great place. I'd stay again. thanks for the perfect weather!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Don't eat here!"
The hot springs and the remote, quiet and spectacular scenery are the main reasons to come here. Cabins are getting a little run down. Ask for a riverside cabin if you can; they are more private. Broken showers and soap dispensers at pool area, garbage not emptied. Restaurant is overpriced and poor quality. Service is slow. What can you do? Bring your […] own food. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
we head very bless visit...Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Sol Duc Hot springs-resort"
The Sol Duc national forest is beautiful. The Cabins were clean. We were lucky to see a family of deer, which delighted our 2 yr old Grand daughter! The restaruant which is open for breakfast and dinner was good and the staff was great help with the 2 yr old who was to hungry to wait until the 5:30 opening, they were able to get her order started early! […] There are some beautiful hikes even some easy short ones that 2 out of shape grandparents and a 2 year old could enjoy...we will go back...maybe next time without the 2 year old so we can enjoy time together in the hot springs and a drink at the bar! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Sol Duc cabins"
Beautiful area. Hot springs, water falls, mountains, streams, biking, hiking, kayaking and more!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
This is a great spot - quiet and clean - lovely staff and a little piece of "NW History" as wellGenuine Hotels.com guest review
The hot springs were great but thats about it. The food wasnt that tasteful and the room/cabin was only ok.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Regenwald und heiße Quellen"
Die heißen Quellen sind eine willkommene Abwechslung, die man auch bei trübem Regenwaldwetter nutzen kann. Die Unterkunft entsprach voll unseren Erwartungen.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Decent Cabins, Great Staff"
07/24/14 CindyZach SoCal
We had a two queen cabin with bath for two adults and three younger kids. It worked but was a tight fit. The cabin without a kitchen had a small couch. The cabin with kitchen did not have a couch. The rooms were fine but not special. The hiking near here is great which makes this worth a stop. Do not come because it's a hot spring. It's more like a pool and three hot tubs of various temperatures. There is one very shallow one for toddlers. The kids loved the pool. The first night the most comfortable temperature hot tub had distinctly greenish water. The next morning it was normal pool blue. The hike to the waterfalls is fabulous. The ranger talk at the nearby campground was lots of fun. Ranger Zane was funny, and we learned a lot. Note for FAMILIES - If you are renting a unit with a kitchen, be warned that the store there has a very small food selection. You really should buy your cereal, snacks and any lunch meat or dinner items in Port Angeles or Forks (Thriftway). Here you are an hour away from a regular store. The little store between Lake Crescent and Sol Duc is very marginally better and looked mostly good for beer. At Sol Duc our choices were cereal cups, Kraft Mac n Cheese, 4 types of soup, cup of noodles, carl budding meats and I think I saw eggs. They did have yogurt and milk. Since we flew into Seattle we were not prepared with food and a cooler. NOTE - The staff was super friendly and helpful, providing extra blankets for kid fort/beds, cleaning up the broken lamp bulb, moving between rooms. If you have seen the Lake Crescent Cabins which are super, super cute on the outside and look like they are a movie set, do not expect that here. The cabins are fine and normal, not stand ins for a movie set. Resort for Sol Duc is really pushing the envelope.
"Where were the fans?"
07/24/14 BRC160 Fort Mill, South Carolina
Our cabin at Sol duc Hot Springs was in the blazing sun until nearly 9pm. There's no air conditioning, which is fine, but there are also no table fans to help cool the room until the sun goes down. Ridiculous. We were very uncomfortable in the cabin - there was a nice breeze on the porch but it didn't penetrate the room. The deck around the pools is a foot-killer - roughest pool deck surface I've ever encountered! Make sure you bring flip flops. The pool area didn't look all that clean - much nicer hot springs resorts/pools in western Canada.
07/22/14 pjgrad Renton, Washington
We got a little cabin with a kitchenette while we were here. Very rustic but fine. The hot springs themselves felt great but there are some issues. The water is pumped in so you don't get that sand or rock bottom pool you expect. Also, it was packed. If you stay there you can get in an hour ahead of the day users. Do it. Otherwise it is too many people. The drive in and out is looooooong. But there are lots of trails along the way and in walking distance of the cabins. We saw deer. Everyone was nice. Things could be cleaner. Also, it smells like sulphur which is to be expected. It didn't really bother me after a minute or two.
