The Sol Duc Hot Springs resort was an unexpected and delightful surprise. I rate the resort as VERY GOOD only because the resort lacks the range of amenities expected of an EXCELLENT resort. But for anyone seeking a hot springs resort nestled deep within a national park, this resort would meet ALL your expectations! No cell phone reception, no internet access and no televisions. Tranquility, solitude and bliss.
My wife and I were vacationing for a week in the Pacific Northwest and we decided to do the two-day 350-mile loop on Highway 101 around the Olympic National Park. While reviewing the park's web site, I discovered that Sol Duc Hot Springs was one of the few lodging options inside the park -- and I knew that my wife would LOVE soaking in the hot springs. So we opted for the bed-and-breakfast stay in one of the no-kitchen cabins. (There are also cabins with a full-kitchen option.) Even though we visited in mid-April, several inches of snow had fallen in the previous week and there was still snow on the ground under the evergreen trees bordering the hiking trails.
We knew the trip would be interesting when our Tom-Tom GPS displayed the resort as a destination but could provide no driving directions! Our cabin was clean and the queen beds were very comfortable. There are three hot spring pools (109 degrees, 103 degrees and 100 degrees) and one chlorinated freshwater swimming pool (51 degrees direct from the Sol Duc River). And, of course, the inevitable and omnipresent sulfur smell... We were very impressed by the attentiveness of the lifeguard at the hot spring pools. Massage services are also available, although the masseuse was totally booked during our overnight stay.
After eating breakfast, we enjoyed an early morning hike through the temperate rainforest to the Sol Duc Falls. The hike to the falls was the highlight of our stay for my wife. Although the resort's small on-site restaurant has a limited menu, the food choices were very tasty and the young wait staff were friendly and helpful. The Food & Beverage Manager expanded the limited list of "wines by the glass" just to ensure that we would have wines meeting our individual taste preferences with our dinner meal. We especially appreciated the friendly service provided by our server, Melinda, and the front desk clerk, Omar.
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Duc Hot Springs Hotel Olympic National Park
- Sol Duc Springs