First time visit - April 14th check in, 2013. Cabin 132 was clean, two double beds, bath with towels ( hand and bath ), soap, bath mat, shampoo and hair dryer, all fresh and clean. Hot water was hot ! Beds were firm, yet comfy, with clean fresh linen, warm cover and spread. Bring your own pillow - 3 provided were quite thick, still plush and with clean covers. Electric baseboard heat worked and would drive us out if left on. Coffee maker, with instant coffee, powdered creamers and hot chocolate. We brought our Hamilton Beach hot water maker. Bring your own snacks, soda, fruit and such. Clean, newer carpet. Its not a "Bellagio" interior, but comfy and a great way to "camp" And, the outside bench / table, was NOT filthy - clean un finished wood, yes there can be mold where the picnic table doesn't get the sun.
Hot tubs - the fountain pool is the best and I believe "coolest", at about 100 F. Swimming pool is not heated, and cold at time of year of our stay. All hot pools have one hour rest periods throughout the day. Start at 9 AM, go until 8 PM during spring. Bring flip flops ! Bring your bathrobe - change in your cabin unless you have heavy rain and/or wind. Mens' shower room is cleaned 4 times each day, yes tile is older and wood trim is not fresh, but the large open shower gave hot water and there was foam soap in the dispensers.
The one negative regarding the hot pools is that the lifeguards were not enforcing the posted rule to take a shower before entering the waters. Way too many old and young were entering the water un showered. Having sad that, yes, be prepared, a long black hair may float by on occasion - still, the 100 F water is really wonderful. Slight smell of sulfur, but its a mineral pool !
Restaurant - Pool food deli - portions were large, food was reasonably good, not spectacular, but then, it's not a destination resort. Dinner for three with one wine = $ 38, breakfast = $ 13.
Staff was more reactive than proactive, however all were friendly and trying to please. Tell them how you want your hamburger, medium or well done, tell them to bring you condiments, burgers and sandwiches are served dry. French fry servings are huge. Ask for frys in a separate tub, to keep them from going soggy sooner.
We checked in at 4:10 PM - check in was quick and not fuss - bring your confirmation print out.
Yes, no cell service, no internet, so be prepared to sleep early or remember how to converse. Some of the "guests" showing up were pretty sad, not even realizing there was no cell and asking for a 800 number so they could call and confirm their reservation. Check out is 11 AM.
Housekeeping showed at the cabin each AM at 9, supplied any / all our requests and was always friendly - hey, how about leaving them a tip ? Some people are just plain cheap !
I suspect the best visit windows to Sol Duc are in April, to mid May OR from the 3 week of Sept until the resort closes for the winter. In the summer, the place gets overrun with too many people, making too many unreasonable demands and accompanied by way to many rug rats. I truly feel sorry for the staff then, I am sure they simply get run down, and the service and accommodations most assuredly start to show it. But, Ohhh, that wonderful mineral water in the fountain pool ...
You just never know what is going to be in the cabin next to you, a quiet couple, or a 4 kid family...
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