"First stop in Olympic Tour"
07/20/14 Annswartz Dayton, Ohio
After 2 days in Seattle we started out to Olympic National Park. We stayed at Sol Duc, Lake Cresent and Lake Quinault lodges - all needing reservations well in advance (9 mos. or more!). Sol Duc was probably the best place to start our tour as the lodges just got better! Sol Duc is the most rustic of the three lodges with a smaller restaurant and gift shop/camp store. We were there during a "heat wave" (from OH we did not consider it very hot at all) and, while it was pleasant with the windows open, a small room fan would have been nice. After a day on the road with a couple of hikes thrown in for good measure we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there. Our server was very helpful in suggesting hikes the following day. As lodge guests we were given the opportunity to get in the hot spring pools at 8 am, so we started our day there after a lovely breakfast. The pools were beautiful, clean and warm at a temp of around 100. Also, very quiet with maybe 8 other guests. It started to get busy when the pools opened up to the campsites at 9. The cabins are very utilitarian, but were clean. The mountains tower over the lodge so it doesn't have a lake to gaze upon, however the mountains are lovely. There are no ice machines, but when we asked we were given a bag of ice as guests of the lodge. The individual cabins look a little worn on the outside and some of the picnic tables/benches are in need of replacement. Just remember that this is not the Waldorf! There is no television or internet but who doesn't need some unplugged time? :)
"Wouldn't wish this place upon my worst enemy"
07/16/14 BraidsAreTheRage Vancouver
When we stood at Sol Duc, we had high expectations, hoping to explore the natural beauty of the National Park and having a nice place to sleep and relax. This was not the case. The girl at the front desk Jennifer was very rude. Never once smiled, was not helpful at all. She seemed extremely irritated to have to help guests, and it wasn't just us. My husband and I noticed how she only seemed happy when the kitchen brought her food, and her attitude soured once again. We had to wait until 5:30 pm, an hour and a half after checkin, for the room to be ready, because housekeeping is understaffed and the rooms are preassigned. They could not move me into another clean room because...the room was already assigned. Our only option was to either swim or hike, and upon arrival at 10:30am, we were tired of doing that for 7 hours. The pools are disgusting, with mosquitoes swarming overhead and dead bugs, flaked off skin and wads of hair floating. As told by the pool manager, there's just nothing we can do since we can't chlorinate. Once we got into our room, the bed was covered in dog hair. It is a pet friendly hotel, but it seems they don't clean up after the animals. Upon removing the brown top blanket, we found the white quilt was stained with brown and red, apparently they do not change the quilts because there are not enough?? How can you run a hotel like this? Dinner was incredibly expensive, the food was above average. At least the executive chef Nicholas had the decency to come out and ask us about our meal. He was incredibly genial and friendly, joking with us. I am not someone who works in the hospitality industry, and I can't imagine the amount of work and effort that goes into it, but these people have absolutely none of it. There is no care that people are spending 200+ A NIGHT for this type of service. Added, that they will not warn you, is that there is no cell service, no television or wifi in the rooms or in the nonexistent lodge - not even a phone in the room in case of an emergency! I was told to spend $10 on a calling card to use a pay phone, or drive 12 miles back down Sol Duc Road and to Port Angeles because that is where my AT&T phone could get service. At check out, I tried to address these issues with China, whom I was told was the assistant General Manager, who, not only was soaking wet and wearing a bathing suit behind the front desk, said there was nothing she could do about my issues, I should have researched a little bit more to find out full details about the Sol Duc Experience. I am now warning others who dare to travel.
"Expensive for everything to just be...ok"
07/15/14 jbrums Snohomish, Washington
The room was fine, it was clean and comfortable. No issues. The "hot springs" aka large concrete hot tubs were pretty scary. Lots of people and unidentifiable floating substances. I prefer my hot tub at home actually. The actual pool was nice though. Dinner was good, nothing outstanding but solid all the way around. If I could ignore what we paid I could give the whole place 4 stars but at $200 a night, really for two beds and a bathroom as there was no kitchenette, tv or anything else and then throw in another $70 for dinner for my wife, me and two kids and it's just too overpriced for me.
