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“A nice cabin with quiet and a hot springs soak” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort

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Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
Sunnyside, Washington
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24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A nice cabin with quiet and a hot springs soak”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

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.

Room Tip: We stayed in cabin 127, with a view of the river out of our front door, and even saw a family of rac...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Morristown, New Jersey
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7 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

I was really looking forward to this lodge. The draw of hot springs seemed wonderful. Suffice to say, it was so not worth $300. We booked a duplex with a kitchen. The door connecting the two units was open, with the refrigerator blocking our ability to close the door. Management told us to move the fridge to close and block the door. No need for a key. We were told at check in, there would be no electricity from midnight to 6am. When you are 15 miles into the forest, with no cell service, no landlines, and no lock on your interior door, you sleep with one eye open.

The hot springs were just a bunch of pools. Extremely crowded--personal space is relative I guess-- and kind of dirty. I couldn't check out fast enough. The only bright spot was the hike through the forest to the falls.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Bellevue, Washington, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

There are three hot pools of different temperatures which are nice. The room is ok but definitely not top bar. The sheets are not soft somehow and noisy (I can hardly believe what i type but yes that is how it is). And we were given the wrong keys.

However, since there is only one restaurant, it is literally monopoly (unless you want to picnic with your own food). The food is good but the service is bad. The waiting time is long and the waiter does not seem to care or came up with any explanation. There are tables available but no one clean up even though there are waiters wondering around and there is a long line out side waiting. Even worse, I ordered eggs with toast at one breakfast. The food came in really late (after those came in later were served by different waiter and waitress) and the toast never came. I asked the waiter and he just said, "oh sorry I forgot" then brought me the check promptly with the toast charged. We dinned at Lake Crescent Lodge the next day and service is much much better.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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New Haven, Connecticut
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

We stayed at the Sol Duc for one night during our visit to Olympic National Park. The cabin that we stayed in was functional for the most part - clean beds, bathroom, etc. The cabin was about half the size of the one we stayed in at the Kalaloch Lodge, which also had a couch, fireplace, and kitchen for the same price. The hot springs themselves were not spectacular. There were 4 pools: one with a fountain that was hot, 2 smaller pools that were less hot, and a large swimming pool that was chlorinated. When we got into the 3 heated pools we found the water to be quite slimy and tepid. Furthermore, there was nothing really natural about the pools. While real hot spring water is used to heat the pools, they resemble most hot tubs that you would find in a regular hotel. The lodge also does not provide towels. However, the worst part about the lodge was that the entire place reeked of sulphur. The awful smell made our experience dining in the restaurant unpleasant despite the fact that the food was fairly good. Also note that there are no alternatives to the lodge restaurant for many miles unless you happen to have a cabin with a kitchen.
The best part of our stay there was exploring the surrounding attractions including the small but very beautiful running trail that goes along the river close by. We also enjoyed hiking to see the sol duc waterfalls. In my opinion it would be a good idea to see the falls via the 1.2 mile trail and completely skip the hot springs and hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Stanwood, Washington, United States
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115 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

We stayed here one night a couple days ago. We camped in our RV. The RV park was as described, basic and simple, essentially a parking lot with hook ups for your RV. We bought tickets to go to the hot springs. I was expecting some sort of natural, outdoor hot tub experience. Not what it is folks. Basically it's a pool and three large communal hot tubs all on a giant cement deck. Admittedly the staff were nice and accommodating. However, it was not really very nice and I will never go back there. Maybe my expectations were just off, but this was not what I expected or wanted.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Kirkland, Washington
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103 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

Sol Duc hot spring resort is a place like I've not seen for quite a while. First of all, no cell phone coverage and no Internet. So no one will distrub you. Cabin was clean and in good order. There is a table with benches next to each cabin, lit by floodlight, so we enjoyed the evening glass of wine there. Despite the lights, it is still possible to see quite a bit of stars at night!

Hot springs area consist of 4 pools, with temperatures of F 101, 89, 106 and 75 (the last one is a swimming pool) at the time of visit. In the evening hot pools become crowded and somewhat dirty, but they are clean by the morning. I think the best strategy is to arrive in the evening and spend maybe 30 minutes in the F 106 pool that is "resting" from 6pm to 7pm, so it is relatively fresh. Spend the night and enjoy all 3 hot pools in the morning while they are fresh and clean.

For those who come just for the hot springs, not staying in the hotel, lockers, showers, changing rooms and towels are available.

I must note that restaurant is unexpectedly good for such a distant location. Meal are healthy, and though the menu is just a single page, it offers something for every possible taste (meat, fish, chicken). Meals are large, so unless you are really-really hungry, think of sharing. Selection of wine is impressive, though prices are higher than usual in my opinion.

The place was fully booked more than 6 weeks in advance, so plan ahead and book early. I liked the place very much and think of coming back in winter, for the contrast between hot springs and cold air.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank Vitaly K
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Kenmore, Washington, United States
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

We stayed in the same cabin about 5 years ago. I remembered from back then it wasn't very clean. This time it was BAD. Dirty bathroom floor, garbage left in cabinets, moldy shower curtain, dirty dishes left in oven, cooties and cobwebs everywhere in cabin. For the price ($260/night) the room should have been much cleaner.
On a positive note, the sheets/bedding did appear clean.
Very basic cooking pans, silverware, utinsels and dishes are provided in cabin.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
Address: Sol Duc Road, U.S. 101, PO Box 2169, Olympic National Park, WA 98362
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Location: United States > Washington > Olympic National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Olympic National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 33
Also Known As:
Sol Duc Hot Springs Hotel Olympic National Park
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