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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kalaloch Lodge is an Olympic National Park hotel property located a few sandy steps from the pristine Pacific coast. Tucked between lowland forest, temperate rainforest and marine sanctuary, Kalaloch offers accommodations with spectacular views, comfortable amenities and unrivaled outdoor recreation.Kalaloch is your Olympic Peninsula escape, whether the focus is romance, recreation or rejuvenation. The Main Lodge building is Kalaloch’s focal point, featuring 10 rooms and the Creekside Restaurant. Set just off the Main Lodge are the rustic yet comfortable Bluff and Kalaloch cabins, many with panoramic Pacific Ocean views. Several of Kalaloch’s cabins offer kitchenettes and cozy Franklin fireplaces, and are pet-friendly.Kalaloch’s two-story Seacrest Building is yet another championed Olympic Peninsula lodging option, set just a short walk from the cabins and main lodge. And the Kalaloch Group Campground offers an under-the-stars setting within sight and sound of the thundering Pacific Ocean.Part of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Kalaloch hosts a field guide’s-worth of wildlife including puffins, sea otters and the largest convocation of bald eagles in the continental U.S. Walking, biking, hiking, beachcombing, clamming and whale watching are popular local pastimes. Olympic’s storied Ruby Beach, with legendary mountain, glacier and rain forest views, is just a few miles away. Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Kalaloch, Inc. is a Concessioner authorized by the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior to serve the public within Olympic National Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kalaloch Hotel Forks
- Kalaloch Lodge Forks