"Set your expectations appropriately"
07/12/14 Spa_Lady212 San Bernardino, California
I haven't stayed in National Park resorts before but the friends with me on this trip have. They were disappointed in the housekeeping efforts (or lack thereof) for the cabin. Two of my photos show the bed making skills of the staff. In addition, they did not vacuum or wash out the tub. The beds were comfortable and a coffee pot with coffee was provided. If you don't drink Starbucks coffee, bring your own coffee for the cabin. The restaurant only serves Starbucks coffee. I asked for tea since I'm not a Starbucks coffee fan and the only tea available was the Tazo green tea. It would have been nice if they had the other Tazo teas available. Speaking of the restaurant, do not dine with the expectation of fast service. The restaurant appears to only have one cook at a shift. Both mornings, we waited a minimum of 45 minutes for our food. The first breakfast, the breakfast potatoes were so hard they were inedible. The only response from the kitchen to address my concern was an offer of sausage. I had to ask from my toast 3 times before it finally arrived (after I had eaten my eggs and bacon). My friends order was wrong twice. She eventually got the right food after we educated the waiter on compote for the pancakes - it wasn't the strawberry garnish he thought it was. I don't blame the waiter. I blame Aramark for not training him properly. I only had dinner at the resort one night and the crab mac and cheese was very good. It had fresh crab and was very rich and filling. If you happen to be there for dinner, I would definitely recommend this dish. The outside deli for lunch is definitely a make to order and fill one order at a time operation. Again, expect to wait a minimum of 5 minutes per person in front of you in the line because they take and order and fill it before moving to the next person in line. The hot spring spas were very crowded. We did arrive on July 4th and lots of people were getting away from the city. Unfortunately, the spas need to "rest" in the morning and afternoon. When that particular spa closes down, everyone is in the other two spas. Even young children (2 - 5 years old). The signs say that kids are not allowed in the two hot spas but no one (even the staff) was making the young children leave the spa. If you are staying at the resort, take advantage of the hour at the beginning of the day where resort guests only can get into the spa. The spas are drained overnight, scrubbed and refilled. So, if you are first into the spas, they are clean and most important, not crowded. I took advantage of the massage service at the spa. My massage therapist was very nice and I had a lovely massage. My only caution is that the massage rooms are next to the spas. So, if you can't tune out the noise of the kids and people in the spa, don't get a massage. The therapist had relaxation music playing in the background but you can still hear the pool noise. Fortunately for me, I can tune out the noise. All in all I would stay here again. I would just adjust my expectations about the service and food and I would bring my own coffee/tea.
"Go at your own risk"
07/09/14 SueOTRL Olympia, Washington
We stayed in the "newly renovated" kitchen cabins a few years ago.. and woke up to rats running around the floor. I complained and received a "what do you expect, you are in the woods" and a slight discount for my trouble. I've always enjoyed the hot springs though, so my husband and I decided to go back this June and camp at the campground and just use the pools during the day. The only reason this review does not get a "terrible" is because I actually enjoyed all that. My husband who is a water quality manager took one look at the pools and said "no way". Well, he was right. Three days later I broke out in a terrible rash for which I've needed antibiotics and to wear long sleeves to prevent contaminating others. I filled out a complaint form for which I have received no response. They don't care about your skin. If you do, stay out.
"RV sites are Beautiful"
07/08/14 dkb1194 Forest Grove, Oregon
The RV sites are great and we experienced nature every day with a doe and her fawns playing near our trailer. Close enough to walk to the hot springs and still far enough away to not be in the bustle of the resort.
07/05/14 AUSSIEGIRL92563 CALIFORNIA
The cabins are very nice and have everything you need for a few days relaxation. The only thing that was disappointing was how "unclean" the water was. Two weeks after I came back from this trip I was diagnosed with "molluscum contagiosm" which is a skin disease that causes postules on your skin. They need to chlorinate this water. It is not clean even though they close pools and refill them. The area itself is beautiful with wonderful hiking trails and beautiful scenery. Just be careful with the "mineral springs water".
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