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Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Forks
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We checked in late afternoon, and absolutely loved the quaint cabin and the stunning setting. The beach is very easily accessible from the lodge . . . down some steps, and there you are . . . rugged, beautiful, natural beach. We had a beach walk. We ate dinner at the lodge's restaurant. We then enjoyed a beautiful evening on the beach, including sunset, which corresponded to low tide. Low tide is incredible . . .probably a 300-400 yard difference between the high and low tide lines.

Tired, we settled into bed, and turned off the lights . . . and then . . . the mice came. We started hearing scampering noises, and also louder noises coming through the ceiling. My wife turned on a light to find a mouse enjoying our dog's food. We heard the rustling of plastic . . . seems they found our bag of pretzels. Finally was able to ignore the noises of the mice and fell asleep . . . but an early morning trip to the toilet revealed a dead drowned mouse in the toilet bowl . . . ewwww. I am NOT making this up . . . this is not exaggeration and not hyperbole . . . you can peruse my dozens of TripAdvisor reviews and find no other such stories.

I recognize that this is a cabin in a remote area, that might ordinarily be cause for some tolerance of little critters, but on the other hand, this was a $257 per night cabin.

I mentioned the mice to the desk employee at checkout, and received a rather nonchalant, indifferent response. At minimum, I would have expected a "sorry to hear that". Maybe better would be an offer to offset the $25 "pet fee" with a $25 "mice credit". A less tolerant guest might very well have made a major stink and demanded some sort of compensation.

So, anyway, aside from the mice, it was a rather pleasant experience. I'd probably give the place 4 or 5 stars if it weren't for the mice.

Here are a few additional notes:

(1) Pets are allowed for a $25 "pet fee". We brought our dog. She had a great time. I appreciate that they allow pets; not pleased about the fee though.
(2) Pets are allowed on the beach . . . officially they are supposed to be kept on a leash, but almost everybody with pleasant dogs lets them run loose, and it doesn't seem to bother anyone. Seems also that most "pet parents" were responsible in cleaning up after their pets.
(3) This is a pretty remote place . . . so plan ahead if you want to eat something other than the lodge's restaurant food. There is a small market on the property where you can buy a few "c=store" type items.
(4) There is no cellular service (Verizon), no Internet access, no TV, and if you hit "scan" on your car radio, it won't pick up anything.
(5) Each cabin has a small picnic table.
(6) Many of the cabins have two units under one roof. The walls between the units are thin . . . we heard conversations from our "neighbors". So advise to keep your tones low.
(7) Although the mice situation was icky, the cabins themselves seemed to be clean, and the bed linens were pure white. We saw no mice droppings.
(8) The bathroom was a bit compact . . . no tub, only a shower stall.

Anyway, I am hoping they can solve the mouse problem because we would like to return.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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DelawareNorthCos, General Manager at Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of Kalaloch Lodge. We are extremely sorry for the inconveniences you faced with the mice. This is not acceptable and should have been taken care of immediately. I will be sure to discuss this issue with my time to assure that this problem does not arise again in the future. Thank you again for your review and we hope to see you’ll give us a second chance in the future.

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

We stayed here only one night, but really loved it. The cabin we rented was not on the bluff's, but it was so cute, I wish we could have stayed longer. Great location and the staff was fantastic.

The restaurant was good, but not amazing. It's really the only place around, though. Service was pretty slow, and we had to wait an hour and a half after our reservation time to get a table for dinner. If they could work that out, this place would be amazing!

Either way, I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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DelawareNorthCos, General Manager at Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Thank you for your feedback. We’re sorry if you faced any problems with our restaurant, I will be sure to discuss your recommendations with our team. Thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts, and we’re looking forward to seeing you on your next trip to Kalaloch Lodge.

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Reviewed August 24, 2013

My husband and I stayed in the seacrest building. Our room was dirty. From the floor in the living room to the bathroom. It also had broken sofa. We had to wait 45min to check-In to our room. The front desk was not friendly about us waiting. I expected the room to be ready having made the reservations 6months in advanced.The food in the restaurant was good with a most beautiful view. The staff in the store was great.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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DelawareNorthCos, General Manager at Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Thank you for sharing your opinions and suggestions. We are so sorry you faced difficulties with your check-in, and that you had to deal with any inconveniences in your room. I will be sure to discuss your remarks with our team. Thank you again for your review, and we hope you will give Kalaloch another chance in the future.

