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Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
Published Date: Oct, 10, 2023 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2023 Rating: 3
The setting is idyllic. The cabins were rustic, but that's what we like. The food at the lodge was very good. I did not have the opportunity to sample the pools due to poor trip planning on my part and a medical condition, but they looked clean and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.
My only complaint is that we did not receive fresh towels for our 2nd night. Totally unacceptable for the amount of the rate. Thus, the reason for my downgrade. I expected more from them.
- Value: 2
- Location: 5
- Service: 3
sopaca from: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 3, 2023 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2023 Rating: 3
In need of renovation but a nice spot
I'm wavering between 3 and 4 stars for this property. On one hand we were delighted to arrive at 5pm and find there was accomodation available. On the other, it was frustrating as our UK cell phones do not work for calls or text in the USA, only for data and there was no website we could check accommodation on. We'd already been to The Historic Lake Crescent Lodge to seek accommodation. They didn't have any availability but assumed they could tell us about availability elsewhere in Olympic National Park. Apparently not as they are not all connected by computer. Did I stray back into 1993 or is it really 2023?
However, back to 5pm on an August day in 2023.... We were delighted when the friendly and helpful lady on reception found us a cabin and spent some time sorting out the check in. It was an 'ADA/Disabled friendly' cabin (we didn't require that aspect) which took a long time for her to change it into our names to be rented, the previous renters having cancelled their booking an hour or so before.
The cabin was basic and rustic but had nice views. The lighting wasn't great but we were only there for one night so it was fine. It was all a little battered and seemed in need of renovation. One downside was the entrance was via a ramp that went from the road at the front around the side and along the back where the cabin door was. Why not just build the cabin so the door is by the car parking? The outdoor seating, a picnic bench, was just by the door beyond the ramp's handrail but to get to it you had to carry all your picnic items around the four sides of the cabin from the door, down the ramp and back around the hut. The picnic bench proved to be unusable as there was a sewer vent between our cabin and the neighbouring one (also an ADA cabin) and the odour was too unpleasant to sit outside. Plus that attracted extreme numbers of flies too.
We were actually confused as to why the cabin was ADA/Disabled friendly as we have a few friends who are wheelchair users and none could have stayed in this cabin as the shower was in the bath tub so there no way for a wheelchair user to wash.
The cabin included access to the hot springs when they were operating which was great as we did that for the last evening session (6pm-7.30pm) and the first one in the morning (8am-9.30am). The session are every two hours with a half hour gap in between so that everyone has to leave and give others a chance to use the hot springs. They are man made and there are tree pools. One hot, one very hot and and a regular swimming pool. The swimming pool was closed while we were there but we enjoyed the (not so hot) spring a lot. The views were beautiful of the surrounding mountains, Also some lovely flowers around the pool area and nice changing rooms. The lockers were a little odd as they had no way of actually locking them. In the end we brought our possessions pool side as we didn't want to leave passports, phones, cards and money in an unlocked locker.
There is an onsite restaurant but the menu was uninspiring - burgers in a rather basic cafe setting. I'd recommend taking your own food and hoping your cabin has a better seating area than ours did.
- Value: 3
- Cleanliness: 3
- Service: 5
mysteriousbirdie from: Flintstone, Maryland
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 9, 2023 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2023 Rating: 1
The cabins are run down. Our shower was moldy. Our towels were old and had strings coming off them. The carpet in the cabin smelled - maybe there was a pet in there before us. People walking dogs around the cabin area did not bother to clean up. It was a disappointing experience.
Susanne W from:
Published Date: Aug, 8, 2023 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2023 Rating: 1
Read reviews! Awful place!
Sadly, I read the reviews of this place after I visited there. It is the dirtiest resort I’ve ever seen. All the bathrooms were filthy. The hot springs springs became filthy within one minute because nobody rinses their feet before they go into it. I’m not going to say anymore because it’s all been said before: just go with the prior reviews.
muktaus m from:
Published Date: Jul, 25, 2023 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2023 Rating: 2
For a day to pool but not overnight stay.
Cabin was nothing looks like in the picture posted in the website. Old furnitures Not clean at all. Bathroom was not clean either. Dust was sitting on furniture. $375 per day was just waste of money.
- Value: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 3