The Kalaloch was one of the only places I booked in advance of my road trip along the 101, and perhaps I was just expecting too much based on other reviews. Don't get me wrong, this place was pretty nice, but I opted for the cheaper lodge room instead of my own cabin. I know what "lodges" are compared to a hotel, so it's not like I was expecting room service and television. But this place seemed to be all about the view, and the lodge just didn't have the ocean view I expected. While I could see the Pacific, my primary view was of a rather ugly tidal basin full of driftwood and mud. If you'd never seen the ocean before, I could see how this would be spectacular. But compared to the other amazing views of the coast along the 101, this seemed like an odd place to build.
Anyway, my room was very clean, comfortable, had the usual amenities, and was ultimately very relaxing. As the lodge is built entirely of wood, and based on its age, every movement and sound made by anyone else (including the full-service restaurant directly below my room) was amplified. The restaurant was very nice though, and Dylan was a spectacular host!
But get a cabin if you can. Your view will be better, you'll be closer to the path to the beach, and you won't hear everything everyone around you is doing.