I was shocked after reading the reviews, most of them is not true. We come here twice a year, and we love, love, love it. Our kids have fun, we relax, the pools are clean and not dirty like some other said. And yes it's all natural, no filters, no chlorine, except the big cold pool. They empty the hot pools, clean and refill them every night. Trust me I know what I am talking about. If you are planning to come here, come during the weekdays and avoid coming here on holidays, it does get's crowded during the holidays and weekends, but otherwise you won't regret it.
I've been to many, many spas -- both in North America and throughout Europe -- and our experience at the Sol Duc is probably the very best value of all. At only $11 for the entire day ($8 for seniors 62+), we were amazed. Clean. Lovely. Large swimming pool. And, three spa pools. Not at all crowded.
Note: we did not stay at the resort.
We make the trip to Sol Duc Hot Springs about twice a year for the last nine years. It is not a posh resort so you will be disappointed if that is what are expecting. The pools look dirty since it is a natural spring, piped in from the NATURE. Not filtered. The water constantly flowing in and out. Compared to hiking out to the actual hot spring pools where people have left old towels laying in the pools and who knows what else it is way cleaner (my niece got ecoli in one of those).
If you hate people and kids don't go. Go to a hotel with a hot tub. We love going and soaking all day, chatting with people from all over the world while our kids have a great time climbing in and out of the hot pools and then cooling off in the cold swimming pool.
The cabins are clean and functional. Cozy but not too tiny. We generally don't eat much at the restaurants there but rather pack a cooler of food.
This is more for the nature loving people than those that want a high end spa experience.
ive gone here a billion times in my life butt when i went there last week it was horrible... the hot pools were nasty and on the fourth someone pooped in the pool.. the big one and closed it 4 24 houers
We stayed here one night. The accomadations are essentialy a motel room in a parking lot. The prices are 4 times that amount.
Service is poor- almost incapable.
Pools are overcrowded and loud- nothing more than a warm public pool. I take that back, a public pool usually has adults only hours.
Go for a hike and skip this rip off.
Note - we didn't stay at the "resort," just visited the hot springs. However, we were highly disappointed. We knew from the outset that the hot springs were not "natural," and they looked a bit crowded. However, we at least expected them to be clean, which they were not. The medium pool, which we sat in the longest, was full of hairs, leaves, bugs and other debris. Peace and quiet were out of the question with all the kids running around, and people sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in the pools. (The larger pool had been cleared out for maintenance, making the other pools very crowded.) The smaller, cooler pool was a little more pleasant. It may have still been worth the money if we had stayed at least an hour, but we were more than ready to leave after about 20 minutes. I hate to say it, but Sol Duc hot springs might benefit by restricting the number of people allowed in to the pool area at any one time.
The hike up to Sol Duc Falls is beautiful and well worth the trip but I'd skip the hotsprings. If your muscles are sore, go find a nice hot bath or a jacuzzi somewhere!
The beauty of the area, accessible trails, spacious campground and handy cabins make this a good overnight getaway. The large pools, though lacking in ambience are clean and also lack the bacteria that made me ill when I visited another 'natural' spring site nearby. I'm happy to have a little less natural experience if it means I get to enjoy the relaxing, rejuvenating hot spring without getting an intestinal illness when I get back home!
The walk to the falls is easy and rewarding and my favorite is to camp there and hike all day then hit the pools.
Also comfortable for families.
We stayed in Sol Duc "camp" three nights from 7/13-16/06, and we've decided that using the word "resort" is grossly overstating what a guest receives for the money. We paid $150 (us) for a heated cabin with a bathroom, but some of the electrical outlets didn't work, the bathroom had not been cleaned when we checked in...(dried urine on the toilet seat). The food in the restaurant was passable, but the service was very slow. The hot springs were just big heated swimming pools. There were two positives for Sol Duc, the setting and hiking trails around the camp were excellent, and the college kids that work at the camp were friendly, and seemed to enjoy their work.
Even during peak summer season, this "resort" shouldn't cost more than $70 a night. My understanding is that AraMark just took over management of the camp. This facility needs a serious facelift if they think they can continue charging resort prices. By comparison, we spent two nights at Manitou lodge in Forks,Wa. Stayed in a wonderfully decorated room, with a deck, and breakfast provided each morning for the same dollars spent at Sol Duc.