We stayed at the Sol Duc for a three night stay during our visit to the HotSprings and HOH National Rainforest. I had booked here after reading out it in U.S.A. Today. We're not normally "hot springs" people, but we thought we'd give it a try. We were about 12 miles off U.S. Highway 101 into the forest, with no cell service, no landlines, and no internet. You had to go about 2 miles away from our cabin towards the highway to get internet & phone. The cabin that we stayed in was nice - clean beds, bathroom, etc. No fireplace, and very cool at night.
We booked a cabin with no kitchen, refrigerator, microwave or hot plate, all we had was a coffee maker, and they supplied the Starbucks coffee. We were not told until the day of the outage that there would be no electricity from midnight to 6am on Saturday night / Sunday morning. This meant that I had no power for my C-Pap machine, meaning I got almost no sleep that night. Unfortunately we also lost power again for another 5 hours on Sunday A.M., from about 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. This meant no hot springs soaking until the electricity came back on. This was out of the control of the resort, but their communication was poor. We used the time of no electricity to leave and go to the Hoh rainforest.
There were 4 pools: the largest one with a "fountain" in the middle that was about 103F, 1 medium sized pool that was about 108F and one smallest one that was about 99F, and a large swimming pool that was chlorinated and about 77F without mineral water. The water in the 3 hot spring pools feels "slimy"and smells of minerals, especially sulphur, but make you feel great. The lodge does provide towels poolside.
The restaurant food was good, though as they like to frefer to it in the NW "spendy". The only alternatives to the lodge restaurant is bring your own food and ice chest / microwave, or go about 30 miles into Port Angeles (where dungeness crab is plentiful), unless you happen to have a cabin with a kitchen, which we did not.
The best part of our stay there was soaking in the hot springs pools after we got over our "fear" of intimacy with other people, mostly from Eastern Europe and Asia, and exploring the surrounding rainforests (60 miles to the Hoh). It was very quiet, the views were amazing of the surrounding mountains and very restful.
- Also Known As:
- Sol Duc Hot Springs Hotel Olympic National Park
- Sol Duc Springs