First off, I want to say that my husband and I had a lovely camping experience in the beautiful National Park campground at Sol Duc. The park and trails are always maticulously maintained and the setting in the Olympic National Park is beyond belief. As for the resort itself.....it seems to be really going down hill. We have been coming up to the Hot Springs since we were in high school and even when the old resort existed, with it's really old lodge and cracked fresh water swimming pool, we always loved it. Of course, the old lodge burned down several years ago and a new one (and cabins and pool area) were constructed in it's place. We have stayed in the cabins three or four times, but it has been 7 years since we have been back. We were surprised to see that the prices of the cabins, menu and hot tub entrance has gone up considerably. Although staying in the campground, we always like to enjoy a few hours in the tubs, and go for a nice meal in the restaurant. Upon arriving to the hot tubs (which was already 4:00 in the afternoon), they charge a hefty $10.75 per person. We were ok with that, but as we gave the girl our money, she then informed us that the chlorinated large swimming pool was not open. I asked if there would be a discount then, and she said "no". I asked the lifeguard why the large pool was not open (because it really is nice to cool off in the large pool, after being in the hot one's for a while) he responded by telling me that a little boy had pooped in it. I thought that it was very cheasy of them not to give every person coming in after that point a discount into the tubs. Some people do like to swim in the large pool and do laps but with the large pool being closed it restricts you to only the hot spring tubs. They could have at least offered the "twilight" rate (after 7:00 p.m. entrance) for such an inconvenience. Also, the bathrooms and changing room really needs to be maintained better. The outside pool area bathroom is very bad smelling and looked as if people had just urinated right on the floor. Later, for dinner we were as disapointed as could be. We paid $72.00 for our dinner. It was terrible. The herbed, roasted potatos were cold and tasted like they had sat in pot of water for days. My husbands New York steak (which was supposed to have been grilled) tasted more like it was pan fried and was so tough, you could barely chew it! The mixed spring veggies were good, although probably came out of a bag from Costco! I had chicken portobella, which was two thin grilled pieces of chicken breast with a bit of pesto (again, I believe it was Costco stuff) and a very tough mushroom sliced in pieces on the top. I really could have done a better job myself! Our dinners were extremely late, as many others that came in after us were being served long before us. The waiter was fine, although was being over accomodating towards the other patrons that were there later than us....offering them more rolls (when I had to ask for more), bringout out an over-flowing plate of fries to one guest and apologizing to them for such a long wait! And, bringing another guest a heaping bowl of marion berry pie, because he said that was the last of it. These were all guests that were there way after us! We felt very jipped. I am not sure who is running the show, but it certainly needs alot of improvement. The resaurant needs some atmosphere, too. We don't mind paying that much for a dinner on a special occasion and if the dinner is going to be excellent, but in this case, we could have just bought a few steaks and gone back to our campsite, grilled them and it would have been 100 times better. I hate to bash them, but they really need to get their act together before all this bad publicity catches up with them. We walked around the cabin area and that hasn't seemed to have changed much.....but I do remember paying quite a high price for a very basic type room. No gas fireplaces and not much for ambiance. Nothing too cozy here. What used to be such an enjoyable experience is now a thing of the past. I do highly reccomend coming to the Olympic National Park to see the beautiful Sol Duc Falls and surroundings as well as the gorgeous Lake Cresent and Lodge along highway 101, but do not recommend eating at the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort. I surely hope that they do not charge an added fee to enter the pool area on top of the room rate, if they do it is criminal.
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