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“Cabin without Perks”
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Kalaloch Lodge
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Forks
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Kogarah, Australia
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156 reviews
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“Cabin without Perks”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

After driving around Lake Crescent and Olympic National Forest we were looking for a "nice" place to stay for the night. Outside of lodge looked great; however, the lodge itself was a bit dated and very slow to accommodate guests. After waiting for some time we didn't get attended to so we took some pictures of the surroundings and got back in the car and continued our exploration of the area. Cabin without perks or service so we continued our journey on 101

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Evan_Tennant, Manager at Kalaloch Lodge, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Hi Amanda,
Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on the Kalaloch Lodge and the surrounding area. We are very sorry to hear that you continued on before we got a chance to show you the beauty and history of the Lodge and our Cabins. Your experience at check in and subsequent feedback will greatly help us improve our service level for all future guests. We would love to see you again at the Kalaloch Lodge and in Olympic National Park!
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

My wife and I visited Kalaloch Lodge (pronounced Clay-lock) in late September 2013 on a three-week road trip through Washington and Oregon. We have stayed in many National Park lodges over the last 40 years. We love the old lodge atmosphere, but sometimes the rustic nature of the lodges takes a lot away from the beauty of the location. We didn’t expect Kalaloch to be anything fancy, but some friends had raved about it, and so we reserved a king bed “suite.” My wife made the reservation via telephone, and was under the impression that the “Becker Suite” was a large cabin on the ocean with a king sized bed. It was neither a cabin, nor oceanfront, although it did have a king bed.

We arrived at Kalaloch Lodge, after 230 miles on the road from SEATAC Airport, not too long after sunset. We checked in and were surprised to learn that the “Becker Suite” we had reserved, was not a cabin at all, but was a large room in the main lodge above the lobby. We went upstairs to see it and it was AWFUL! It was a large, weirdly decorated room that was musty, ugly, had two entrances about 4 feet apart, a small bathroom, and a small, weird side-room that we never really knew what it was for. It appeared to be some kind of storage room. We immediately returned to the front desk, and after some discussion with the desk clerk and the manager, we were able to move to a two-bedroom cabin on the ocean for the same rate. It was a wise move. We learned the next day that the “Becker Suite” is booked as a “suite” from spring until fall, but becomes the “lodge library” from October 1 until spring. That explains all the musty antique looking books we saw, the two or three sofas, and the large windows with crappy beat-up blinds that would not close, with no other window treatments. We learned that in the wintertime, they have guests who come to the lodge specifically for “storm watching season,” and the storm watchers watch the storms roll in from the lodge library aka the “Becker Suite.” I think the desk clerk was actually a little embarrassed that the room was booked as a suite. She and the manager were quick to move us to a cottage, for which we were grateful. Ironically, the annual transition from “suite” to “library” occurred a day or two after we left - or it would have - but for the US government shutdown that began on October 1, 2013. The room reservations are not made by Kalaloch personnel, but by a central offsite booking agency.

Our cabin was the Overly Cottage, which was a 2 BR, 1 BA cabin. It had a small covered carport, and that helped unloading and loading in the rain. WARNING: If you drive a tall vehicle, be careful of the low-hanging roof at the front of the carport . Our rental Lincoln Navigator was about 1/4 inch shorter than the roofline when fully loaded. In fact, we had to move it in and out while fully loaded only! The cabin featured a small “full” kitchen and an ocean front view, with a queen bed in the master, and a double & twin in the second bedroom. The second bedroom, which is separated from the master by the single bathroom was actually a little bigger than the master, but was filled up by the beds. Our cabin was nothing special, but was in a great location, and it had a great view, although we couldn’t see it since it was dark and raining by the time we moved in. The bathroom was tiny - especially the shower (20" x 20") - and there were a couple of holes in the bathroom wall where something had been ripped off of it, but it smelled fresh and was reasonably clean. The living room had a wood burning fireplace, which we used, and the cabin was very secluded and quiet.

