Olympic National Park is a very large park with several different options for lodging. Sol Duc Hot Springs is a cabin resort in a lush temperate forest which gives people who may not want to brave the elements in a tent yet still want to stay in the park's interior a nice, four-walled, option.
The resort is located at the Sol Duc Hot Springs, a natural spring with several hot pools built to take advantage of these healing mineral waters. The pools are open to park visitors for a fee but cabin guests are given complimentary access. My kids thought the pools were such a treat and loved the wading around in the warm water. There is a shallow warm pool meant for all ages (kept around 95 degrees), a larger hot pool suitable for children over 4 (102 degrees), a hotter pool (106 degrees) best for older children and adults, and large pool which was heated to about 83 degrees. The water is said to have healing properties and both my son and I had cuts on our legs from earlier tumbles that did look considerably better after our soak. The water does have a sulfur smell (as most hot springs do) and tends to feeling more soft and slippery than the water that normally comes out of our tap.
The cabins look like rustic getaways from the outside but feel more like a hotel room on the inside with comfortable beds, and a full bathroom. There are 21 non-kitchen Sol Duc cabin rentals, which accommodate a maximum of 5 guests, and 6 duplex-style cabins with kitchens that have a shared door between two units which makes them perfect for large families or multi-generational travel. Each cabin has its own porch and shared picnic benches which my family found to be a nice spot to enjoy breakfast. Beyond there is a nice grassy field and trees lining the edge of the Sol Duc River. A two person swinging chair overlooks the river and provides hours of relaxation. While were lounging on the swing we watched a bunch of crows chase a bald eagle away from their roosts.
There is a dining room at Sol Duc as well as a general store at the resort which is nice because there are no towns around this part of the park. There are several hiking trails in the area, including the trail to Sol Duc Falls, the most photographed spot in the park. During the summer months the resort is often at 100% occupancy so be sure to book ahead.
Bottomline: The cabins at Sol Duc are nicer than most cabins I have previously stayed at within the National Park system but they are also more expensive. Expect to pay close to two hundred dollars per night during the summer months. While I do think the price is high, I do know that lodging in the parks tends to be a bit expensive and I believe that most of the reason for that additional cost is associated with location,location, location! If the price fits your budget, the location and convenience of being close to the hot springs and waterfall is certainly worth the expense.
Disclosure: I received a media rate in order to visit Sol Dc Hot Springs and complete this review. The park did not request that I express any particular opinion and my reviews, as always, reflect my honest opinion.