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Reviewed August 23, 2013

We reserved the accessible cabin in order to meet the needs of our daughter. It is clear they have taken great effort to address accessibility at the lodge. While all was not perfect, they clearly are making an effort. We stayed in cabin #40 and were pleased we could see the Pacific from the bedroom. We found the staff to be very helpful and the wait staff did a fantastic job! The lodge exceeded expectations. The setting was magical, it was sunny all day, and make sure to get the ice cream cones while taking a sunset stroll. Rialto beach came through with the promised accessible viewing area...outstanding!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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DelawareNorthCos, General Manager at Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are sorry if you faced any inconveniences related to your accommodations. Our team appreciates your kind review, we work very hard to ensure guest satisfaction with every visit. Come stay again soon for more magical views and special experiences.

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Reviewed August 23, 2013

We stayed in a bluff cabin for only 1 night but we enjoyed the amenities and the spacious room. We ate breakfast and dinner at the lodge restaurant which was delicious. The servers were all very knowledgeable about the area, the tides and the area history.

The cabin bluff had a spectacular view of the ocean and a small kitchenette and mini fridge. There was a nice table nook that we used to play cards. The beds were very comfortable and there was also a futon that we did not sleep on. The shower had good pressure and the room was extremely clean. We would definitely recommend!

There is not much lodging in this area but this hotel is centrally located to the Olympic park entrances, very close to Hoh Rainforest entrance. Ruby Beach is probably the best beach that we visited near the lodge!

Room Tip: Bluff cabins are excellent! Unobstructed view of the beach/ocean and lots of space.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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DelawareNorthCos, General Manager at Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Thank you for your great recommendations. Guest satisfaction is our main priority, and we appreciate your kind remarks about our team. The location of Kalaloch Lodge is one of the things we are most proud of, and we love hearing that our guest utilized all it has to offer. We hope you visit again for some more great experiences.

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Reviewed August 23, 2013

My husband and I stayed in Lodge Room number 7 for one night. The room has two queen beds, a big bathroom and ocean views. It's located on the 2nd floor, and I did not see an elevator. We were warned, and guests staying in the lodge rooms should be reminded, that they will hear noise from the restaurant downstairs until after they are cleaned up. It's not booming loud noise, just noise until about 11pm when they finish vacuuming the dining room. We stayed here while passing through the Olympic Park area. We started our day leaving Port Townsend at 9:30am, then made brief visits to Hurricane Ridge, Hoh Rainforest, Ruby Beach then ended at Kalaloch Lodge. We checked in about 6:30 pm. Because restaurants in the area are practically nonexistent, before going to our room, we checked at the hostess station to put our name in for dinner. The earliest opening was 8:30pm. They stop serving at 9pm, so that was close. I could have called ahead, but was not sure what time we were going to arrive, so things worked out. We took our things to our room, then headed out on the beach ( after consulting the tide schedule). We don't live anywhere near the ocean, so we enjoyed watching the birds, checking out what was washed up on the beach, and taking pictures of the sunset. In no time at all, it was time for dinner. I was not sure what to expect from dinner because of earlier reviews. I heard a waitress say to another table that they are under new management. We were seated by a window, with views overlooking the ocean and the end of the sunset. My husband and I both selected a fish dish, served with rice and vegetables. Each dinner was $21, and prices ranged from $18- $40. Dinner was DELICIOUS!!! We also had breakfast here in the morning which was just as good. I would imagine that people staying in the cabins cook many of their meals so they would not be as dependent on the restaurant as we were.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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DelawareNorthCos, General Manager at Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Thank you for sharing your experience. We’re happy that you were able to partake in some of the wonderful activities the Kalaloch Lodge area has to offer. We are sorry if the noise from the restaurant caused any inconveniences during your stay. Thank you for your lovely review, and we hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Stayed here for a few nights and we lucked out on weather. Only rained one of the days--you have to know that this area is affected by the marine layer.

The lodge itself is very cute and it looks very well maintained. The restaurant is almost always busy and the food is very good. They have a policy of only serving WA wines and their produce is sourced locally--love the approach and commend the commitment. Our breakfast and dinner was always on the very good side. The menu is limited if you are staying for a week but they do have a special every day. From the restaurant you have good views of the inlet.

The cabins are well appointed and spacious; the beds made for good sleep. The bathrooms are mostly up to date (our sink had low pressure and shower stall could have used careful cleaning around the edges) and as far as lodges go it was in better condition than some of the less remote areas we have been in.

You cannot beat the location for its views, access to beaches, proximity to Olympic forest, and desire for solitude. There are a few trails that you can walk to, several trails that you have to drive to, and the main HOH forest is some distance.

Highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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DelawareNorthCos, General Manager at Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Thank you for visiting and reviewing Kalaloch Lodge. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the weather and your time while staying with us. The motto for our restaurant is local, we aim to use only the freshest and tastiest ingredients for all our dishes and wines. We hope you will stay with us again in the future!

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Additional Information about Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park

Address: 157151 Highway 101, Forks, WA 98331-9354
Location: United States > Washington > Forks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Forks
Price Range: $128 - $272 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park 3*
Number of rooms: 64
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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