The Overly cottage is the southernmost cabin at Kalaloch that has an ocean view, and is one of only a few two bedroom cabins. We had a very comfortable queen bed, and a fireplace which we enjoyed in the morning, while we ate breakfast in the small kitchen (which was poorly equipped with very few cooking utensils). Although we didn’t care, since we were traveling as a couple, the master bedroom is not private, as it opens into the living room. However, the second bedroom is private with doors closing it off from the bathroom and the living room. The view we discovered the next morning in between rain showers, was an unobstructed view of the ocean. The cabin has a private grassy back yard that extends about 30 feet from the cabin to a cliff overlooking the beach below. The view gets better and wider as you walk towards the ocean. There are two picnic tables in the back yard. The drop to the beach below is about 25 feet, and is protected only by a split-rail fence. Families with kids beware! We were amazed by the hundreds of large tree-sized logs that are strewn along the beach below, washed ashore by the tides. There was even a sign on the wall in the cabin warning “BEACH LOGS KILL!” Apparently, people are killed every year by surf-tossed logs along Washington’s shoreline. Due to time constraints, and the incessant rain, we did not venture down to the beach, but if you go, be careful!

We ate a couple of meals in the lodge dining room - dinner and lunch. Both were OK, but far from great. Be aware that there are not many, if any other eating establishments nearby. Kalaloch Lodge, although located right along US 101, is pretty isolated. It is doubtful that we will ever visit the Olympic Coastline again, but if we do, we agreed that we would return to the Overly Cottage again as a place to stay, even though it is quite rustic. It is very private, has a wonderful private ocean view, is roomy enough - especially for just the two of us - and is very peaceful. The surrounding area is beautiful! Above all, I recommend, however, that you DO NOT reserve the “Becker Suite!!!”

Room Tip: Avoid the Becker Suite at all costs!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Evan_Tennant, Manager at Kalaloch Lodge, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Hello 275GTB4,
Thank you for the thorough review of your recent stay at Kalaloch Lodge. We appreciate all of your comments and have taken your suggestions to heart. Nothing helps us improve our service, rooms and facilities as much as a detailed review like yours. We apologize for the confusion when booking the Becker Suite, we appreciate your flexibility and acceptance of a cabin in exchange. We are pleased to hear that you found your cabin to be more ideally suited for your stay with us. Thank you for noting the Beach Log warnings, we take the danger of the large logs heaved upon the shore by the pacific very seriously. And thank you for choosing to enjoy a meal with us at the Creekside Restaurant. Please come stay with us again, we would love to have you back anytime!
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

We spent a night at Kalaloch Lodge this weekend, in one of the cabins. We arrived late because of exploring the coast and after a quick check-in we had dinner in the restaurant. I opted for a chicken sandwich and it was OK. Not exactly living up to the price, but it was an ok meal. The dessert however was heavenly, a brownie with ice cream. Our server, Nathan, was polite and speedy.

The cabin was as I had expected, having seen photos. The bed was comfortable, and it was very nice to have a fire. We had a dog with us and that cost $25 extra.

The next day we had a great breakfast, I believe it was called a lodge breakfast, and had a great waittress called Jade. She was super friendly, gave us some great heads up about icy roads and was fun to talk to in general. We also met Jim in the reception when we were leaving, super friendly guy!

All in all I was happy with our stay at Kalaloch lodge and would not hesitate to stay there again some time in the future.

Room Tip: Cabin L25 was good!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Evan_Tennant, Manager at Kalaloch Lodge, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Hello Maren,
Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your recent stay here at the Kalaloch Lodge. We are thrilled to hear that you found our staff to be friendly and helpful. That really makes us proud! Your comments will be passed on and shared with our staff. We hope that you can come visit Olympic National Park and the Kalaloch Lodge again very soon.
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

We visited Kalaloch Lodge and restaurant on a trip around the Olympic Peninsula. We also visited Lake Quinalt, Sol Duc and Lake Crescent. Both the restaurant and lodge were the least enjoyable and most expensive. Although the restaurant was not that busy, the service was painfully slow. I asked for a glass of water a couple of times and watched the waitress walk past our table about a dozen times before bringing the water. The motel room was large and furnished OK, but for some reason we were given a room directly below the only other people staying in the building, which unfortunately were older people who got up to go to the bathroom all night long. The location is outstanding, which is why I've rated Kalaloch 3 stars instead of 2.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Walter K, General Manager at Kalaloch Lodge, responded to this review, January 17, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of Kalaloch Lodge. We are extremely sorry for the issues you faced while dining in our restaurant. I will be sure to review these issues with my staff so they do not arise again in the future. Unfortunately the main lodge does become a bit noisy at times. Please come see us again!
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Marblemount, Washington
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

