2 small one big with all different temperatures. I'm sorry just not my thing. Too many people. At least I did not pay but was able to sit by the pool and watch the kids. Couple 3 picnic tables. Bunches of places to sit. I won't be back unless the granddaughter wants to.
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Aug, 6, 2019 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
Great experience but overpriced
The resort is located deep in the Olympic park, so you really have to embrace the fact that there is nothing else around for miles. This means that the hot springs experience and the beautiful setting, surrounded by forests and mountains has to be balanced off against a feeling that the costs are higher than the facilities would warrant. The room here was basic, with a small bathroom, yet at a price that you would expect to have to pay in a large, modern, city centre hotel.
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jul, 28, 2019 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
The Sol Duc Hot Springs resort was a located near some nice hiking trails. The hot springs pools were a nice amenity, however a bit over crowded. Some visitors would jump from pool to pool as they would open and close them for maintenance... the visitors showed little if any etiquette. The staff should control or police the pools so that all visitors/ customers have an opportunity to enjoy the hot springs with priority given to people staying at the resort. The swimming pool was on the cool to cold side. The "cabins"on the property were more like sheds than cabins, with little to no charm, they were just at the level of acceptability. Overall it was good not great experience.