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.
- 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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