We are fans of historic national park lodges and we know the Olympic beach is amazing so we had high hopes for this property. We could not have been more disappointed. The room was run down in every way possible - dingy walls, ripped carpet, broken baseboard heater, light shining through all sides of the door at night. There was trash from a previous occupant in the recycle container. The shower was dirty. Even the view was obstructed. I've never stayed in a Motel 6 as run down as this facility. We peeked in the windows of the cabins and they looked nicer, but I would avoid the whole place and stay at either Lake Quinault or Lake Crescent. The great beaches are a short drive from either and both are well taken care of lodges.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Walter K, General Manager at Kalaloch Lodge, responded to this review, January 17, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of Kalaloch Lodge. We are extremely sorry for the inconveniences you faced. There is no excuse for the housekeeping issue you encountered. I will be sure to discuss this issue with my staff to assure that this problem is addressed and does not arise again in the future. Kalaloch Lodge will be undergoing a refresh of the rooms, so many of the issues you spoke of will be addressed at that time. 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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Camano Island, Washington
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Growing up family made going to Kalaloch an annual summer trip. We have found memories of staying on the bluff and watching for whales. Now at 50 I am still taking my family there as often as possible to give them this wonderful outdoor adventure with indoor comfort. There are lots of trails to walk and a beautiful beach to explore. The cabins are roomy and clean with amazing views of the ocean. The staff are friendly and helpful. In the gift shop we always find a fun souvenir. I recommend staying at least a couple nights to really appreciate the beauty of this place.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Walter K, General Manager at Kalaloch Lodge, responded to this review, January 17, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We appreciate the positive review. I am happy to know that you have been coming to Kalaloch Lodge for your summer trips when you were growing up. I hope that your stays now are as happy as they were then. Hopefully you will continue to come back year after year. The staff at Kalaloch Lodge works hard at making each guest feel satisfied with their visit, and I hope we continue to satisfy you and your family in future years.
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

We stay in the cabins most every winter to visit the wild Washington coast and the Hoh & Quinault Rain Forest. We have never stayed in the actual Lodge or eaten in restaurant. Avoid the duplex cabins. We had bad experience a few years back where our neighbors went to bed before 10 p and we wanted to play cards. Even whispering was loud enough to disturb neighbors. Not a problem with detached cabins. We love the freedom and save $ to make our own meals with a kitchenette and build a fire in the wood stove in the cooler months (they supply firewood). The beach is easily accessible and a nice beach for walking and watching sunsets. My oldest sun proposed to his gf at sunset by writing in the sand. Great memories. There is a small grocery shop there so if you forget something you don't have to drive miles down the road. Gift shop is nice. Very friendly staff. We love how we can drive up to Hoh, stop at beaches, Big Cedar tree one day then go south to Beach 1 to see Spruce burls and on to Lake Quinault with multitude of trails. The beaches & forests change every year after the winter storms so is always interesting to see the effects. Unfortunately, our favorite beach, Ruby Beach, is now cut off from the large rocks we've always climbed on from the downed trees changing where creek comes out. We'll be back next year to see what Mother Nature has wrought.

Room Tip: Avoid duplex cabins - too intrusive. Shared wall is kitchen/dining area and walls thin. If have nois...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Walter K, General Manager at Kalaloch Lodge, responded to this review, January 17, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We appreciate the positive review. I am very happy to hear that some life long memories were created at Kalaloch Lodge, that is why we are here. Hopefully you will come back year after year to build on those memories. The staff at Kalaloch Lodge works hard at making each guest feel satisfied with their visit and I hope we continue to satisfy you and your family in future years.
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Property: Kalaloch Lodge
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kalaloch Lodge 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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